Agenda

July 9, 2017

Welcome
1:00p - 1:15p  

Welcome | 1:00p - 1:15p

Welcome / Keynote
Ted L. Smith CAE, President | Florida Automobile Dealers Association (FADA)
Welcome
1:15p - 1:30p  

Welcome | 1:15p - 1:30p

WIA Board and Emcees
MC: Jack Simmons Dealer Consultant | Simmons Automotive Training
MC: Eliana Raggio Webinar Moderator | DealerOn
Opening Keynote Anchor
1:30p - 2:00p  

Opening Keynote Anchor | 1:30p - 2:00p

Why Women, The Leadership Imperative
Jeffery Tobias Halter President | YWomen
Keynote
2:00p - 2:30p  

Keynote | 2:00p - 2:30p

Session TBD

Break
2:30p - 2:45p  

Break | 2:30p - 2:45p

Fuel Break
- Sponsored by Facebook
Workshop 1
2:45p - 3:30p  

Workshop 1 | 2:45p - 3:30p

Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
Personal Development
Leadership
Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Your Dealership. Your Brand. Success Built on Social Reponsibility.
Susan Scarola President | National Foundation For Teen Safe Driving
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
Listen To Your Mother: How Moms Shifted Billion Dollar Markets and You Can Too
Millennials are a force, but they get their values—trust, authenticity, collaboration, kindness—from their moms. How did women harness their values, voice and social/digital media to change markets?
Scotty Reiss Founder | SheBuysCars
Personal Development
Accelerating and Amplifying Success with High Performance Strategies
In this presentation, you learn how to Accelerate and Amplify your results with High Performance Strategies that you can immediately implement and fast track your journey to success.
Emily Letran CEO, High Performance Coach | Exceptional Leverage, Inc.
Leadership
How to Create Cultural Change in Automotive through Action
GM Women's Retail Network is "Changing the Face of Automotive Retail"
Moderator: Celeste D. Briggs Director-Women's Retail Network | General Motors
Panelist: Eve Knudtsen Dealer Principle and GM Women’s Dealer Advisory Council Member-Western Region | Knudtsen Chevrolet
Panelist: Elgie Bright Automotive Marketing Chair | Northwood University
Panelist: Marisable O. Cole Aftersales Manager-Florida/Caribbean & Champion | GM Women Parts & Service Forum
Break
3:30p - 3:35p  

Break | 3:30p - 3:35p

Break
Workshop 2
3:35p - 4:20p  

Workshop 2 | 3:35p - 4:20p

Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Personal Development
Leadership
Dealership Strategies & Tactics
In Her Own Words: Winning the Trust and Confidence of Women
Science, Language, and Gender: What 64,000 dealer reviews teach us about improving the customer experience and increasing profits
Laura Clapp Senior Client Engagement Manager | CDK Global
Personal Development
Professional Wardrobe Consulting, Empowered Style – Does Sex Sell?
Professional Stylist Jenny Gray presents "Does sex sell?" Learn the most powerful tool for women in sales to be taken seriously and become a respected leader in the industry.
Jenny Gray President/CEO & Founder | Empowered Style
Leadership
Inspiring a Positive Culture: Become an M.V.P.
To provide knowledge, ideas and assess awareness to inspire a more positive culture encouraging MVP (Mission, Values, Priorities)Champions to attract and retain diversity with women & millennials.
Martha E Rader President and Professor | Rader Coaching, Training & Consulting, LLC & Professor
Break
4:20p - 4:35p  

Break | 4:20p - 4:35p

Break
Keynote
4:25p - 4:55p  

Keynote | 4:25p - 4:55p

Do 1 Thing Different Today
Do 1 Thing Different Today is your about personal and professional journey out of chaos and frustration. Hitting a professional bottom is not a dead end but an opportunity to reset and redefine what we know about ourselves while influencing change in our stores.
Brent Wees Director of First Impressions | NextUp
Keynote Inspirational
5:05p - 5:35p  

Keynote Inspirational | 5:05p - 5:35p

Be “Berry” Inspired
Shari educates and inspires through her story of creating a National brand with $1,500 and a vision. You’ll be empowered with the confidence for sweet success inside the male dominated auto industry.
Shari Fitzpatrick Founder | Shari's Berries
Thanks Closing Remarks
5:35p - 5:50p  

Thanks Closing Remarks | 5:35p - 5:50p

WIA Board and Emcees
MC: Jack Simmons Dealer Consultant | Simmons Automotive Training
MC: Eliana Raggio Webinar Moderator | DealerOn
Entertainment / Cocktails
6:00p - 8:00p  

Entertainment / Cocktails | 6:00p - 8:00p

Announcement of Keiser Scholarship
Host: Martha E Rader President and Professor | Rader Coaching, Training & Consulting, LLC & Professor
“Berried in Chocolate” Reception
Host: Shari Fitzpatrick Founder | Shari's Berries

July 10, 2017

Breakfast
8:00a - 8:45a  

Breakfast | 8:00a - 8:45a

Breakfast
Keynote Video In Memorandum
8:45a - 9:00a  

Keynote Video In Memorandum | 8:45a - 9:00a

In Memorandum Tammie LeBleu, National Sales Dealer Development – AutoLoop
Welcome/Kickoff
9:00a - 9:15a  

Welcome/Kickoff | 9:00a - 9:15a

WIA Board and Emcees
MC: Jack Simmons Dealer Consultant | Simmons Automotive Training
MC: Eliana Raggio Webinar Moderator | DealerOn
Keynote
9:15a - 9:45a  

Keynote | 9:15a - 9:45a

Session TBD

Break
9:45a - 9:55a  

Break | 9:45a - 9:55a

Fuel Break
- Sponsored by Facebook
Workshop 1
9:55a - 10:40a  

Workshop 1 | 9:55a - 10:40a

Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
Personal Development
Leadership
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
What Drives Women?
Sally Whitesell Founder and CEO | sw Service Solutions and Fixed Ops University
Personal Development
Perfection is a Lie – So Stop Chasing It.
We work in an industry that has an approval addiction, chasing standards of perfection that are not real.
Jennifer Briggs National Sales Manager | Dealer Teamwork
Leadership
Exploring Leadership Through Confidence, Emotional Intelligence & Gender
In the competitive automotive environment, it's not just what you say but how you say it! Learn how confidence matters as much as competence. Create win-win solutions for you and your organization.
Nancy Wolk Principal | eMentorConnect
Break
10:40a - 10:45a  

Break | 10:40a - 10:45a

Break
Workshop 2
10:45a - 11:30a  

Workshop 2 | 10:45a - 11:30a

Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
Personal Development
Dealership Strategies & Tactics
It’s Not About Likes, It’s About Leads
It’s no longer just about likes, followers and engagement when it comes to your dealership’s social media strategy; it’s about generating interest, leads and ultimately sales.
Kate Frost Owner | Kate Frost Inc.
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
I Will Always Be #JustAGirlSellingCars
#JustAGirlSellingCars is a known brand in automotive and as the GSM of Towbin Fiat, it is still very accurate! Learn how I will ALWAYS associate with it no matter what title I have during my career.
Amy Bannor General Sales Manager | Towbin Fiat Alfa Romeo
Personal Development
Selling to Men. Selling to Women
Women don’t need to Lean-In, it’s time for men to Stand-Up. Men and women are having different experiences at work. With men holding most leadership positions how do you engage them to create change?
Jeffery Tobias Halter President | YWomen
Break
11:30a - 11:35a  

