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February 04, 2016

Women’s Automotive Association International Names 2016 Spirit of Leadership Honorees

Women_in_Automotive-Spirit_of_leadership_award-2016Five 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.

This year’s honorees represent diverse segments of the auto industry:

Mandi_Fang-headshotMandi Fang
vAuto, VP, Product Management

Mandi Fang is vice president of product management for vAuto. She oversees the ongoing development, growth and innovation of the company’s new and used vehicle inventory management solutions for dealers and OEMs. In this role, Mandi works closely with key internal and external stakeholders to prioritize and pursue product initiatives that advance the goals of vAuto and Cox Automotive business units to better serve dealer customers. Prior to vAuto, Mandi successfully held product development, management, customer relationship and sales roles with automotive industry leaders Reynolds & Reynolds and Digital Motorworks, earning multiple awards for her service. Mandi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Morehead State University.

Shellie_Medici-headshotShellie Medici
FCA, Commodity Manager

Shellie Medici has a long history with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, having started with Chrysler more than 25 years ago. As a Commodity Manager, Shellie is responsible for the direct management of Corporate Outsourcing Initiatives, consulting services, and purchase services. In 2008, Shellie was honored with the “Champion of Supplier Diversity” Award acknowledging her significant contributions to supplier diversity by The Chrysler Foundation. Shellie is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

Christy_Roman-headshotChristy Roman
Founder of Women in Automotive Conference

A founding partner also of Women in Automotive, Christy Roman also works with other female industry leaders to create events aimed at empowering and developing women in auto. An entrepreneur with a background in advertising sales, management and a few online start-ups, Christy Roman has a unique perspective on advertising as it pertains to automotive and the Internet. Her claim to fame was developing and monetizing the Partnership Program (now the Premium Program) dealer initiative at AutoTrader.com which turned them into a classified advertising powerhouse and now generates hundreds of millions of dollars. Christy is a member of the Ask Patty Female Speaker's Bureau, and has been a past speaker at multiple dealer conferences including Digital Dealer, PCG Digital Boot Camp, AutoCon, Dealer 20 Groups, Dealer Think Tank, and Joni Stuker Training. Christy holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.


Kathy_gilbert-headshot2Kathy Gilbert
Director of Sales and Business Development for CDK Global, Inc

Kathy Gilbert is the Director of Sales and Business Development for CDK Global, Inc (formerly ADP Dealer Services). She has management responsibility for the CDK Minority and Women Dealer Business(es) which includes 1,500 clients across the United States with roughly $60M in revenue. Kathy has over 20 years with CDK, where she has held positions in Product Marketing, Field Sales – Northeast, Sales Operations & Support and Competitive Intelligence. Kathy is an advocate for all clients, especially our minority and women dealers. Kathy continues to partner with internal and external stakeholders to deliver unique, personalized experiences for our clients and to showcase our products and services.

Michelle_Primm-headshotMichelle Primm
Cascade Auto Group

Michelle Primm began her automotive career as a high school student doing filing for the service department at Cascade Auto Group 40 years ago. During high school summer breaks, she worked in Parts then moved to the office during college. After completing her Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance and Economics at Kent State University she became Business Manager, then General Manager. Currently Managing Partner, Michelle is a graduate of the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy. She has represented Women Dealers on the NADA Board of Directors for more than eight years; in 2015 she was honored by Crain's Cleveland Business as "A Woman of Note," and received the Barbara Cox Anthony Automotive Woman of the Year Award from Cox Automotive. She has also volunteered for the "Youth for Understanding USA" organization for more than 15 years.

The_D-Hotel-Las_VegasThese five women will be honored at the 17th Annual Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception on Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the D Hotel in Las Vegas, during which attendees will also enjoy an exciting Automotive Art Experience with renowned artist Daniel Cascardo.  The reception is being held in conjunction with the 2016 NADA Convention. A portion of the event proceeds will be contributed to the WAAI International Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance to qualified students pursuing careers in the automotive industry. A special presentation will also be made to a local nonprofit organization to help women.

"We are honored to be able to award these outstanding women who have shown exemplary leadership in both their personal and professional lives", says Lynn Wilhelm, President and CEO of the Women's Automotive Association International. "We salute their efforts and accomplishments and hope they will continue to inspire more to excel in the industry. We also extend deep appreciation to Cox Automotive as our presenting sponsor and Northwood University for their outstanding support of our Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception.”

Women_in_automotive_conference_logoFounded in 1995, WAAI focuses on recognizing the achievements of women in the automotive industry, providing networking and relationship-building opportunities, and encouraging growth through mentoring, educational endeavors and scholarships.

For additional information on the awards reception, including sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and to purchase tickets, visit the WAAI website, www.waai.com. Or email to Lynn Wilhelm, WAAI president, lmwwaai@gmail.com, or call 248.646.5250.

January 30, 2016

A Woman’s Perspective on Leading by Women in the Auto Care Industry

Womans-Perspective-Full-PageThe new book, “A Woman’s Perspective on Leading” is by Women in the Auto Care Industry is Raising Money for Scholarships for women in the automotive aftermarket!

Unveiled during AAPEX 2015, “A Woman’s Perspective on Leading” is an essay anthology featuring women leading the way in the automotive aftermarket, including a chapter written by our own Jody DeVere CEO of AskPatty.com.

Donations benefit the Car Care Council Women’s Board Scholarship program. Learn more.

Order your copy today!

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January 22, 2016

Women in Automotive Seeks Top Speakers for 2016 Conference

WIAlogoThe 2016 Women in Automotive Conference has announced a nationwide search for great speakers looking to reach a unique audience. The focus of the 2016 conference is educating and empowering the automotive community on leadership and trends that positively impact employment and sales growth within the female market.  

