The inaugural ImpACT! Leadership program took place January 21-23, with eighteen early-mid career participants convening at Disney World, Orlando, Florida for an exciting exploration of TDM, leadership, and ACT.
During the first day, participants underwent in-depth training in TDM, led by Phil Winters, Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South Florida. He gave a comprehensive presentation titled “TDM: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”
The program on the second day focused on developing leadership and incorporated materials that made use of self-assessments completed in advance by the participants. Discussion topics included improving professionally, techniques of management, and some tips on how to deal with difficult people and situations. In the evening, ImpACT! participants had the chance to get to know ACT leadership at a joint reception with the National Board.
The final day was spent discussing making the most of ACT and on selecting and embarking on committee work projects. Stacey King, Harvard University, found this especially valuable. She said, “It was great to learn more about ACT as an organization; I’m really excited to become more involved and I look forward to working with my ImpACT! colleagues on projects for our committee.”
ImpACT! participants will be meeting regularly during the coming year with assigned TDM professionals who will serve as mentors to assist with their ongoing professional development. Zachary Howard, University of Washington, is excited about using his new skills: “My experience at ImpACT! was really energizing. The leadership skills intensive left me feeling more optimistic about tackling obstacles to high performance, and the TDM overview gave me some clear ideas on tools I can develop to strengthen the business case for the work we do. I’m looking forward to getting back to work and putting this into practice!”