Break | 11:30a - 11:35a

Break
Keynote
11:35a - 12:05p  

Keynote | 11:35a - 12:05p

The Power of a Growth Mindset
Elaine Richards Executive Vice President Business Operations | Cars.com
Lunch
12:05p - 1:05p  

Lunch | 12:05p - 1:05p

The Power of Earning Influence
David Villa Founder & CEO | iPD
Break
1:05p - 1:10p  

Break | 1:05p - 1:10p

Break
Workshop 3
1:10p - 1:55p  

Workshop 3 | 1:10p - 1:55p

Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
Leadership
Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Solving the Technician Shortage
Maher unveils FutureTech Success, the industry-wide, multi-faceted initiative to address the technician shortage crisis.
Jennifer Maher CEO | TechForce Foundation
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
Key Tactics to Address the Pain Points of Women Car Buyers
This session will share recent research on women car buyers and their pain points in the shopping process, plus offer key tactics that will help dealers address these pain points and win.
Kerri Wise VP, Dealer Education | TrueCar
Leadership
Women@Google Leadership Panel
Hear directly from senior female Googlers working in the Automotive space to learn what Google is doing to connect, develop, and retain female talent.
Moderator: Jody DeVere CEO | AskPatty.com
Panelist: Krissy Payne Head of Industry | Google
Panelist: Kelly McNearney Senior Auto Retail Strategist | Google
Panelist: Anya Estrov Senior Business Lead | Google
Panelist: Ashley Lepczyk Senior Strategist | Google
Break
1:55p - 2:00p  

Break | 1:55p - 2:00p

Break
Workshop 4
2:00p - 2:45p  

Workshop 4 | 2:00p - 2:45p

Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
Personal Development
Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Internships for Recruiting? You Can Do This, Northwood University Can Show You How
Searching for fabulous, productive employees? Think internships. In this workshop you will learn how to structure internships, where to recruit and tips for a successful launch.
Donna Wagner Chair/Professor, Aftermarket Management | Northwood University
Trends Women: Selling, Marketing, Employment
How to get Millennia’s to Work and Grow Your Profit
Samantha C. Zawilinski Vice President of Account Services | Potratz
Personal Development
The Science of The Sale
Sales are sales, however in today’s marketplace it takes more than talking and presenting, it takes science. The Science of the Sale will provide innovative techniques to enhance everyone's skills!
Tony Dupaquier Director | The Academy
Break
2:45p - 3:00p  

Break | 2:45p - 3:00p

Fuel Break
- Sponsored by Facebook
Keynote
3:00p - 3:30p  

Keynote | 3:00p - 3:30p

Take Control of Your Money and Your Life
Sharon Lechter Founder & CEO | Pay Your Family First
Keynote
3:30p - 4:10p  

Keynote | 3:30p - 4:10p

Session TBD

Keynote
4:20p - 4:50p  

Keynote | 4:20p - 4:50p

Competing in a Consumer-First World
Alex Vetter Chief Executive Officer and President | Cars.com
Keynote Award
4:50p - 5:05p  

Keynote Award | 4:50p - 5:05p

Annual Innovation Through Inspiration Award
Sponsored by Cars.com
Keynote Award
5:05p - 5:20p  

Keynote Award | 5:05p - 5:20p

General Management Executive Program (GMEP) Scholarship
Skye Nguyen Marketing & Communications Director | NCM Associates, Inc.
Closing Remarks
5:20p - 5:30p  

Closing Remarks | 5:20p - 5:30p

WIA Board and Emcees
MC: Jack Simmons Dealer Consultant | Simmons Automotive Training
MC: Eliana Raggio Webinar Moderator | DealerOn
Networking
5:30p - 6:00p  

Networking | 5:30p - 6:00p

WomenPowered University Updates
Host: Kathy Gilbert Director of Sales and Business Development | CDK Global, Inc
Host: Lisa Copeland Head of Automotive Retail Strategies | The Culture Works
Cocktail Party
6:00p - 8:00p  

Cocktail Party | 6:00p - 8:00p

Cocktail Party

July 11, 2017

Breakfast
8:00a - 8:45a  

Breakfast | 8:00a - 8:45a

Networking Activities
Breakfast Speaker
8:45a - 9:00a  

Breakfast Speaker | 8:45a - 9:00a

Session TBD

Welcome
9:00a - 9:15a  

Welcome | 9:00a - 9:15a

WIA Board and Emcees
MC: Jack Simmons Dealer Consultant | Simmons Automotive Training
MC: Eliana Raggio Webinar Moderator | DealerOn
Inspirational Keynote
9:15a - 9:45a  

Inspirational Keynote | 9:15a - 9:45a

Session TBD

Keynote
9:45a - 10:15a  

Keynote | 9:45a - 10:15a

Session TBD

Break
10:15a - 10:25a  

Break | 10:15a - 10:25a

Fuel Break
- Sponsored by Facebook
Workshop 1
10:25a - 11:10a  

Workshop 1 | 10:25a - 11:10a

Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Dealership Strategies & Tactics
The Dealership of the Future: Aligning Your Operational and People Strategy
Modern dealerships need to stop looking for young talent that “fits our culture” and start shifting the workplace culture to better fit the available talent pool.
Candice Crane VP of Dealer Solutions | Hireology
Break
11:10a - 11:20a  

Break | 11:10a - 11:20a

Break
Workshop 2
11:20a - 12:05p  

Workshop 2 | 11:20a - 12:05p

Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Personal Development
Leadership
Dealership Strategies & Tactics
Get Ready For The Big Leagues: Transform Your BDC Bench Into Call-Stars™
Is your BDC striking out? Discover the essential techniques to knock it out of the park by making your BDC faster, more productive and more profitable.
Shannon Everhart Business Development Director | Gravitational Marketing
Personal Development
Forget gender. Just rock your role!
Channel your inner bada$$ to rock your on-the-job role. Get actionable tips to help you exceed goals, raise hands, minimize negativity, grow from mistakes, present solutions, trust your gut and more!
Beth Bartlett Senior Account Executive | Autobytel
Leadership
Using Public Relations for Your Company and Yourself
Do you want to see your name in print? Lets position you as the expert and get some coverage. Learn the basics of media relations and how to stand out in a sea of boring press release.
Claire Garstka-Calhoun Vice President of Sales and Marketing | Colors on Parade
Break
12:05p - 12:10p  

Break | 12:05p - 12:10p

Break
Workshop 3
12:10p - 12:55p  

Workshop 3 | 12:10p - 12:55p

Session TBD

Lunch
12:55p - 1:40p  

Lunch | 12:55p - 1:40p

Facebook Sponsored Fuel Break and Lunch
Inspirational Keynote
1:40p - 2:10p  

Inspirational Keynote | 1:40p - 2:10p

Think and Get Rich for Women
Authorized by the Author Sharon Lechter and the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Copeland teaches the 13 traits all women need to create success and significance. Copeland's keynote/workshop provides unique insights and specific steps to boost people's levels of personal success, their financial IQ and their bank balance!
Lisa Copeland Head of Automotive Retail Strategies | The Culture Works
Final Closing Remarks Remarks
2:10p - 2:20p  

Final Closing Remarks Remarks | 2:10p - 2:20p

WiA Board / Emcees – Sponsors Thanks, Attendee Thanks, Next Conference date and locations FL/So Cal
Jack Simmons Dealer Consultant | Simmons Automotive Training
Eliana Raggio Webinar Moderator | DealerOn

Ted L. Smith

Ted L. Smith


Ted has been President of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) since 2001. He holds the following certifications: CAE (Certified Association Executive Fellow) from the American Society of Association Executives; and DPL (Designated Professional Lobbyist) as a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists. Ted manages the lobbying team at FADA and teaches at FADA Dealer Roadshows on legislative and regulatory developments. He also represents and advocates for dealers with consumer groups, the media, regulatory agencies, the Florida Legislature and Congress. His background also includes executive association management in the construction and insurance industries. 

