Emerging Leaders in Transportation Program 2018
Principal Investigator: Sarah Kaufman
The Emerging Leaders in Transportation program develops early-career transportation professionals to develop and promote innovations within their organizations. The two-day program includes professional development with executive leaders, communication work through networking activities, and site visits to major transportation management locations.
The Emerging Leaders program has grown in popularity: for the 2016 class of 23 participants, 103 applications were received. Following the program, 85 percent of participants reported that it was “highly valuable.” In the 2018 program, the Rudin Center for Transportation will draw upon leading experts to participate in a four-part workshop series addressing policy issues, leadership skills and technical innovation.
Emerging leaders will learn how to evaluate the feasibility of innovation for their workplaces, incorporate it into the workflow, and build long-term technology plans. These discussions will contribute to an invigorated leadership cadre, with a systematic understanding of planning for the future and how to bring new organizational tools to their agencies. Two sessions will include field trips to transportation facilities, such as an airport or transit management center, to gain perspective on managing large infrastructure systems. By preparing emerging leaders for the future, we will strengthen the capacity of transportation agencies to adopt livability initiatives, enhance the region’s economic competitiveness and implement technological improvements for everyday commuters and travelers.
At the conclusion of the Emerging Leaders program, the following deliverables will be provided:
- A summary of the panels and workshops
- Recommendations for transportation employers to develop early-career workers
- Results of the participant survey
|Principal Investigator||Sarah Kaufman, New York University|
|Funding Source||C2SMART Center|
|Total Project Cost||$37,500|
|USDOT Award #||69A3551747124|
|Start and End Dates||01/01/2018-12/31/2019|
|Implementation of Research Outcomes||Participants develop plans to incorporate innovative tools or practices within their organizations, such as new workflows, data analysis tools, networking activities and access to educational programs.|
|Impacts/Benefits of Implementation||Participants report high satisfaction rates with their knowledge exchange and leadership development. They also appreciate fact time with executive leadership, as well as one another, and maintain these contacts throughout the years. Transportation agencies and companies enjoy new efficiencies and programs, as well as employees who are more ready to take on leadership roles.
In a mark of post-program success, of the 18 participants from the 2014 program, nine were promoted or got new jobs within one year of the program. Since the 2015 program completed, half of the 20 participants have already received promotions or new positions.