Emerging Leaders Program

The purpose of The Emerging Leaders Program, or ELP, is to develop and prepare emerging leaders from member firms for active participation in the industry. This exciting program is thoughtfully mapped out to educate exceptional individuals about transportation issues of today and the future. As a class, emerging leaders will see the “big picture” of the industry – learning everything from working with agencies and local government, to the economy of the industry.

The ELP is designed to expose emerging leaders to industry issues once a month for a full-day of educational sessions. The group will have a meet-and-greet kickoff meeting immediately prior to the September General Membership Meeting. From there, emerging leaders will meet once a month for an entire day of education sessions from the months of October to May, with meetings held at the IRTBA office and various member offices throughout the Chicagoland area. Business leaders and speakers from academic institutions, member companies, and public agencies will address the class. The highlight of the program is a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with national leaders and legislators. See the side menu to reference a sample educational schedule and program.

The overall program will offer emerging leaders the opportunity to interact with established leaders and network with fellow emerging leaders in the program, with the hope of continuing our efforts to advance and promote the future of the transportation industry. IRTBA looks forward to working with the future of our industry - the emerging leaders of today.

Applications Due July 31, 2023
To be considered to become a member of this dynamic group, interested candidates must submit the following:

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Job Description (include responsibilities and important achievements)
  • Resume
  • Professional Headshot
  • Nominee Application Form

Please send your completed application to IRTBA Program Manager, Molly Stratman at molly@irtba.org by close of business on Monday, July 31, 2023 to be considered for the program. Space is limited, so don't delayIncomplete applications will not be considered

Contact: Molly Stratman | Program Manager | E: programs@irtba.org  | P: (630) 626-3571




Sample Program & Application