“You need people in your corner to tell you, ‘You’ve got this.’ And pick you back up again.”—Denise Chudy, Contact at Once!
On March 29, women from all across the automotive industry gathered at the Women and Automotive Conference to share their struggles, triumphs, and wisdom. All were welcome – competition and title were left at the door. There was an obvious buzz of energy and empowerment throughout the room from the attendees. The Women and Automotive Conference is a space for women to come together, share knowledge and build relationships.
Throughout the day there were numerous speakers and panels with powerful women across the industry. They shared experiences, offered tips for succeeding in your career and how to stand out in the ever-evolving auto industry. We broke down the day into three topics to summarize some key takeaways.
1. Women have to support other women
One of the best ways for women to succeed is through the support of others. If we don’t support each other than we may not have the courage to push boundaries and break stereotypes. It’s easier to understand what someone is going through when you experience it yourself, and reaching out and supporting one another is a big step toward progress.
A general concensus throughout the presentations is that encouraging and supporting young women at an early age can enhance their chance of getting into male-dominated fields like the automotive industry. What can you do? Recommend another women for a job or promotion, and encourage a young female colleague to think about a leadership position.