Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer at Metrolink, regaled students with insights and anecdotes gleaned from his career in the transit field during his visit to campus on May 1. He shared elements of his professional history and trajectory, from bus operator to leadership roles in various transportation agencies, as well as business advice, general and transit-specific.
Randal Jackson, President and Principal at PlaceWorks, spoke with PPD students on campus on May 30, expounded on experience across his career, from his early days as a planning intern at the City of Long Beach, to mapping trails in Hawaii, and on through his growth with PlaceWorks. He imparted wisdom about his ten-step strategic planning process and the business of planning, as well as a number of examples of projects he has been involved with through the years.
Both Leahy’s and Jackson’s lectures were organized as part of their ongoing contributions to the PPD Distinguished Fellows program, which facilitates a variety of professional engagement opportunities between our students and leaders in planning-related fields.