Ready to start leading and connecting in a more meaningful way? The 2024 Transportation Senior Executive program (TSE) is a part of the PULSE™ series: an intensive, advanced leadership development path designed to meet the needs of transportation leaders.
PULSE™ stands for Path Upward for Leading Senior Executives and is specifically developed for the TSE program. The program’s centripetal force is simple: design a program for seasoned transportation leaders across the country that meets them at their point of need and prepares them for the next bold step in their careers.
This uniquely curated program is for individuals who are interested in refining leadership and high-level intrapersonal skills, brazenly confronting areas of weakness (we all have them) through a 360-analysis, applying leading-edge strategic techniques to challenging real-world situations and, at the core, emerging as powerful leaders in their organizations and the transportation industry.
TSE program boasts a legacy of alumni who serve at the leadership helm of transportation organizations across the country as General Managers and CEOs.
Who Should Apply
The TSE program is tailored for senior-level managers who possess a strong commitment to the transportation industry and currently serve in a senior leadership role. Typically, individuals who attend the TSE program are 1-3 levels removed from the C-Suite, lead a team of direct reports, have at least 3 years’ experience in a senior or executive role, and are ready to advance their careers, ultimately, to the #1 or #2 helm positions in transportation leadership – whether private, public, or federal.
Applicants who have successfully completed other leadership programs will be given priority consideration by the Selection Committee, including completion of the Eno Transportation Mid-Manager Program and Eno/MAX, and other premier leadership programs such as those offered by APTA, Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS), Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and the National Transit Institute (NTI).
How to Apply
Applications for the 2024 TSE Program are now open. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 2, 2024 by 11:59pm EST.
Individuals interested in applying for the program must provide the following:
- Complete an Online Application
- Statement of Interest
- Updated Resume
- Signed Nomination Letter (by a senior or executive leader at your organization)
The TSE program is held yearly in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. More detailed information on hotel lodging and logistics will be sent to participants upon registering for the program.
The 2024 TSE program leadership topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Organizational Culture and Performance
- Organizational Communication
- Harnessing Critical Leadership Skills
- Collaboration and Innovation
- Cultivating Board and GM Relationships
- Building and Inspiring Teams
- Change Resistance and Resiliency
- Attracting and Retaining Talent
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)
- High-Level Crisis Management and Simulation: Strategic Negotiation
- Transportation Funding & Legislation (Infrastructure Updates & Insights)
During the week-long program, participants can expect to:
- Interact and gain perspective from industry luminaries and experts with decades of transportation experience
- Confidentially discuss, work on, and share their own leadership challenges with peers and faculty in small breakout groups (Impact Group sessions)
- Complete a thorough 360 leadership assessment informed by supervisors, direct reports, and peers, and develop action plan to maximize strengths, manage improvement
- Participate in VIP discussions to identify and hone leadership “sticking points”
- Engage in challenging, highly interactive, real-world exercises
- Access to Eno’s online policy/research library portal and all resources for the course
- Complete a one-hour individual coaching session with an executive coach prior to the course
- Attend post-course webinars with a peer coaching event to reinforce course content and connect on applied lessons from the program
Sample Agenda & General Schedule (subject to change without notice*)
- Gain an understanding of expectations for CEO/GM and second-in-command roles
- Examine one’s career aspirations relative to known leadership traits, behaviors, and strategies
- Identify best practices and explore one’s values and ethics when managing relationships with stakeholders (e.g., board of directors, team members, constituents)
- Assess how to positively impact and lead an organization
- Identify personal areas of strength and growth and tighten skills as a team coach and mentor
- Develop and improve key leadership skills
- Discuss personal leadership challenges in confidential small group sessions (Impact Groups)
- Explore how organizational culture can be shaped, impacted, and changed
- Demonstrate leadership skills in a real-world crisis simulation exercise
- Discuss the challenges and opportunities for attracting and retaining emerging talent
Financial Investment & Program Benefits
- Program costs for the 2024 Transportation Senior Executive Program are $5,350. Program benefits include the following:
- Coverage of most meals (breakfast, lunch, and light snacks) in addition to a welcome dinner/networking reception on one evening.
- Hotel lodging is not included in tuition fees. However, Eno competitively negotiates standard hotel rates for program attendees. All Eno event hotels are rated 3-stars or above and located in thriving, transportation-hub cities. Once selected for the program, a weblink will be sent to participants registering for the program to book their stay via the hotel’s reservation portal. For 2024, a general estimate for lodging in the Washington, D.C., area for the weeklong program is approximately $1,400 (including taxes/fees) for a standard king/queen room.
