2023 Embracing Equity Schedule

LRW's 2023 Embracing Equity Symposium


Thursday, March 2, 2023


11:00 AM CST Safety Briefing
11:05 AM CST Call to Order & Agenda Review

Resources that Drive Diversity
11:10 AM - 11:55 AM CST

This presentation will dive into how we identify and strengthen diversity in our workplaces. From resources such as allyship, mentorship, and how we use data to identify the gaps and needs, this panel will talk through some strategies and paths in which they have used to cultivate diversity.


  • Rachael Pederson - Chief People Officer, Watco

  • David Thomas - Senior Manager Strategy, CN

  • Kimia Khatami - Corporate Senior Director of Business Development, Anacostia

  • Lynda Malmborg - VP HR, A & K Railroad Materials

  • Craig Putz - AVP & Treasurer of Finance, TTX

Moderator: Michele Malski - LRW Board Member, Founder, SPRING

Lunch & Keynote

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Keynote Speaker: Kari Gonzales - President & CEO, MvX Rail

Effectively Communicate Your Voice - Tips and Tricks for speakers from the boardroom to the classroom 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

This presentation will educate our audience on ways to communicate effectively whether that's from the podium or in an office and group setting. How do I get my point across? Learn how to confidently portray the parts of a presentation that you need to convey with our expert speaker and refine your skills with this presentation.


  • Tiffany Wenrich - Marketing Director, Holland

  • Kristina Chambers - Chief Data & Analytics Officer, TTX

Establishing Employee Resource Groups - The who, what, where, and how + template creation

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM CST

This presentation is all about Employee Resource Groups. Why do we have them? How do companies get them starts? Why do we need them? All your answers will be here. Our panelist will go through the common mistakes to avoid and what components are a must when you are ready to start your journey of created an ERG program.


  • Laura Ramirez - Head of Global Diversity, Trinity

  • Andrea Niethold - Director, U.S. Government Affairs, CN

  • Courtney Johnson - Head of DEI, GATX

  • Mary Carlson Bis - Senior Director, Emergency Management Division, Amtrak

  • Deb Wensel - CFO, Holland

Breakout: ERG Template Creation
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST

This is a workshop type setting to build a template for a base ERG program for any sized company. All LRW members can have access to this thereafter.


  • Shundrekia Stewart - Director of Sales - Energy, Trinity

More Information
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