Automotive News Article: Lead The Way

Article by Mary Beth Vander Schaaf, Managing Editor, Automotive News Abby Wambach, the soccer champion and activist for pay equity and LGBTQ rights, seems to have stolen the commencement speech show this year. Her powerful words have been widely shared on social media, but I want to be sure you don’t miss them because they capture some of the spirit of … Read More

Summit 2018 – Speakers


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. Maria graduated with a Bachelor of … Read More

How to Succeed as a Young Woman Executive

I was naïve to gender inequality until it hit me square in the face. A few years ago, my CEO Ed and I accepted a meeting with a financial institution that wanted our business. During the course of our meeting, one gentleman refused to make eye contact with me. He presented to the other two men in the room as … Read More

Video – Mary Barra, first female auto industry CEO, on women and leadership

Kicking off a new series, Female Firsts TODAY, Jenna Bush Hager spotlights Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, who started at the company as an 18-year-old intern. Barra is pushing for more women at GM and is advocate of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for girls. Mary Barra, first female auto industry CEO, on women and leadership

Women In Automotive Leadership Inaugural Event

JANUARY 20, 2017 – BIRCHWOOD AUTOMOTIVE GROUP In conjunction with Women’s Equality Week, Birchwood Automotive Group held their first “Women in Automotive Summit 2017” to connect, educate and inspire women. The event was held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Birchwood Credit Inc. facility located at 136 Lakeside Road in Springfield, Manitoba. Approximately 110 Birchwood team members participated in … Read More

Women urged to empower one another

Unlikely culprits are robbing opportunity from women in the automotive industry: Themselves. Read this article:

Why CEOs Should Plot Their Own Succession A great article on succession planning. Our leadership development model is best practice! Companies should evaluate their CEOs based on their ability to build a strong bench of internal candidates.   “Your good leaders are embedded in the field,” Tichy said. That means the firm’s CEO needs to be the one spotting bright leaders and grooming them for the … Read More