The League of Railway Women (LRW) has named Michele Malski, LRW Director-At-Large and Founder and President of Succession Planning for Railroads Investing in the Next Generation (SPRING), as the organization’s 2021 Member of the Year.
“Since joining the LRW Board of Directors in 2019, Michele has brought her enthusiastic and inspired passion for the rail industry to every part of our organization,” said Amanda Trainor Patrick, LRW President. “From hosting our entertaining industry-renowned social sessions to supporting the development of our mentorship program to enhancing our annual conference program, Michele’s contributions have elevated the LRW with our membership.”
LRW describes Malski as “a second-generation railroader who founded SPRING to help recruit next-generation railroaders for employers and help them retain their skilled talent through various custom training and mentorship programs. Her inspiration to start her own business came from her father who had mentored her from the start to follow her passion in connecting others within this industry. As her father had done for her, Michele now does the same for others and helps guide career seekers and next-generation candidates looking to make a change in their lives and a follow a path less traveled—a path within the railroad industry.”
Prior to starting SPRING, Malski was Manager of Safety and Hazmat Training Programs for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA)/Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) in Washington D.C.; Trainmaster for BNSF operating out of Minot, N.Dak.; Division Trainmaster for Canadian Pacific in Binghamton, N.Y.; and Operational Manager with Bombardier Transportation and MARC Commuter Lines in Baltimore, Md. She is the temporary mentorship chair for ASLRRA’s Young Professionals Committee and recently joined the board of directors for the Transportation Club of Kansas.
Malski has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University with a major in Industrial Labor Relations and Law and Society, an MBA from Quantic University, and a specialty credential in diversity and inclusion from the Society of Human Resource Management.
“The Member of the Year award helps us showcase the talents and efforts of our greatest champions,” said Lisa Tackach, LRW Awards Chair. “Michele joins a diverse register of members whose support and dedication have contributed to LRW’s mission of connecting and cultivating women in rail since 1998.”