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AutomotiveNEXT Connected Students and Executives at 11th Annual Auto Show Breakfast

Immediately following Inforum's 11th Annual Auto Show Breakfast on Fri. Jan. 18 featuring keynote speaker Sergio Marchionne, AutomotiveNEXT brought together more than 100 university students and young professionals to meet with top women executives in the automotive industry. AutomotiveNEXT 1:1 features small-group conversations between emerging leaders and top industry executives. The purpose of the event was to illustrate the breadth of the automotive industry and its range of careers – from engineers to accountants, finance, marketing, etc. The conversations were meaningful and offered both practical advice and inspiration.

Students from the following schools were in attendance for the Auto Show Breakfast and participated in AutomotiveNEXT 1:1 - Central Michigan, College for Creative Studies, Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan State University, Oakland University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Windsor and Wayne State University.

The following automotive executives hosted tables and engaged students and young professionals in candid conversation: 

  • Julie Asciutto, Executive Director of Sales, T-Systems, NA
  • Carla Bailo, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Nissan Americas
  • Christine Barman, Vehicle Line Executive for the C and D Segment Programs, Chrysler Group LLC

  • Nancy Gioia, Director, Global Electrification, User Interface & Connectivity, Ford Motor Company

  • Colleen Haley, Executive Vice President and President, US OEM Business Unit, Yazaki North America, Inc.

  • Jeneanne Hanley, Vice President, Global Trim Operations, Lear Corporation

  • Rebecca Lindland, Director of Research, IHS Automotive

  • Linda Mitchell, Automotive Sales manager, Microsoft Corporation
  • Nancy Rae, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Chrysler Group LLC

  • Kimberly Rodriguez, Principal, KPMG LLC Advisory

  • Maximiliane Straub, Chief Financial Officer, Robert Bosh LLC

  • Maureen Taliaferro, Director of Automotive Sales, Stoneridge, Inc.
  • Julie Tolley, Global Automotive Market Segment Director, Eaton Corporation
  • Alice Wachol, Principal and Managing Director, Michigan, Deloitte

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