What Drives Her Luncheon & Panel at the Chicago Auto Show!

What Drives Her Luncheon & Panel at the Chicago Auto Show

Have you been considering a career in the automotive industry?

Building a career in automotive can be an exciting and rewarding adventure. 

This article is written in partnership with A Girls Guide to Cars. 

Ford Mustang Steering Wheel Photo by Jean Philippe Delberghe on Unsplash e1579625343894
Photo by Jean-Philippe Delberghe on Unsplash

My Automotive Roots

I’ve personally benefited from a family member whose career was in the automotive industry. After 34 working years, My dad retired from Ford Motor Company.

My dad began his career out of college as an Industrial Arts teacher at a local high school due to the recession. A few years into his teaching career, he learned about a great job that had an opening at the Transmission Plant for Ford Motor Company in Ohio.

The auto industry was growing and expanding in the 1970s and he was able to use his teaching skills in several of his management roles at the Sharonville Plant. His job came full circle when his role was leading the training for the employees in external and internal quality control. 

The benefits from his job were also a HUGE blessing for our family because my brother had cerebral palsy. My brother was non-verbal, had a feeding tube, and was confined to a wheelchair.  His health care bills through the years could have left my family in crippling debt.

Thankfully, my dad’s health insurance through Ford did not leave us in the position of extreme medical debt that so many families in America face. 

My brother wasn’t born when my dad accepted the position and little did he know that his career would be so rewarding and so helpful for our family. 

Ready to Explore An Auto Career Adventure?

The automotive industry has evolved a LOT over the years. Now there are even more opportunities for women to have a very high paying career in this field. You have the opportunity to learn more and get great guidance from a panel of successful women in the industry. 

You don’t want to miss this upcoming event at the Chicago Auto Show!

In partnership with Women in Automotive and A Girls Guide to Cars, the fourth annual What Drives Her Luncheon will uncover and illuminate how women are changing the automotive business from the inside. 

This year’s program will focus on how women are shifting the public conversation, how they are building careers in automotive and how they are impacting sales and economic trends. 

The event will take place during the Chicago Auto Show’s Social Media Preview on Friday, Feb. 7 at McCormick Place. 

Women and men who work in the automotive business are invited to join us for a day of robust conversations and panel discussions about the impact that women have in the automotive industry.

What Drives Her Luncheon Speakers e1579610405137

This Year’s What Drives Her Speakers:

  • Angela Zepeda, chief marketing officer of Hyundai
  • Keitha Blackburn, Manager, Experiential Marketing
  • Porsche, Kelly Webb Roberts of Webb Auto Group
  • Roz Varon of ABC 7 Chicago
  • Jessica Egerton, director of brand at Cooper Tire
  • Jennifer Newman of
  • Scotty Reiss of A Girls Guide to Cars
  • Tanya Gazdik of MediaPost.

What Drives Her Luncheon & Panel Event details:

What: What Drives Her Luncheon 

When: Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Where: Chicago Auto Show, McCormick Place, 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

Who: Automotive professionals, media and students interested in a career in automotive 

Auto Show Press Days Feb. 5-7th

The show is open to Public Feb. 8 – 17th

How to Attend “What Drives Her” Luncheon & Panel

Attendance is free and open to those in the automotive business.

If you are in the automotive industry or trying to build a career in automotive and you’d like to join us, leave your information in the form linked below. Invitations will be sent to qualified attendees.

Sign Up to Attend the Luncheon here. 

Additional Info: 

You can learn more from the Facebook Event Page here.

Check out a Luncheon Recap from Last Year



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