 


Jack Simmons

Jack Simmons


Jack Simmons is a renowned trainer in the automotive industry, and currently works as a dealer consultant in addition to working with Women in Automotive.  His past endeavors include manager of sales and dealer training for Cars.com, a destination for buyers and sellers of automotive sales and service.  Previous to that he worked for AutoTrader.com where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations in a similar capacity.  Simmons has trained more than 100,000 automotive professionals over the course of his 30+ years in the industry, including franchise dealers, independent dealers and professionals from automotive manufacturers.

A former dealer himself, Simmons has been at the forefront of digital marketing, helping stores improve in the areas of online reputation management, vehicle merchandising and mobile marketing, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including NADA, NIADA, Digital Dealer, DrivingSales Executive Summit, J.D. Power Automotive Internet Roundtable and national BHPH conferences.

Previously, Simmons served as a national dealer trainer for Autotrader, where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations. He joined Cars.com in 2010.


Eliana Raggio

Eliana Raggio


Eliana Raggio, known as the “Webinar Goddess”, is host and moderator of DealerOn’s free weekly webinars (DealerOn.com/webinar), where she presents invaluable information from industry-leading experts on timely and relevant topics dealers need to compete and succeed in the automotive industry today. The highly interactive installments of the popular continuing education series are held every Thursday at 9am PST/noon EST. She is also an award-winning voice-over artist, professional emcee and former Philadelphia morning show radio personality. Additionally, Eliana is a US Navy Veteran, having honorably served during the Gulf War. She is also a gifted communicator and eloquent writer who has long been a strong advocate for all issues facing women in male-dominated industries. You can connect with her on Twitter @ElianaRaggio or e-mail her directly at Eliana@DealerOn.com.


Jeffery Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter


Jeffery Tobias Halter is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues. YWomen focuses on driving actionable business plans and strategies to help organizations create Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategies along with strategies to disrupt unconscious gender bias. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola Company.
A featured keynote speaker, Jeffery is author of two books, WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men and Selling to Men, Selling to Women. He is a contributing writer to HuffPost, New York Daily News, Working Mother magazine and is a two-time TEDx speaker. His work has been profiled in Forbes, US News & World Report and The Atlantic. He is a regular contributor to Fox Business Radio and Good Morning Charlotte.
Recently Jeffery introduced two initiatives designed to drive male engagement and gender dialogue in the workforce. His Father of Daughter Initiative, 10 Simple Things Men Can Do Support Women’s Leadership Advancement outlines daily actions men can make to advocate for women at work. His bi-weekly newsletter, Gender Conversation Quickstarters is designed to help organizations have more effective discussions about gender and diversity in the workplace.
His clients and best practice work includes two Catalyst award winning companies, The Coca-Cola Company and Kimberly-Clark as well as Mercedes-Benz USA, McDonald’s, Deloitte, Novartis, GE, Walmart, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. He has taught Business Communications at Georgia State University and has been a guest lecturer at The Goizueta Business School at Emory University and the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He was a Panelist at the World Diversity Leadership Summit at Harvard University and led workshops at the Global Summit of Women in Athens Greece.


Susan Scarola

Susan Scarola


Susan Scarola is President of National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving and an executive member of the Board of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. Both organizations promote teen safe driving programs in partnership with businesses and other safety organizations. Scarola’s engagement with this work began at DCH Auto Group where she was instrumental in launching DCH’s cause marketing initiative while she served as President & CEO of DCH. This work exemplified DCH’s core values bringing together employees with local high school, business, and civic leaders, in pursuit of safety.

Scarola initially taught kindergarten in rural NY but quickly transitioned to business with a human resources role in a NYC engineering firm. She obtained her M.B.A. from NYU, joined KPMG and obtained her CPA license. DCH became her favorite client and she joined the DCH team in 1985 to solidify the group’s treasury functions and centralize administrative support for its varied operations. Her “people” skills were a critical asset as the senior team strategized for growth. Before assuming CEO responsibilities in 2007, Scarola was CFO. Finally, as Vice Chairman, Scarola spearheaded strategic initiatives culminating in the sale of DCH to Lithia Motors, Inc. in 2014.

She served on the Boards of both the NY Auto Dealers Association and the NJ Coalition of Automotive Retailers. She received the 2008 Women’s Automotive Association International Professional Achievement Award, the 2010 Women Certified Vision Award and was selected by Automotive News as one of the top 100 women in the North American auto industry in 2010. Scarola was included in NJ’s 2012 Best 50 Women in Business and received the 2014 Barbara Cox Anthony Automotive Women of the Year award. In 2015 Scarola was again recognized by WAAI with their Spirit of Leadership Award.


Scotty Reiss

Scotty Reiss


With a passion for shaping ideas and marketplaces, Scotty co-founded SheBuysCars to change how women discuss and buy cars. This led her to be elected the first woman president of the International Motor Press Association. Prior, she wrote for the New York Times, Town & Country and Entrepreneur, co-authored “Stew Leonard, My Story” and produced the Luxury Summit conferences for American Express.


Emily Letran

Emily Letran


Dr. Emily Letran came to the US at the age of 13 as a refugee from Vietnam. She is a UCLA dentist with two multi-specialty group practices in Southern California. She is the author of several books, a speaker and Certified High Performance Coach dedicated to helping business professionals maximize their potential in personal and business life – and building great team cultures.


Celeste D. Briggs

Celeste D. Briggs


Celeste D. Briggs has been at the forefront of increasing the female presence in the GM dealer network by increasing the number of women as dealers and key managers. Established in 2011, WRN remains the only program of its type in the industry. WRN is dedicated to “Changing the Face of Automotive” Retail and increasing purchase consideration and market share among female consumers.


Eve Knudtsen

Eve Knudtsen


Eve Knudtsen is President of Knudtsen Chevrolet Co. in Post Falls, Idaho, to learn more about her path to success She is the third generation to own and operate the dealership her grandfather started in 1939.

Eve grew up in Coeur d’Alene, graduating from Coeur d’Alene High School. She attended North Idaho College and Northwood University. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Automotive Marketing and a Bachelors of Business Administration with majors in Economics and Management that she received from Northwood University. She completed that National Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Academy and is currently pursuing a Master Degree of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Eve has a long-standing passion for serving the community. She has served on numerous board and committees including past president of Concerned Businesses of North Idaho, and past chairman of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce. She is currently the vice chairman of Jobs Plus Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation and is the current Guardian of Bethel #7 Jobs Daughters International of Coeur d’Alene.

