Herff College of Engineering Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI)

Freight Transportation Leadership Academy: The Only Executive Leadership Course that Requires a Hard Hat

While others sit behind a monitor reading about freight, the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy participants come to the University of Memphis and learn how to keep their businesses moving.

The Freight Transportation Leadership Academy fills an important industry need. The Academy is a concise, affordable professional primer that teaches leadership skills, offers hands-on experience and allows participants to gain an understanding of the freight transportation network.

Through a four-part certification program, the Academy will equip mid-upper level executives with fundamental leadership skills, a foundation of knowledge in the four transportation modes and their connectivity, as well as, the opportunity to learn from and network with other transportation professionals, creating a pipeline for future industry leaders.

The Academy offers a unique collaboration between academic and industry experts that will insure participants receive the most up-to-date information on critical issues facing the transportation industry. The Academy industry experts include former CEO of CN Railroad, former COO of "K" Line Ocean Carrier, and president of Intermodal Cartage.

Participants will learn in a state-of-the-art executive leadership classroom. After participants hear about the industry, they put on their hard hats and safety vests and take "field trips" to see each mode in action. Located in "North America's Distribution Center," Memphis is one of the greatest working freight laboratories in the world with access to every transportation mode. By seeing and understanding the interaction between the modes, participants can further their knowledge of the freight network and improve their value to their company.

Class Logistics

The class meets four times throughout the fall on one weekend of each month. Each session focuses on one mode of transportation and runs from Thursday at 1 pm – Saturday at noon. 

Specific class dates include:

  • Thursday, August 8 - Saturday, August 10
  • Thursday, September 12 - Saturday, September 14
  • Thursday, October 10 - Saturday, October 12
  • Thursday, November 7 - Saturday, November 9


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