Making a Lasting Impact in Automotive

Inforum industry groups bring together practitioners to collaborate on industry issues and share best and next practices. AutomotiveNEXT is a powerful network and supportive community for women in Automotive that inspires and empowers them to lean in, achieve their full potential, and make a lasting impact in the industry.

AutomotiveNEXT aims to close the talent gap and strengthen the talent pipeline for automotive through three primary areas of focus:

  • positioning and promoting women thought leaders;
  • developing and inspiring rising leaders through volunteer and leadership development opportunities; and
  • sharing best practices for attracting, developing and retaining female talent.

Develop & Inspire

Diversity Impact

2018 NAIAS Breakfast

January 19, 2018
Detroit, MI

Written by: Christie Coplen, consultant, Spencer Stuart, and member of AutomotiveNEXT

We’re all familiar with the numbers. Study after study finds greater numbers of women “disappearing” at each successive level of most organizations. According to a study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company, by the time women reach the SVP level, they hold just 20 percent of the line roles that are the most likely to lead to the C-Suite. That number dips to 16 percent for women in automotive and industrial manufacturing. Ethnic and racial minorities also are underrepresented at all levels of leadership. Research has found that of executives one to three levels below the CEO, only 8 percent were Asian males, and black and Hispanic leaders of both genders combined constituted less than 7 percent.

The sheer scale of systemic change required to make meaningful progress in diverse representation in leadership roles can seem overwhelming. A question I hear often is: “Where do we begin?” Here are some practical steps senior leaders and their organizations can take now to improve diversity and inclusion.

Best Practices

Diversity

Minding the manufacturing Gap: How manufacturers can get their fair share of talented women
The Manufacturing Institute, APICS Supply Chain Council, and Deloitte worked together to understand why manufacturing isn’t getting its fair share of talented women. We surveyed more than 600 women in manufacturing, across all functional roles and levels, to get their gauge of how well companies are doing at attracting, retaining and advancing women. We also held an executive roundtable in Washington, D.C., where we convened senior leaders – representing a diverse group of some of the world’s largest manufacturing companies – to bring into focus their executive view of human capital and talent concerns.

Statistics and Facts

How and Where diversity Drive Financial Performance (Harvard Business Review, 2018)

Lean In Women in the Workplace Study (McKinsey & Company)
Women in the Workplace 2017 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. This research is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company to give organizations the information they need to promote women’s leadership and foster gender equality.

Women at the Wheel: Recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the European automotive industry (Automotive News & Deloitte, 2016)

Women at the Wheel: Recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the automotive industry (Automotive News & Deloitte, 2015)

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Executive Committee

Elizabeth Griffith –  CHAIR
Director of Engineering – GM Global
Faurecia Interiors

Gene Oswalt – VICE CHAIR
Vice President, HR – Benefits, Compensation, M&A
Robert Bosch LLC

Elaine Bannon
Product Development Quality & Global Product Development System
Ford Motor Co.

Michelle Braun
Executive Director in Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
General Motors Co.

Christine Coplen
Consultant Global Industrial & Automotive Practice
Spencer Stuart

Corinne Diemert
Vice President, North American Sales
Valeo

Brandy Goolsby
Senior Manager, Business Development, Connected Vehicle Solutions
Wind River Systems

Kara Grasso
Vice President, FCA Sales
Denso

Joan Hart
Vice President, Corporate Program Management & Process Excellence
ZF Group

Jennifer Johnson
Executive Director, Strategy
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

Dreta Roggenbuck
Global Vice President
Lear Corp.

Carrie Uhl
Vice President, Purchasing and Supply Chain
Magna International

Christi Kann Youngberg
Partner, Assurance Services
EY

Lisa Vallee-Smith
CEO
Airfoil Communications

Marlo Vitous
Director – Global Interior & NAFTA Electrical Purchasing
FCA US LLC