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WiA: 5th Annual Women in Automotive Conference
WiA: 5th Annual Women in Automotive Conference
Join us for the fifth annual Women in Automotive (WiA) conference produced by Women in Manufacturing (WiM) in partnership with Inforum and the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF).

This conference is a must-attend program for all professional women in the automotive sector. It includes numerous keynote presentations and networking opportunities throughout. Past programs included executives from Ford, General Motors, Nissan North America and Chrysler Group. Last year’s program sold out and this year we are expecting nearly 200 women to attend.

Women in Automotive Pricing

WiM / AWAF / AWMI / Inforum members


April 26, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Networking Cocktail Reception
Ruth's Chris Steak House
755 W. Big Beaver Rd. #151 | Troy, MI 48084

April 27, 2016
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
North American Automotive Forecast
Joe Langley
Principal Analyst North American Vehicle Production Forecasting & Analysis
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
10 Trends for 2016 and Beyond
Sheryl Connelly
Manager, Global Consumer Trends & Futuring
Ford Motor Company
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
From Manufacturing to Smart Factory
Tom Apostolos
VP of Global Exteriors
Magna International
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
AWAF Scholarship Award ​
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Crash Course: Vehicle Cyber Security
Angie Messer
Moderator, Executive Vice President
Booz | Allen | Hamilton

Jon Allen
Executive Director, Auto-ISAC / Principal
Booz | Allen | Hamilton

Tara Hairston
Senior Government Relations Specialist

Alexandra Landegger Heckler
Lead Associate
Booz | Allen | Hamilton

Michael Spierto
Director of Federal Affairs
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Jonathan Weinberger
Vice President of Innovation and Technology
Auto Alliance

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Presentation
Julie Benton
Vice President, Human Resources
Continental Structural Plastics
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Game Changers in the Automotive Industry
Doneen McDowell
Executive Director, Global/GMNA Manufacturing Engineering - Vehicle Systems
General Motors
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Manufacturing in the Age of Experience
Patrick Michel
Vice President, DELMIA User Experience & Marketing
Dassault Systemes
2:30 p.m.


Detroit Marriott Troy Hotel
200 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Contact Info
Kristin Moore
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