Women & Automotive, now in its fourth year, has always been about engaging and channeling the issues top of mind for those looking to move into senior positions in auto — as well as those searching for an in to enter the industry.

We want to hear from all of you — and that’s what will help us craft our agenda for 2020 — and that which has also helped form our event over the past three years.

One of the key aspects of the one-day Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum, now in its fourth year, is our Profile in Leadership program, which honors the achievements and helps share the perspectives of leading women in auto to the larger public.

On that note, before sharing a few 2019 highlights for those deciding whether to attend or potentially speak at W&A 2020, here are a few quotes from our 2019 class of Profiles in Leadership:

  • Andria Zanchin, Principal and Executive Vice President, Zanchin Automotive Group, on mentorship and employee retention in the auto dealership: I think to retain, it’s just all about the relationships that you have at the dealership level, the communication that you have with your staff, and making sure that the goals are set for them and the goals are clear — because nobody likes to feel like they don’t have something to aspire to or something to work towards.”   
  • Deborah Butt, Consultant – Service Process Development, Toyota Canada, on leadership strategies and tactics that work: “Working together in teams with a lead person on specific projects and meeting once a week to inform the rest of the staff. By keeping everyone informed it promotes collaboration and a smooth flow of operations allowing everyone to feel involved. This practice prepares each individual to obtain a leadership role and gain that leadership experience to promote growth and advancement. On the business side it helps with a smooth transition for new staff into our departments. This approach has proven to be very successful and productive.”
  • Sarah Budd, General Manager, Budds’ Mazda, on why it’s key to focus on your employees, as well, at the dealership level: In auto, we are always so focused on the customer experience. It’s important to also focus on the employee experience. A happy team is more likely to deliver quality service to our customers,” said Budd. “Create a culture of open communication, fairness, and teamwork, and you’re more likely to keep and attract better personnel.”

These give you an idea of topics top-of-mind for the leaders from within your industry. And the 2020 class of honorees will be announced by AR Canada shortly — stay tuned! The upcoming issue of the Auto Remarketing Canada Magazine will feature even further insight from past and present Profiles in Leadership award winners. And many of these execs will make it onto the W&A agenda for 2020, as well.

W&A Call for Speakers open through March 16.

Now, if you are still deciding whether to attend, and/or respond to our 2020 Call for Speakers, I invite you to take a look at last year’s agenda.

Top highlights from 2019 Women & Automotive include:

  • The CEO and owner of the Economic Club of Canada, Rhiannon Rosalind. Rosalind has hosted individuals including former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, human rights advocate Amal Clooney and more.
  • Chief People and Culture Officer TRADER Corp. Beth Worthington, who led a keynote and roundtable discussion on the different employee engagement strategies can make to recruitment and retention.
  • A panel led by Ashley Middleton, Account Director, Sales, autoTRADER.ca, exploring — Dismantling the Lie of Perfection — How Mistakes Lead to Success.
  • And a Leadership Advancement Discussion, including:
    • Sandra Kim, TradeRev
    • Laura Zanchin, Zanchin Automotive Group
    • Ruth McBride, Scotiabank
    • Leanne Kripp, Kijiji

Check out the full 2019 Women & Automotive agenda. 

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

Need more info? Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on the Women & Automotive call for speakers, content or agenda: srubenoff@cherokeemediagroup.com.

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