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November 13, 2015

SEMA and AAPEX Goes Female Friendlier in 2015

SEMA-AAPEX-LV-563There were many more women oriented leadership events for those attending AAPEX and SEMA 2015 than any prior year. Standing ovation to the convention planners on making this happen. Was so refreshing to see the growing support and highlighting of so many amazingly talented women!

Here are some highlights:

AutoTexPinkBcamCause-Marketing panel during AAPEX  hosted by Wexco Industries / AutoTex Pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation

​Jody DeVere, CEO of moderated the panel on Cause Marketing during AAPEX in Las Vegas hosted by Paula Lombard and AutoTex Pink wiper blades. Executives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation participated as well AutoTexPink CEO Paula Lombard, Quick Chadwick of Tire Pros, Amy Mattinat current President of the Car Care Council Women's Board and more.

The AutoTexPink Wiper Blade program raised $270,000 in support of breast cancer research and program to date.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network’s mission is to provide networking, education, and recognition opportunities for professional women in the specialty-equipment industry, which will enhance their careers and positively impact the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket.

The SBN Women Driven Education Program—Newly created for 2015, this program captures networking, education and community in one event at the SEMA Show.

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October 06, 2015

Interviewing Sheryl Connelly, Ford's Female Futurist

2015Trends_article-Sheryl_ConnellyBy Holly Reich

"Looking Further With Ford" is the automaker's yearly trends conference, which explores global micro-trends. The theme for 2015 is "Make way for Gen Z."

Sheryl Connelly, global consumer trends and futuring for Ford Motor Company, addresses changes across the globe and demographics with issues that confront everyone, from Gen Y (millennial), Gen X, and Baby Boomers, to the new Gen Z.

Connelly notes "New forms of mobility and collaborative platforms are emerging every day. At Ford, we are always mindful of the blueprint for sustainability, and the need to push the change as much as to adapt to it. You'll see that in the products that Ford introduces."

According to Connelly, "anticipating shifts in society is an inherent part of product development; so from that standpoint our consumer insight and trend work dates back to the days of Henry Ford. Over one hundred years later, designers, engineers, and marketers within Ford still spend much of their time contemplating how they can better serve customers of the future."

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August 05, 2015

Lisa Copeland Finds Success in the Automotive Industry Her Way

Lisa_copeland_with_FiatsBy Jo Ann Holt

Texans like to brag that everything is bigger and better there.  If they’re talking about Austin’s Lisa Copeland, managing partner of Fiat of Austin, even Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne agrees.  After all, the Texas dealership has been the top Chrysler/Fiat retailer in North America since the brand returned to the U.S. 

Marchionne recently flew to Austin to congratulate Lisa and her team on their record-breaking Fiat 500 sales, adding, “Lisa is also an incredible salesperson herself, an excellent manager, and a dynamic leader, and what she and her team have achieved here at the Fiat of Austin store is unprecedented.”

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July 16, 2015

Women in Automotive Adds Three Speakers to August Conference in Orlando

Women_in_automotive_conference_logoThree new speakers have been added to the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference,  set for Tuesday-Thursday, August 18-20, 2015, at the Ballroom at Church Street in downtown Orlando, Florida.

The three-day conference includes speakers, breakout sessions, workshops and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in all areas of the automotive industry.

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July 15, 2015

4 Key Shopping Skills Every Woman Needs When Buying New Car

Key_shoppings_skills_for_women-istock_illustration_by_maystraWhile many women love to shop, most dread the actual process of selecting, shopping and buying a car. After all, while shopping can be fun, spending hours negotiating the price, then spending more time in financing and finalizing the new car purchase is about as enjoyable as having a tooth pulled.

  Preparing for the negotiating process can help ease the process, saving the savvy woman both her time and money. Here are my four key shopping skills for placing the keys to a new car in your hands.

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May 26, 2015

Cargazzmic Experience at Heels and Wheels 2015

1HeelsandWheels_2015What happens when you get a bunch of awesome women media, journalist, bloggers, PR Peeps, and carmakers together for a ride and drive? A Cargazzmic Experience!


The 4th annual #HeelsandWheels2015 event hosted at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, California this year was educational, entertaining, zany and OHHH what a driving experience. My driving partner Brandy Schaffels, Chief Editor here at, and I drove 13 cars (and 1 truck) totaling $667,430 and 4,293 horsepower per Mary Lowry of CarsandMe.


Big thanks to Buick's Kristin Rubi; Dodge's Kristin Starnes; GMC's Kelly Wysocki; Infiniti's Aileen Clarke; Jaguar & Land Rover's Halie Schmidt; Kia's Amy Corsinita; Lexus's Leigh Anne Sessions; Mazda's Carley Hummel; Mitsubishi's Laura Conrad; Nissan's Paige Presley; and Volkswagen's Jessica Anderson and Jeannine Ginivan for the opportunity to drive a little and dream a little!


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May 10, 2015

Ode to Motherhood by Jody DeVere CEO




My children have always been

Three strong anchors

When the hard winds of life blew

They always kept me grounded


My first child, a son, stirring in the womb

Love at first sight at your birth

Rocking you to sleep singing Blackbird

All blond curls and blue eyes


My second child, a son, born strong and fine

Brothers forever, sweet boys

Curtain climbers and sandwich grabbers

Fed my poor fishes Kool-Aid..RIP


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December 17, 2014

Women’s Automotive Association International Names Spirit of Leadership Honorees

WAAI_Spirit_of_leadership-invite-2015Six accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2015 Spirit of Leadership Award. Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family.

These women have dedicated their life to their profession and to giving back to others; and they serve as mentors and are role models to us all. Sustained superior performance, community involvement, influence and support of other women within the automotive industry are just some of the qualities these women possess. A Spirit of Leadership award is given for three automotive business sectors: 1) manufacturer, 2) dealership, and 3) supplier.

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December 01, 2014

AskPatty’s Expert Woman Amy Mattinat Honored as one of Vermont’s Professional Women of the Year

Amy_Mattinat-AutoCraftsmen-smilingThe National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) has honored AskPatty’s Expert Woman Amy Mattinat as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year, a prestigious distinction that recognizes her for leadership in the automotive industry. 

“I love cars and am proud to be part of the automotive industry. I am passionate about educating the public, especially women, about car care so they can make informed decisions about their cars and not get taken advantage of,” says Ms. Mattinat, President of Auto Craftsmen.

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August 08, 2014

Dealing with an Oil Drip

Fresh_oil_leak-20140801_161542I discovered a messy puddle of oil under my car last week.

This is where I confess that -- even though I’ve spent nearly 30 years in the automotive industry -- I didn’t know what to do next.

It’s okay: You can laugh and point at the “car girl” who doesn’t know how to repair her own car. I know about these things in theory. I know how to check my oil level and tire pressure and could jump a battery or change a tire if I had to, but when it comes to real life, I rely on mechanics (and Auto Club) for the practical application of most of my car’s care.

So, when I saw the brown splashes beneath my beloved 2011 Ford Fiesta -- which has just passed its fourth birthday and has barely 45,000 miles on the odometer -- I kinda panicked. I’m a writer, not a mechanic, and I’m okay with that.

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