- Founder and CEO
- Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement
Cheryl Thompson is the founder of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA). CADIA is a mission driven organization that supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Automotive Industry by providing professional development for individuals, along with resources, programs and tools that drive organizational evolution.
A veteran of the automotive industry, Cheryl has over 30 years of experience at Ford Motor Company and American Axle and Manufacturing in positions ranging from tool and die, operations, manufacturing engineering and global leadership.
She is a Certified Diversity Professional through the National Diversity Council, a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and is trained in Leadership Coaching. She received her undergraduate degree in Manufacturing at Siena Heights University, and her MBA from Michigan State University.
Cheryl has been recognized as a 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing Honoree, a 2019 Corp Magazine Salute to Diversity award winner, Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit Platinum Award, and is the recipient of two Diversity and Inclusion Awards from Ford Motor Company.
Diversifying Your Workforce or Developing a Sustainable Workforce Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Over the years the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has been increasing for every industry. However, can the automotive industry lead the way by embracing DEI efforts and commit to transformative change? This session will provide insight on how to promote DEI efforts at your organization while creating a sustainable workforce.
Fireside Chat: DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) – Progress Over Progression
Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Scotty Reiss, WIA Board Member, Founder, A Girls Guide To Cars
Sparking Diversity and Inclusion Conversations in the Workplace
We can all agree that this hot topic needs to be addressed. Now! What lessons have we learned in the past year or even decade? How do we ensure that our workplaces and team cultures are speaking to these important matters of diversity and inclusion? Women in this industry understand that we are made up […]