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October 24, 2016

AskPatty Dear Diary Entry #1 Rebelle Rally

EmilyMiller Tim Calver Photography.My time with the Rebelle's this week was transformative, exciting, memorable, awe-inspiring and extremely motivating. Watching all these amazing women compete under such difficult challenges was awesome! More on my adventures in Dear Diary Entry #2 coming soon.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 7 days of competition.

It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding precision event based on the elements of time, distance, headings, and hidden checkpoints using maps, compass, and road-book. 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.

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October 10, 2016

A Lesson on #CrushingIt With Lisa Copeland

Lisa_Copeland_headshotHappy birthday to Lisa Copeland! We're so thankful to call this amazing woman a friend to AskPatty. A pioneer in the field of automotive marketing and management for more 25 years, Lisa is also a sought-after speaker and a prolific writer.

Until just about six months ago, Lisa was the managing partner of Fiat of Austin, an award-winning Texas dealership that has been the all-time number one Fiat retailer in North America since the brand returned to the U.S. in 2011. But earlier this year, Lisa turned in her keys to the dealership to write a book, speak around the world, and to help businesswoman and men "FEAR.LESS" through programs she has developed at

And, as if that wasn't enough, Lisa has also taken on a new role as Chief Marketing Officer for "Empowering a Billion Women" (, a financial literacy company that's working in 72 countries around the world to give women technology, education, and a powerful network to succeed as leaders and entrepreneurs.

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May 09, 2016

Navigating the All-Women Off-Road Rebelle Rally

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“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.

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January 05, 2016

Meet Rich Miller: Nissan's Avid Outdoors Truck Man

1_rich_miller_nissan_titan_truck_driveRich Miller is chief product specialist of Nissan Product Planning for Titan and Armada and is a life-long truck enthusiast. Miller has been with Nissan trucks for over 18 years, and he has an inside view of what a customer wants and needs in the truck market segment.

Before joining the Titan full-size truck project in 1999, Miller had worked with Frontier and Xterra. His strategy was to test the capability of Nissan's first full-size truck with drivers who would take that vehicle to its limits. These early Titans were loaned to cowboys on his family ranch in Idaho, oil riggers, log cutters, and tradespeople in tough, physical work. Each group evaluated the truck in real-world driving and work scenarios, all of which played into the robust Titan pickup.

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December 24, 2015

​Lexus Puts Stilettos to the Metal

Lexus_Luxury_PalmSpringsLexus Luxury

Lexus teamed up with Christine Overstreet of Heels & Wheels to bring 22 women journalists to experience the performance side of the brand in Palm Springs, California. We were welcomed to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage. The Ritz-Carlton has a beautiful view overlooking the panoramic sights of Palm Springs along with fire pits with comfy chairs to relax on chilly desert winter evenings. We dined our first evening at The Edge Steakhouse, a cliff-side dining experience 650 feet above the desert floor with a breathtaking view with entertainment provided by @jonigray automotive journalist and soul singing diva.

The Lexus Difference

Peggy Turner, VP Customer Service and Leigh Anne Sessions of Lexus Communications introduced us over flutes of champagne about "The Lexus Difference". This newly launched effort in 2015 is intended to attract the three demographics whose spending power is accelerating: women and millennials. "We treat our customers as guests in our home," said Lexus Vice President of Customer Service PeggyTurner LexusPeggy Turner. Along these lines, Lexus is teaming up with a Japanese perfumery At-Aroma to develop a signature scent so every showroom a customer walks into always has the same, comforting smell. We had an opportunity to smell-test and vote on our favorites, the human sense of smell affects 75% of daily emotions and plays an important role in memory. They're also looking to be more fashion-forward, currently in negotiations with a major designer to create a sophisticated uniform for their female sales team. This is a two-fold effort to not only have their employees looking sharp to guests, but to also attract more females to a sales career with Lexus.

Lexus understands how critical it is to speak to a female audience without talking down to them and this is essential factor in making a sale. "The Lexus Difference" program is available to any of Lexus’s U.S. dealership to opt-into and participate in. It will be interesting to follow if they do gain market-share with women luxury buyers as the program continues to roll-out in 2016.

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August 04, 2015

Q&A Night in Milan with Mazda Design

1_Milan_with_Mazda_design_fwBy Holly Reich

I was invited to Italy by Mazda to attend Milan Design Week. The show covers a wide range of design events around the city of Milan, including furniture and industrial product exhibits, performances, and lectures. 

Mazda's exhibit, "The Car as Art" was also in central Milan, as part of Design Week 2015. Mazda designers hold to the tenet that the car is a work of art, and they strive to create cars that move people emotionally. Design Week is a fabulous way for automotive companies to show off their attributes.

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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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September 11, 2014

Could Shea Holbrook be the First Female to Win a Pirelli World Challenge Championship??

Shea_Holbrook_celebrates_victoryWe’re keeping our fingers crossed that Shea Holbrook will make history when she races this weekend. Currently second in the TCA championship, just 36 points behind point’s leader Jason Wolf; if she wins, she will be the first woman to win the Pirelli World Challenge Championship.  

When Shea Holbrook hit the track at the SCCA World Challenge Pro Racing in 2010, she was one of the youngest female drivers in World Challenge history, finishing sixth in the series as a rookie driver.  

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April 16, 2014

Automotive Industry Goes Green: 2014 DC Auto Show

Ladies, the DC Auto Show isn’t about glamour as much as it’s about policy making and the future of the car industry. In honor of Earth Month, we've collected information from the DC auto show to share more about the greening of automotive.

NissanTaxi-11.2013-7_mediumFront page: For the 2014 Washington Auto Show, Nissan rented an Amtrak train car and ferried a group of journalists from Penn Station, NYC to Washington, D.C. Since the show took place during an epic East Coast snowstorm, the train was both a pleasant and efficient way to arrive. And it’s consistent with Nissan’s push into the future of environmental changes. That objective encompasses Nissan’s NV200 vehicles (the taxicab of the future and NYC’s official taxicab) as well as some new initiatives they are rolling out with FedEx.

The scoop: The Washington Auto Show is known as the “Public Policy Show.” It is unique on the global industry circuit because of its proximity to the U.S. Congress, international diplomatic corps and federal agencies.

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