Anita Gulotta-Connelly

Anita Gulotta-Connelly

Life Coach / Public Transportation Consultant

Location
Greater Milwaukee Area
Industry
Professional Training & Coaching

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Anita Gulotta-Connelly's Overview

Current
  • Principal at Connelly Coaching and Consulting LLC
  • Life Coach/Career Transitions Coach at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Adjunct Professor - School of Continuing Education at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Past
  • Immediate Past Chair - Board Member at Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association (WURTA)
  • Retired - Managing Director at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Director of Administration at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Administrative Liaison/Executive Assistant at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Director of Scheduling and Planning at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Assistant Director of Operations at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Administrative Assistant–Executive Department at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Administrative Assistant–Transportation at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Research Analyst/Transit Planner at Milwaukee County Transit System
  • Management Assistant at ATE Management and Service Company
Education
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Anita Gulotta-Connelly's Summary

Anita Gulotta-Connelly has over 30 years of experience in the transit industry. In 2011 she retired from her position as President and Managing Director of the Milwaukee County Transit System. She is currently providing consulting services to the public transportation industry through Connelly Coaching and Consulting, LLC. She is also providing life coaching and career transition assistance both directly and through the University of Wisconsin Career Transitions Center.

She is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association (WURTA).

Gulotta-Connelly joined MCTS in 1979 as a planner and research analyst. She held a variety of positions including assistant director of operations, director of scheduling and planning, and director of administration. She has previously served as WURTA vice-chair and an at-large board member, as well as president of the Wisconsin Women’s Transportation Seminar. She is also a graduate of the American Public Transportation Association Leadership program. She has a degree in Political Science from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Anita Gulotta-Connelly's Experience

Principal

Connelly Coaching and Consulting LLC

September 2011Present (3 years 1 month) Germantown, WI

Connelly Coaching and Consulting,LLC provides consulting services to the public transportation industry in general management; financial and adminstrative issues; bus operations; grant writing; proposal preparation and other areas.

Connelly Coaching and Consulting also provides career planning, life coaching, and executive coaching services. Dreams Realized Here!!

Life Coach/Career Transitions Coach

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

October 2012Present (2 years) Greater Milwaukee Area

Providing career transition coaching services through the Career Transitions Center at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

Adjunct Professor - School of Continuing Education

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

May 2013Present (1 year 5 months) Greater Milwaukee Area

Teaching a seminar course. "Finding Your Avatar: A Comprehensive Approach to Increasing Transit System Ridership."

Immediate Past Chair - Board Member

Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association (WURTA)

January 2010December 2011 (2 years)

2009/2010 Chair of the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association, which represents 28 urban and rural bus systems, 43 shared-ride taxi systems and 24 associate and affiliate members in the state of Wisconsin.

Retired - Managing Director

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

January 2007March 2011 (4 years 3 months)

Responsible for all aspects of managing and operating the Milwaukee County Transit System, with 450 buses and 1,200 employees, providing fixed route transit services to 43 million passengers per year, and also managing the provision of over one million paratransit rides. Primary liaison with Milwaukee County Executive branch and Milwaukee County Board, representing MCTS locally, statewide and at the national level.

Director of Administration

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

May 1998January 2007 (8 years 9 months)

Responsible for the Human Resources, Claim, Management Information, Materials Management, Telephone Information and Labor Relations functions of MCTS.

Administrative Liaison/Executive Assistant

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

May 1991May 1998 (7 years 1 month)

Responsible for expanding the external base of support for transit by establishing and developing transit coalitions, community outreach activities and governmental liaisons. Represented MCTS on working committees and in public forums. Also responsible for improving and streamlining internal operations through the management of various special projects. Developed and implemented U-PASS program which provided unlimited use transit pass to over 35,000 students at three institutions.

Director of Scheduling and Planning

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

April 1989May 1991 (2 years 2 months)

Managed a department of 25 people in three divisions: Scheduling, Research and Planning and Data Collection. Responsible for writing, producing and distributing schedules, operator paddles and other related materials for the 450 bus system (1,000 operators). Supervised all short and long-range data collection and planning activities and reports. Monitored ridership and determined service levels for all regular and special services. Managed the Northwest Corridor Express Bus Project.

Assistant Director of Operations

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

August 1988April 1989 (9 months)

Assisted the Director of Operations in the management of MCTS’ five major operating departments: Transportation, Scheduling and Planning, Management Information, Materials Management and Claim. Filled in for Director of Operations in his absence.

Administrative Assistant–Executive Department

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

October 1985August 1988 (2 years 11 months)

Responsible for working with internal departments to establish systemwide and department level goals, objectives and operating philosophies. Represented the General Manager at various committee meetings. Developed employee appreciation activities including a picnic for 5,000 people. Key member of management negotiating team with ATU Local 1998. Handled various special projects as assigned.

Administrative Assistant–Transportation

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

February 1983October 1985 (2 years 9 months)

Planned and supervised large scale charter movements. Coordinated activities of MCTS/City of Milwaukee Transit Stop Committee. Supervised handling of public complaints. Developed operator reward program. Handled report and letter writing for Superintendent of Transportation; managed Transportation Department (1,000 operators) in his absence.

Research Analyst/Transit Planner

Milwaukee County Transit System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

July 1979February 1983 (3 years 8 months)

Participated in the development of long range system plan. Planned, conducted and analyzed passenger surveys, on/off counts and origin/destination studies. Calculated and analyzed ridership statistics. Provided information, alternatives and recommendations on route related issues to upper level management and public officials.

Management Assistant

ATE Management and Service Company

June 1978August 1978 (3 months)

One of two interns hired nationally. Worked in Manchester, NH as an assistant to the General Manager of the Manchester Transit Authority. Analyzed routes and scheduling, developed marketing and informational displays for specialized services, and represented the Manager at community meetings.

Anita Gulotta-Connelly's Skills & Expertise

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Project Planning
  3. Community Outreach
  4. Management
  5. Transportation
  6. Research
  7. Non-profits
  8. Budgets
  9. Public Speaking
  10. Public Transport
  11. Project Management
  12. Coaching
  13. Professional Development
  14. Career Counseling

Anita Gulotta-Connelly's Education

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Urban Planning, Research and Analysis

19781979

Marquette University

BA, Political Science

19741978

Graduated Summa Cum Laude. Minor in Urban Affairs with additional concentration in Business Administration and Psychology.

Boylan Central Catholic High School

Diploma, College/University Preparatory and Advanced High School/Secondary Diploma Program

19701974

Anita Gulotta-Connelly's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

Sailing, NIA, reading, cooking

Groups and Associations:

Officer - Milwaukee Transport Services Inc. - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, President - Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transportation Association Member - International Transportation Engineers–Wisconsin Chapter, Active in the American Public Transit Association (APTA), Previous President -Wisconsin Women’s Transportation Seminar (WWTS),

Honors and Awards:

Graduate–1999–Leadership APTA

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