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on February 13, 2024
Why did you join the Women Automotive Network?
I work remotely and it was a great way to join a community of others in the same industry. I also love the idea of connecting with other women as I have few interactions with women in this industry. 

Why is DE&I vital to you? 
I have always used diversity, equity, and inclusion as guiding principles for my actions and interactions in every aspect of my life. I strongly believe that all people are equal and should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their background or identity. I also believe that collaboration amongst a diverse range of perspectives, cultures, and experiences is vital for growth and evolution both in the workplace and in our everyday lives, as it results in more innovative, inclusive, and effective solutions. 

What is the number one automotive trend you are keeping up with currently?  
Advances in vehicle connectivity; this is partially because of my job and partially because I find it fascinating, particularly the concepts of remote diagnostics, software updates to the entire vehicle, and commands over-the-air. I’ve also been following data privacy and cybersecurity factors and how they tie into connectivity.  

What are your predictions for the automotive industry in 2024? 
I think there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon, but I think next year is the year of the EV. We will see not only an increased acceptance and adoption of EVs but also enhanced charging solutions and an expanded charging network. I also think we are going to see a lot more collaboration between industry players.   

Who is your inspirational woman? 
My strong, tough, respected, and loving mother-in-law; ran our family heating and air conditioning business and taught me to face challenges head-on. 

What is your proudest career moment?
Being promoted to Vice President after 4 months with my current company.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome? 
Having to obtain a Texas state Heating and Ventilation and Air Conditioning Contractors License and gain the respect of a 100% male workforce. This was necessary to keep the family business going after several deaths in my family. 

What was your first car? 
Chevrolet Cavalier 

What advice would you offer to those considering starting a career within the automotive industry? 
Join organizations such as WAN that not only create educational and mentoring opportunities, but also provide a platform for connections that will help you move forward in your career.  

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