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The purpose of Women in Leadership network is to shift women’s perspective in seeing the automotive industry as an impactful career choice. It also serves to move Birchwood women leaders’ career into high gear by offering various events, supports and resources to develop and inspire Birchwood women to achieve their full potential.

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Summit // 2018


“Lean In, Lift Up” The 2nd annual summit at Birchwood Automotive Group to support Women in Automotive Leadership (WIAL). The event is being hosted by Steve Chipman, President and CEO of Birchwood Automotive Group and organized by our WIAL Steering committee.

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2018 Summit – Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Maria Soklis

President of Cox Automotive Canada


Maria Soklis was named President of Cox Automotive Canada on June 8, 2015. Maria, who leads the development and execution of Cox Automotive’s Canadian business strategy and operations, is also responsible for the Manheim, NextGear Capital, Dealertrack Canada and Ready Logistics businesses, in addition to integrating other Cox Automotive businesses and brands into Canada.

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Candace Hodgins, Vice President Of Finance, Birchwood Automotive Group, speaking about the impact of the Women In Automotive Leadership program in the workplace.