We’re about 55 days away from kicking off the inaugural Women & Automotive event, and our team is ready to dig deeper into the topics surrounding the event. As we continue to shape the event and it’s agenda, we’re coming across great articles, videos and inspirational thoughts we want to share with our readers. We hope you’ll enjoy our very first ‘From the Web’ post and that you’ll be open to sharing additional material you find interesting!

Jean Jennings: How I Got Here

You may have heard her name, but do you know her story? Jennings established her career in a male-dominated automotive space, where frequently she was the only woman in the room. But that didn’t stop her from establishing Automobile Magazine, being Good Morning America’s and Oxygen’s automotive correspondent from 1994 to 2000, winning awards and appearing as a regular on-air contributor to several news channels. Now watch and listen to Jennings tell her story in her own words.

Women in Company Leadership Tied to Stronger Profits

Yesterday The New York Times published an article by Daniel Victor titled “Women in Company Leadership Tied to Stronger Profits, Study Says.” The article shares findings from a recent study conducted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a nonprofit group based in Washington D.C., and EY, the audit firm formerly known as Ernst & Young. In a nutshell, the study found that despite the apparent economic benefits, many corporations are lacking in gender diversity.

Mary T. Barra, General Motors’ C.E.O., in 2011. Credit NIKON CORPORATION

Mary T. Barra, General Motors’ C.E.O., in 2011. Credit NIKON CORPORATION

Acura’s Michelle Christensen Has a Shoe Fetish

Brett Berk of The Drive made us all very jealous when he shared his interview with Michelle Christensen about her inspirations, which in turn, have influenced Acura. We couldn’t help but geek out when we realized that we have something in common with Christensen — 3D and shoes (and it’s even better when the two are combined). Most of all we enjoyed learning more about how Christensen and her team draw inspiration from various architectural structures to design Honda’s sporty near-luxury marque.

Michelle Christensen, January 18, 2016. The Drive.

Michelle Christensen, January 18, 2016. Credit The Drive.

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