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Detroit is the world’s largest cluster, and the heart, of the automotive industry. With over 375 research and development centers and $12 billion in vehicle-related R&D spend in Michigan, the Detroit area accounts for nearly 25 percent of the United States’ entire motor vehicle industry.
Inforum industry groups like AutomotiveNEXT bring together the top minds in an industry or field. Members are the subject-matter experts and practitioners who collaborate on industry issues and market trends, bringing forth new ideas and sharing best practices. Industry groups are a benefit of membership.
Immediately following the NAIAS Breakfast, Inforum’s AutomotiveNEXT industry group hosts AutomotiveNEXT 1:1 – an event that brings together women university students, young professionals, and top executives to explore a range of careers in the automotive industry. AutomotiveNEXT 1:1 features high-touch networking and small-group conversation. Get accessto influential leaders – and get inspiredby the possibilities.
Join us for an evening of camaraderie and conversation with women executives in the automotive industry. Begin to build your professional network before you graduate by meeting industry professionals and fellow interns from OEMs, suppliers, and businesses integral to automotive.
Hear from Ford Motor Company’s “Futurist”Sheryl Connelly on the exciting trends that are driving dramatic innovations and changing consumer dynamics across the globe.
Tour Yazaki’s 3D Lab and see how additive manufacturing has revolutionized the design development stage of the engineering process.
Get access to influential leaders – and get inspired by the possibilities.
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Yazaki North America 6801 Haggerty Road Canton, MI 48187
This gathering is complimentary for Inforum members, guests and summer interns of AutomotiveNEXT. Registration is required.
Follow @InforumMI and use #InforumAutoNEXT to join the conversation with fellow automotive interns. Watch for questions leading up to the event.
Gioia will share an insider's view on cutting-edge technology in hybrid programs, sustainable mobility and electrifying Ford Motor Company.
Autoline This Week with host John McElroy featured the topic of women in automotive and highlights AutomotiveNEXT, an industry group of Inforum that brings together subject-matter experts and practitioners who collaborate on automotive industry issues, share best practices, network with each other, and bring forth new ideas.
This segment underscored the clear purpose of AutomotiveNEXT: to optimize the contribution of women in the automotive industry and make sure the industry gets its fair share of today’s and tomorrow’s talent. One way to do that is to ensure the talent pool reflects more women -- from new recruits, to emerging leaders and women at all stages of their career.
Leading the conversation were:
Nancy Gioia, director, global electrification, user interface & connectivity at Ford Motor Company. Nancy serves on the Inforum board of directors and is chair of AutomotiveNEXT.
Chris Barman, vehicle line executive for the C and D segment programs, was featured in USA Today and gave a nice plug to Inforum's AutomotiveNEXT industry group. The article explains that female engineers are having an increasingly big impact on the vehicles and safety features that Detroit is offering -- despite the stubbornly small numbers in all industries. The Society of Automotive Engineers reports that among its nearly 28,000 members, 1500 -- 5% -- are women. Thank you, Chris, for your leadership and tremendous support of Inforum! Click here to read the article.
Nancy Gioia, Director, Global Electrification, User Interface & Connectivity, Ford Motor Co.