Outstanding Woman of the Year

Each year, the League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) recognizes excellence in the rail industry by awarding the Outstanding Woman of the Year award to a woman who is considered a leader by her peers. Our previous recipients are an esteemed and diverse group who have improved the rail industry through their leadership, dedication, and vision. The LRIW Outstanding Woman of the Year award is co-sponsored by Progressive Railroading.

The 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award will be given out at the General Session at the RSI/CMA 2018 Rail Expo & Technical Conference on Monday, September 10. In addition to the award, the recipient will receive a complimentary conference pass, a complimentary hotel room during the conference, and will be featured on a future cover of Progressive Railroading along with an article.

2018 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award 

Nomination Criteria

  • She consistently demonstrates vision, initiative, creativity and guidance in a leadership role within her professional railway field.
  • She is innovative, a problem-solver and overcomes challenges.
  • She brings consistent excellence to her organization and the surrounding community.

Nomination Package Requirements:

  • Complete the Nomination Form.
  • Provide a statement of nomination. Describe why the nominee merits recognition as Outstanding Woman of the Year.
  • Provide a nominee biography, including work history and industry affiliations.
  • Provide a nominee resume.
  • Provide at least two letters of recommendation.

2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award

LRIW awarded the 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award to Lisa Stabler, President, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Stabler was honored at the General Session & Keynote Address at Railway Interchange in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 18, 2017.

Lisa Stabler’s contributions to the industry in her role as President of the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Pueblo, Colorado, have impacted railroading across the U.S. and the globe. Under her command, the world’s premier research and testing facility continues to advance the science of railroading and improve operational safety and efficiency. Learn more about our winner.



Questions about the LRIW Outstanding Woman of the Year Award? Contact Lisa Tackach, LRIW Awards Chair, at awards@lriw.org.