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December 12, 2013

Mary Barra to Become General Motors’ Next CEO

General_Motors_announces_Mary_Barra_CEODan Akerson will retire from his role as General Motors Chairman and CEO, to be replaced by Mary Barra, currently GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Barra was elected by the Board of Directors to replace Akerson when he steps down on January 15, 2014.

“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra at the December 10th town hall meeting where the news was announced. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”

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December 02, 2013

Ladies! Deadline for $5000 “Emerging Voices” Scholarship from Ford is December 16

Alliance-for-Women-in-Media-Foundation-&-Ford-Motor-Company-sutter-middle-schoolThe Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and Ford Motor Company are funding a $5,000 Student Media Scholarship Competition: Blazing the Trail: Celebrating the Women of Empowering America® and the deadline to apply is just around the corner!

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October 11, 2013

AskPatty’s Amy Mattinat New President Of Car Care Council Women's Board

Amy_MattinatAsk Patty is so excited to share the news that Amy Mattinat has been elected the new president the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Her appointment becomes effective following the Women's Board reception on Tuesday, November 5, at AAPEX in Las Vegas.

Amy has been a long-time contributor to AskPatty, and is a member of the AskPatty Women’s Automotive Speaker’s Bureau. Amy is president of Auto Craftsmen, an independent auto repair sales and service center in Montpelier, Vermont. In addition to managing the business, Amy writes a monthly car care newsletter and a magazine column called “Under the Hood.” She also is the author of “How to Buy a Great Used Car” and teaches women car care clinics on a regular basis. She has been a part of the auto care industry for more than 18 years.

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September 02, 2013

BMW i3: Sustainability Can Be Sexy

Alternative transportation
BMW i3: The new reality

BMW chose New York City for the world debut of their visionary vehicle, the i3. With 8,175,13 citizens, NYC fits the profile of a densely populated urban metropolis where electric cars are ideal for short commutes.

Worldwide studies carried out as part of BMW’s Project i involved more than a thousand participants travelling by car over 12.5 million miles. Results showed that the average daily distance covered was around 30 miles.

“In 2025, 8 billion people will live on the planet; 4.5 billion will live in cities. There will be 1.8 billion cars on the roads.  In order to address the personal mobility needs of people living within the world’s most densely populated urban city centers, BMW created BMW i – the sustainable new sub-brand whose mission is to develop visionary vehicles and mobility services.” 
~ BMW Project i


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June 25, 2013

GM’s Chief Engineer of Full Size Trucks is a Woman!

Jully-Burau-Chief-Engineer-GM-full-size-trucksIntroducing Jully Burau, GM’s Chief Engineer of light-duty and heavy-duty pickup trucks. Jully was hired as a crash test engineer for Buick in 1980, and joined full-size trucks as Chief Engineer in 2001, where she has played a large part in working to refine the quietness of the all-new GMC Sierra, as well as its handling, steering, and braking capabilities.

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June 21, 2013

Susan Docherty to Leave GM to “Invest Time in my Family”

Susan-Docherty_General-MotorsEarlier today Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, announced her intention to leave General Motors to spend time with her family, effective September 30.  “I leave with incredible memories and valued friendships with high hopes for GM's continued success,” Docherty said in today’s release. 

Her promotion to General Motors' top U.S. sales position in 2009 marked the first time a woman held that position in the automaker's 101-year history. Susan’s promotion to vice president of U.S. sales made her the first and only woman on then-CEO Fritz Henderson's executive committee and the highest-ranked woman working at an automaker!

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May 27, 2013

Cadillac's Fashionable New Design: Driven By Style


Cadillac launches Style DrivenFor Cadillac’s launch of Style Driven, an initiative blending fashion and automotive design, they chose Hundred Acres, a sustainable restaurant in SoHo, New York. The environment: a mellow mix of new age farm-to-table vintage and quiet luxury.

Style Driven, a four-part video series, follows the life of fashion stylist Erin Walsh, with celebrity clients that include: Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The series follows Walsh as she is ferried around New York City in a Cadillac SRX choosing dresses and accessories for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Met in New York City. This year the theme was punk. But, we’re talking high-voltage high-style punk.

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April 18, 2013

Why Not Drag Race? Girls Like to Go Fast, Too!

