Women in Automotive (WiA)

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WiA: 6th Annual Women in Automotive Conference
Join us for the sixth annual Women in Automotive (WiA) conference produced by Women in Manufacturing (WiM) in partnership with 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.


WiM / AWAF / InForum


Monday, April 24, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration/Breakfast Snacks/Networking
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Message from Industry Partner

Allison Grealis, President, Women in Manufacturing

Julie Fream, President and CEO at Original Equipment Suppliers Association

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Jackie Chizuk, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources & Communications at Varroc Lighting Systems

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Brief Morning Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Leadership in the Age of Disruption

Elizabeth Griffith, Director of Engineering – GM Global Interior Systems at Faurecia North America

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Production

Ginger Ruddy, Sales Director at Carbon

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brief Afternoon Break – Snack & Beverages
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
AWAF Scholarship Award presented by AWAF Board Member
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Infusing Innovation in your Business Strategy

Jeevak Badve, Vice President, Strategic Growth at Sundberg-Ferar

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Baron, Virtual Reality and Advanced Visualization Technical Specialist at Ford Motor Company

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking mixer – cocktails, appetizers, and networking with peers in the automotive industry
Detroit Marriott Troy
200 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Contact Info
Lisa Tarcy
Troy, MI 48084