Eve is a past recipient of Soroptomist Woman of Distinction for Business and Professional and 2006 recipient of Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer of the Year for Idaho. She is committed to educational initiatives throughout North Idaho including having been one of the individuals that purchased the land for KTEC, a career technical high school serving three school districts.

Eve lives in Coeur d’Alene with her husband, Wayne Cofield, and daughters, Lauren Benedict and Kendra Cofield.


Elgie Bright

Elgie Bright


Elgie Bright is Automotive Marketing Chair at Northwood University, teaching Dealership Variable and Fixed operations, Financial Analysis, and Industry issues. Elgie has worked in Sales and Service marketing at the Retail, OEM and Aftermarket level.  Notable is his Seventeen years as District Sales and Service Manager for General Motors, where he has overseen Dealer Operations in several locations across the U.S.
Elgie’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive, and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that involve finding solutions or opportunities.
Elgie is a member of the advisory board of the Friends of the Sloan Museum and Buick Gallery in Flint, Michigan. He has also done volunteer work for the North Side Soup Kitchen (Flint, MI) and various car shows.
Elgie holds a business degree from Adrian College and an MBA from Northwood University. He is the Father of 3 Adult daughters and lives in Flushing, MI with his wife, and a hyper Jack Russell Terrier. In his free time, Elgie likes jazz, blues, and sports activities.


Marisable O. Cole



Laura Clapp

Laura Clapp


Laura Clapp, Senior Manager at CDK Global, has responsibility for providing insights and solutions to some of the largest dealer groups in the country. After joining CDK in 2012 and building dealer group strategy, Laura has provided significant studies and research in the areas of luxury shoppers, customer segmentation, and buyer behavior. She has a BA from the University of Washington.


Jenny Gray

Jenny Gray


Jenny Gray is a professional stylist who works with women across the country. Her approach to building a functional wardrobe has proven to work well for the woman that wants to create true change in her personal and professional image. Jenny’s blog, Empowered Style, has been recognized on Instagram and Facebook as one of the fastest-growing empowerment tools for women over 40.


Martha E Rader


Dr. Martha E. Rader holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership. She is president of Rader Coaching, Training & Consulting, LLC and a certified coach and trainer specializing in leadership coaching, training and change management. She also conducts executive workshops on building positive productive culture. She is a Professor (MBA) at Keiser University, a published journal author and a Northwood University MBA alumna.


Brent Wees

Brent Wees


Brent Wees is the “Director of First Impressions” for Nextup and has been a fixture in the North American automotive digital landscape for almost 20 years. Brent’s energetic, comedic and uniquely engaging presentation style keeps him in demand around the globe at events such as the Digital Dealer Conference, World-Shopper, Auto-Retail Network Summit, Women in Automotive and the Canadian Auto Dealer Innovation Series. Brent also has the good fortune of being a featured columnist/guest for automotive publications and podcasts in the US, Canada, and England.

Entrepreneur. 12 Stepper. Punk. Brent challenges all those he interacts with to “Do 1 Thing Different Today”.


Shari Fitzpatrick

Shari Fitzpatrick


Shari Fitzpatrick is the creator of the world’s famous line of gourmet-dipped strawberries, the renowned Shari’s Berries. Shari’s love affair with strawberries began as a little girl with a strawberry patch that her Father planted for her each summer. They quickly became her favorite fruit. Later while working as a mortgage broker in Los Angeles she began making potential clients handmade chocolate dipped strawberries. The incredible popularity of these memorable edible gifts soon outpaced the success of her original career. Her entrepreneurial path also led her to become a successful stockbroker and auto dealership finance manager.

In 1989, with a $1,500 cash advance, having just moved to a new town, Shari took her passion and hobby of chocolate dipping strawberries and turned it into a business.

An acclaimed inspirational speaker, and now author, Shari entertains audiences of all ages and backgrounds while sharing her down-to-earth, heartfelt business story. Appealing to anyone who has a dream, she’ll take your group on an emotional journey as she intertwines the successes in her life along with her mistakes. Shari’s new book, “Berried in Chocolate,” points out the importance of family, faith and fearlessness while revealing how God became her best business partner and that faith and street smarts can be just as useful as a college degree.

Today Shari’s new boutique brand of gourmet chocolate dipped gifts can be exclusively found at BerriedinChocolate.com and are shipped nationwide all year round.

For 25 years, Shari’s story and her creations have attracted international attention through appearances in O Magazine, on the Today Show, on Food Network, The Apprentice, In Style Magazine, People Magazine, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, QVC, HSN and Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul.


Jack Simmons

Jack Simmons


Jack Simmons is a renowned trainer in the automotive industry, and currently works as a dealer consultant in addition to working with Women in Automotive.  His past endeavors include manager of sales and dealer training for Cars.com, a destination for buyers and sellers of automotive sales and service.  Previous to that he worked for AutoTrader.com where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations in a similar capacity.  Simmons has trained more than 100,000 automotive professionals over the course of his 30+ years in the industry, including franchise dealers, independent dealers and professionals from automotive manufacturers.

A former dealer himself, Simmons has been at the forefront of digital marketing, helping stores improve in the areas of online reputation management, vehicle merchandising and mobile marketing, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including NADA, NIADA, Digital Dealer, DrivingSales Executive Summit, J.D. Power Automotive Internet Roundtable and national BHPH conferences.

Previously, Simmons served as a national dealer trainer for Autotrader, where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations. He joined Cars.com in 2010.


Eliana Raggio

Eliana Raggio


Eliana Raggio, known as the “Webinar Goddess”, is host and moderator of DealerOn’s free weekly webinars (DealerOn.com/webinar), where she presents invaluable information from industry-leading experts on timely and relevant topics dealers need to compete and succeed in the automotive industry today. The highly interactive installments of the popular continuing education series are held every Thursday at 9am PST/noon EST. She is also an award-winning voice-over artist, professional emcee and former Philadelphia morning show radio personality. Additionally, Eliana is a US Navy Veteran, having honorably served during the Gulf War. She is also a gifted communicator and eloquent writer who has long been a strong advocate for all issues facing women in male-dominated industries. You can connect with her on Twitter @ElianaRaggio or e-mail her directly at Eliana@DealerOn.com.


Martha E Rader


Dr. Martha E. Rader holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership. She is president of Rader Coaching, Training & Consulting, LLC and a certified coach and trainer specializing in leadership coaching, training and change management. She also conducts executive workshops on building positive productive culture. She is a Professor (MBA) at Keiser University, a published journal author and a Northwood University MBA alumna.


Shari Fitzpatrick

Shari Fitzpatrick


Shari Fitzpatrick is the creator of the world’s famous line of gourmet-dipped strawberries, the renowned Shari’s Berries. Shari’s love affair with strawberries began as a little girl with a strawberry patch that her Father planted for her each summer. They quickly became her favorite fruit. Later while working as a mortgage broker in Los Angeles she began making potential clients handmade chocolate dipped strawberries. The incredible popularity of these memorable edible gifts soon outpaced the success of her original career. Her entrepreneurial path also led her to become a successful stockbroker and auto dealership finance manager.

