League of Railway WomenLeague of Railway Women (LRW)

LRW is pleased to host its annual Railway Women Conference at the RSI Education & Technical Conference in conjunction with Railway Interchange 2019. LRW’s educational sessions cover topics about leadership, industry knowledge, collaboration and improving business results.

Sunday, September 22

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

LRW Networking Event at Brit’s Pub

LRW will host casual networking event on Sept. 22 after the exhibits close at Brit’s Pub located just down the street from the Minneapolis Convention Center. More details are to follow, please email info@raliwaywomen.org with any questions.

Monday, September 23

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Panel: Future of Technology in Rail

“Smart transit,” “smart rail,” and “smart trains,” have become a common industry catch phases. The disruption technology in the railway industry is placing demands on technology strategies and infrastructures to support today’s business requirements. In this panel, you will hear how technology has evolved and is disrupting the railroad industry.  Our panel experts will share how technology has impacted their past and current roles and how they foresee technology for rail in the future. The discussion will provide unique thought-leading insights on technology’s role in ensuring enterprise-wide success in today’s challenging environment.

Our panelists includes three diverse industry experts, who have extensive experience in areas ranging from wi-fi, connectivity, data and operations. They will provide knowledge and insight on what they and their companies are doing to make the rail industry “smarter” and changing rail for the future. Learn from these industry experts on key technology topics.

  • Lisa Matta, VP, Product Management, Wi-Tronix, LLC
  • Patti Lavoie, Operations Supervisor, Toronto Terminals Railway
  • Maria Waddy, Director of Sales Enablement, Icomera
  • Moderator: Kari Gonzales, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TTCI

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Panel: When Women Lead – Reflection & Strategy for Achieving a Highly Impactful Career

Four distinguished women at different career levels will discuss the ever-evolving role of leadership in the rail industry and the resources and opportunities they have leveraged along the way. In looking forward, the panelists (listed below) will consider key leadership traits and strategies needed to achieve a highly impactful career in contemporary business. By attending this panel, you can: reimagine and advance your leadership skills, learn from and identify with inspirational women, walk away with tangible and actionable advice, and enhance your professional influence.

  • Maggie Vuono, Sales Manager – East, Holland
  • Lisa Tuningley, President/Owner, T-RAIL Products Inc.
  • Kate Suprenuk, Vice President Portfolio & Services Strategy, Union Tank Car Company
  • Lori Tekorius, Chief Operating Officer, Greenbrier Companies
  • Moderator: Shannon Emberly, Production Manager, CN Rail

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel: The Talent Challenge: Best Practices for Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Top Talent

We hear it time and time again, “People don’t leave companies, they leave bosses,” so it’s easy to understand how leadership can influence a company’s talent force. Strong supportive leadership fosters innovative cultures within organizations. But how is this accomplished? Successful talent management requires sustained, effort to recruit, engage and retain the best talent available. This diverse panel (listed below) will be sharing their unique perspectives; discussing challenges and lessons from their experiences to offer valuable lessons effective best practices in talent management.

  • Nancy LaMons, Chief People and Diversity Officer, BNSF Logistics
  • Maeghan Albiston, AVP Investor Relations, CP Rail
  • Susan Marines, Director, Human Resources and Talent Management, GATX
  • Colleen Leonardo, Regional Sales Manager, Railway Equipment Company
  • Moderator: Sarah Yurasko, Assistant General Counsel, Association of American Railroads

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel: Lessons from Women in the C-Suite

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  • Cathrin Banks, President, The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company
  • Kate Luce, President and CEO, Mississippi Export Railroad
  • Moderator: Tanis Peterson, Sr Director, Operations & Regulatory Affairs, Railway Association of Canada

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Keynote Address by Marsha Smith, Chief Financial Officer at Siemens

Tuesday, September 24

LRW Annual Membership Meeting

  • Part 1: 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Part 2: 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Join the League of Railway Women for our 2019 annual membership meeting. LRW President Tanis Peterson (Railway Assoc. of Canada) will preside. We will talk about the changes LRW has made in the past year and what we’re planning moving forward to help drive our mission to connect and cultivate women in rail. There will also be opportunities to get involved in LRW through our committees (awards, events, public relations, social media, scholarship, membership, and webinars).

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

LRW Tour of BNSF Northtown Yard Track Exhibits

Join LRW to explore the outdoor track exhibits at Railway Interchange. We’ll depart together on a shuttle at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the yard, grab lunch in the food tent, and see the new rail equipment and technology first hand. We also hope to meet with someone from BNSF’s Northtown Yard to discuss the history and current operations of the yard. The outdoor exhibits are only held every four years so we are excited to add this to our agenda – you don’t want to miss it.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

AREMA & LRW Networking Event

All are welcome to join the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and LRW for a networking reception.



Join RSI and colleagues from around the nation at the Minneapolis Convention Center, September 22-25, 2019 for the RSI Education & Technical Training Conference.


More about the League of Railway Women

Founded in 1997, the League of Railway Women (LRW) is committed to improving the rail industry by connecting and cultivating women in rail. Our mission is to advance the representation, recognition and opportunities for women, thereby promoting diversity and improving the business results of the railroad industry.

If you have questions about the League of Railway Women or the LRW Women in Rail Track at the RSI Education & Technical Conference at Railway Interchange 2019, please contact info@railwaywomen.org.