The automotive industry has come a long way in terms of crushing stereotypes, modernizing and diversifying the industry — and the auto business culture as a whole.
For women in automotive, specifically, in recent years the industry has come together to create leadership pathways to the top and provide career development opportunities.
Although as with many industries, ours has a long road ahead before we see equal representation of the sexes in the workplace, the proverbial glass ceiling in auto has been broken time and time again by extraordinary women with vision, skill and drive.
Because it doesn’t just take a collective mindset change and a more inclusive culture to make real change. It takes strong, determined individuals that pave the way for those that come after them. Think Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors; former President and CEO of Ford Canada Dianne Craig (now CEO of FordDirect); or Pam Nicholson, President and CEO of Enterprise Holdings — and so many more.
These groundbreakers deserve recognition, not only for their accomplishments, but also for the mark they’ve left on the industry and the opportunities they have created through their success for others that will come after them.
The team at Used Car Week takes the responsibility of recognizing women like these and more very seriously. That’s why, on top of our Women in Remarketing awards program that honors top talent across the remarketing industry, we have also added to our lineup this year: Women in Auto Finance.
The Women in Auto Finance program, sponsored by American Recovery Service, honors women who derive from throughout the auto-finance space, including accounting, computer science, compliance, law and more. And the inaugural class of 13 professionals hold some of the most important positions at their respective companies, including industry names like S&P Global Ratings, Equifax, Toyota Financial Services, Chase Auto Finance, GM Financial and more.
Recognized in the latest edition of Auto Fin Journal, the Women in Auto Finance will also be honored at an awards luncheon and participate in a panel discussion during Used Car Week, moderated and led by honoree Cortney Osborne, Senior Vice President of Operations at ARS.
The panel discussion during the Auto Fin Con (Nov. 12-14) portion of Used Car Week will discuss not only the state of the auto finance industry today, but also their own paths to their current positions and goals for the future — as well as tips and tools of the trade.
Further, we will once again be honoring the next class of Women in Remarketing, sponsored by Ally, during Used Car Week, scheduled for Nov. 12-16 in Scottsdale, Ariz., and hearing from these top execs that stem from across the used-car industry.
The 2018 class of Women in Remarketing, highlighted in a recent issue of Auto Remarketing, will also once again grace the stage of Used Car Week for a panel session. This discussion, led by Ally Financial’s Kathy Ruble, will offer insight on these individuals’ experiences and journeys to the top of their respective niches of the used-car market.
There’s no doubt about it. We’ve come a long way as an industry and are headed down a road of increasing inclusivity and diversity, but there is still a long way to go. And these women and more are not only a part of that change — they’re leading it.
Don’t wait to register for Used Car Week 2018 to gain insight from the top women leaders in automotive! Early bird registration is open!