In 1989, with a $1,500 cash advance, having just moved to a new town, Shari took her passion and hobby of chocolate dipping strawberries and turned it into a business.

An acclaimed inspirational speaker, and now author, Shari entertains audiences of all ages and backgrounds while sharing her down-to-earth, heartfelt business story. Appealing to anyone who has a dream, she’ll take your group on an emotional journey as she intertwines the successes in her life along with her mistakes. Shari’s new book, “Berried in Chocolate,” points out the importance of family, faith and fearlessness while revealing how God became her best business partner and that faith and street smarts can be just as useful as a college degree.

Today Shari’s new boutique brand of gourmet chocolate dipped gifts can be exclusively found at BerriedinChocolate.com and are shipped nationwide all year round.

For 25 years, Shari’s story and her creations have attracted international attention through appearances in O Magazine, on the Today Show, on Food Network, The Apprentice, In Style Magazine, People Magazine, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, QVC, HSN and Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul.


Jack Simmons

Jack Simmons


Jack Simmons is a renowned trainer in the automotive industry, and currently works as a dealer consultant in addition to working with Women in Automotive.  His past endeavors include manager of sales and dealer training for Cars.com, a destination for buyers and sellers of automotive sales and service.  Previous to that he worked for AutoTrader.com where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations in a similar capacity.  Simmons has trained more than 100,000 automotive professionals over the course of his 30+ years in the industry, including franchise dealers, independent dealers and professionals from automotive manufacturers.

A former dealer himself, Simmons has been at the forefront of digital marketing, helping stores improve in the areas of online reputation management, vehicle merchandising and mobile marketing, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including NADA, NIADA, Digital Dealer, DrivingSales Executive Summit, J.D. Power Automotive Internet Roundtable and national BHPH conferences.

Previously, Simmons served as a national dealer trainer for Autotrader, where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations. He joined Cars.com in 2010.


Eliana Raggio

Eliana Raggio


Eliana Raggio, known as the “Webinar Goddess”, is host and moderator of DealerOn’s free weekly webinars (DealerOn.com/webinar), where she presents invaluable information from industry-leading experts on timely and relevant topics dealers need to compete and succeed in the automotive industry today. The highly interactive installments of the popular continuing education series are held every Thursday at 9am PST/noon EST. She is also an award-winning voice-over artist, professional emcee and former Philadelphia morning show radio personality. Additionally, Eliana is a US Navy Veteran, having honorably served during the Gulf War. She is also a gifted communicator and eloquent writer who has long been a strong advocate for all issues facing women in male-dominated industries. You can connect with her on Twitter @ElianaRaggio or e-mail her directly at Eliana@DealerOn.com.


Sally Whitesell

Sally Whitesell


Sally Whitesell is the Founder and CEO of sw Service Solutions and Fixed Ops University. She has provided service advisor training in hundreds of drives across the country for over 23 years, both at an individual and corporate level. Her specialty program, “What Drives Women?” was created because of her passion to help all service personnel understand and cater to their female clients more effectively.
As a former service manager, Sally understands the importance of performance-based training, and has produced seminars, in-store coaching, online sessions, books and audio training that have helped managers and service advisors become successful professionals while providing an excellent service experience.
Sally’s articles are regularly published in magazines such as Fixed Ops, Car Biz Magazine, Dealer Fixed Ops, AutoSuccess, and Service AutoSuccess. She has been featured in BMW Newsletters and the GM Chronicles, and is a regular featured blogger on Dealer Elite, LinkedIn, and many State Dealer Associations sites. She performs live webinars for Automotive News and regularly provides workshops at various automotive conferences and Dealer 20 meetings.
On a personal note, she has been married for thirty-one years and has two children. She enjoys performing with a local theater group and volunteers at her children’s church. Her company proudly supports two local animal rescues in Northwest Florida


Jennifer Briggs

Jennifer Briggs


Jennifer Briggs has 15 years experience Retail Management. Has received 3 National Awards for innovative digital sales, marketing, and management strategy; National speaker, trainer, and consultant who is a SME for Digital Marketing, BDC, Data Mining, and Sales Strategy in the Retail Automotive industry.


Nancy Wolk

Nancy Wolk


Nancy Wolk is a co-founder of eMentorConnect®, a woman-owned company specializing in mentoring and training solutions. Prior to eMentorConnect®, she was a senior sales leader, director of operations and a marketing product manager with Pfizer. Nancy earned a BA from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Loyola University. She is a recognized expert in the field of leadership development.


Kate Frost

Kate Frost


During the eight years at Kate Frost Inc., Ms. Frost has been an important voice in the field of social media and conducted hundreds of social media campaigns designed to brand businesses, drive traffic and generate sales and service leads.


Amy Bannor

Amy Bannor


Amy Bannor (JustAGirlSellingCars) is the GSM at Towbin Fiat in Las Vegas, NV. She brings years of management and sales experience to the team. Establishing processes, creating culture, and achieving goals will make them the #1 Fiat dealer in the nation. She has been featured in Automotive News, AutoDealer Live, “Be Less Typical” podcast, The Dealer Play Book, The Fargo Forum, and Forbes.


Jeffery Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter


Jeffery Tobias Halter is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues. YWomen focuses on driving actionable business plans and strategies to help organizations create Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategies along with strategies to disrupt unconscious gender bias. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola Company.
A featured keynote speaker, Jeffery is author of two books, WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men and Selling to Men, Selling to Women. He is a contributing writer to HuffPost, New York Daily News, Working Mother magazine and is a two-time TEDx speaker. His work has been profiled in Forbes, US News & World Report and The Atlantic. He is a regular contributor to Fox Business Radio and Good Morning Charlotte.
Recently Jeffery introduced two initiatives designed to drive male engagement and gender dialogue in the workforce. His Father of Daughter Initiative, 10 Simple Things Men Can Do Support Women’s Leadership Advancement outlines daily actions men can make to advocate for women at work. His bi-weekly newsletter, Gender Conversation Quickstarters is designed to help organizations have more effective discussions about gender and diversity in the workplace.
His clients and best practice work includes two Catalyst award winning companies, The Coca-Cola Company and Kimberly-Clark as well as Mercedes-Benz USA, McDonald’s, Deloitte, Novartis, GE, Walmart, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. He has taught Business Communications at Georgia State University and has been a guest lecturer at The Goizueta Business School at Emory University and the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He was a Panelist at the World Diversity Leadership Summit at Harvard University and led workshops at the Global Summit of Women in Athens Greece.


Elaine Richards

Elaine Richards



David Villa

David Villa


David Villa is the founder and CEO of iPD, a marketing, media and training firm that works with companies of all sizes and industries across the Unites States. He has 20 years of national sales and executive management experience that he brings to his company. Since the company was established in 1995 (incorporated in 2004), Villa and his wife of 24 years, Diana, are responsible for pioneering, growing and scaling iPD into one of the nation’s leading database management, business development, training, and intelligent marketing companies in the automotive industry and beyond.

In addition to being the CEO of iPD, Villa is a published motivational speaker. He specializes his training in the arenas of sales, leadership, and team building. Villa is also a host on “Auto Dealer Live,” a weekly radio show where dealers go to discuss relevant topics in the automotive industry. Villa is also a monthly Forbes Contributor.


