Earlier this week, I attended the League of Railway Industry Women's (LRIW) 15th annual luncheon, which was held Sept. 24 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. As usual, the get-together was held during the Railway Supply Institute Inc.’s annual convention and technical conference of the Coordinated Mechanical Committees. And, as usual, the LRIW event served as a reminder that while the rail industry has a ways to go to achieve gender equity in the workforce — and railroads and the suppliers who serve them want to because it makes good business sense — railroads and suppliers are narrowing the gap through initiatives designed to recruit, retain and promote women into the industry, as well as into positions of authority. The League is good at recognizing women who have made and are continuing to make a difference in the rail realm. Witness this year's Outstanding Woman of the Year Award winner: Tracy DeLeon, founder and president of International Decal Management Corp. (Disclosure: Progressive Railroading sponsors the award). Here are my takeaways from this year's event.
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