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: Joan Hart, Vice President, Corporate Program Management & Process Excellence, ZF Group and executive committee member, AutomotiveNEXT.

Visibility is a good thing, right? Harvard Business Review points out the challenges women face when visible and three reasons why some women choose to stay out of the spotlight:

• Avoiding backlash in the workplace
• Finding professional authenticity
• Parenthood pressures

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

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

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

Kara Grasso
Vice President, FCA Sales

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

Lisa Vallee-Smith
Airfoil Communications

Marlo Vitous
Director – Global Interior & NAFTA Electrical Purchasing