Minnesota Trucking Association's NEXTLEADER Program
Experience the NEXTLEADER Journey
The MTA's NEXTLEADER program develops the next generation of trucking industry leaders. Over the course of this 12-month program, you will learn how to: build teams, become a person of influence, negotiate with confidence, cultivate relationships, deliver powerful presentations, lead meetings effectively, understand & develop company metrics, leverage your MTA membership, interact with legislators and government agencies, strategically think & plan, and communicate effectively.
Applicants: Emerging trucking industry leaders, from MTA member companies, across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on July 15, 2020 to be considered for selection. Applicants will be contacted on August 1, 2020 with the class selection decision. Class selection is competitive. There are only 20 seats available in the 2020/2021 NEXTLEADER class. Early applications will receive preference for class selection. Click for Online Application
To apply, you must register online and include the following:
1) Personal Essay. In 200 words or less describe why you are a good candidate for the NEXTLEADER program along with your career aspirations and goals. Upload in PDF format.
2) Professional Resume. Upload in PDF format.
3) Letter of Recommendation from your direct supervisor or company executive that explains why you are an emerging trucking industry leader, including descriptions and assessments on your professional achievements, qualifications and potential in the trucking industry, leadership abilities, and leadership experience. This may be uploaded in the registration system in PDF format or sent separately to MTA@mntruck.org subject line: NEXTLEADER Letter.
Registration Fee: The Registration fee of $2999.00 covers all expenses associated with the leadership program, including MTA event registration fees. Participants will be responsible for transportation costs, hotel, and hotel parking. Once the class is confirmed, each participant will receive an invoice via email for payment. The Registration fee must be paid by August 30, 2020 to secure your spot.
Attendance: Attendance at all sessions is critical for leadership development and getting the most benefit out of your NEXTLEADER experience. The program includes nine in-person sessions and one online assessment. Attendance is required at all sessions. Session 2 is a required online assessment that must be completed in October. Please let MTA know in advance if you will be unable to make an event.
Meeting Details: Sessions 1, 3, and 7 will be located at the MTA’s Office Building in Brooklyn Center, MN. The meetings will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided on these days. All other sessions will occur at the respective event locations on the designated day/time. These details will be communicated when available. You will be registered for these MTA events automatically with your paid NEXTLEADER registration.
Hotel: Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Each MTA event will have special hotel rates that will be communicated when available.
Dress Code: Business casual (dress slacks, skirt, sweater, blouse, button down shirt, polo) is the preferred dress for the sessions. Suits will be required for Session 5 (Truck to the Capitol) and Session 10 (Graduation). The Session 10 (Annual Conference Golf Tournament will require golf attire (collard shirt and slacks).
September 2020 to August 2021
Session 1: Team Building, Trucking, & Interacting with Government Officials & Agencies
Session 2 (online): Are You an Effective Leader? The Maxwell Leadership Assessment
Session 3: John Maxwell Professional Development & Leadership Training - Becoming a Person of Influence
Session 4: Leading Critical Conversations & Strategic Planning and Safety – MTA Safety Conference
Session 5: Leading Change Through Influence – MTA Truck to the Capitol
Session 6: Learning Through Leadership & Developing Company Metrics – MTA Trucking Management Conference
Session 7: Effective Negotiations and Communication
Session 8: Leading Volunteers – MTA Minnesota Truck Driving Championships
Session 9: Leading Effective Meetings (Webinar)
Session 10: Cultivating Relationships, NEXTLEADER Council, Graduation – MTA Annual Conference
TJ Hoag, Copeland Trucking - Chair, Kaitlyn Marsh, Fortune Transportation - Vice Chair, Marcus Abfalter, Finish Line Express - Secretary