Transportation Director Summit

What is the Transportation Director Summit?


Join 100 Pupil Transportation Directors as they discuss the importance of employee culture to organizational success and growth, a topic that has never been so timely. Staff shortages among drivers and maintenance technicians continue to adversely affect school district transportation departments and school bus contractors, alike. 

The solution to engaging and retaining the right employees – and ridding your organizations of toxic employees – is not simply about offering potlucks and ping-pong tables.

If you are a registered STN EXPO full conference attendee, there’s no additional cost to you, your municipality or your organization to participate in this exclusive event! Apply now for one of the limited 100 spots. Meals, snacks and participation expenses are covered by STN.

The Transportation Director Summit at STN EXPO Indianapolis is a signature event designed exclusively for qualified transportation directors. Participants will network with peers throughout two days, starting the afternoon of Friday, June 7, and continuing all day Saturday, June 8, 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.

Have a question about the Transportation Director Summit? Contact Ryan Gray at or Tony Corpin at


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Friday, June 7 – Hosted at JW Marriott

3:30 – 4 p.m. 
Welcome, Networking, Networking and Supplier Introductions

4 – 5 p.m.
Defining Moments
Facilitated group discussion by STN Publisher Tony Corpin, who moderates a conversation between suppliers and transportation directors on operational challenges.

5 5:20 p.m.
Focused Supplier / Client Meeting

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Networking Mixer w/Appetizers, Cocktails & Drinks


Saturday, June 8 – Hosted at the Indianapolis Zoo, Dolphin Pavilion

7 a.m. 
Transportation to Indianapolis Zoo Departs

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
Light Networking Breakfast & Day 2 Welcome

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. 
What Engaged Teams Look Like – Culture & Leadership Keynote
Don Harkey, People Centric Consulting Group

9:45 10:05 a.m.
Focused Supplier / Client Meeting

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Establishing HR Guardrails in Your Organization
Grace Kelly, RC Kelly Law Associates

11:15 11:35 a.m.
Focused Supplier / Client Meeting

Noon – 1 p.m.
Networking Lunch at the Outdoor Bicentennial Pavilion

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
How to Hold Successful Difficult Conversations
Matt Griswold, People Centric Consulting Group

2:15 2:35 p.m.
Focused Supplier / Client Meeting

2:45 – 3:40 p.m.
Interactive Table Discussion with Don Harkey, People Centric Consulting Group

3:40 4 p.m.
Focused Supplier / Client Meeting

4 p.m.
Thank you from STN Publisher Tony Corpin, Move to Networking Mixer at the Outdoor Bicentennial Pavilion with Appetizers, Cocktails & Drinks

6 p.m.
Transportation back to JW Marriott

Transportation Director Summit Keynote

Don Harkey

Don Harkey spent the first decade of his career with Fortune 500 companies (3M, ADM) as a chemical engineer, where he played different roles, including a shift supervisor and project engineer. He also learned principles of leadership, Six-Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing. Most importantly, he learned how to implement systems that help teams to be successful.

In 2012, Don cofounded People Centric Consulting Group, and became the sole owner in 2018. Don is a popular keynote speaker who delivers high-energy, interactive and often humorous presentations. His topics include managing millennials, building a healthy culture, developing better managers and leaders, and methods of handling toxic employees. His primary role at People Centric is business development, although he still works with many clients. His favorite saying is, “Passion is Productive.”

Grace Kelly

Establishing HR Guardrails in Your Organization

RC Kelly Law Associates

Matt Griswold

How to Make a Difficult Conversation Easy

People Centric Consulting Group

Powerful Visual Notes Taken at the 2017 TD Summit provided by Ink Factory



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 that blends 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. This is exactly how we view this inaugural experience.

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. It takes place Friday, June 7, 2019, and Saturday, June 8, 2019. 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

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, that can elevate the student transportation industry to the next level. This requires a decorum of professionalism and collaboration.