Jennifer Maher

Jennifer Maher


Jennifer Maher is the CEO of TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit that champions students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians in the transportation industry.

Jennifer has enjoyed a 25-year career in nonprofit management, marketing and strategic alliances, having served on the senior leadership team for Make-A-Wish America, and as a national director for YMCA of the USA and The Nature Conservancy. Heading up strategic alliances, Jennifer has personally negotiated over $100 million worth of cause partnerships with Disney, UAW-GM, PepsiCo, NASCAR, BMW, Midas, Kimberly-Clark, and Sports Illustrated, to name a few.

Jennifer lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and two kids, has authored two books, and is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in international political science/ Asian Studies with a minor in Chinese.


Kerri Wise

Kerri Wise


Kerri Wise is Vice President, Dealer Education at TrueCar. In her role, she leads dealer training initiatives and events focused on helping dealers understand the tools and best practices that can maximize their success. Kerri’s automotive career spans nearly 19 years and prior to joining TrueCar, she served in various roles working with auto dealers at Edmunds.com and J.D. Power and Associates.


Jody DeVere

Jody DeVere


Jody DeVere is a internationally recognized speaker, trainer, often quoted industry pundit and spokesperson for the automotive industry on the women’s market. She has been featured by the New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox Business, Forbes Women, Oprah Magazine and Parenting Magazine to name a few. As CEO of AskPatty.com, she provides automotive education to women consumers and an interactive online Certified Female Friendly® certification training program for automotive retailers on how to attract, sell, retain and market to women.

In her role as marketing to women expert, automotive journalist, car care expert and safety spokesperson her goal is to educate women car buyers and owners, the automotive industry at large and promote, mentor and support careers for women in the automotive industry.

Jody DeVere is a champion for women in the automotive industry, and her company AskPatty.com, Inc. serves as the first point of contact for many women who are seeking the very best experience to buy a car and service by visiting Certified Female Friendly® automotive retail locations across the United States and Canada.


Krissy Payne

Krissy Payne


Krissy is Head of Industry at Google, leading the GM US partnership. With over 15 years of Auto experience, she spent her last 10 years helping OEMs with Google strategy and activation levers in the US and globally.  She chairs Women@ in Detroit, with a focus of helping female employees enhance their presence and leadership skills, and inspiring young girls to pursue careers in Computer Science.


Kelly McNearney

Kelly McNearney


As Google’s Senior Auto Retail Strategist, Kelly coaches clients to make the most of the web by reaching in-market shoppers with the right message at the right time. She has keynoted Digital Dealer, DMSC, Google’s Auto Retail Summit & numerous OEM conferences. Prior to joining Google, she spent 9 years at ESPN. She is a thinkLA Person of the Year award winner and leads GoogleServe in her office.


Anya Estrov

Anya Estrov


With over 17 years creating & spearheading media strategies for Fortune 500 companies, Anya is a Senior Business Lead in Google’s Auto vertical, partnering with advertisers to develop digital solutions that build their businesses & brands. She is passionate about promoting women in the workplace, and volunteers to facilitate “Stretch,” a Google training focused on empowering women professionally.


Ashley Lepczyk

Ashley Lepczyk


Ashley Lepczyk is a Senior Strategist on Google’s Auto Retail team. She collaborates with dealers, dealer groups, & OEMs to consult on Google’s digital solutions to develop effective and scalable programs that support the brand and drive results. She co-leads Women@Google in Detroit, & has a particular soft spot for connecting with and empowering other women (especially working moms!).


Donna Wagner

Donna Wagner


Donna Wagner is chair and professor of the Aftermarket Management program at Northwood University. Her insights into recruiting and retaining employees comes from 25+ years of industry experience in sales, marketing, category management and education roles. Donna is an Auto Care Association Board of Director and serves on the Higher Education Council of Category Management Association.


Samantha C.  Zawilinski

Samantha C. Zawilinski


As the Vice President of Account Services at North America’s most advanced automotive advertising agency, Potratz, Samantha sees the hard data results from a wide range of advanced strategies and tactics. Lots of people know the strategies that work in some situations don’t work in others; Samantha knows why. More importantly, she breaks things down into actionable bites.

Samantha oversees campaigns involving virtually every form of media available to dealers, and does so for dealers across North America. Her views are not a product of what she has to sell, they are the data-backed conclusions that can only come from a broad, integrated, independent perspective back by mountains of data.


Tony Dupaquier

Tony Dupaquier


Tony is considered the industry’s most forward-thinking F&I and sales trainer and consultant creating The Academy’s Y.E.S. Processes. Tony has a degree in communications plus 26 years in Auto.

Tony is a featured workshop presenter at the NADA Convention, including 2017, addressed international dealer groups on F&I and sales techniques, and spoken at numerous 20 Groups and dealer associations.


Sharon Lechter

Sharon Lechter


Sharon Lechter is a financial literacy expert, an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, international speaker, licensed CPA, Chartered Global Management Accountant and, most importantly a mother and grandmother. A life-long education advocate, she is the founder and CEO of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization dedicated to providing the tools and mentorship to support families, women, and entrepreneurs in reaching their greatest success around the globe. Regarded as a global expert on financial literacy, Sharon has served as a national spokeswoman and Presidential Advisor on the topic.

Sharon has been a pioneer in developing new technologies, programs and products to bring education into children’s lives in ways that are innovative, challenging and fun, and remains committed to education – particularly financial literacy. In 1989 she joined forces with the inventor of the first electronic ‘talking book’ and helped him expand the electronic book industry to a multi-million dollar international market.

In 1997 Sharon co-authored the international bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad, along with 14 other books in the Rich Dad series. Over 10 years as co-Founder and CEO she led the Rich Dad Company and brand into an international powerhouse. In 2008 she was asked by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to help re-energize the powerful teachings of Napoleon Hill just as the international economy was faltering. She has released three bestselling books in cooperation with the Foundation, including Think and Grow Rich-Three Feet from Gold, Outwitting the Devil and Think and Grow Rich for Women. Sharon has also released Save Wisely, Spend Happily, in cooperation with the American Institute of CPAs.

Her financial literacy board game ThriveTime for Teens, an innovative experiential and fun life and money reality game, has gained recognition with coveted awards including a Mom’s Choice GOLD Award, Creative Child Magazine’s 2010 Game of The Year, Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Product and a five-star rating from WTS Toy Reviews. Sharon is recognized globally as an expert on the topics of financial education and entrepreneurship. She is the author of Your Financial Mastery, a financial education college curriculum and recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education “#1 Book of the Year” award presented by the Financial Literacy Institute.

In 2008 Sharon was appointed to the first President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. The Council served both President Bush and President Obama advising them on the need for financial literacy education. In 2009 Sharon was appointed to the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission as a national spokesperson on the topic of financial literacy and was reappointed in 2014.

A committed philanthropist, Sharon also gives back to world communities as both a volunteer and benefactor. Sharon serves on the national board of the Women Presidents’ Organization, and the national board of Childhelp, a national organization founded to prevent and treat child abuse. Sharon has also been an Instructor for Thunderbird School of Global Management for both its Artemis Program and its partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program. Sharon was the driving force behind the passage of Arizona SB1449 in June of 2013, a bill that requires financial literacy concepts to permanently be incorporated into economics standards and created a separate statue for those concepts.

