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Women Automotive Summit: DETROIT

4th June 2024, Suburban Collection, Novi, MI


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Women Automotive Summit Detroit – A Milestone Event!

We are excited to share the outstanding success of our first US Women Automotive Summit in Detroit! The energy was incredible, and we're thrilled to carry this momentum forward to Stuttgart on October 8th for our next Summit.

Our Detroit event saw over 400 in-person attendees and 250 live viewers from 33 countries, totaling 679 participants – far surpassing our expectations. The summit featured inspirational talks from industry leaders like Claudia Marquez and Ashwini Balasubramanian, offering valuable insights on leadership and diversity.


“Being among 400+ inspiring women and their allies was powerful."
"Reflecting on shared challenges and leadership in a diverse industry was enlightening."
"Always dare to ask your question!"

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Attendees felt empowered by the opportunity to connect with talented, motivated, and accomplished women leaders. The summit provided a space to share experiences, reflect on common challenges, and celebrate our diverse backgrounds.

Our mission to inspire, empower, and connect women globally was vividly realized at this summit. Together, we are shaping a more inclusive, innovative, and diverse automotive industry.

Thank you to everyone who made this event unforgettable. We look forward to seeing you in Stuttgart on October 8th for our next Women Automotive Summit!

🌟 Congratulations to our 2 awards winners 🌟

🏆 Automotive Women of the Year - Padmini Navalgund

This award recognizes someone who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to advancing automotive technology, driving innovation, and inspiring others.

We are proud to celebrate this woman and her remarkable commitment to mentoring and uplifting others. Most especially her personal achievement of having developed training programs that have impacted over 6,000 associates globally.

🏆 Global DEI Champion of the Year - FANUC America Corporation

This award honors a multinational company who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion on a global scale, fostering an inclusive workplace culture and driving meaningful change globally.

Despite this company’s relatively conservative culture, they have inspired their parent company to further focus on DE&I efforts and shown the importance and successes of diversity of thought.

Elevate and Connect:

Converge with 350+ trailblazers in an empowering day loaded with strategic insights and powerful networking. Step into a space where your presence amplifies change and where your voice fuels the journey toward a more inclusive automotive landscape. View Agenda.

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The Detroit Summit is for leaders, innovators, and advocates like you - a summit that doesn't just discuss change but actively propels it.

Detroit | 4 June 2024


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Get inspired by our lineup of influential speakers who are driving change in the automotive industry. Hear from thought leaders, experts, and visionaries as they share their insights, experiences, and strategies for success.
Claudia Marquez

COO Genesis Motor North America

Mandi Damman

Executive Chief Engineer
General Motors

Rima Jasser

Global Chair - Women of Ford, Ford Motor Company

Stephen Livingston

Co-Chair - Global Women of Ford & Chief Ally, Ford Motor Company

Anna Markett

SVP, Supply Chain, Stellantis North America

Alisha Bellezza

SVP, Global Automotive Coatings, PPG

Sabrina Yuan

VP Strategy and Business Development, Cariad Inc. – a Volkswagen Group Company

Candace Renfrow

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Flex




Connect with 350+ attendees on-site and 350+ online, exchanging ideas and fostering connections that drive the automotive industry forward. Don't miss this chance for an unmatched collaborative experience.

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Welcome to the Women Automotive Network, a community dedicated to empowering women in the automotive industry.

Our mission is to provide a platform for accelerating diversity discussion and inspiring change. Whilst offering unparalleled networking opportunities and support to achieve your best!

Join our 39.000+ Network and get involved in our events, leadership interview series, mentorship program, job opportunities and much more.

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If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to us:

Email: hello@womenautomotive.com
Phone (UK): +44 203 289 5003
Phone (US): +1 313 462 0103

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