Transportation Senior Executive Program

Transportation Senior Executive Program

Something new and bold is happening for Transit Senior Executive (TSE)…and it’s going to be a game changer.

Applications for the 2021 TSE program open on March 8, 2021—stay tuned for all the details. We’ve restructured the TSE program to give you an elevated experience with access to top executives in transit. Get ready to unlock your greater potential.


The program is tailored specifically for senior-level managers who possess a strong commitment to the public transportation industry and currently serve in a senior leadership role. This program is designed for senior leaders in public agencies, private sector firms, and contract operators – regardless of organization or agency size.

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 other premier leadership programs such as those offered by APTA, Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS) and the National Transit Institute (NTI).


Individuals interested in applying for the program must provide the following:

  1. Online Application
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Updated Resume
  4. Official Nomination Letter (by a senior or executive leader)


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

Updated Resume:

Nomination Letter:


  • Gain exposure to and an understanding of the various expectations for a CEO/GM role
  • 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 strengthen skills as a 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


Eno is an American Planning Association (APA) – American Institute of Certified Planners™ (AICP) certified member. 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.


“As a participant in the Senior Executive [Program] and seeing the progression of our emerging leaders who have also participated, I can attest to the value of the coaching, mentoring and leadership development embedded in the program.  I encourage up and coming transportation executives to take advantage of this innovative program which will not only enhance their professional development skills but also serve as an invaluable networking opportunity.”
Greg Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, STV  

“The TSE Eno class was excellent! Participants were able to connect and interact in smaller groups and build professional relationships with their peers.  Instructors and speakers were highly professional and knowledgeable in their area of expertise.”
—Aida Copic, Director of Planning, Transit Authority of River City

“The camaraderie built among the classmates is unparalleled, as everyone in the room is a leader and a technical expert.  It provides a safe environment for real conversations about the individual, the organizations they are part of, in the industry as a whole.”
—Chris Trujillo, Chief of Police, New Jersey Transit

“It was refreshing to participate in a training program that was truly transformative. There are so many positive things I can say about the course, from the content and speakers to the 360 feedback. I would encourage anyone thinking about participating to go for it. It’s worth spending a week with such a high level of transit professionals.”
Lisa Reinheimer, Director of Planning and Development, Monterey-Salinas Transit


There are two scholarship opportunities available to Transportation Executive Seminar 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.


For questions about the Transportation Senior Executive Program, please contact the Professional Development Team at

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