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The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is the only all-inclusive trade association for railway suppliers. Representing over 200 companies, RSI acts on behalf of the smallest to the largest suppliers to North American freight and passenger railroads and their 150,000 employees. Industry segments include mechanical, communications & signaling, maintenance of way and passenger industries.

RSI introduces a series of educational sessions focused on leadership training at every level  and in all segments of  the rail industry. You will have a chance to hear from rail supply leaders about what it takes to succeed, understand what it takes to instill a safety culture at your organization, and gain important skills to have a crucial conversation when stakes are high both inside and outside of your workplace. You can review the full list of RSI educational sessions below.

Sunday, September 22

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

RSI Legislative Panel

Join us for a discussion on how federal legislation and regulation impacts your business and how RSI advocates for the rail supply industry. We will also have representatives from Capitol Hill who will update us on current events and how they may impact you and your customers.

Moderator: Nicole Brewin, VP Government & Public Affairs, RSI

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

RSI & REMSA Rail Safety Technology Event, BNSF Northtown Yard

Moderators: Mike O’Malley, President, Railway Supply Institute and David Tennent, Executive Director, REMSA

Monday, September 23

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Railway Interchange General Session and Keynote Speaker: Vernice Armour

One Mission. One Goal. One Team. In Order to Succeed, You Gotta Get Gutsy!

Employee engagement, customer engagement, team engagement, relationship engagement. No matter what area an organization is strategically trying to improve, individuals have to be engaged and in action for the plan to move forward and succeed! The key is giving the permission to engage from the inside out. Once that happens, your entire organization will be thinking with a Breakthrough Mentality! You will hear how to:

  • Harness the power of a ‘Breakthrough Mentality’ mindset
  • Lead through mentorship
  • Leverage functional and individual diversity as a strategic advantage
  • Foster a culture of mutual respect for all team members
  • Create breakthroughs for teams with five simple steps

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Safety Cultural and Leadership Innovation: Lessons Learned the Hard Way – Part 1

The term “safety culture” is often overused and misunderstood.  Most companies hold safety as one of their values – something that represents who they are at the core.  However, leaders and employees often fail to demonstrate that value by their words and deeds.  Leaders mean well, but many do not understand what is required of them to achieve “zero harm” on a daily basis.  If safety is a value, all employees should be involved in creating and following clearly defined and understood expectations. There must also be an effective management system in place to ensure those expectations are being met by all members of the organization, just like production & quality.  When an organization truly embraces safety as a value, there are dividends paid in the forms of improved quality, profitability, and morale.  This presentation explores the various aspects associated with an effective safety culture.

Speaker: Shae Birkey, Safety Cultural Advisor, Caterpillar Safety Services

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Safety Cultural and Leadership Innovation: Lessons Learned the Hard Way – Part 2

Part 2 of Safety Cultural and Leadership Innovation.

Tuesday, September 24

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

RSI General Session – Rail Supply CEO Panel: Key Drivers of Success in Today’s Environment

This session will provide insights from senior rail supply executives on strategic trends, how government actions affect their business, and the knowledge, skills and abilities that employees need to be successful at their organizations.


Bill Furman, Chairman, President & CEO, The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.
John Wories, President, Amsted Rail Inc.
Ulisses Camilo, President & CEO, New York Air Brake

Moderator: Mike O’Malley, President, Railway Supply Institute

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

RSI General Session – Supplier Diversity Panel

Details and speakers TBA

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High – Part 1

Crucial Conversations, based on the best-selling book of the same title,  teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Speaker: Mark Carpenter, Master Trainer, Vital Smarts

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High – Part 2

Part 2 of Crucial Conversations

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High – Part 3

Part 3 of Crucial Conversations



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

Questions about the RSI Education & Technical Conference? Email patrick@rsiweb.org.