LeeAnn-Shattuck-drag-racing-at-ZMaxBy LeeAnn Shattuck, a.k.a. “The Car ChickTM

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Beware the woman driver!”  Sir Stirling Moss even reiterated his own similar opinion last week, only to be debunked by many women racers in the profession. That normally insulting phrase took on a whole new meaning recently at the the Doug Foley Drag Racing School held at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, where I met up with top NHRA drivers, Brittney and Courtney Force, for a day of drag racing.

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January 21, 2013

First Drive: The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Van and Wagon

People need to move—and carry things. Adding some all-new and updated game-changing, people-and-cargo-movers to its line-up, Ford has recently expanded its truck brand in the U.S., with new models that go on sale later this year. The Blue Oval is already the best-selling truck maker in North America and now adds two new vehicles for 2014-an updated Transit Connect Van and an all-new Transit Connect Wagon.

We recently took a look and climbed aboard the two new vehicles in Detroit, with Ford’s designers, engineers and marketers on hand to educate us about the new models. First, let’s take a closer look at the van, which came to the U.S. in 2010 as a creative solution for small business owners and others that had the need or desire to own a somewhat utilitarian, compact panel van. If you’re not familiar with the first-generation version that came stateside from its popular run in Europe for close to a decade, you might think of a bulky, rectangular box with four wheels and the “Airport Shuttle” image, or the name of your electrician painted on the side of a van. You might even think back to the velour swivel seats and dastardly fuel economy of vans in the 1970s and 1980s.

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January 08, 2013

Jody DeVere, others honored at the 2013 WAAI Spirit of Leadership Awards During NADA Orlando's own Jody DeVere will be receiving a Special Award Recognition at this year's Spirit of Leadership awards, given annually by the Women's Automotive Association International. 

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.

JodyDeVere2012Jody DeVere, CEO,
Jody is the face and primary voice of, Inc, a website, blog, and marketing to women agency providing automotive education to women consumers, as well as training, ongoing marketing support and education, and certifications to car dealers, independent service locations, tire dealers, collision centers, and other automotive retailers. As a social media marketing to women expert, journalist, car care expert, and safety spokesperson, it has been a primary goal to promote, mentor and support careers for women in the automotive industry, and she has more than twenty-five years of achievement as a successful entrepreneur focused on sales and marketing leadership to assist her in this quest. She is a champion for women in the automotive industry, and her company serves as the first point of contact for many women who are seeking the very best in car sales and service across the United States and Canada.

Pilarski_Barbara_2Barbara J. Pilarski, VP, Business Development, Chrysler Group LLC

Barbara J. Pilarski was named Vice President - Business Development for Chrysler Group LLC on June 9, 2009. In this role, she is responsible for negotiating key strategic partnership arrangements for Chrysler Group globally and for managing alliance relationships. Pilarski reports to Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler Group.

Previous to her current position, Pilarski served as Executive Director - Mergers and Acquisitions, North and South America, Chrysler LLC. In this position, Pilarski was responsible for all aspects of merger, acquisition and divestiture activities affecting North and South America for Chrysler, and formerly DaimlerChrysler, business units.

Pilarski joined Chrysler Corporation in 1985 as a Financial Analyst and has held positions in various functional areas, including Controlling, Treasury and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pilarski earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from Wayne State University (1985) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan (1988). She also participated in Chrysler Corporation's Advanced Degree Development Program (Finance).

Pilarski is actively involved in the following organizations:

  • Executive sponsor of the Chrysler Women’s Forum, an employee resource group which leverages female employees to improve Chrysler’s overall product and service offerings to its customers

  • The United Way for Southeastern Michigan, serving both as a Steering Committee member for Chrysler’s annual fundraising campaign, as well as a Board Member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society

  • The Girls and Boys Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

  • Executive sponsor for recruiting efforts at the University of Michigan

Pilarski was also honored in 2010 by Automotive News and Deloitte as one of the “Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry”

This year's other honorees include:

Joy Libert-Gelb, Dealer/ Owner of Yonkers Motors

Margery Krevsky, Founder/ CEO of Productions Plus-The Talent Shop

Andra Rush, President/CEO of Rush Trucking

The Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception will take place at this year's NADA Conference, at the Peabody in Orlando, FL, on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

For more information, visit WAAI info here.