- Member-only access to Eno policy papers, research, and archived policy library
- Lifetime Eno Alumni Association membership to help keep your career on track
- Lifetime subscription to ‘Propel’—Eno’s new quarterly online digital publication
- A 6-month complimentary membership to the highly coveted Eno Transportation Weekly (ETW), the premier transportation publication covering legislative and regulatory industry news, written by the renowned Jeff Davis, an Eno Senior Fellow
- Alumni Social Networking events
- Post-course coaching webinars to help reinforce course curriculum
- Peer-to-peer coaching and social networking sessions
Course tuition should be paid 30 days before the start of the program either online or through a company invoice. If an invoice is the preferred method of payment, one will be emailed to the participant after registration is complete. Payment terms for invoices are net 30 days. Please note your seat is not guaranteed until you have registered and paid tuition. For questions on course tuition or payment, contact our team at PDPsupport@enotrans.org.
All cancellations must be made in writing to an Eno staff member. Should the event be canceled by force majeure, Eno is not responsible for any penalty incurred because of purchasing a non-refundable travel ticket or related travel/personal costs.
Confirmed registrants may cancel and receive a full refund (minus a $350 administrative fee) up to 30 business days before the program.
If you find that you are unable to attend, and it is less than 30 business days before the program start date, you forfeit 50% of your tuition.
If you find that you are unable to attend, and it is 10 business days or less before the program start date, you forfeit your entire tuition.
If you find that you are unable to attend, and it is more than 30 business days before the program start date, you may be able to transfer your paid registration to an alternate applicant to attend a similar program in your place pending application approval by and at the discretion of Eno.
Approved transfers are permitted one time only within the calendar year.
Health & Safety
To ensure a safe and immersive learning experience, all TSE participants are required to undergo a brief Health and Safety check at the top of each morning during the program week. Participants must comply with state and local COVID-19 mask mandates and protocols. Please note that Eno cannot guarantee social distancing within the learning environment.
*Eno currently adheres to and implements COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC. COVID-19 recommendations, requirements, and updates are subject to change with or without notice.
Eno is an American Planning Association (APA) – American Institute of Certified Planners™ (AICP) authorized provider. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for activities in accordance with this program. Transportation Senior Executive participants are eligible for Certification Maintenance credits once they have successfully completed the program and met all certification requirements. Information on how to claim credits will be sent to participants interested in claiming the credits after the program’s completion.
Helpful Application Resources
Statement of Interest
- Click here for helpful tips on how to write an effective statement of interest
- Tips on how to proofread your work for the best results
There are two scholarship opportunities available to Transportation Senior Executive applicants: The Frank J. Lichtanski Memorial Scholarship offered by the American Public Transportation Foundation; and the Robert J. Prince, Jr. Scholarship offered by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). Detailed information on the scholarships is referenced below.
Frank J. Lichtanski Memorial Scholarship
The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) has honored Frank J. Lichtanski, long time General Manager/CEO of Monterey-Salinas Transit in California by creating the Frank J. Lichtanski Scholarship Fund. Mr. Lichtanski is remembered for his 31 years of dedication to providing the very best transit service to the people of Monterey County. In memory of his dedication to the public transit industry and support of small and medium-sized transit agencies, the scholarship has been established to provide tuition support in the amount of $2,500 (participant’s agency will be invoiced for remaining tuition costs) to an eligible candidate from a small or medium-sized transit agency. The winner of the Frank Lichtanski Scholarship also receives a waiver of registration fees for the APTA Annual Meeting.
Robert Prince, Jr. Scholarship
The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and AECOM have honored Robert Prince, Jr. for his dedication to the growth and development of emerging leaders in the transit industry by creating the Robert Prince Scholarship. Mr. Prince has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the education of the transit workforce in his roles as a leader in the public and private sectors of the transportation industry, in his volunteer commitment to youth in Boston, and as a board member of COMTO and the American Public Transportation Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior leader in the transit industry who currently reports directly to the General Manager/CEO. The recipient should have a career goal to become a transit General Manager/CEO in a rural, small urban, or urban transit agency. Preference is given to current members of COMTO. The winner of the Robert Prince Scholarship also receives a registration waiver and travel support to the COMTO Annual Conference and is encouraged to participate in the COMTO Leadership Institute.
Can’t make it to TSE in 2024? Join us in 2025!
The TSE program will be held at The Westin in Alexandria, Virginia Sunday, March 23 – Friday, March 28, 2025
For questions about the Transportation Senior Executive Program, please contact the Professional Development Team at PDPSupport@enotrans.org