Sharon’s contributions have been recognized globally. Childhelp has honored Sharon and her husband, Michael, as recipients of the Spirit of the Children Award. Sharon was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of 2013’s 25 Dynamic Women in Business, and by National Bank of Arizona with the 2013 Woman of the Year award and Arizona Business Magazine as one of the 50 most Influential Women in Arizona Business. In 2015 Sharon was honored by Florida State University’s Women for FSU with a Gift of Wisdom Award, Women Presidents’ Organization with the Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment award and by the National Financial Educators Council as the Financial Educator of the Year for 2015. Sharon was also honored with the prestigious 2015 International Profilo Donna Award by Profile Woman.

In 2016, Sharon was inducted into the Personal Growth Hall of Fame, as the first woman to join the industry greats of Bob Proctor, Les Brown and Denis Waitley. In addition, Sharon was honored by a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Habitude Warriors Conference. Sharon won the Gold Medal in the 2016 Money Games sponsored by GoBankingRates.com. For more information, please visit www.sharonlechter.com.


Alex Vetter

Alex Vetter



Skye Nguyen

Skye Nguyen


Skye Nguyen is a brand and marketing strategist. After spending nearly 20 years working in PR, marketing, and project management positions at Fortune 500 companies as well as at smaller marketing agencies, Skye truly understands the strength and power behind a brand. She works for NCM Associates as the Marketing & Communications Director responsible for developing digital, traditional, and content strategies to meet company objectives. She also serves on the Kansas State University Alumni Board and the Kansas City PMI Mid-America Chapter Board, and is an executive mentor to college students.


Jack Simmons

Jack Simmons


Jack Simmons is a renowned trainer in the automotive industry, and currently works as a dealer consultant in addition to working with Women in Automotive.  His past endeavors include manager of sales and dealer training for Cars.com, a destination for buyers and sellers of automotive sales and service.  Previous to that he worked for AutoTrader.com where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations in a similar capacity.  Simmons has trained more than 100,000 automotive professionals over the course of his 30+ years in the industry, including franchise dealers, independent dealers and professionals from automotive manufacturers.

A former dealer himself, Simmons has been at the forefront of digital marketing, helping stores improve in the areas of online reputation management, vehicle merchandising and mobile marketing, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including NADA, NIADA, Digital Dealer, DrivingSales Executive Summit, J.D. Power Automotive Internet Roundtable and national BHPH conferences.

Previously, Simmons served as a national dealer trainer for Autotrader, where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations. He joined Cars.com in 2010.


Eliana Raggio

Eliana Raggio


Eliana Raggio, known as the “Webinar Goddess”, is host and moderator of DealerOn’s free weekly webinars (DealerOn.com/webinar), where she presents invaluable information from industry-leading experts on timely and relevant topics dealers need to compete and succeed in the automotive industry today. The highly interactive installments of the popular continuing education series are held every Thursday at 9am PST/noon EST. She is also an award-winning voice-over artist, professional emcee and former Philadelphia morning show radio personality. Additionally, Eliana is a US Navy Veteran, having honorably served during the Gulf War. She is also a gifted communicator and eloquent writer who has long been a strong advocate for all issues facing women in male-dominated industries. You can connect with her on Twitter @ElianaRaggio or e-mail her directly at Eliana@DealerOn.com.


Kathy Gilbert

Kathy Gilbert


Kathy has been in the automotive industry for over 20 years in various roles of increased significance at CDK Global, Inc. For the last 3 years as Director of Sales and Business Development, she has national responsibility for the minority dealer business, representing over 1,600 customers across the US, generating over $90M in revenues. Kathy is also responsible for building customer advocates and growing CDK’s brand and market share within the women retail business segment, representing over 1,000 customers across the US, generating over $57M in revenues. CDK Global is the only DMS provider with a program focused solely on our minority and women dealers. This position has given Kathy a very unique view of diversity in our industry and in our company.
For the past 20 years, Kathy has been passionate about growing representation of minority and women dealers in the automotive industry. She has grown the minority dealer business from $60M to $90M over the last 5 years. In addition to her relationships with dealers, she has developed strong relationships with automotive manufacturers and dealer associations. She strives to strengthen CDK’s relationship with minority and women dealers and key segment influencers by being an advocate and liaison for the minority and women dealers.
Kathy was recently awarded the 2016 National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) Woman of the Year Award which recognizes the woman whose heroism, longevity and advancement in the automotive industry serves as a shining example of the contributions women make at the highest levels of business leadership.
Kathy is currently a Founding Board member of the Women in Automotive organization, focused on accelerating the role of women in the automotive industry. She has been associated with WAAI for nearly 10 years. As an early member, she started a WAAI Chapter in Chicago, which she grew to over 100 members before accepting a position that relocated her to the Northeast. During her Presidency, she conducted the 1st Women’s Day Awards Program at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show honoring women in automotive.


Lisa Copeland

Lisa Copeland


One of the most important faces in the automotive industry, Lisa is a dedicated pioneer in the field of automotive sales and brand strategy who has more than 25 years of proven success. 
Named among the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry in 2015 by Automotive News, Lisa has dedicated her career to revolutionizing the automotive industry.
 She served four years on the FCA National Dealer Council and was named one of the Five Most Powerful Women in Austin by The Austin Business Journal in 2012. She and her team were the first FIAT retailer to break NAFTA sales record by selling more than 100 new FIAT 500s in one month. That impressive record earned them a personal visit by FCA Chairman Sergio Marchionne.

In 2016, Lisa sold her award-winning dealership to pursue her passion for leading a team committed to transforming businesses and promote corporate civility and winning cultures. She joined the leadership team at The Culture Works as the Head of Automotive Retail Strategies.

She has keynoted at many events, including Texas Women’s Conference, Automotive Leadership Round Table, Digital Dealer, NADA and her personal favorite – the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference in 2015.
With extensive knowledge of hiring, training and retaining diverse candidates, Lisa/FIAT of Austin earned recognition as the #6 Best workplace in North America by Automotive News in both 2013 and 2015; and Northwood University named Copeland an “Outstanding Business Leader 2014”.

In 2015, Copeland and FIAT of Austin earned FCA’s highest honor, the “Walter P. Chrysler” award for sales and service excellence.
With passion and expertise in sales and marketing, her success story has been featured in prominent publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Marie Claire and Automotive News.

Copeland is also the co-founder of Women Impacting the Nation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing leadership roles for women. In 2012, the Girl Scouts CTX named her among their “Women of Distinction”; and as the creator of BuyingCarsHerWay.com, she is dedicated to empowering women consumers. Lisa and Rene Banglesdorf, Co-Founder of Crushing It Academy, have a book due out late summer entitled Crushing Mediocrity.

