Future Leaders of Intermodal Program

IANA is pleased to present the Future Leaders of Intermodal Program (FLIP). This yearlong program kicking off at EXPO 2024, provides educational and networking opportunities for IANA members’ rising stars to take their careers to the next level.

The application period for the inaugural cohort closed on June 19, 2024 — applications are not being accepted at this time.

FLIP Objectives:

  • Fostering professional development to ensure the retention and elevation of quality talent within the industry.
  • Promoting dialogue and new perspectives that will sustain intermodal’s continued growth and innovation.
  • Providing learning and networking opportunities through the guidance of industry veterans and exposure to industry events.
  • Educating about intermodal from the basics to more advanced topics affecting the industry.
  • Breaking down silos to foster collaboration and understanding across all modes within the industry.


To be considered, an applicant must:

  • Be an employee of an IANA member company in good standing;
  • Have support of a representative of senior management at their company;
  • Hold a title equivalent to Manager or below;
  • Have only 2-5 years’ experience in the industry.

Registration Timeline:

  • May 8, 2024: Applications Open
  • June 19, 2024: Application Deadline (11:59 pm ET)
  • June 20 – July 12, 2024: Applications Reviewed & Chosen
  • July 15, 2024: Cohort Announced

    Note: There is no fee to apply nor is there a fee if accepted to participate. All charges for event registrations/travel must be paid for by the individual/their company and are not subsidized by IANA.

Schedule of Required Activities: Cohort runs from EXPO 2024 to EXPO 2025

Note: Participants must attend all required activities. Virtual Meet Ups are approximately 1 hour each; participation at IANA events includes both dedicated FLIP sessions and general meeting activities.

  • September 2024: Cohort Kickoff at IANA EXPO: Long Beach, CA
  • November 2024: FLIP Virtual Meet Up 1: Reflections on the Intermodal Journey
  • February 2025: FLIP Virtual Meet Up 2: Leading in Intermodal
  • April 2025: FLIP Virtual Meet Up 3: Next-Level Intermodal Operations
  • May 2025: IANA Business Meeting: Kansas City, MO
  • June 2025: FLIP Virtual Meet Up 4: Telling the Story: Championing Intermodal Beyond Your Office
  • September 2025: Cohort Completion Celebration at IANA EXPO: Long Beach, CA

Additional Activity Requirements

  • Attend one in-person modal association meeting representative of your company’s division (i.e. AASHTO, AAPA Powers Summit, ATA MC&E, RSA Annual Meeting, TPM, TIA Capital Ideas Summit, etc)
  • Attend four IANA educational webinars of your choice throughout the year (1 hour each)
  • Participate on an IANA Committee (Attend at least 1 meeting)
  • Complete a final 1–2-page report detailing your experiences and learning outcomes from FLIP, as well as reflections tied to required activities.

Still have questions? Contact education@intermodal.org for assistance!


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