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

Best Piece of Advice

2019 NAIAS Breakfast

January 18, 2019
Detroit, MI

Best Practices


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 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)

Automotive News Project XX

Executive Committee

Corinne Diemert – co-chair
NA HR director

Marlo Vitous, co-chair
Head of Global Supply and Supply Chain North America

Jessica Berry
VP, Toyota/Hyundai-Kia

Denise Carlson
Vice President, NAPIC & Executive Lead of Diversity and Inclusion

Carolyn Cerny
Director of Marketing NA

Yansong Chen
SVP, Global Technology, Strategy & Marketing, Automotive & Industrial
Ricardo PLC

Christina Coplen
Consultant, Global Industrial, Automotive, and Leadership Advisory Practice
Spencer Stuart

Nichole Felton
Vice president, materials management

Cynthia Flanigan
Chief Engineer, Hardware Integration & Product Development
Ford Motor Co.

Michelle Garon
Global Strategy Manager

Chris Garramone
General Manager
Toyota North America

Brandy Goolsby
Director, Product and Solutions Marketing
Wind River Systems

Kara Grasso
Global Strategy Director – Advanced Mobility
DuPont Specialty Products USA

Jessica Hanson
Vice President Corporate Logistics North America
Robert Bosch LLC

Janet Harden
NA Controller

Christi Kann Youngberg
Partner, Assurance Services

Karen King
IT-Engineering Director

Melissa Lindquist
Vice President, PMO and Actuator Engineering
Stoneridge Inc.

Telva McGruder
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
General Motors Co.

Rhonda McNally
Vice President, Marketing
Magna International

Laura Moss
Vice President, Finance, Global Surface Materials
Lear Corp.

Shilpa Patel
Purchasing Director

Sandy Stojkovski
Vitesco North America