Feb. 12 True Grit – Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn, February 12, 2021 at 12 to 1 pm Central

Women in Leadership Series – True Grit.

Learn from two leaders at FedEx on ways to grow from and overcome adversities you may face in your career and personally in order to excel.

Bobbi Wells , Vice President FedEx Express Air Operations Safety & Airworthiness, and Jane Amada, Vice President of Finance at FedEx Services, will share their experiences and those of others who shared them in the book "True Grit – Stories from FedEx female leaders."

Free for members and $10.00 for non-members. To attend register here. Zoom link will be sent upon registration. Attendees will be entered into drawing to receive the book "True Grit – Stories from FedEx female leaders."

Register Today!

About the Presenters

As Vice President for Safety & Airworthiness, Bobbi Wells is responsible for the Air and Ground Safety, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Airworthiness Records programs. Her departments ensure the safety, airworthiness, and regulatory compliance of the FedEx Express fleet and air operation worldwide. This includes efficacy in critical processes such as safety management, safety analytics, and human performance systems. Bobbi also leads capital planning, process and performance improvement analytics, strategy development, quality management, and fuel management across the airline.

Bobbi joined FedEx in 1993. Most recently, as Managing Director for Planning &  Analysis in Air Operations, she was responsible for creating the framework for the airline strategic plan and performance metrics. She also ensured effective execution and sustainment of Air Operation’s fuel efficiency program. In addition, she led an industrial engineering group focused on highly leveraged process improvement initiatives.  Prior to Air Operations, she served as Senior Manager for Global Operations Control (GOC), where she had responsibility for the command and control of the FedEx line-haul (aircraft) system worldwide. She started at FedEx as a Senior Manager in Domestic Ground Operations in New York and New Jersey. In 2000, 2006, 2013 and 2018, Bobbi received the Five Star Award, the highest recognition for achievement at FedEx. Bobbi was selected for the exclusive FedEx EXCEL DRIVE Program designed to develop targeted executives. In addition, she serves as president on the board of directors for the International Aviation Womens Association and as a member of the DOT’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board. Boobi is also a member of the Cargo Airline Association board of directors and the Flight Safety Foundation board of governors.

Before joining FedEx, she served 10 years as a U.S. Army Major in Logistics. Her assignments included command of the logistics and resupply company in the 3rd
Armored Division, located in Germany. Ms. Wells is the recipient of several awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal. She was born and raised in Pinedale, Wyoming. Ms. Wells holds degrees from the University of Memphis (MBA) and University of Notre Dame (BA). She is married and has two sons.

 

Jane Amaba is a wife, mother and vice president of finance at FedEx Services. Her team provides analysis and actionable financial guidance to facilitate corporate prioritization of strategic projects.

Jane is the executive sponsor of the Women in Leadership Business Resource Team at FedEx Services with a mission to engage, enrich, empower and elevate women at FedEx. She is a three time FedEx Five star winner, the corporation’s highest honor, and an ASQ certified QDM Expert. 
She is a member of the National Leadership Council for CureJM.org, a non-profit organization founded to raise the awareness, and support for finding a cure, for juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare and life-threatening auto-immune disease.  

Jane previously served on the Board for Girls Inc. Memphis, inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold, and on the Foundation Board for LeBonheur Children’s hospital in Memphis, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by US News and World Reports. 
She served  as vice-chair of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Giving program and is a member of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. She has served on the City of Doral Citizen’s Audit Board, during her tenure with FedEx Express in the Latin American and Caribbean Division, headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Jane holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s of science in finance, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also holds a Certificate of Professional Development from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate of Executive Women in Leadership from Cornell University.

August 13 – SAWF’s 10th Anniversary and Scholarship Recipients

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum celebrates its 10th Anniversary and this year’s scholarship recipients virtually on August 13th from 6 to 7:30 pm CT. Congratulatory remarks will be made from some of SAWF’s first supporters including Lyn St. James, race car driver and motivational speaker; Judith Iriarte-Gross, Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University; Ron Davis of Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association; and Kim Ziomek, Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation. The event will be by Zoom. Link will be sent upon registration.All are welcome. The event will be by Zoom. Link will be sent upon registration.

June 18 Virtual Happy Hour

Join us on June 18 from 5 pm to 6 pm Central Time for our monthly SAWF Virtual Happy Hour. 

Connect with other women in automotive and share how you are adpating to the changes due to COVID-19 and learn how for others are adpating too. We will also share with you how SAWF can help your career. Invite a other colleagues in automotive. All are welcome to attend.

The meeting is taking place through Zoom. To attend you must register in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

May 28 Virtual Happy Hour

Join us on May 28th from 5 pm to 6 pm Central Time for an SAWF Virtual Happy Hour. 

