Railway Talent: Finding, Developing & Retaining Great People

June 13, 2017 - June 15, 2017 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development

Railway Management Focused Seminar – June 13-15, 2017, MSU East Lansing, MI

Seminar Introduction:

Executives in many industries, especially transportation, report that one of the things keeping them awake at night is all around talent – getting the right number of qualified, capable, competent people to perform work consistently well at all levels of their organization.  This workshop-style seminar will enable rail industry managers and executives to hear some of the latest thinking, strategies and leading practices to address these concerns from leading MSU professors and industry subject matter experts.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Improve ability to identify competencies, capabilities and skills to deliver safe, profitable and efficient performance;
  • Understand and value the characteristics of different generational groups in the workforce;
  • Create a winning team culture that enables individuals’ potential to be effectively realized;
  • Enhance ability to attract, develop, and retain great people;
  • Motivate your team to effectively collaborate to achieve organizational goals.

Draft Seminar Schedule:

Day 1:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Talent, People and the Railroads

  • Overview
  • Generational Groups
  • Organizational Culture
  • Motivation, Control & Performance
  • Case Study

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.     Managing Internal/External Relationships

  • Hiring, On-Boarding & Training
  • Customer & Channel Relationships
  • Union Relationships
  • Networking
  • Discussion – Implementation

Day 2:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Leadership

  • Skills, Capabilities & Competencies
  • Team Building
  • Flexibility & Work/Life Balance
  • Diversity (incl. ex-military)
  • Case Study

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.     Attracting Future Talent & Leaders

  • Social Media
  • Recruiting
  • Sourcing Talent
  • Selection Practices
  • Discussion – Implementation

Day 3:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Managing Your Biggest Asset – People

  • Management Styles
  • Coaching
  • Integrating Data & Knowledge
  • Maintaining Safety Focus
  • Conclusion

12:00 p.m.         Depart


The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development is located at Michigan State University.  The overall complex consists of the Henry Center, Candlewood Suites (an extended-stay hotel), the University Club (a private dining and recreational club), a fitness center/spa, and an on-site 18-hole championship golf course.  The Henry Center is a world-class executive education and corporate learning facility specifically designed to complement the learning objectives of this seminar.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals employed in the freight or passenger railroad industry seeking to improve their management and leadership skill or gain additional insights into talent management. Those in supervisory and management roles with responsibility for others would gain greatest immediate benefit. This seminar is appropriate for Class I, regional, and short-line railroads, transit authorities and operators, railway supply sector, and others connected to the industry.


$2,125 – full tuition (includes materials, meals and certificate of completion)

$1,975 – early bird discount registration (available through May 12, 2017)

To register or if you have questions, contact Sue Lonier at loniers@msu.edu, (517) 353-5667 or www.raileducation.com