As Women & Automotive 2019’s agenda evolves and solidifies, one thing is clear: Women in auto are interested, engaged and involved.

That’s clear through the professionals that have already reached out this year to contribute insight, suggest topics, or reach out to speak at this years Women & Automotive: A Canadian Leadership Forum.

#AutoWomenLead is an event designed to not only further the goals and career paths of Canada’s leading women across the industry, but also a forum to focus on what needs to change, what needs to be said, and what needs to be done to get the ball rolling on important challenges — like placing more women in leadership positions in auto, breaking barriers across the automotive business and more.

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This year, we will be taking on topics like dismantling the lie of perfection, advancing women in leadership in auto, mindfulness in business and more.

One of the session types that works particularly well at Women & Automotive are panel discussions. Because at the core of this event is the desire to “start the conversation” for women in auto. And women and men across the auto industry certainly have risen to the occasion and joined the Women & Auto conversation in year’s past. And it’s no different this time around.

See a sampling of Women & Automotive’s panel offerings below:

  • The View from C-Level: Advancing Women Leadership in Auto: This discussion will be led by Priyanka Mehandiratta, Director of Learning, DX-Learning Solutions. And already confirmed as panelists are Laura Zanchin, EVP and president of the Zanchin Automotive Group, the largest dealer group in Toronto; and Sandra Kim, director, human resources, at TradeRev. How can we get more women in c-level positions across the auto industry and beyond? How can we get today’s company and corporate leaders to care? The rate of women holding c-level positions globally is actually dropping. According to Grant Thornton’s “Women in Business: Beyond Policy to Progress,” women held under a quarter of senior roles across the world in 2018 — a drop from 25 percent in 2017. Changing the status quo will take strategy. Learn from leaders at the top on ways to create real change.
  • Heather Macpherson, president and CEO of leadership training and brand development firm The Minery will offer a keynote on Leading with Intention. Macpherson will offer a story about the importance of having a vision that inspires others to share, drive and create. The Minery helps automotive brands transform the workplace to achieve great client experiences.
  • Dismantling the Lie of Perfection — How Mistakes Lead to Success: This panel will be led by Ashley Middleton, Account Director, Sales, at Middleton will focus the discussion on why seeking perfection in the workplace leads to seeking approval. Stop chasing unreasonable standards. Instead, find out how pushing to the next level and making mistakes leads to change, improvement, and just maybe — that next position. Takeaways include the difference between achievement and approval, unveiling the lie of the “yes person”, and chasing your personal vision of success. Already confirmed as panelists for this discussion is Joanne Peddle, product leader at SCI MarketView; Michele Wedemire, national operational excellence manager at Manheim Canada; Jenifer Hurdman, dealer services consultant, SAL Group; and Farah Mohammed, senior education officer, OMVIC.

Stay tuned to Women & Automotive as we build out these discussions further and announce keynote speakers in the coming weeks!

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