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Leadership ITE

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2023 Hybrid Program

LeadershipITE is combining the past and the present by offering a hybrid program. As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic, LeadershipITE again in 2023 will consist of two in-person sessions and nine virtual sessions. This hybrid approach will allow you to connect with your peers in person to kick off the year, support and balance your professional and personal lifestyle through virtual workshops throughout the year, and end with an in-person graduation and celebration. This approach combines the best attributes of years past into a comprehensive inclusive program that will enable you to evolve your leadership skills for the future. The virtual workshops will be supplemented by professional and social events which provide participants not only the same content that this program is built on, but also enhancements to provide additional ways to engage with classmates, alumni and the greater ITE community. 

LeadershipITE has always been built on the diversity of our profession, with our team looking to build classes each year that highlight this.  We are excited to be able to provide a program that enables participants to kick-off the program with in-person workshops and networking. The momentum continues with virtual workshops and events throughout the year thereby minimizing time and cost constraints associated with traveling. The program culminates in an end-of-the-year, in-person graduation and attendance at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition. With the 2023 program, you will be able to get the same powerful, intimate and personal LeadershipITE experience but in a format that helps to better support and balance your professional and personal lifestyle.

The virtual workshops will not be your average webinars.  The curriculum is built around engagement and each of the nine, four-hour virtual workshops beginning in January will include interactive and experiential elements. These workshops are led by Shelley Row, P.E., CSP, a professional leadership consultant who is also a registered professional engineer with a strong background in transportation. You are in great hands and will undoubtedly benefit from her expertise.

Additionally, small team projects will be conducted addressing real-world issues facing the transportation profession and/or ITE and its members. (Note: To access previous group projects, scroll down to Alumni and the group projects are listed under each class link.) Throughout the year, you will have many opportunities to meet new people and grow your networks, with intimate social events, sessions and assignments with various LeadershipITE alumni and ITE leadership.   

If you’ve been interested in LeadershipITE, and the travel schedule and costs have held you back, 2022 is your opportunity to experience this hybrid interactive and engaging program while minimizing time away from your family and work responsibilities.

Sample letter to employer to explain value of LeadershipITE Program and request support 

Watch a recorded virtual session about the LeadershipITE Program 


LeadershipITE will ensure that our Institute and its members are positioned to engage and shape the future.

Learn more about LeadershipITE 2023

The Future of Transportation

The world of transportation has been transforming at a rapid pace.  The challenges and opportunities created by these changes impact society and people’s quality of life in ways hardly predictable. Now, more than ever, we need Transportation Leaders that can effectively communicate, collaborate and advocate to help our communities navigate this evolution.  Our community must have the skills to not only engage but to lead. Developing the next generation of leaders is one of our key objectives.

Are you ready to take on that challenge?  Are you the future of transportation?

To this end, ITE has established LeadershipITE. It is a program to grow and empower leaders within the transportation industry so that they are well prepared for greater roles within their professional capacity as well as within ITE and other associations.  Since 2014, LeadershipITE has been identifying, developing, and engaging leaders to ensure that ITE and its members are positioned to participate and shape the future of transportation.

LeadershipITE is the only leadership program built specifically for Transportation Professionals by Transportation Professionals.  Led by Shelley Row, PE, CSP a professional engineer and former USDOT executive, the program has been developed from the ground up to give transportation leaders the tools and leadership knowledge that is tailored to the transportation world.

Value of LeadershipITE with Employee Retention

Program Goals

Target participants will represent the diversity of our community in age, gender, ethnicity and discipline. These individuals will engage in an intensive program that addresses the challenges and opportunities facing the transportation profession and ITE. Through this program, participants will explore current issues in transportation; develop and hone leadership competencies; and build the professional network required to excel as leaders in ITE, in their places of employment and communities.

Specifically, the LeadershipITE program is built to ensure that participants will:

  • Be self-aware so they are confident and comfortable with themselves and their skills
  • Understand, accept, empower and adapt for others
  • Be a high-functioning communicator
  • Be an effective networker in and advocate for the transportation industry
  • Be more confident in their role within ITE and as LITE alumni


PDH Credits

LeadershipITE is not traffic operations engineering, planning or road-safety related.  But the Transportation Professional Certification Board (TPCB) does allow non-engineering related topics. For the PTOE, PTP and RSP2, 10-12 PDHs are allowed; For RSP1, 5 PDHs are allowed.



To be eligible to participate in LeadershipITE the applicant must:

  • Be an active Member or Fellow in good standing with ITE.
  • Be able to demonstrate contributions to ITE through volunteer activities.
  • Be willing to work with their employer, District and Section for financial support of the registration fee.


Application Process


The application process for the 2023 LeadershipITE Class is due September 15, 2022 with funding due by November 15, 2022.

A completed application packet includes:

  • Completed application form submitted by the due date;
  • Responses to short essay questions;
  • Nomination letter from current or past ITE District or Section officer;
  • Support letter from current employer; and
  • Support letter from non-employer.



Tuition for the program is $3,500. This includes all virtual workshops, course materials, and registration to ITE’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition held during the program year. Tuition payments are due November 15, 2022.








    Year Program Sponsorships
    Florida District 2021 $3,000
    2019 $3,000
    2017 $6,000
    Mid-Colonial District 2021 $1,000
    2017 $4,000
    Canadian District 2021 $3,000
    2020 $2,500
    2019 $2,500
    2018 $4,000
    Texas District 2021 $4,000
    2017 $3,000
    Western District 2019 $3,000
    2018 $3,000
    2017 $3,000
    Northeastern District 2017 $2,500
    Midwestern District 2021 $1,000
    2019 $1,000
    2017 $2,000
    Illinois Section 2021 $1,500
    2019 $2,000
    Southern District 2020 $2,500
    2019 $2,000
    2017 $1,500
    Great Lakes District 2021 $2,000
    2017 $1,500
    Georgia Section 2018 $1,500
    2017 $1,500
    Mid-Atlantic Section 2017 $1,500
    Indiana Section 2019 $500
    2017 $500
    Dallas Section 2021 $500
    2017 $500
    Arizona Section 2017 $500
    North Central Section 2021 $250
    2018 $250
    2017 $250
    Houston Section 2021 $500
    Neel-Schaffer 2020 $2,500

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