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LRIW calls for 2016 'Woman of the Year' nominees

The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) is seeking nominations for its 2016 "Outstanding Woman of the Year" award.

Co-sponsored by Progressive Railroading, the award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the rail industry through their leadership, dedication and vision, according to an LRIW press release.

Any woman who works in the North American rail industry is eligible to receive the award.

Nomination criteria call for a nominee who:
• consistently demonstrates vision, initiative, creativity and guidance in a leadership role within her professional railway field;
• is innovative and overcomes challenges;
• is a problem-solver; and
• brings consistent excellence to her organization and the surrounding community.

"Honoring women who are making a positive impact on the rail industry is a big part of what we do at LRIW," said Sally Boven, LRIW Woman of the Year Chair and chief executive officer of Reflective Apparel Factory. "I encourage anyone in the industry who knows a woman who they feel fits this criteria to submit a nomination."

Nominations will be accepted until July 31. Nomination forms are available on LRIW's website.
For more information about the award, contact Boven at

Meanwhile, LRIW yesterday announced the appointment of three members to roles on the league's board: Tanis Peterson, Jacinthe Cloutier Carneiro and Natalie White.

Peterson, director of regulatory affairs for the Railway Association of Canada, was promoted to LRIW vice president from her previous role as a director.

Cloutier Carneiro and White are two new appointments to the board. Cloutier Carneiro is operations manager for DLL Inc., while White is director of project management, materials and procurement for the Whiting Corp.

"Tanis has contributed a great deal to the success of this organization, and we are excited to hear her vision for the LRIW," said LRIW President Jodi Heldt in a press release. "Jacinthe and Natalie are leaders in their organizations and their industry knowledge and expertise will further contribute to the success of the LRIW."

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