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Men Champions Advance Careers for Women

Many men execs, managers and trainers are uncomfortable with one-on-one mentoring in cross-gender relationships. A recent survey revealed that “half of junior women and almost two-thirds of senior men shied away from one-on-one mentoring relationships due to concerns that someone might perceive a sexual relationship where there was none.” These apprehensions build walls that deny access to the power holders and potential career mentors that can advance careers, and subsequently talented women find themselves excluded and marginalized. Thus, the organization… Read more »

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‘Rock Star-Wanted’ Dealer Job Listings Appeal to Men, Not Women

Some car dealerships seeking to hire ambitious people will say in job postings they are looking for “rock stars” and “ninjas.” Those lively descriptors may resonate with alpha-male go-getters. But they tend to turn off women who might otherwise apply, says Candice Crane, vice president-dealer solutions at Hireology, a talent-search company specializing in auto retailing. “Get those words out of your job descriptions,” she advises. “Women won’t respond to that. They respond to ‘collaboration,’ ‘autonomy,’ career development’ and ‘empowerment.’” The… Read more »

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7 Tips for Attracting, Engaging, and Supporting Women in Your Workplace

Why leveling the playing field will provide you with a distinct competitive advantage. Although Congress declared March National Women’s History Month 30 years ago, it only seems to have entered the national consciousness of late. When I joined the public relations industry shortly after Southern forces had bombarded Fort Sumter, there wasn’t a single female CEO among the top 50 PR firms! Today, according to a leading industry trade publication, 17 of the 50 largest PR firms are female-led. Attracting,… Read more »

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Jody DeVere: Building a bridge between women and auto industry

Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, says her passion for the auto industry started early—growing up in Southern California’s car culture, being raised by an engineer father and marrying into an automotive family. So when she began consulting in 2000, after more than 20 years working in the high-tech world, it was not surprising “that 80 percent of my clients were in automotive,” she says. She had an eye-opening experience during a rebranding effort for one client. “My idea was to… Read more »

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Why Aren’t There More Women General Managers?

After a decade of progress of women gradually emerging as an important and recognized segment of contemporary automotive business, it is frustrating to read statistics stating that only 8% of women occupy key positions in our national automotive dealerships. (NADA Workforce Study – www.nada.org/workforcestudy) This study also reports that women still work in positions of 91% office and administrative support, with only 18.5% total in the dealerships. These are disappointing statistics, especially considering the extensive efforts and achievements by women… Read more »

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Women in Automotive and She Buys Cars hosts “What Drives Her” Panel at the Chicago Auto Show 2017

Earlier this month during the Chicago Auto Show Media Preview, Women in Automotive and She Buys Cars hosted over 150 attendees at the “What Drives Her” luncheon and panel discussion. Experts included Bridget Brennan, Founder and CEO of Female Factor and Author of Why She Buys; Candice Crane, VP of Dealer Solutions at Hireology; Kathy Gilbert, Director of Sales and Business Development at CDK Global; and Jody Hall, VP of the Automotive Market at Steel Market Development Institute. The powerful… Read more »

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Women in Automotive Expands Impact in 2017 – Adds West Coast Conference

Orlando, FL – Women in Automotive (WIA), an organization founded to accelerate the role of women in the automotive industry, is expanding its annual conference to two venues with the addition of a West Coast location in 2017. This year’s schedule kicks off with WIA’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida, July 9-11. This is the third straight year Orlando has hosted the event. The inaugural West Coast event is scheduled for December 10-11 in Palm Springs, CA. Women in Automotive… Read more »

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A ride in a Corvette leads to a lifetime of work in the car dealership business

Cheryl Bedford, the new chairperson of the California New Car Dealers Association, remembers the exact date she moved into the head office of Sunset Auto Center, a Chevrolet Buick dealership in the central California coastal town of Lompoc – January 10, 1983. “I was scared to death,” Bedford tells Automotive Buy Sell Report. Bedford overcame that fear and has successfully run the dealership for decades, with the help of her husband George. They don’t want to add any franchises, she… Read more »

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Northwood University Dealer Education Award – Eve Knudtsen Knudtsen Chevrolet

Congratulations to Eve Knudtsen recipient of the 2017 Northwood University Dealer Education Award during the Northwood University Dealer Education Awards Breakfast Saturday, January 28, 2017 during NADA 2017. We interviewed Eve Knudtsen who is the 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.… Read more »

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Community involvement and happy employees key to Marty’s auto dealerships’ success

To celebrate its recent grand opening, there were three days of events at Marty’s Chevrolet. They included serving local fare such as lobster rolls and clam chowder; live local music; and a live broadcast from the dealership by a local radio station. The dealership donated $10 to the local food bank in honor of every person who dropped in. It is all part of Christine Alicandro Karnolt’s philosophy of how a dealership should operate. “I want to help the communities… Read more »

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