Woodard Shines as Leader in Indigenous Representation

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For Union Pacific Railroad’s Marsha Woodard, senior manager-Litigation Environment, understanding her Indigenous heritage helps her work more authentically.

Woodard has mentored countless peers in her department, all while serving her second term as vice president of the railroad’s Council of Native American Heritage, one of Union Pacific’s employee resource groups.

Through her work representing Indigenous leadership at Union Pacific, Woodard recently earned Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2023 Native American Indigenous Leadership Award.

“During my 29 years at Union Pacific, I have been given abundant opportunities to gain experience and take on new challenges,” Woodard said. “It has truly been, and continues to be, rewarding to go to work each day.”

Woodard’s Profiles in Diversity Journal Q&A excerpt:
Words you live by: Every day is a new day to effect change.
What was your first job? Convenience store clerk.
Interests: Singing, traveling and reading.

For more on Woodard, check out Profiles in Diversity Journal’s edition highlighting the Native American Indigenous Leadership Awards.

Desrié Valdez, senior manager-Tech Training, was also recognized. Read her story here. 

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