SWTA Launches Next Generation Leaders Group
November 19, 2020 | Tags:
Any organization or company that wants to be in existence 10 years from now must look at how well they are developing their next generation of leaders. The way a company trains their next generation looks different than it did 20 or even 10 years ago.
Millennials make up the largest generation in the workforce today. When people hear the term “millennial,” they often envision someone in college. However, many millennials are well into their thirties with plenty of experience under their belts.
So how do we define the next generation of leaders within the transit industry and encourage others to join the transit workforce?
The next generation can be defined as those who are not afraid to take risks. These leaders need not only technical skills but the ability to adapt to an ever-evolving industry with new and innovative ideas. The Next Generation works smarter, not harder. This is true across the SWTA Nation along with the transit industry, in general.
“We are excited to have identified individuals within the SWTA nation to comprise the first ever SWTA Next Generation Leaders group,” says SWTA Executive Director Rich Sampson. “One of our strategic goals over the next five years is to identify and develop new leaders in the transit industry and foster connections between them.”
SWTA’s Next Generation Leaders will develop and present specialized workshops and training opportunities as well as networking events over the course of the next year and beyond. The following group represents our Next Generation Leaders Steering Committee:
- Dinero’ Washington – Chief Executive Officer, SporTran & SWTA Vice-Chair - Shreveport, La.
- Ahmadreza Mahmoudzadeh – Ph.D Student, Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas
- Kate Morley – Deputy General Manager, Mountain Line (NAIPTA) - Flagstaff, Ariz.
- Tyler Means, AICP – Manager of Solutions Engineering, TransLoc - Kansas City, Mo.
- Jesse Rush – Director of Streetcar Operations, EMBARK - Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Sam Sargent – Deputy Chief of Staff, Capital Metro - Austin, Texas
- Lauren Scoville – Senior Director of Sales, Southwest, Proterra - Houston, Texas
National Partner Organization Participants
- Nelly Cubahiro – Executive Assistant, National Rural Transit Assistance Program - Washington, D.C.
- Danny Drees – Program Manager, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) - Washington, D.C.
- Loreal Lance – Membership & Business Development Director, Community Transportation Association of America - Washington, D.C.
We’ll be announcing our first workshop topic and networking session in December 2020. These events will be open to staff at any SWTA member agency or company, but will primarily focuses for those just entering the workforce through their early-to-mid 40s.
Over the coming months, we’ll share more about our Next Generation Leaders Steering Committee through profiles in the SWTA newsletter. We look forward to the many insightful ways they are shaping our industry and the SWTA Nation!
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