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On behalf of the ITE USC, UCI, and CSUF Student Chapters, we invite you to attend the 2023 Student Leadership Summit held at USC, from February 24th-26th 2023!

What's in store?

We are excited to have the opportunity to build connections between Student Chapters, create strong professional-student networks, and most importantly, inspire you to continue making an impact in the world of transportation!

Over this three-day summit, you will have the opportunity to network with other students and professionals, participate in engaging and educational student activities, and lastly, experience/tour the infrastructure in and around Downtown Los Angeles.

For those who are coming non-locally, we recommend staying at USC Hotel (Hotel Block sold out, varying rates 300-400 a night), or a hotel near 7th Street/Metro Center Train Station in Downtown Los Angeles,  a 15 minute commute to the main conference events on LA's E - Expo Line. Currently, rates for hotels in this area are 140-180 a night. 

Local Hotel rates:

Blitmore Los Angeles - $140/night (4-star hotel)

Freehand Los Angeles - $110/night

Tentative Itinerary


Friday, February 24th 2023

2:00-5:00 PM: Site Tours

5:00-6:00 PM: Break

6:00-9:00 PM: Social Event: Downtown 

Saturday, Feb 25th 2023

7:00-8:00 AM: Check in

8:00-8:45 AM: Welcome Ceremony and Breakfast

9:00-9:30 AM: Social Hour 

9:30-10:00 AM: Year in Review 

10:00-11:30 AM: Hospitality Sweets

11:30-12:00 PM: Social Hour

12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch/Industry Speaker

1:00-2:00 PM: Graduation Program - USC & UCI

2:15-4:15 PM: Career Fair

2:30-4:30 PM: Resume Workshop/Speed Interviews

4:00-5:00 PM: Break

5:00-6:30 PM: Group Competition 

6:30-8:30 PM: Dinner Banquet

Sunday, February 26th 2023

8:00-9:00 AM: Breakfast with Professionals

9:00-10:00 AM: Career Path Technical Session/Presentation

10:00-11:00 AM: The Future of Transportation Presentations

11:30-12:00 PM: Break/Photos

12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM: Closing Ceremony

Summit Highlights

We have an exciting program planned. Here are some of the highlights!

Friday, February 24th


Summit highlights on Friday include our Reception and the three tours of LA infrastructure we have planned.



Tour of Los Angeles Union Station + bus operations center


Tour of ATSAC (LADOT Traffic Operations Center) in their new central command post.


Tour of FastTrak facility -- Los Angeles tolling facility


Welcome Reception

Join us at TBD to network with professionals and get to know conference attendees at a low-key vibe with delicious reception items.

Saturday, February 25th


The most intense day of the conference. Start the day off by networking with professionals, make connections at the career fair, and top it off with a hearty dinner with a speaker address by David Kim, current Global Head of Mobility at WSP and former Secretary of CalSTA, on his career journey


Hospitality Suites

Network with professionals in a "speed dating" style event where professionals and students rotate tables.


Resume Review/Career Fair

Get your resume reviewed in one-on-one sessions with professionals, or practice your mock interviewing skills. Attend a career fair with 10+ consulting and engineering firms.


Graduate Program Panel

Meet representatives from USC and UCI to learn about grad school opportunities in transportation.


Student Competition

Students will analyze a transportation project "gone wrong", and present to a panel of professionals on how they would've prevented it.


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Dinner Banquet with Keynote Speaker, Honorable David Kim

David S. Kim is a transportation executive with WSP USA, a global engineering and professional services firm. He is based in the company’s Washington, D.C. office.

In his role as Senior Vice President and Principal, National Transportation Policy and Multimodal Strategy, David works with WSP’s Advisory national business line, collaborating with senior transportation executives in the public and private sector across the United States. He guides policymaking that supports federal funding for transportation projects anticipated under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law enacted in November 2021. He also guides the delivery of transportation capital projects, including strategic planning and policy, environmental process, funding and finance and capital

Prior to joining WSP, David served as Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA). He was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in April 2019 and served as Cabinet Secretary until January 2022. David was responsible for oversight of 40,000 employees across eight departments, boards and commissions whose missionis to advance a safe, environmentally sustainable transportation system that maximizes mobility for all Californians.

A longtime transportation leader with experience in the private sector as well as all three levels of government, David was Vice President, Government Affairs for Hyundai Motor Company from 2017-2019. Prior to this assignment, David spent nearly eight years in senior level roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the number two position
in the agency. Additionally, he was FHWA’s Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs and before that, spent two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

At the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, David led federal, state and local government affairs from 2004-2009 as Deputy Executive Officer for Federal Advocacy and Government Relations. Additionally, he served in the administration of Governor Gray Davis from 1999-2003 where he represented the State of California’s interests before Congress and the executive branch on transportation, water, energy and environmental priorities. From 1998 to 1999, David worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
for Congressional Affairs. He also spent three years as a Washington representative for the City of Los Angeles.

For a decade, David served on the staff of numerous elected officials in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington. He spent five years working in various capacities with Xavier Becerra, during his time in both the California State Assembly and Congress. Kim began his public service career as a field representative and administrative assistant to State Senator David Roberti.

A native of Davis, California, David earned a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Sunday, February 26th


This is the closing day of the summit, and we hope that by this time,you've made connections and friends to last a lifetime!


Career Path Technical Session

Learn about the path that young professionals took in their post-college career, whether it was grad school, industry or consulting. (PANEL TBD)

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Professor Johnson
USC/Ford/Boro Taxi


Future in Transportation Industry Panel

Hear from three different presentations that touch on innovations and changes in the transportation industry

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Sign Up!

 Register by January 27th for Early Bird rates, with a special 10% discount for bulk registrations of 7 or more students from the same student chapter.

Student Rate (Early Bird): $55

Student Rate: $65

Professional Rate (Volunteer Rate): $110

NEW! Professional Rate (Donation Rate)-- Individuals can choose to donate $2350 to help support the conference. Individuals will be recognized on our website.

Professional Rate (Recruiter Rate): $500


ITE Western District SLS Joint Planning Committee
3620 S. Vermont Avenue, KAP
Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089


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