The Event

Leading associations and networks have joint forces with industry partners to host the annual WIM Luncheon.

Their goal: Connect female role models to enhance visibility, consequently foster innovation through diversity.

This year, 200 female leaders will once again be invited to meet on the 01.10.2019 in Berlin at the 6th RAILWAY FORUM. The focus of key notes and discussion will be connected the lead topic of the Railway Forum: Digital & Automated - The future agenda of the mobility industry.



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To promote visibility of women in mobility we started the „Empowerment“ movement at InnoTrans 2018 and continue it at Railway Forum 2019. Experts working in the industry were asked to pass on a copper wristband to a women with talent, simultaneously posting a picture on Instagram. bahn manager magazine, supports the campaign through regularly publishing interviews organized by Martina Löbe (DB) and Julia Holze (Siemens).




12.45 - 13.00

opening speech

Martina Löbe, Strategie und Konzeption Betriebszentrale S-Bahn Berlin, DB Netz AG

Lara Bötcher, Referentin Strategie Vertrieb, Abellio GmbH

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13.00 - 13.15



13.15 - 13.45

Networking over Fingerfood

14.00 - 14.10

Innovations Impulse

“Ideen sind unser wertvollster Rohstoff“

Ute E. Weiland, Managing Director, Land der Ideen Management GmbH





Subject to change without notice.



“Only 20% of railroadmen are women. There is enormous potential for the sector to improve equal opportunities and I am pleased that we have created the right EU platform for change to increase employment for women in the transport sector and promote equality between men and women. If we want our society to flourish, we must use all talents and all human resources at all levels. We can achieve this by winning women and men together for gender equality.”
— Violetta Bulc, EU Commisioner for traffic

The Beginnings

In a study published by the EU Commission in April 2016, the proportion of women in the entire transport industry was estimated at 22 percent. The biggest imbalance is in road construction and rail technology with only 14 percent women. As early as 2015, the International Transport Forum had pointed out that in the EU only 17.5 percent of employees in local public transport are women, of whom less than 10 percent work in technical areas. Following an initiative started by Larissa Zeichhardt, leading companies and associations joined forces and organized a “Ladies Lunch” at InnoTrans 2016. The goal was to foster NETWORKING amongst leading female talent in mobility.

The Top-100

To enhance VISIBILITY,  the original “InnoTrans Ladies Lunch” partners joined forces with Bahn Manager Magazin, IPM and Allianz pro Schiene. Their goal: Publish the top 100 female leaders in sustainable mobility, to make role models visible, and foster followers.

The jury, consisting of Berlin Partner, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Women's Network of the Pro-Rail Alliance and the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs (VdU), selected from over 470 fascinating women. Proposals were made via various networks, including the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) transport associations such as the VBB, virtual networks like and local trade organizations.

Ultimately, 100 women were nominated and published as the TOP 100 all of them known as influential leaders, described as inspiring, innovative and driving, and well connected across industries. Among them are well-known top managers, entrepreneurs and scholars. One partner, Frauennetzwerk Allianz pro Schiene, took the initiative to the next level, and keeps adding to the virtual gallery of STRONG WOMEN IN STRONG POSITIONS.


Today we are on a joint quest: This year, the event is organized by a whole group of amazing women, operating under the flag of Women in Mobility. Together, we lead the quest of #EMPOWERMENT.

Our Idea is simple: Each of the TOP100 female leaders have received two copper coloured #womeninmobility wristbands. One to wear to our InnoTrans Luncheon for Women in Mobility, the other one to pass on to another inspiring talent in our industry.

Our goal is to motivate women around the world to work together and help bring talent to the top: By mentoring, through sharing the stage, by speaking up for each other or simply through inviting each other to networking events.

If you know a great women in mobility that needs to receive one of the wristbands, please join the cause. You can pick them up at any of our partner or sponsor boots at the InnoTrans Trade Fair; or – if you can’t wait – contact us via berlin(AT)

Selected role models

The list of the TOP100 female executives in the mobility industry has been published in the Bahn Manager Magazine and is available for download. Further exciting role models will be presented by, among others, the Pro-Rail Alliance in the "Gallery of Strong Women".