“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.
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.
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The 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.
As 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.
A 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.
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.
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.
Here'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.
Presented 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.)
To 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.”
The 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.