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SEMA Show to provide tools to empower women in automotive

SEMA Show to provide tools to empower women in automotive

The 2023 SEMA Show in Las Vegas will feature a fully customisable hands-on education program which includes a lineup of world-class seminars at the SEMA Women in Automotive Symposium.

Attendees can take advantage of the robust SEMA Show Education schedule to create a best-in-class professional development experience during the SEMA Show (October 30-November 3) and throughout the year.

The SEMA Women in Automotive Symposium is designed to provide a resource for women to network, mentor and participate in professional development programs geared toward helping them accelerate and advance in their careers and business.

This inaugural event–taking place in Room N258 on Wednesday, November 1, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., will help women address common challenges faced by women in the industry, find solutions, gain new tools, and learn essential skills to drive business and career advancement.

Executives, general managers, middle managers, department heads, emerging leaders, diversity managers and related automotive professionals will benefit from several sessions, beginning with an inspiring opening keynote called “Drive: How to Gain and Maintain a Competitive Advantage” led by two-time racing champion and entrepreneur Julia Landauer, who has 21 years of competition under her belt, most recently starting the No. 44 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Following will be a power networking luncheon and fireside chat called “Communication Secrets, Secrets of Success and Maintaining a Success Mindset.” This session will be led by FOX Sports Reporter Amanda Busick and feature Carolyn Jackson, vice president, brand strategy, Barrett-Jackson.

This interactive session will see Busick interview Mullany-Jackson for career insights and thoughts on the tenacity and determination of a committed and dynamic team, a leadership state of mind, empowerment and challenges, plus the achievements of her career as a top female executive in the automotive industry.

Rapid-fire-style workshops are next on the schedule, with four 15-minute sessions designed to help attendees engage, discover and connect with subject-matter experts and thought leaders on small-business strategies and industry topics, including:

  • “Becoming A Woman-Owned Certified-Enterprise,” led by Melanie White, CEO and owner of Hellwig Products.
  • “Self-Branding: The ACTION Behind Building Your Personal Brand,” led by Jacki Lutz, senior manager marketing communications, corporate at Sensata Technologies.
  • “The Power of Mentorship, Sponsorship and Allyship as a Strategy for Success,” led by Deanna Singh, managing partner at Uplifting Impact.
  • “Make the Jump! Four Steps to Becoming the Authority in Your Industry,” led by Shaundra Dineen, award-winning motivational speaker and podcaster.

The program concludes with a moderated conversation with industry executives in a session designed to teach how action leaders are working toward gender equity and insights into the most significant challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.

“The further you advance in your career, the more important it becomes to hear directly from senior executives about the critical issues on their radar–and how you can also prepare to address such challenges as you progress through the ranks. We’re looking forward to providing this opportunity, and so much more, to the women in the industry as part of this inaugural SEMA Education program,” said Pamela Brown-Matthis, SEMA director of education.

The “Driving the Future of Automotive: C-Suite Insights” panel, co-hosted by SEMA Businesswomen’s Network, will be led by industry executives explaining what they are doing personally to support women leaders through mentoring, sponsorship and modeling effective allyship, followed by a Q&A session.

Moderated by Cheryl Thompson, the president and founder of Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA), the one-hour session also features panelists Kim Less, vice president, aftermarket at Nissan North America; Subi Ghosh, executive vice president, Strategic Partnerships & Marketing at Stream Companies and partnerships chair at Women of Color Auto Network; Jayme Blasiman, founder of Femanic Garage and founder and co-owner of Women’s Motor Fest; Matilda Johnson, chief experience officer at City Classic Cars; and Axel Cooley, president of Metallon.

The SEMA Women in Automotive Symposium is free for all 2023 SEMA Show attendees. Online registration for the SEMA Women in Automotive Symposium is available here.

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