Dear LRW Members & Supporters,
As the President of the League of Railway Women, it is a true privilege to lead an organization I’ve supported since 2013. I am honored to serve with an amazing and dedicated team who volunteer their time and talents to expand our mission to connect and cultivate women in rail. LRW is focused on women in our industry, providing a forum to expand knowledge, create new connections, and make career advancements.
Over the past few years, LRW has made number of improvements to better serve the needs of our members. We initiated a Corporate Partnership Program offering companies the opportunity to partner with LRW to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and ultimately drive up corporate value. This coupled with individual member benefits has resulted in phenomenal membership growth. From less than 200 members in 2017, LRW recorded over 1,000 members in 2019 and participation in our annual conference has significantly increased.
I am especially proud of our Railroad 101 webinar series that explores different aspects of rail, providing an overall understanding of the industry. So many women have told me they want to learn more about the industry as a whole to better understand how each component is connected. What is precision scheduled railroading? What is the economic impact? Our Railroad 101 webinar series will continue this year with new content presented by various industry experts and we look forward to incorporating professional development sessions into our 2020 line-up. Be sure to check out www.railwaywomen.org/webinars for upcoming opportunities.
Speaking of this year, 2020 is full of promise for the League of Railway Women. In addition to our webinars and online educational series, we have several networking events planned including Railroad Day 2020 this March in Washington, DC and our Annual Conference at RSI’s 2020 Conference & Expo in Chicago. Mark your calendars for Sept. 9 -11.
A short member survey will hit the streets next week for input on topics you would like to see at our 2020 conference. Your feedback is important to us as we schedule our conference agenda.
If you are a member of LRW, I encourage you to get involved; consider serving on a committee or helping at an event. Our Call for Volunteers is every spring. My own career has been enriched and strengthened by my participation with this organization – and it’s been a lot of fun too. LRW has helped me build leadership and communication skills and I have a network of railway women to call upon when I need professional advice, technical expertise, or tips for managing a work/life “balance”. We are here for it all.
If you or your company is not a member and you would like to learn more please send me an email or visit our website www.railwaywomen.org. We could do very little without the 30+ companies that support LRW through a corporate partnership investment. You can view those companies here.
It's an exciting time for women in our industry. Together, we're helping women in rail succeed and I hope you’ll join us.
Amanda Trainor Patrick
2019-2021 LRW President