Twitter:           @LisaCCopeland       https://twitter.com/lisaccopeland

Linked In:       LisaCopeland              https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaccopeland

Facebook:        LisaCopeland              https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Copeland-175687282480593/

Instagram:       LisaCCopeland           https://www.instagram.com/lisaccopeland/

 

 


Jack Simmons

Jack Simmons


Jack Simmons is a renowned trainer in the automotive industry, and currently works as a dealer consultant in addition to working with Women in Automotive.  His past endeavors include manager of sales and dealer training for Cars.com, a destination for buyers and sellers of automotive sales and service.  Previous to that he worked for AutoTrader.com where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations in a similar capacity.  Simmons has trained more than 100,000 automotive professionals over the course of his 30+ years in the industry, including franchise dealers, independent dealers and professionals from automotive manufacturers.

A former dealer himself, Simmons has been at the forefront of digital marketing, helping stores improve in the areas of online reputation management, vehicle merchandising and mobile marketing, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including NADA, NIADA, Digital Dealer, DrivingSales Executive Summit, J.D. Power Automotive Internet Roundtable and national BHPH conferences.

Previously, Simmons served as a national dealer trainer for Autotrader, where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations. He joined Cars.com in 2010.


Eliana Raggio

Eliana Raggio


Eliana Raggio, known as the “Webinar Goddess”, is host and moderator of DealerOn’s free weekly webinars (DealerOn.com/webinar), where she presents invaluable information from industry-leading experts on timely and relevant topics dealers need to compete and succeed in the automotive industry today. The highly interactive installments of the popular continuing education series are held every Thursday at 9am PST/noon EST. She is also an award-winning voice-over artist, professional emcee and former Philadelphia morning show radio personality. Additionally, Eliana is a US Navy Veteran, having honorably served during the Gulf War. She is also a gifted communicator and eloquent writer who has long been a strong advocate for all issues facing women in male-dominated industries. You can connect with her on Twitter @ElianaRaggio or e-mail her directly at Eliana@DealerOn.com.


Candice Crane

Candice Crane


Candice has 15 years of sales and operations experience in a variety of markets and is currently VP of Dealer Solutions at Hireology. Previously she was the Organizational Development Director of a large automotive group in the Midwest, where she designed and led a transformational change that improved the customer experience and reduced employee turnover by replacing the F&I silo with cross-functionally trained recent college graduates.

Candice has extensive experience in Talent Management and is considered an SME in recruiting and retention strategies for high-turnover environments. Candice is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a M.S. in Organizational Development.


Shannon Everhart

Shannon Everhart


Shannon launched a revolutionary BDC Training program that has grown exponentially since inception, resulting in a 374% increase in training workshop attendance in a span of just four months. She is a powerful motivator for Gravitational Marketing who has coached hundreds of sales and marketing professionals (across the U.S. and Canada) each month over the phone, online and in person.


Beth Bartlett


Beth Bartlett began her seasoned career in the media and automotive industries at Turner Broadcasting where she was a Media Buyer and Planner for TBS, TNT, and the Atlanta sports teams. Following her career at Turner, she was an Account Executive for Comcast and Fox Sports until joining Autobytel in 2010. Today, she serves as Senior Account Executive for the FL and LA territories for Autobytel.


Claire Garstka-Calhoun

Claire Garstka-Calhoun


Claire Calhoun is the VP, Sales and Marketing at Colors on Parade, an automotive recon company with over 300 locations across 2 countries. Claire also owns New Life Communications, a consulting agency focused on integrated marketing and public relations. She has 15 years of marketing experience, with clients ranging from pharmaceuticals to non-profit. She holds a B.S and M.S. in Advertising.


Lisa Copeland

Lisa Copeland


One of the most important faces in the automotive industry, Lisa is a dedicated pioneer in the field of automotive sales and brand strategy who has more than 25 years of proven success. 
Named among the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry in 2015 by Automotive News, Lisa has dedicated her career to revolutionizing the automotive industry.
 She served four years on the FCA National Dealer Council and was named one of the Five Most Powerful Women in Austin by The Austin Business Journal in 2012. She and her team were the first FIAT retailer to break NAFTA sales record by selling more than 100 new FIAT 500s in one month. That impressive record earned them a personal visit by FCA Chairman Sergio Marchionne.

In 2016, Lisa sold her award-winning dealership to pursue her passion for leading a team committed to transforming businesses and promote corporate civility and winning cultures. She joined the leadership team at The Culture Works as the Head of Automotive Retail Strategies.

She has keynoted at many events, including Texas Women’s Conference, Automotive Leadership Round Table, Digital Dealer, NADA and her personal favorite – the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference in 2015.
With extensive knowledge of hiring, training and retaining diverse candidates, Lisa/FIAT of Austin earned recognition as the #6 Best workplace in North America by Automotive News in both 2013 and 2015; and Northwood University named Copeland an “Outstanding Business Leader 2014”.

In 2015, Copeland and FIAT of Austin earned FCA’s highest honor, the “Walter P. Chrysler” award for sales and service excellence.
With passion and expertise in sales and marketing, her success story has been featured in prominent publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Marie Claire and Automotive News.

Copeland is also the co-founder of Women Impacting the Nation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing leadership roles for women. In 2012, the Girl Scouts CTX named her among their “Women of Distinction”; and as the creator of BuyingCarsHerWay.com, she is dedicated to empowering women consumers. Lisa and Rene Banglesdorf, Co-Founder of Crushing It Academy, have a book due out late summer entitled Crushing Mediocrity.

Twitter:           @LisaCCopeland       https://twitter.com/lisaccopeland

Linked In:       LisaCopeland              https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaccopeland

Facebook:        LisaCopeland              https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Copeland-175687282480593/

Instagram:       LisaCCopeland           https://www.instagram.com/lisaccopeland/

 

 


Jack Simmons

Jack Simmons


Jack Simmons is a renowned trainer in the automotive industry, and currently works as a dealer consultant in addition to working with Women in Automotive.  His past endeavors include manager of sales and dealer training for Cars.com, a destination for buyers and sellers of automotive sales and service.  Previous to that he worked for AutoTrader.com where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations in a similar capacity.  Simmons has trained more than 100,000 automotive professionals over the course of his 30+ years in the industry, including franchise dealers, independent dealers and professionals from automotive manufacturers.

A former dealer himself, Simmons has been at the forefront of digital marketing, helping stores improve in the areas of online reputation management, vehicle merchandising and mobile marketing, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including NADA, NIADA, Digital Dealer, DrivingSales Executive Summit, J.D. Power Automotive Internet Roundtable and national BHPH conferences.

Previously, Simmons served as a national dealer trainer for Autotrader, where he managed and developed training programs for dealers, manufacturers and state automotive associations. He joined Cars.com in 2010.


Eliana Raggio

Eliana Raggio


Eliana Raggio, known as the “Webinar Goddess”, is host and moderator of DealerOn’s free weekly webinars (DealerOn.com/webinar), where she presents invaluable information from industry-leading experts on timely and relevant topics dealers need to compete and succeed in the automotive industry today. The highly interactive installments of the popular continuing education series are held every Thursday at 9am PST/noon EST. She is also an award-winning voice-over artist, professional emcee and former Philadelphia morning show radio personality. Additionally, Eliana is a US Navy Veteran, having honorably served during the Gulf War. She is also a gifted communicator and eloquent writer who has long been a strong advocate for all issues facing women in male-dominated industries. You can connect with her on Twitter @ElianaRaggio or e-mail her directly at Eliana@DealerOn.com.