Future Leaders Development Conference

Professional Development / Future Leaders Development Conference

Future Leaders Development Conference

Due to uncertainties related to COVID-19, we have decided to suspend the LDC program year until further notice. Please continue to check our website throughout 2021 for the latest updates.

Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) gives 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those selected as “Eno Fellows” come to Washington, DC for a week each spring.

During this weeklong intensive program, the Fellows meet with federal, state, and local officials, as well as public, private, and non-profit leaders across the industry. They get a first-hand look at how transportation policy is made, while engaging with leaders to discuss the latest developments and trends in the industry.

In Their Own Words: Reflections from Alumni Eno Fellows:

“The LDC program has at least two lasting impacts: teaching fellows how policy is made and how complex the process is, and establishing a network of fellows. Both of these can help fellows be more effective transportation professionals.”
“So many great conversations! Not only did I get to meet four (FOUR!) former secretaries of transportation, I got to nerd out with other Eno Fellows about transportation policy all week. Talking with so many smart, dedicated people really broadened my view of how we can and should make transportation decisions.”
“The LDC showed multiple pathways for researchers to influence policy. The decision-makers we met with said over and over that they don’t want to just hand down policy from on high. They are hungry for evidence and want to hear from people like me.”
“The remarkable aspect of the LDC program, in my mind, lies with the personal connections made with my peers. I find it incredibly rewarding to interact with my Eno Fellows at conferences and meetings all over the country, and hearing about all of their great successes.”

Due to uncertainties related to COVID-19, we have decided to suspend the LDC program year until further notice. Please continue to check our website throughout 2021 for the latest updates.

The LDC agenda will cover topics such as:

  • State of Federal Transportation
  • Transportation Workforce Development and Labor Needs
  • Transportation Funding
  • Federal Technology Policy
  • Role of Freight Transportation
  • Aviation Industry
  • Transportation Lobbying
  • Local Mobility Transportation
  • Role of Transportation in Sustainability and Climate Change

Fellows in the LDC can expect:

During the 5 day conference Fellows can expect to:

  • Hear from more than 25 nationally recognized experts who will share their perspective from decades of experience
  • Participate in informal, off the record, conversations on hard hitting topics affecting the transportation industry
  • Gain a look “inside the beltway” on how transportation policy gets enacted at the federal level
  • Network with industry professionals during the panels and evening activities

The Eno Future Leaders Development Conference is designed for students in transportation-related programs, including engineering, planning, public policy, public administration, economics, management, and law. Students interested in any mode of transportation are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be Graduate-level students pursuing a masters or doctoral degree.

Each university is invited to nominate one student from each transportation-related discipline. Each college within the university is limited to one nomination. Universities with more than one transportation-related program may submit no more than two applications per university.

Your nominee should be an individual who demonstrates leadership ability and the potential to assume a senior role in a transportation-related organization in the future. The student must be able to attend the entire conference scheduled for May 31 – June 4th, 2020. International students can apply for the conference as long as they are nominated by a United States college/university and are currently attending.

All required application materials for each applicant must be posted to the Future Leaders Development Conference online application form.

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

    1. Online Application: 
    2. Statement of Interest: 
    3. Updated Resume (2-page limit)
    4. Nomination Letter
    5. Optional Statement of Financial Support

A sample application and detailed instructions for the LDC application can be found here!



Eno’s Board of Regents will review all nominations and select the participants for the 2020 Conference. In making the selections, the Regents will consider each nominee’s accomplishments and demonstrated leadership ability, academic program, intent to pursue a career in transportation and interest in national transportation issues.

Applications can be completed by the student or the nominator. Applications must have all required documents to be considered complete. If you have questions or issues with the online forms, contact pdpsupport@enotrans.org

Examples of Outstanding Applications from the 2016 Class

Andisheh Ranjibari (Rodney Slater Award Recipient)

Jonathan Wood (Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship Award Recipient)

Jack Cebe, Georgia Institute of Technology


Each year, the Maggie Walsh, WTS International Board Chair Scholarship is given to one outstanding candidate and WTS member. WTS selects the candidate to attend Eno’s Future Leaders Development Conference from the already selected class of Eno Fellows.


For the third year, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) award will be given to one outstanding student who is a COMTO member or affiliate. COMTO selects the candidate to attend Eno’s Future Leaders Development Conference from the already selected class of Eno Fellows. Please note in your statement of interest if you or someone in your family is a COMTO member.


For the fourth year, the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) will select a master’s degree student for a seat in the Eno LDC program. The student will be selected in conjunction with other CUTC awards.

If you have questions regarding the CUTC master’s degree seat in the Eno LDC program, please contact Dr. Tom O’Brien at Thomas.OBrien@csulb.edu

The Eno Center for Transportation covers most costs for selected Eno Fellows. This includes round trip transportation to/from the Fellow’s University, room and tax costs for all conference nights, and some meals. Two Eno Fellows will share a room during the conference. Fellow’s have the option of extending their hotel stay at their own cost.

For questions about the Future Leaders Development Conference, please contact Kirstin Hall, Senior Manager, Professional Development Programs, at khall@enotrans.org


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