Leadership Awards Reception

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Date(s) - Jun 06
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport


For 27 years, Eno has provided 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation-related fields of study, a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed through our Future Leaders Development Conference. Their week of intensive learning is capped by a celebration of leadership in the transportation industry, the Leadership Awards Reception, bringing together over 250 transportation leaders from across the country.

Join the us for the Leadership Award Reception to honor the awardees and to support Eno’s work to shaping public debate on critical and emerging issues in transportation, and build an innovative network of transportation professionals. A highlight of the event are the Eno Leadership Awards, presented to influential thought leaders and alumni. This year, Eno will honor two individuals for their leadership and vision.


Award Winners

Distinguished Alumni Award

Patricia Hendren, I-95 Corridor Coalition

Patricia (Trish) Hendren is the Executive Director of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, a multi-state, multi-modal organization dedicated to improving transportation from Maine to Florida. The focus of her career has been turning data into useful information, helping agencies overcome internal barriers to data-based decision making, and demonstrating transportation investment needs to external stakeholders. She has worked with State DOTs, MPOs and transit agencies including the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) where she launched an Office of Performance Management.

To improve current practice and stay abreast of national issues, Trish has been actively involved in the TRB since 2001 chairing or serving on committees, research panels and conference planning efforts. She recently outlined practical insights to help organizations start down the performance management path in the TR News article “Moving from Reactive to Strategic: A Transit Agency Perspective.” Dr. Hendren’s contributions to the field and focus on mentoring were recognized in her selection as the 2014 WTS -DC Chapter Woman of the Year.

Trish holds a Ph.D in Transportation Technology and Policy and a Master’s Degree in Ag Econ, both from the UC Davis, and a B.A. in English from Duke University.

Eno Thought Leader Award

Nat Ford, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and immediate past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. He has been active in APTA for more than 25 years serving in multiple leadership roles, including Chair, Vice Chair of the Management and Finance Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer.

Mr. Ford has built a legacy of organizational leadership, fiscal acumen and innovation throughout his distinguished career. He is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development; and known for industry-leading insights and thought leadership on international transportation issues from trade and study missions around the world.

Under Ford’s leadership, the JTA was recognized as the winner of the 2016 APTA Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award. He has received numerous awards for his transformational programs and initiatives, including the White House Champion of Change. He was named “Ultimate CEO” by the Jacksonville Business Journal and was recently inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Ford holds an Executive MBA from the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in organizational leadership from Mercer University. He is a  graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University, has completed executive training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and recently became a published author.

Reception and Dinner

June 6, 2019
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Historic Terminal A Lobby
Arlington, VA 22202

Interested in learning more? Visit the LDC conference page here.


Thank you to Reception Sponsors:

Lead Sponsor

Develop Sponsors

Elevate Sponsor


Fellow Sponsors

Diane Woodend Jones, Lea + Elliot


Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring the reception or one of the Eno Fellows, please email Karen Price at kprice@enotrans.org or download the sponsor information packet below:

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