The Best and Brightest Come to Railway Interchange

Written by Susan Robertson, President, League of Railway Industry Women
Written by Susan Robertson, President, League of Railway Industry Women

As the president of the League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW), I am looking forward to hosting our Annual Conference held in conjunction with Railway Interchange once again.

This year, we have an excellent program schedule that includes Linda Darr, president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association and Transportation Technology Center, Inc.'s Director of Software, Products and Testing Services, Kari Gonzales, who will discuss simulation and testing advancements in the railway industry. We have a good mix of leadership topics and technical sessions. In addition, LRIW will present its “Outstanding Woman of the Year” award during the Monday opening general session.

One of the unique features of our conference is LRIW-sponsored tours of local rail facilities and manufacturers. I believe this gives our members more of a connection with the industry and the locale that we are visiting.

Railway Interchange 2015 provides members of LRIW a valuable opportunity to meet and network with our peers in the industry. We have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and policies affecting the rail industry. This year is especially advantageous to our attendees as it is the combined conference and exhibits of RSI, REMSA, RSSI, AREMA, and the CMA organizations.

The Railway Interchange 2015 exhibit hall and outdoor exhibits will be robust with over 600 companies exhibiting. In addition to the LRIW conference sessions, I enjoy walking the show floor and learning about the latest equipment upgrades and innovations. Truly, the best and brightest of the rail industry come to Railway Interchange and we are grateful to be a part of it.

As a new partner with Railway Interchange, LRIW is still evolving our annual programming, which I find very exciting. Like the show itself, LRIW hopes to continue in creating new programming and meet the changing needs and interests of our membership for today and into the future. We hope everyone, women and men alike, will consider coming to our conference. You can learn more at

See You in Minneapolis,

Susan Robertson
President, League of Railway Industry Women
Managing Director, Virginia Rail Solutions, LLC

Note: This article was also published by Railway Age.