Managers Institute

The Managers Institute provides senior-level managers, or those aspiring to management positions, with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection. This practical, hands-on workshop is specifically designed for anyone who manages others as part of their responsibilities in a public or private planning office, and it is specially customized each year to cover issues and challenges suggested by registrants. You will not want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to:

Connect with a select group of your peers for a dynamic training program developed by APA in collaboration with several seasoned senior-level managers from around the country.

Learn about a variety of topics including: managing transitions, building productive relationships, resolving conflict, and creating collaborative work environments.

Discover the secrets to success in an interactive environment led by a professional leadership trainer and a distinguished faculty of accomplished senior-level managers.

Managers Institute 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
CM | 8.0

$595, workshop only (not attending conference)
$300, full-rate conference registrants
$395, discounted-rate conference registrants

Make plans now to participate in the Managers Institute at APA's 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta, April 26-30, 2014. Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to interact with experienced trainers as well as your peers in an exciting learning environment.

MI is approved for 8 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, and you can register for this program together with your regular conference registration or as a single training workshop.


Save money and time by registering for the Managers Institute online.

Register online

You may also register by mail or fax using a downloadable PDF registration form. A $50 paper-processing fee will be applied to each mailed or faxed paper registration.

Register for the Managers Institute (function code W407) under Step 4 on page 4 of the PDF form at

This Year's Program

Draft agenda of the program (pdf)

This Year's Faculty

Gary Winters
MI Management Trainer

Diana C. Mendes, AICP
Senior Vice President
Director of Strategic Investments
AECOM Transportation

Janet Ruggiero, FAICP
Former community development director, City of Citrus Heights, California

View full information on the members of the faculty (pdf)

Kudos for the Program

Here is what past MI participants said about the program:

"This was a great opportunity to glean ideas from professionals. It helped make up for the mentoring I didn't otherwise get as a new manager."

"I loved that there was no PowerPoint — it was all discussion, exercises, and talking. The 'presenting' was kept to small digestible guides and stories and the attendees were encouraged to teach each other."

"It gave me the management tools to successfully deal with a number of challenging situations — more tools for my 'toolbox.'"

"The teamwork of two planners and a workplace organizational professional facilitated great discussion."

"Of the entire 5 days of the 2009 APA National Conference that I attended, this session was, by far the most valuable to me. The pre-survey was the key to fine-tuning the topics to the needs of this group of attendees. The all-day format was essential for discussion to occur, differentiating this experience from the lecture-style management classes available elsewhere. Congratulations on a job well done and my thanks to the three instructors for an excellent session!"


For more information on the Managers Institute, please contact Ann Dillemuth, AICP, at