ITE recognizes that to advance and promote the transportation industry, we must cultivate and recognize the up-and-coming talent and future generation among our ranks. To that end, ITE promotes two programs to help identify and recognize the best and brightest transportation professionals 35 years old or younger who have demonstrated leadership and innovation within the transportation industry:
For this program, anyone with ITE member credentials may nominate a transportation professional meeting the criteria outlined below (and here) through ITE’s awards portal. This includes employers, peers, or self-nomination. A selection committee reviews all eligible submissions and chooses a class of 20 Young Leaders to Follow (which automatically includes each District Rising Star).
For this program, Districts select one Rising Star from among their respective District membership. Each District Awards Coordinator then enters one official entrant into ITE’s Rising Stars program. To promote uniformity, ITE encourages its Districts to use the criteria outlined below to choose their recipient. District Rising Stars are automatically integrated into ITE’s Young Leaders to Follow Program and eligible to win the Young Member of the Year Award.
The following information outlines the nomination process, required application materials and judging criteria for both the Young Leaders to Follow Program and the District Rising Star Program.
Each year, ITE will recognize a class of 20 Young Leaders to Follow. Eligible candidates for this program include any active ITE member who is 35 years old or younger on January 1, 2023. Individuals selected as the Rising Star in their District will automatically be included in this group for the current year. One of these individuals will be selected as the Young Member of the Year and will be recognized at ITE's Annual Meeting and Exhibition.
Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements to qualify for selection into the Young Leaders to Follow Program:
Nominations may be submitted by employers, peers, or the nominees themselves. The information and materials collected as part of the nomination package are designed to provide insight into the nominee’s technical and professional experience, leadership abilities, involvement with ITE and affiliated councils and committees, and breadth of volunteer experience.
The selection committee will be chaired by the International Vice President. Members of the Selection Committee will include the Council Leadership Team Chair, Chair of LeadershipITE, Chair of the Younger Member Committee, and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
The following documents must be included in each submission package via https://ite-youngleaders.secure-platform.com/a..
December 1 Application/ Nomination Period Opens
March 15 Application/Nomination Deadline
April 15 Selection Committee Evaluation and Selection Complete
Early May Announcement of the ITE Young Leaders to Follow
June ITE Journal Announcement
Each of ITE’s Districts is encouraged to hold its own district-wide nomination/application process to identify and select one District Rising Star to represent their District. To provide guidelines and uniformity among our Districts, we have outlined the following parameters for eligibility. Because the District Rising Stars will be integrated into the Young Leaders to Follow Program, we have adjusted the criteria to be better aligned. Following are the guidelines for the District Rising Stars program.
Each year’s Rising Stars Class will consist of one representative from each of ITE’s Districts selected of the current award year. Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements to qualify for selection into the District Rising Stars Class:
This award is designed to help ITE’s Districts encourage and recognize young member engagement and leadership on a District-level. We recognize Districts may have slightly different internal processes but encourage District leadership to design a District-level nomination process that enables them to receive a pool of candidates by March 1 from which to choose one to be your District Rising Star prior to ITE’s submission deadline of April 1. ITE only accepts one nomination per District, and it should be submitted by a predetermined District Awards Coordinator.
District Rising Star entrants must submit the following required information to their District Awards Coordinator* by March 1:
Each District Awards Coordinator will be responsible for submitting all of the above documents for their chosen District Rising Star in electronic format via the Open Water platform at https://ite-awards. secure-platform.com/a/ no later than April 1.
If you have questions, please email your District's Rising Stars Award Coordinator.
*District Awards Coordinators may distribute the form found here to collect nominations that are consistent in their content. The questions on this form will be required fields in ITE's online Awards portal and will ensure all nominations contain the relevant elements.