“If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.” Terry Terry Pratchett, Author of Discworld.
Saying goodbye to my GPS, turn-by-turn directions, and thoughts of self driving cars for a weekend, I accepted an invitation join the Rebelle Rally for a two-day Basic Navigation Class. Yes, the old-fashioned kind with a compass and map, a skill-set I found to be quite humbling -- yet empowering to learn.
What is the Rebelle Rally?
The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States, coming together in large part by the efforts of off-road pro Emily Miller, visionary and leader. Teams of two women, (driver/navigator), will spend seven days driving mostly off-road from Lake Tahoe to the sand dunes of Southern California. Best of all, you get to leave your cell phone, computer, GPS, & headaches behind. It’s all about YOU. And your endless abilities.
Five accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2016 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.
He was speaking to a classroom of high school students in Manhattan. The theme was "Find Your Passion" follow it, work hard, and find a career in fine arts and design. It fits the story of Welburn's life.
He was there to tell students about the many openings in automotive design, drawing attention to opportunities that stretch beyond the predictable. These automotive design positions could include digital animation, sculpting (both by hand and on the computer), textiles, color trim, and video.
There 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:
Cause-Marketing panel during AAPEX hosted by Wexco Industries / AutoTex Pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation
Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com 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.
After three decades in the automotive business I finally was invited by the General Motors to participate in the Women’s Retail Network. Headed by Celeste Briggs, the event is held in a location that is to me the Mecca of the automotive business world, Detroit.
Growing up in the US with a passion for automobiles, I’ve always seen Detroit as the place, the center of it all, the birthplace of what I love most… cars. I love them all: Fast cars, fancy cars, big cars, and let’s not forget all the wonderful, powerful trucks. When it comes to automotive, to me Detroit is the leader of them all, the American Automotive Mecca.
Dana Buckley doesn’t fit the outdated image of a math-churning, glasses wearing, pocket-protected engineer. With her passion for kinematics, the study of motion, she’s more about applying math than just adding up numbers.
Buckley has been a safety engineer at the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Saline, Michigan, since 2012, where her world is a series of crash tests, crash test dummies, and the lives they can help save.
Truthfully, she’s surprised she’s working in the automotive industry. She grew up loving animals over engines.
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.”
Three 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.
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 AskPatty.com, 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!