2020 Virtual Annual Conference

Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23, 2020
Connecting & Cultivating Women in Rail

The League of Railway Women (LRW) 2020 first virtual annual conference was a big success!
Registrants will be receiving links to watch the videos this week.

Sessions

Monday, October 19, 2020

 
  Welcome & Opening Remarks
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM CST
Amanda Trainor Patrick, President of the League of Railway Women (LRW) and Vice President of Trade Shows, Programs & Board Relations at Railway Supply Institute (RSI).

Keynote
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM CST
Jean Savage, Chief Executive Officer and President of Trinity Industries
 
  Inner Leadership Panel
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST
Join us in exploring and learning about practicing strong self-leadership. We encourage everyone to attend, not just those in leadership or management positions.

Panelists: Jennifer McManus, Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at GATX; Kim Sass, Vice President of Human Resources at Wi-Tronix; Regina Barringer, General Manager of Global Rail and Defense at Cummins
Host: Sue Marines, Vice President of Global Talent at GATX

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

 
  Railroading 101
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM CST
Are you a newcomer to rail or interested expanding your knowledge? Join us for a fun and educational session and learn about both basic and advanced topics in railroading such as common terminology, track ownership, regulatory bodies, and more. Bring your questions.

Speaker: Connie Nordhues-Bieber, Co-Founder of Railway Advantage Solutions and Vice President of Value Solutions, 4Atmos Technologies
Host: Miranda Cross, Global Rail Account Manager at Cummins
 
  Future of Sustainability in Rail Panel
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST
Learn how railways and suppliers are evaluating and innovating their processes and investments to conserve natural resources, lower carbon emissions and have an overall positive impact on the environment, all while positively influencing social communities and their business.

Panelists: Karen Cecil, Director of Global Environmental Sustainability at Cummins; Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer of Metrolink; Dava Kaitala, Senior Supervisory Attorney and General Director, Permitting and Sustainability at BNSF
Host: Darrell Wilson, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations at Norfolk Southern Corporation
 
 
  PS, I Love You Evening Social
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
It's not fall without pumpkin spice everything! Spend a night in and grab a classic PSL and pumpkin spice cookies or whatever pumpkin-spiced drinks and treats tickle your fancy and we'll share our favorite fall activities and stories around a roaring (virtual) campfire.

Host: Michele Malski, Director-At-Large at the League of Railway Women (LRW) and Founder and President of Succession Planning for Railroads Investing in the Next Generation (SPRING)

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

 
  Yoga & Meditation
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM CST
Get refreshed with a mid-week picker upper! Join us for an invigorating and restorative yoga session. This session will be approximately 30 minutes of movement followed by 15 minutes of relaxation, meditation and breathwork. Suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike. 

Instructor: Cathrin Banks, President and General Counsel of The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company, Vice President and General Counsel of Chesapeake and Delaware LLC and Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
Host: Patricia Basuel, Events Chair at the League of Railway Women (LRW) and User Experience Manager at Wi-Tronix
 
  Railway Woman of the Year Award Presentation
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM CST
Join us in celebrating this year's winner who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, excellence, and innovation in rail.

Presenters: Kirk Bastyr, Publisher at Progressive RailroadingMary Proc, Former Vice President of Customer Service Delivery at Metrolinx
Host: Amanda Trainor Patrick, President of the League of Railway Women (LRW) and Vice President of Trade Shows, Programs & Board Relations, Railway Supply Institute (RSI)
 
 
  How Freight Railroads Continue to Deliver During COVID-19
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST
Learn about the current state of the railroad industry, the movement of key commodities, and leading economic indicators crucial to understanding the economic recovery.

Speaker: Luisa Fernandez-Willey, Senior Economist at the Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Host: Amanda Trainor Patrick, Vice President of Trade Shows, Programs & Board Relations, Railway Supply Institute (RSI)

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

 
  Effective Rail Project Management
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM CST
Discover the impacts and benefits of effective project management and learn how to keep projects on time, on budget, and within scope using a set of techniques that anyone can apply to achieve goals and make projects more successful.

Speaker: Katelyn Jewell, PMP, Senior Project Analyst at Trinity Industries
Host: Maria Waddy, Business Development and Marketing Consultant
 
  Rail Technology Panel on Data Sharing & Pervasive Computing
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST
Learn about some limitations of how data is exchanged between railroads today and the possibilities of improved sharing of data in the future that impacts rail operations. Our panelists will also talk about their perspectives on the benefits and downsides of sharing data, how that affects the balance between competition and cooperation, and what the future might hold as you add even more data to the mix.

Panelists: Kim Bowling, Director of Mechanical at CSX; Mihir Phadke, Product Manager for Train Operations Products at Wi-Tronix; Jenni Moore, GISP, PMP, Solution Consultant and Project Manager at Bartlett & West
Host: Michelle Ardron, Senior Specialist Network Operations at VIA Rail
 
 
  Ghost Tales from the Rails Evening Social
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
Join us for a spooky evening of eerie rail stories and myths. Feel free to dress up, grab your favorite Halloween cocktail, listen in, and tell us about your scary ghost story!

Host: Michele Malski, Director-At-Large at the League of Railway Women (LRW) and Founder and President of Succession Planning for Railroads Investing in the Next Generation (SPRING)

 

Friday, October 23, 2020

 
  Personal Stories of Women In Rail
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM CST
Discover the triumphs and challenges of other women in rail and how they stay resilient in times of change, continuously influence the industry, and innovate in their roles.

Speakers: Andrea Waldock Niethold, Director of US Government Affairs at Canadian National Railway; Arielle Giordano, Director of Federal & State Government Affairs at Canadian Pacific Railway; Marie Benton, Director of Rail Transit at American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Host: Ailsa von Dobeneck, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations at Watco Companies
 
  Leveraging Social Networks for Rail Careers
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST
Learn how to improve your profiles to get noticed by the industry and prospective employers, use training tools to level up your skills, network effectively with rail professionals, manage business accounts from different social platforms, and more.

Speakers: Erica Sander, Secretary at the League of Railway Women (LRW) and Manager of Government Relations at Trinity Industries; Stacey Hugo Mansfield, Director of Corporate Communications at Norfolk Southern Corporation
Host: Michele Malski, Director-At-Large at the League of Railway Women (LRW) and Founder and President of Succession Planning for Railroads Investing in the Next Generation (SPRING)















Conference Speakers

Registration

Registration Fee
  • $25 Members / $50 Non-Members
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