The Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum 2020 opened its Call for Speakers last week, and the team at W&A is looking for the best talent and most inspiring leaders to fill out the day-long September 14 event.

Women & Automotive will once again be held conveniently in a one-day format in downtown Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle. And If you’re wondering whether you’re a good fit for the Women & Automotive stage, read on for a breakdown of the content, themes, and dreams for W&A 2020.

Petrina Gentile, Women & Automotive 3019 Emcee.

A little background story … on Women & Automotive content & the mission

The W&A story began in 2016, with the assistance of a veteran team of women Canadian auto industry leaders. From valuation experts and marketing stars, to dealers and auto fleet veterans — these perspectives helped launch an ongoing journey to empower and further women in leadership roles in the Canadian auto industry. Learn more about the event’s beginnings. 

Over the past three years, this has taken many forms, from mentorship roundtables led by auto leaders like TRADER, to panels dotted with execs from wholesale giants Manheim and ADESA, and OEMs including Toyota Canada and Honda Canada.

 Early Bird Reg for Women & Automotive, Sept. 14, 2020, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, now open!

We’ve heard networking expert and CEO of The Economic Club Rhiannon Rosalind dissect what mindful leadership really means; we’ve explored gender diversity and company culture in auto with president of Cox Automotive Maria Soklis; and we’ve explored topics ranging from the inclusive workplace to recruiting and retaining the next generation in auto, to name just a few topics explored.

All Women & Automotive 2020 sessions will be on the  mainstage, with the attention of the full W&A audience. Last year, the event brought together 230 auto professionals.

This year, W&A aims to look beyond stories, and personal experience — to get down to the nitty gritty challenges for women in auto, and how to address these in the new decade.

Here are some of the topics top-of-mind for Women & Automotive 2020:  

  • Alternative methods of mentorship
  • Cultural awareness & company culture
  • The importance of diversity & inclusivity in the workplace
  • Career advancement + leadership skills & strategies
  • Reaching + promoting the next generation of auto leadership
  • Technology for  happier + healthier employees

Women & Automotive Call for Speakers Open through March 16!

Ultimately, from C-level executives to HR personnel and other positions, Women & Automotive aims to offer fresh perspectives and actionable solutions to diversify the automotive

Now you have a bit of background! We want to hear from you if your passion and mission for furthering women in leadership positions in the Canadian auto landscape matches our own. Enter the call for speakers today.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on the Women & Automotive call for speakers, content or agenda, at

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