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: Elizabeth Griffith, Director of Engineering – GM Global, Faurecia Interiors, and chair, AutomotiveNEXT.

As a woman leader, I have always found it important to share information – particularly statistics.

This article published in Fortune continues to analyze gender parity discrepancies – 70,000 survey respondents from 222 companies comprising more than 12 million employees. Of significance is the accompanying article by Sheryl Sandberg stressing how much more work needs to be done. Please read and share your thoughts.

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 –  co-chair
Director of Engineering – GM Global
Faurecia Interiors

Michelle Braun – co-chair
Executive Director, Program Management
General Motors Co.

Carolyn Cerny
Director of Marketing NA

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

Corinne Diemert
Vice President, North American Sales

Brandy Goolsby
Senior Manager, Business Development, Connected Vehicle Solutions
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

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

Laura Hirschhorn
Ford NA Key Account Manager

Christi Kann Youngberg
Partner, Assurance Services

Karen King
IT-Engineering Director

Dreta Roggenbuck
Global Vice President, Sales & Program Management
Lear Corp.

Carrie Uhl
Vice President, Purchasing and Supply Chain
Magna International

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

Lisa Vallee-Smith
Airfoil Group

Marlo Vitous
Head of supply chain planning

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