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2025 LIT Leadership Summit

Latinos In Transit (LIT) invites public and private transit/transportation organizations to submit their interest in hosting the 2025 LIT Leadership Summit.



Please submit proposals to c.villarreal@latinosintransit.org.


Latinos In Transit (LIT) invites public and private transit/transportation organizations to submit their interest in hosting the 2025 LIT Leadership Summit.  

Hosting a LIT Leadership Summit in your community provides an opportunity toshowcase your organization while supporting a nonprofit organization that is promoting the advancement of Latinos and other minorities in the transit industry. Since 2016, LIT has pushed its mission to create programming that lays a foundation to achieve professional growth and leadership development opportunities. LIT continues to enhance its annual Summit for its rapidly growing membership, providing its members with the professional skills, mentoring, and networking opportunities that advocate for the next generation of transit leaders. The Summit focuses on educating through sharing best practices and thought leadership, as well as establishing meaningful connections and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

LIT’s network of members, partners and supporters spans across the nation. TheSummit is anticipated to attract over 400 attendees. As the host organization, you will be positioned at the forefront of leaders and emerging professionals in the transit industry before, during, and after the conference. Leading up to attendees arriving, the host organization receives substantial exposure, including being featured in the Summit advertising campaign. Additional media exposure the host organization and host city will receive is an opportunity to grow its followers and audience. The host organization will have the opportunity to highlight a mission critical project, serviceand/or infrastructure during a technical tour. After the event, the host city/organization will have created an impact on attendees that will further help to promote the host organization and its engagement with its community. In addition, the event will result in economic impacts to the local economy by the contracting of local businesses and by an uptick in business from Summit attendees.

Submitting a letter of interest to host the 2025 LIT Leadership Summit will put your organization at the front and center of passionate transit industry professionals from around the nation, providing the host an opportunity to highlight mission critical projects, services, and community benefits.

The LIT Leadership Summit is traditionally held in September, during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15). We are looking for a host organization that will be able to provide a destination with excellent access to public transportation and other mobility options. We invite organizations interested in being the host of the 2025 Leadership Summit to respond with a letter of interest and a proposal based on activities required to host the Summit.

The selected host will be announced at the 2024 Leadership Summit in Portland, Oregon, on September 14, 2024.

Please submit proposals to c.villarreal@latinosintransit.org.

At a minimum, proposals must include the following information:

● Letter of interest from CEO/General Manager or designee

● Historical narrative and background from the interested organization(s)

● Sponsorship amount and budget narrative on how the sponsorship will be

provided (monetary, in kind, both) Please provide specific details on valued

amounts for in kind contributions.

● Destination description, accessibility, and hospitality services available

● Closest airport location and public transit information

Proposal deadline is August 1, 2024.


Background Information

Mission

Latinos In Transit is a leading multicultural, non-profit organization that advocates equity, diversity, and inclusion and enables the development and advancement of its members to executive positions, as well as other positions of influence in the mobility industry.

About the LIT Leadership Summit

This will be LIT’s fifth Leadership Summit. After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Leadership Summit returned in 2022 in Dallas, Texas, and was hosted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The event saw more than 150 registrants, a sold out Leadership Luncheon with 200 attendees, nine sponsors, four breakout sessions, three keynote speakers (including influential local and national elected officials), a technical tour, networking breakfast and two receptions. The 2023 Summit was hosted by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority and it also drew a sold out audience. In 2024, TriMet in Portland, Oregon, will be the host sponsor and we are expected to reach an audience of 350 people.

Attendees consist of emerging professionals and industry leaders from both the public and private sector. Traditionally hosted in September, the Summit kicks off mid Thursday late afternoon with registration and an opening reception. Friday features committee meetings, Leadership Academy presentations, and an awards ceremony. Saturday is scheduled with a packed itinerary that includes breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, a luncheon, a closing plenary, and a technical tour. The Summit concludes on Saturday evening with a closing reception.

Host and Sponsor

As the host and sponsor of the Summit, it is recommended to include a combination of monetary and in kind contributions with a minimum value estimated at $25k. Host sponsors will be featured as the lead sponsor of the opening reception and branded throughout the Summit. Past concession packages have included monetary sponsorship, as well as in-kind contributions such as transportation, design/graphics, printing services, swag, facility usage, etc. The 2025 Leadership Summit budget will vary by location. It is our goal to find a sponsor organization that can provide the hospitality resources needed to best leverage our partnership. The organization that submits the most comprehensive sponsorship partnership, and can meet the needs of hosting the Summit, will be awarded the opportunity to host the 2025 Leadership Summit.

Summit Location

The organization submitting a proposal should emphasize the desire to host the Summit in their community. This should include amenities that the host destination provides.(Example: Access to airports, accommodations, public transportation, event venues, entertainment, food services). For this reason, cooperation with state and/or regional departments of the local tourism board is imperative. This cooperation helps in arranging pre- and post-conference story gathering trips and providing news-making sessions to our members. It is highly recommended that bids come from a joint proposal from transit/transportation related agencies and collaboration with the host destination’s onvention and Visitors Bureau to best showcase your destination.  

Proposals that wish to sponsor the Summit but do not wish to designate a specific location as the host destination are welcome as well. In this case, LIT would designate the Summit destination.

Additional Info

Media Contact : Christina Villarreal c.villarreal@latinosintransit.org

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