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

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

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning continue to capture headlines and spark questions about the future of work, the type of leaders required, and the potential implications for organizational culture.

AI and machine learning are already everywhere. Airlines and other organizations that rely heavily on planning and logistics have been using AI for a long time. The same goes for large manufacturers, financial services firms, and even utilities. Do you use Google? It’s built on machine learning relevance.

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
Vice President, North America Supply Chain Management Planning & Head of Inter-Regional Flow

Jessica Berry
VP Quality, Seating Americas

Carolyn Cerny
Director of Marketing NA

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

Aine Denari
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Electronics ADAS

Chris Garramone
General Manager
Toyota North America

Brandy Goolsby
Director, Global Ecosystem and Market Development
Wind River Systems

Regan E. Grant
Director, Global Strategic Marketing & Communications
Stoneridge Inc.

Kara Grasso
Vice President, Strategic Operations

Jessica Hanson
Vice President Corporate Logistics North America
Robert Bosch LLC

Janet Harden
NA Controller

Laura Hirschhorn
Ford NA Key Account Manager

Christi Kann Youngberg
Partner, Assurance Services

Karen King
IT-Engineering Director

Rhonda McNally
Vice President, Marketing
Magna International

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

Shilpa Patel
Senior Director, group indirect Purchasing
Faurecia NA

Sandy Stojkovski
CEO, North America & SVP, Global Injectors Product Line
Vitesco Technologies USA LLC
(formerly known as Continental Powertrain)

Desi Ujkashevic
Global Director, Automotive Safety Office Engineering
Ford Motor Co.

Lisa Vallee-Smith
Airfoil Group

For more information on how to become a sponsor, contact Carole Leigh Hutton, VP Business Development & Marketing, 313-324-0234 or