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Grateful for our Corporate Partners

As we reflect on this year, we want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to League of Railway Women's Corporate Sponsors!! We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of our Corporate Partners who have been instrumental in advancing women in the rail industry.

We are proud to partner with companies that share our vision and commitment to empowering women! Your financial contributions and unwavering support allow us to create initiatives that provide mentorship, networking opportunities, and resources for women looking to advance their careers in rail.

For those who have not yet joined our growing list of corporate partners, we invite you to join us! Together, we can make a difference and drive meaningful change!

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to connecting in 2024!

 

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LRW Announces New Committee Chairs

The League of Railway Women (LRW) is pleased to announce four new committee chairs:
  • Communications Committee: Emily Rosenquist, director of operations at Wabtec Corporation
  • Marketing: Priyanka Joseph, director of product management at Wabtec Corporation
  • Events (co-chairs): Andrea Niethold, director of U.S. government affairs at CN, and Daniela Fietta, project management specialist at CN


"Volunteer members serving on eight LRW committees carry out the organization’s programs and initiatives, supporting the organization’s mission to connect and cultivate women in the rail industry. “LRW committees drive the organization’s work to promote women in rail,” said Sarah Yurasko, 2023/24 LRW president and senior vice president law and general counsel for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. “We welcome these exceptional rail professionals as our newest committee chairs and thank them for sharing their vision and experience to help LRW and our members prosper."

Learn more about LRW committees.

About LRW
Founded in 1997, the League of Railway Women is committed to improving the railroad 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. Learn more at www.railwaywomen.org; follow the LRW on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

LRW Welcomes New Executive Committee Members and Directors

NEWS RELEASE
 
CONTACT:
Kathryn Keeler
LRW Executive Director
keeler@railwaywomen.org
 
RELEASE DATE:
December 13
LRW Welcomes New Executive Committee Members and Directors
 
Golden Valley, Minnesota, December 13, 2023 – The League of Railway Women (LRW) recently welcomed two new Executive Committee members and four new directors-at-large to the organization’s 2023/24 board of directors.
 
Moving into executive officer roles are:
  • Secretary: Katie Kachel, principal at Blank Rome Government Relations LLC
  • Treasurer: Nicole McKinstry, assistant vice president, sales operations at The Greenbrier Companies
 
New board members joining as directors-at-large include:
  • Kristen Canfield, tax program manager at Indurante & Associates, Inc.
  • Sarah Dimmich, partner at Stuart & Branigin LLP
  • Shundrekia Stewart, director of sales at Trinity Industries
  • Andrea Niethold, director, U.S. government affairs at CN
 
“It’s a pleasure welcoming Katie and Nicole to their new roles as LRW executive officers, along with four new directors-at-large joining the LRW board,” said Sarah Yurasko, 2023/24 LRW president and senior vice president law and general counsel for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. “All of these women bring diverse backgrounds, talents and experiences to the LRW leadership team. We are fortunate to have them helping to drive our shared mission to connect and cultivate women in the rail industry.”
 
Learn more about the LRW Board of Directors.
 
About LRW
Founded in 1997, the League of Railway Women is committed to improving the railroad 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. Learn more at www.railwaywomen.org; follow the LRW on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

LRW Names 2023/24 Railway Woman of the Year Advisory Committee

Golden Valley, Minnesota, December 8, 2023 – The League of Railway Women (LRW) is pleased to announce the 2023/24 Railway Woman of the Year Advisory Committee members. The advisory committee now includes chair Jean Savage and members Stephanie Wiggins and Pam Arpin.
 
The advisory committee's purpose is to provide an impartial executive-level review of Railway Woman of the Year Award candidate applications and recommend a winner. All committee members must be past WOY award recipients. The Railway Woman of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Progressive Railroading, has recognized women’s leadership contributions to the North American rail industry since 1997.

A person with blue eyes and a black shirtDescription automatically generatedJean Savage
The Advisory Committee Chair is Jean Savage, CEO and President of Trinity Industries Inc. She was appointed CEO and President in 2020 and has served on Trinity’s Board of Directors since 2018. She received LRW’s Railway Woman of the Year Award in 2022.


A person wearing glasses and a blue jacketDescription automatically generatedStephanie Wiggins
Advisory Committee Member Stephanie Wiggins is CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). She is the first woman – and first African American woman – to lead Metro. She received LRW’s Railway Woman of the Year Award in 2020.
 

A person in a black shirtDescription automatically generatedPam Arpin
Advisory Committee Member Pam Arpin was named CP Vice-President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in July 2021 and assumed the role of CPKC Vice-President and CIO on April 14, 2023, when CP combined with Kansas City Southern. She received LRW’s   Railway Woman of the Year Award in 2019.

Thank you, Jean, Stephanie and Pam, for your assistance in selecting LRW’s next Railway Woman of the Year.

Learn more about the Railway Woman of the Year Advisory Committee.
 

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