Connect with other women in automotive and share how you are adpating to the changes due to COVID-19 and learn how for others are adpating too. 

The meeting is taking place through Zoom. To attend you must register in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May 15th Virtual Lunch and Learn – Back to Work: Critical Considerations for Employers

As businesses re-open, there are multiple critical considerations for employers and managers. SAWF’s Lunch and Learn will cover this topic on Friday, May 15, 2020 from 12 pm to 1 pm central time.  This virtual program is free to SAWF members and costs $25.00 for nonmembers. But you must register to attend.

Discussion will include:

  1. coordinating with your recovery team (ongoing responsibilities, even after re-opening)
  2. best practice procedures (e.g. PPE supplies; sanitizing the workplace; handling incoming deliveries of supplies, goods, etc; physical distancing guidelines; health screening of employees, visitors, customers, access controls)
  3. employee communication and engagement
  4. management/employee training on operating safely
  5. action plan if an employee, vendor, or customer becomes sick after re-opening
  6. potential challenges, including labor relations considerations 

Presenter is Stephanie Prewitt, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Foundations Human Resources Consulting. Stephanie has spent the majority of her career partnered with Human Resources organizations to implement systems and processes that are not only legally sound, but also further the principles of lean business operations.  She has vast experience in conducting investigations, drafting, and reviewing policies and handbooks, and developing and delivering extensive training programs.

Prior to joining Foundations, Ms. Prewitt spent nearly 20 years at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., where she served as Assistant General Counsel for Labor and Employment matters. Ms. Prewitt’s experience at Toyota also included legal oversight of numerous plant start-ups, development of voluntary termination programs, and coordination of complex disability and medical management issues.

Ms. Prewitt earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and graduated, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

Register today to attend the Back to Work: Critical Considerations for Employers and Managers Webinar.

Virtual Happy Hour on April 30th

Join us on April 30th at 5 pm to 6 pm Central Time for an SAWF Virtual Happy Hour. 

Connect with other women in automotive and share how you are adpating to the changes due to COVID-19 and learn how for others are adpating too. 

The meeting is taking place through Zoom. To attend you must register in advance using this link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlcOCuqjgpHdMuszDyZh4eKRB9wdYR2GZo 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Help Inspire the Next Generation of Women in Automotive

December 3, 2019

Greetings,
 
Over 10 years ago, when I founded Southern Automotive Women’s Forum with a group of like minded and determined women, the “pull” was strong.  What started as a 5-minute introduction of my background at an SAC event became a “rallying cry” for a safe place to conduct professional development for women who were working in the Southeast but felt isolated and were unaware that other women were working in automotive nearby. 

In addition, there was a strong pull for women who wanted to be role models and supporters the next generation of girls in STEM.  The women already in automotive wanted to bring in the younger generation into the automotive space and share the benefits they had gained in their lives by working in this industry.  Women who had worked in t-shirt factories, pencil factories or stripped tobacco prior to working in automotive wanted to share their life-changing experiences with the next generation, whether it was an OEM, supplier or ancillary support organization.
 
Here we are 10 years later and, although progress has been made, the need to bring women into automotive in the Southeast as well as the need to “be what you can see” as role models for the next generation is more important than ever.  As more women enter the automotive ecosystem, the need to assure that they STAY in the industry and move up in leadership roles is crucial .  A recent USA Today article demonstrated with data, that although progress has been made, women in leadership roles in automotive are well below the average of other like industries. 
 
As a member of SAWF, you agree with our mission and vision.  As the founder of SAWF, I am asking you to donate to SAWF on this Giving Tuesday. 
 
Your donation will support:

  1. A group that has delivered significant content to allow women in the Southeast to grow as individuals and leaders in the automotive arena.
  2. All Girls Auto Know program that brings together educators, community organizations that support young women and those in the automobile industry including OEM’s, suppliers and ancillary organizations to demonstrate the excitement of a career in automotive by “doing”.
  3. Scholarships. this all volunteer organization has give out $330,000 in scholarships through the hard work of raising funds to support everything from auto mechanic certifications to PH.d’s in automotive engineering.
  4. Change. SAWF has raised the conversation in the Southeast by partnering with SAC and other partners to raise the level of awareness and bring the conversation on “why women in auto” from a taboo subject to one that is openly and often discussed.

As I end this letter I always look to one of my favorite quotes: “Never underestimate that a small group of people can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has”  Margaret Meade

Be the change you want to see. Donate today!

I appreciate your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Susan Brennan                                                                                 
Founding Member of SAWF
SAWF Board Member