December 4–5, 2021
It’s prestigious. It’s empowering.
What is the Transportation Director Summit?
It’s prestigious. It’s empowering. Over 100 directors at school districts and bus companies are selected to join dozens of vendor representatives for two days of training, networking and solution-finding.
Do you have trust in your employees? Do they have trust in you? How do you even build trust?
This year’s Transportation Director’s Summit will deliver the strategies you need as a leader to instill trust throughout your organization with a highly engaging expert who literally wrote the book on how the values of honesty and integrity translate to the business world. Roundtable discussions will follow that focus on how to implement the lessons learned into everyday life as a transportation director.
If you are a registered STN EXPO full conference attendee, there’s no additional cost to you, your municipality or your organization to participate! Apply now for one of the limited 100 spots. Meals, snacks and participation expenses are covered by STN.
Launched in 2017, the Transportation Director Summit at STN EXPO is a signature event designed exclusively for qualified transportation directors. Participants will network with peers throughout two days, starting prior to the start of the regular STN EXPO conference. Successful applicants will gain high-level insights from experts within the student transportation industry and beyond on how to implement true leadership and innovation practices into their local operations.
Schedule at a Glance
(Subject to change)
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Welcome & Introductions at EDGE Nightclub
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ice Breaker, Transportation Director Discussions & Networking Mixer
Buses Depart for The Chateau at Lake Tahoe
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Continental Networking Breakfast
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Leadership & Strategy Training with Merideth-Elliott Powell (Part 1 & 2)
Transportation Director Discussions
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Leadership & Strategy Training with Merideth-Elliott Powell (Part 3 & 4)
Transportation Director Discussions
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Mixer: Appetizers & Drinks
Buses Depart for Peppermill Resort
Summit Keynote Speakers
Meridith Elliott Powell
Business Growth & Leadership Expert
As a Business and Motivational Keynote Speaker, I deliver hope and concrete strategies to executives, CEOs, and their teams. If you’re like most leaders, the word uncertainty can leave you feeling uncomfortable, unsure, and maybe even a little fearful. Through my workshops, coaching, and keynotes, I show leaders how to create a culture of employee innovation and intrapreneurship.
In turn, by helping employees and teams take charge of their careers, they become the employees that companies strive to keep.
Co-Owner, Decision Support Group
Tim has been providing consulting services to public and private sector clients for nearly 25 years. His special focus has been assisting organizations with issue identification and designing improvement strategies. Much of his worked has focused on comprehensive organizational reengineering, the implementation of technology to support transportation, and evaluating school start times. Having worked with hundreds of customers in multiple countries, Tim has been able to collaborate with his clients to create real and measurable improvements in operational performance. He was the lead author of multiple statewide benchmarking reports in the field of student transportation and has authored articles and educational pieces on a broad range of transportation, fleet management, and general management topics. Tim holds an bachelor’s degree in history and education from Salisbury University, and a master’s degree in public administration from American University.
Owner, Strategic School Consultants
Ryan is an independent senior consultant in the student transportation industry after serving public schools on the West Coast for 18 years, 11 years as a director. Throughout his career, Ryan has assisted K-12 school districts and private schools with operational analyses, attendance and eligibility boundary analyses, technology qualifications, and full evaluations of cost and service delivery based upon routing efficiencies. Ryan’s work focuses on the use of data to determine potential avenues for system improvement. He specializes in change management, project management, solving complex human relations issues, and completing large scale projects involving internal and external stakeholders. Ryan holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration. He is working on his Ph.D. in organizational development.
The Transportation Director Summit at STN EXPO is a signature event that is designed exclusively for qualified transportation directors. Join the industry’s leading pupil transportation directors and private fleet executives for an immersive two days of higher learning on December 4-5, 2021. The Transportation Director Summit will be offered to transportation directors and private fleet executives who have ultimate decision-making power. Successful applicants will gain access to engaging, high-level meetings with peers and representatives of leading industry suppliers to brainstorm opportunities amid the current challenging student transportation environment. The goal is to implement true leadership and innovation practices into local operations.
This free event is opened to all qualified transportation directors and supervisors, assistant transportation directors and supervisors, superintendents, financial directors, purchasing agents, fleet managers, and private contractor executives.
What is the TD Summit?
What it’s not is just another “speed dating” event that matches transporters with vendors. Instead, think of a graduate program retreat. It commences with an energized evening kick-starter session and is followed by a full day of high-level strategy, networking and idea crowdsourcing. These blend the topics of leadership development, organizational culture, disruptive technologies, resource allocation, and more to help pave the road forward for the industry’s decision makers. A “summit” by definition is a peak to be crested. It’s a convergence of great minds to wrestle with the day’s most important issues.
How does the TD Summit fit into the STN EXPO?
The TD Summit is an exclusive event held prior to the official start of the STN EXPO, with an attendance cap of no more than 100 for the full event. This event links thought leaders and participants via presentations, panel discussions and group activities. The event culminates with a reexamination of personal and professional goals.
How do I sign up for the TD Summit?
Register as a main conference attendee, and then click on the box next to “TD Summit Application” in the Optional Session Registration page to identify your interest in participating. You will then answer a few qualifying questions. An individual’s eligibility also requires verifiable proof that s/he is a school administrator-level professional whose main responsibilities include that of directing transportation operations. Titles can range from director of transportation, to transportation manager, to assistant superintendent. If you have already registered for the STN EXPO and want to add the TD Summit to your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any additional costs to participate in the TD Summit?
No, just your time and desire to be an industry leader. As mentioned above, any registered, full main conference STN EXPO attendee who can demonstrate their day job is that of an official transportation director with their district, or company, and is among the first 100 to sign up, can attend.
There has to be a catch: What do participants have to do to “earn their keep?”
All we ask of participants is that they arrive with an open, solutions-oriented mind. We want everyone to feel free to share ideas that, together, can identify new trails to blaze and elevate the student transportation industry to the next level. This requires a decorum of professionalism and collaboration.