The Girls’s Business Community on Wednesday introduced it had chosen 10 candidates because the 2021 Most Influential Women award winners.
It was “the biggest group to be acknowledged within the 22 years for the reason that award’s inception,” the collision business group wrote in a information launch. WIN has honored scores of ladies since introducing the award in 1999.
“This 12 months offered the panel with 10 excessive scoring people,” Most Influential Girls Committee Chairwoman and 2019 honoree Kathy Mello (TGIF Physique Store) stated in an announcement Wednesday. “It is a testomony to the caliber of ladies in all kinds of roles who’re excessive shining examples of alternatives within the collision business,”
The 2021 winners included:
- Jennifer Boyer, director of technique, Ford customer support division.
- Kelly Broderick, world advertising supervisor, Sherwin-Williams.
- Ashley Denison, chief info officer, Caliber.
- Sheryl Driggers, proprietor, Common Collision.
- Lisa Ferguson, regional workplace supervisor, Caliber.
- Shelly Jones, business relationship coordinator, Ranken Technical Faculty.
- Kim Kos, common supervisor, Kavia Auto Physique.
- Sherry Lavoie, space chief, Moody’s Collision Facilities.
- DeLee Powell, proprietor and president, Baker’s Collision.
- Tiffany Silva, proprietor, Correct Auto Physique.
“At present, we rejoice ten phenomenal girls within the collision restore business who’ve made a distinction with their dedication to excellence, mentoring different girls and of their communities,” 2018 MIW honoree Marie Peevy (Automotive Coaching Coordinators) stated in an announcement. “You’re a nice instance to younger women and girls that reveals something is feasible.”
WIN supplies assist, networking and training for girls in all facets of the collision ecosystem.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 1 p.c of the auto physique restore business was feminine in 2020, compared to 46.8 percent across all professions. Girls signify 60.4 p.c of all claims adjusters and investigators throughout all traces of enterprise.
WIN will rejoice the 2021 Most Influential Girls throughout its virtual 2021 Annual Conference on Mar 4-5.
E-book gross sales to assist girls in collision
The Most Influential Girls honorees have established collision business careers and made their mark. However what in regards to the subsequent technology of feminine repairers?
The Collision Restore Training Basis earlier this month introduced a partnership with youngsters’s creator and automobile curator Rachael Alfonso to lift cash for future feminine technicians. Anybody who buys a copy of Alfonso’s “What Cars Say” using this link will see 15 p.c of the acquisition donated to a CREF fund.
CREF stated the funds will cowl scholarships, instruments, tools, and uniforms and feminine spray fits for girls enrolled in collision restore packages.
“It felt serendipitous – right here was a company targeted on educating youngsters and inquisitive about empowering girls, two issues I’m keen about. It felt so proper, so excellent, that I needed to do it Alfonso stated, in line with CREF information launch creator Chasidy Rae Sisk. “I like what CREF does, and I’m so excited to be a part of selling the business to younger girls.”
The youngsters’s e book performs 21 car engine sounds. Alfonso stated she encourages individuals “to present the e book to their daughters – begin them off early, innocently, organically,” in line with Sisk.
“It is a nice e book for any auto fanatic,” CREF improvement director Brandon Eckenrode stated in an announcement. “The Basis is proud to endorse Rachel, a feminine automotive skilled and creator, and we’re excited to announce a brand new fund geared in the direction of supporting feminine collision college students in the course of the 2021-2022 faculty 12 months. Girls’s Historical past Month could also be ending, however our efforts to generate assist for feminine collision college students are simply getting began, and we invite the business to hitch us by shopping for a duplicate of this enjoyable e book.”
Alfonso has raced autos, labored in outlets and dealerships and was employed by entrepreneur Pejman Ghadimi to curate his unique automobile assortment.
“It’s so essential for girls to be within the automotive business,” Alfonso stated, in line with Sisk. “It’s 2021, and we’d like gender equality throughout the board, but there’s nonetheless sexism on this business. I’d wish to see extra girls in all areas of automotive – within the dealerships, within the physique outlets, as mechanics, in technical positions. We want extra girls on this business. It ought to be regular and appreciated for girls to take curiosity in automotive, however sadly, it’s not.”
Chasidy Rae Sisk, Collision Restore Training Basis, March 22, 2021
A part of the gross sales of Rachael Alfonso’s “What Automobiles Say” youngsters’s e book will go to a Collision Restore Training Basis fund to assist feminine technicians. (Offered by CREF)
The Most Influential Girls emblem is proven. (Offered by Girls’s Business Community)