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Jody Devere, Mary Beth Vander Schaff, Kynzie Sims, Julie Rodgers, and Candice Crane to Keynote Women in Automotive Conference With Expert Panel Discussing Automotive News Project XX

“How We Fit In and Where We Go from Here” panel to discuss how the industry can better support and nurture female empowerment and leadership Compli, the automotive leader in HR and compliance automation solutions, is honored to announce Kynzie Sims, Compli’s Content Product Manager, will join fellow powerhouse females: Mary Beth Vander Schaff, Managing Editor of Automotive News, Jody DeVere, CEO AskPatty.com and Founding Board Member of the Women in Automotive Conference, Julie Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Hireology,… Read more »

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Greater Los Angeles Dealer Association Luncheon

Video from the Greater Los Angeles Dealer Association Luncheon in June focused on careers for women at the dealership that features several women dealership principles or key employees and myself Jody DeVere CEO AskPatty.com, Cheri Fleming Dealer Principle, Valencia Acura, Sally Smeed, General Manager, Rusnak Volvo and Sara Elise-Volbert, Owner, Northstar M2

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Top Ford Executive Tapped for Key Speaking Role at Women in Automotive Conference

ORLANDO, Fla., May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ –– The fifth-annual Women in Automotive Convention will once again draw upon top female success stories as it assists the automotive community in recruiting, retaining and developing female employees and leaders. The conference is set for the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida on June 24-26, 2018. The multi-day conference includes networking, speakers, breakout sessions, workshops and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in… Read more »

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Do You Know What Women Want?

By Jennifer Libin, Sales Director, Automotive Profit Builders Our economy is driven, influenced and essentially run by women. It’s a fact. We live in a “Sheconomy” Women plan and coordinate the finances in the majority of American households. Women are the decision-makers. They manage household budgets and control the “checkbook.” Let’s look at some facts. In 2016, women purchased: 93 % of a family’s food and pharmaceuticals 92% of all vacations 91% of all new homes 85% of all consumer… Read more »

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HGreg marketing exec helps dealership group expand culturally and geographically

Soledad Gonzalo has always been very focused on work, even as she became a mother of two. After the birth of her third child, however, she took four years off going into an office to concentrate on the work of being a mother. When she looked to work for a company again, the marketing veteran decided on a position as regional marketing director with HGreg.com. Based in Florida, HGreg.com sells pre-owned vehicles using an online-offline sales structure. Gonzalo saw that… Read more »

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It’s all about aggregation, says WASCO’s CEO

Wholesale Auto Supply Company was founded by auto dealers with a simple concept in mind – getting the most bang for their buck. Though the firm, also known as WASCO, has evolved since its founding, its mission has remained the same – help dealerships save money through bulk purchasing. “Basically, if it is not something the manufacturers encourage you to buy from them, we are a supplier,” WASCO CEO Andrea Karsian tells Automotive Buy Sell Report, adding we supply “anything… Read more »

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Female Technicians: Women’s Voices on Where to Start

Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, a site that provides automotive advice for women, is passionate about bringing more women into the automotive industry, and Valvoline is too. Jody connected with a few women who have found success in the industry. Find out how they broke into this male-dominated trade. In a new report, the TechForce Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians, predicts that demand for new… Read more »

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Why Diversity Will Fuel the Future of the Automotive Industry

by Cynthia Hiskes The conventional wisdom about diversity in the workplace is that diversity is good for business. More diverse companies have been shown to outperform their peers, and teams with a heterogeneous mix of people work smarter.[i] Well, I believe the conventional wisdom holds true for the automotive industry with one major exception: diversity (and the competencies it enables) is not just good for the automotive business — diversity is essential for survival. Ongoing Transformation For the automotive industry,… Read more »

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An Interview with Ask Patty’s Jody DeVere

The marked inequity between men and women in automotive has been a far-reaching topic. CPI scratched the surface in a previous article, Where Are All the Women in Automotive. With less than a quarter of the automotive workforce positions occupied by women, it’s a stark contrast to the 65 percent of new vehicles purchased by women. It warrants further exploration. What better source to tap into than Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, an automotive advice website geared toward women. We… Read more »

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A woman’s place is in the dealership for Cherie Watters

Cherie Watters, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the O’Gara Coach auto group in Beverly Hills, CA, has thought about owning her own dealership for decades. She still thinks about it. But her current situation is pretty great, Watters admits. “The things we get to do here are so different,” she tells Automotive Buy Sell Report. “I am not done with the experience here yet.” O’Gara Coach has three locations in Southern California – Beverly Hills, Westlake, and… Read more »

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