Organizers expect more than 600 professionals to attend the conference – doubling the attendance from last year’s inaugural event. The conference, scheduled for June 26-28 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida, brings together representatives from dealerships, auto manufacturers, vendors, suppliers, academia and the automotive industry at large.

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January 20, 2016

Ford Joins With 'Girls Who Code' To Help Close STEM Gender Gap

Girls-who-code-logoAs part of Ford’s expanding community commitment in Northern California, the Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto is joining with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology and engineering fields.

As part of the collaboration, Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, will support the education and professional growth of Girls Who Code club members in Northern California, serving more than 180 young women in grades six to 12 in the Bay Area.

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December 31, 2015

Junior Achievement Joins Honda to Launch Website Educating Young Buyers on Auto Finance and Vehicle Ownership

Junior_Achievement-InvestinUA national survey showing that teen drivers lack basic knowledge of automobile finance and total vehicle ownership costs has sparked Junior Achievement USA (JA) and American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC) to create a new website, www.financialtestdrive.org, to help young drivers navigate the financial aspects of owning and maintaining a vehicle.

The national survey commissioned by Junior Achievement of 500 16- and 17-year-old drivers found that new drivers would benefit from basic education about the automobile loan process and the costs of vehicle ownership. For example, when asked what type of information is typically requested on a car loan application, 45% of respondents did not know that proof of income was required by auto lenders.

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December 10, 2015

Driver's Education for Those Behind the Wheel With ADHD

Behind_the_wheel_with_ADHD-app-iconHave you heard the studies that show that teen drivers with ADHD are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their peers who do not struggle with executive-function impairments?

Behind the Wheel With ADHD provides driving instructors with additional training to understand the risks associated with ADHD and teen driving. Instructors are trained in the use of new tools, technologies, and strategies designed to help teens with ADHD learn to drive more safely. This may be welcome news to their loved ones, many of whom are aware of the higher incidence of car accidents among young drivers with ADHD.

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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 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.

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August 27, 2015

Lexus Verses and Flow College Scholarship offers $100,000 in Awards

Lexus_Verses_and_flow-HBCU_ScholarshipHere's some good news for college students heading back to school! Hitting the books, listening to professors, acing classes, and being a community leader can earn you a $5,000 scholarship. You must apply quickly, though, as the application period ends on Friday, September 4, 2015.

Last year, 19 students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) earned nearly $100,000 through the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship  and this year 20 students will have their chance to earn $100,000. The scholarship was established in conjunction with the television show Lexus Verses and Flow, featuring poetry and R&B performances, now airing in its fifth season on TV ONE through September 17.

Lexus_Verses_and_flow-HBCU_Scholarship2Presented in partnership with ten of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two students at each of the following institution will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence. Winners will be selected through an essay process, with students describing how they drive positive change and play a leadership role in their community.

The second annual Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is open to students at these distinguished HBCU schools:

Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Ga.)
LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, Tenn.)
Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)
Grambling State University (Grambling, La.)
North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro, N.C.)
Hampton University (Hampton, Va.)
Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.)
Howard University (Washington, D.C.)
Xavier University (New Orleans, La.)


LEXUS_VF_HBCU-Scholarship_Application_20151To be considered for a $5,000 scholarship, students must complete an application, available at these campuses, or by downloading it here,  and submit it along with a written or video essay detailing how they are taking a leadership role in their communities, the importance of community, and the benefits of attending an HBCU. Qualifying students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the start of the scholarship application period and provide a letter of recommendation from a member of their school’s faculty as well as a leader in their community.

“The Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is part of our pledge to support and improve young lives, and rewarding students for academic excellence and leadership does just that,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “These accomplished HBCU students have a solid education and enormous potential to influence their communities. Higher education is the foundation for many great beginnings, especially when students are equipped with initiative and leadership skills.”

Lexus_Verses_and_flow-HBCU_Scholarship3The scholarship coincides with the return of the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show, “Lexus Verses and Flow” in its fifth season, airing on TV One through September 17, 2015. Blending electrifying musical and soul-stirring spoken word performances, the variety show has featured mega-watt stars that include Jill Scott, Maxwell, K. Michelle, Estelle, Gary Clark Jr., Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, and Mali Music alongside the best up-and-coming poets including Rudy Francisco, Prentice Powell, Georgia Me, and M’Reld Green.

 

 

Click here for more details about the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship. 

 

 

August 14, 2015

#MyCarDoesWhat? Do You Understand Your Vehicle's Safety Features?

Mycardoeswhat-leadMany consumers do not know the many ways in which their car’s safety technology works to protect them from danger on the road. In fact, many drivers misunderstood their vehicle's safety behaviors as being "unexpected."

A brand-new, one-of-its kind study from the University of Iowa revealed that a majority of drivers expressed uncertainty about how many potentially life-saving vehicle safety technologies work. The survey also showed that 40 percent of drivers report that their vehicles have acted or behaved in unexpected ways.

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August 13, 2015

Did You Read Your Owner’s Manual?

Operate_navigation-read_owners_manual-iStock_000042313526_SmallYou just purchased an automobile. New or used vehicles almost always come equipped with an owner's manual.  But most women – more even than men – tend to just glance through it and then put it in the glove compartment to gather dust, and eventually be hidden behind the collections of other paraphernalia that seems to accumulate there.

You are excited. I know you want to get in that new car, and just drive away and show it to all your friends. You really don’t want to take the time to read the manual, perhaps thinking you can read it later. But times have changed. In the ‘50’s all we had was AM radios to keep us entertained. In today’s vehicles, the technological accessories have taken over our once-clean dashboards, converting them into intricate space-age display units, comparable to those found in Star Wars Starship decks. Very few new vehicles today come in basic plain vanilla.

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