Need a little inspiration? If so, we’re here for you!
It’s the conundrum that pesters us all, especially when we are starting off in a new career: How do we follow our passions in a business where we may not necessarily feel welcome?
For many women, that’s the feeling in automotive. But the career paths are promising, the people are wonderful and salaries can be rewarding. And if you like math, science and technology, well, there’s hardly a better place to go to work every day.
Those of us in this space recognize the challenges. And if it weren’t for the guidance and mentoring of someone who saw our potential, many wouldn’t have stayed. We know we need to pay that forward.
Mentoring and Networking: Where Careers are Nurtured
Several years ago a wave started in the auto business as women recognized the need to give each other a hand up in this career. Not just mentoring, but advice, insight, networking and community.
This was about the time A Girls Guide to Cars was born. And, Women in Automotive got started. The Chicago Auto Show saw an opportunity to be a voice in the movement, too. So, the show decided to host the What Drives Her Luncheon to foster these discussions.
The program will feature female automotive leaders discussing how women are driving technology changes, both as leaders and as car buyers. And, we’ll talk about the work/life balance issues we all face and the solutions we found.
This Year’s speakers include:
- Jessica Petty, Manager of Customer Data Analytics, Hyundai
- Michelle Krebs, Executive Analyst, Autotrader
- Jennifer Newman, Editor-in-Chief, Cars.com
- Kathy Gilbert, CDK Global Director of Sales & Business Development
- Lauren Brandt, Facebook Client Solutions Manager and Returnity Project Co-founder
- Edie Wines, National Automobile Dealers Association
- Laurie King, Turtle Wax SVP, Global Operations & Strategic Solutions
- Subi Ghosh, Senior Director of Dealer Strategy, Stream Companies
- Jeneen Rippey, Vice President of Global Quality, Electronics Division, ZF
- Scotty Reiss, A Girls Guide to Cars Founder
Join Us and Be Part of the Discussion!
If you’d like to attend, we welcome you! Simply respond to our Facebook event and let us know why you’d like to attend. Qualified guests will be contacted and added to the guest list. And if you can’t join us in person you can join the event on Facebook Live and across social media. Women in Automotive will share the event on Facebook, and you can keep up with the rest of the fun by following the hashtag #WDH2019.
Need more inspiration? These are just some of the amazing women we’ve featured on our pages, women who are also changing the auto world from the inside: GMC’s Helen Emsley, Adient’s (and former Fiat brand manager) Nichole Longhini, sales crusher Lisa Copeland, FCA’s Alison Rahm, Nissan’s Rebecca Vest, Michelin’s Claire Clauzel, Genesis’ Kate Fabian, Lexus’ Peggy Turner, Ford’s Erica Klampfl. Find all our stories here!