August 12 – Lunch Chat with the President – Annual Conference Recap

Chat with the SAWF President, August 19, 2022 at 12 PM Central.  SAWF president, Amber Hopper will lead a discussion on what people learned at the Annual Confernece. Attended the Annual Conference, we want to hear your insights from the conference. DIdn't attend the confernece? This chat is a great way to learn about some of the tips that were given by the speakers to help you with your career..Register to receive the Zoom link.

2022/2023 Scholarship Recipients

Proud to announce this year's 2022/2023 scholarship recipients..

Brooke Ivy Welch – Lorie Shauntee-Nelson Scholarship Recipient; Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University; Courtsey of SAWF & Toyota
Alyssa Cadua – Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University; Courtsey of Magna
Katelyn Carr – Mechanical Engineering at University of The University of Alabama at Huntsville; Courtsey of Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
Lydia Gardner – Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University; Courtsey of Magna
Victoria Grimes – General Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology; Courtsey of GAMA and B. Riley Financial
Suruchi Gujarathi – Master's in Automotive Engineering at Clemson University; Courtsey of Aisin
Jade Hanson-Thomas – Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University; Courtsey of GAA/ARD & Honda
Sophia Jeffers – Mechanical Engineering at Milligan University; Courtsey of Chemico
Gautami Girish Keskar – Master's in Automotive Engineering at Clemson University; Courtsey of Toyota
Abigail Koester – Industrial Systems Engineering at University of Florida; Courtsey of BMW
Juliana McIrvin – Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Courtsey of Aisin
​Tanavi Patel – Master's in Automotive Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology; Courtsey of GAMA/B. Riley Financial
Mugda Basuthakur – Automotive Engineering, Ph.D. at Clemson University; Courtsey of Honda
Keira Tran – Software Engineering at University of Texas at Austin; Courtsey of Bodman

October 5 to 7 – Southern Automotive Conference


SAC takes place in Atlanta, GA, October 5 -7, 2022. Senior executives from OEMs accross the southeast will showcase their latest developoments and emerging technologies. 

Attendees include OEMs; Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers; government agencies; educational institutions; and professional service organizations that have specialized expertise in automotive, and related industrial and aerospace industries.The SAC has an International reputation for attracting top industry executives and thought leaders – including those from various parts of Europe; Asia; Central, South, and North America; and the Nordic countries.

Learn more at southernautoconference.com

“All Girls Auto Know” Returns to Spring Hill Middle School

Spring Hill Manufacturing partnered with a local nonprofit to educate middle school-aged girls about careers in the automotive industry

 

Employees from Spring Hill Manufacturing in Tennessee recently participated in a local all-girls STEM education event to give students a first-hand look into careers in automotive manufacturing. The event was hosted by the nonprofit Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF), who brought their All Girls Auto Know® program to Spring Hill Middle School for their twentieth event in the region.

All Girls Auto Know® is SAWF’s middle school outreach program. The program works with local businesses and schools to host one-day events with up to 300 middle school girls and their teachers/educators to explore the many career options in STEM and automotive – such as roles within manufacturing plants like Spring Hill.

"As a mother of two girls and a Spring Hill employee myself, partnering with GM and other automakers is an amazing opportunity to give these girls a glimpse into all the opportunities the automotive industry has to offer,” said Amber Hopper, plant planner at Spring Hill GPS and president of SAWF.

Approximately 250 girls attended the Spring Hill event, which was funded by a community grant from GM and included a first-hand look into careers within GM Manufacturing.

Students took part in a virtual plant tour of Factory ZERO – future home of the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV pickup and HUMMER EV SUV, Chevy Silverado all-electric pickup, and self-driving Cruise Origin – and attended a panel featuring GM employees from across the company discussing their career path in STEM-related work. 

Plant directors from across GM’s U.S. manufacturing sites – including those from Spring Hill – as well as members of the Spring Hill Women in Manufacturing (WIM) ERG assisted the girls throughout the event and lead a hands-on activity where they built small model cars to race.

“We had a cross functional team from many different GM plants to help encourage these young ladies to take a step into manufacturing, and it was an honor to introduce this group of students to what the automotive industry is all about.” said Michael Youngs, Spring Hill GPS Plant Director. “I think our group made an impression on those young ladies, and hopefully some of them will turn out to be GM employees in the future.” 

Pam Elliott, a skilled trades GMS coach at Spring Hill, also helped represent GM at the event and offered insight into opportunities for women at GM.

“This was such a rewarding experience – reaching out to young girls in their early and impressionable years with a hands-on stem event was not only educational, but also a great training opportunity and a truly fun time for all that attended,” said Elliott.

11.4.21 Women in Manufacturing South Virtual Conference

WiM Souther November 4, 2021 Virtual Conference

WiM South is a regional conference for manufacturing professionals who are navigating the way through their careers—whether it be in production, the C-Suite, or anywhere in between.  This conference, produced by the Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM), offers attendees based in the southern US region:

  • Unique and interactive opportunities, allowing participants to gain access to key industry content shared by regional thought leaders
  • Opportunity to engage in professional and personal-based breakout tracks which include timely topics presented by knowledge experts
  • Get a step ahead by participating in an optional and complimentary virtual one-on-one career coaching session (a value of $500!)
  • Develop meaningful connections with peers in the southeastern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and more!

Using promo code SAWF at check-out, receive 20% off of your WiM South registration now through November 1!

November 10 – Lunch & Learn

The #1 Job Skill for Today and the Future

Lunch & Learn Webinar – November 10, 2021, Noon to 1 pm Central

Organizations around the world are rethinking the key job skills that ensure success for their companies. While hard skills are vital, more important are soft skills. In fact, empathy has been identified as the #1 job skill desired in employees. Talking about having empathy is easy but truly doing it and doing it well is more difficult. If you want to learn a Jedi Mind trick for developing effective empathy skills – tune in!! Webinar is free for members and students. $10.00 for non-members. Zoom link sent once registered.

Gina SimpsonPresenter: 
Gina Simpson, certified professional coach, Soluna Strategies. Combining her professional experience with her passion to help others, Gina founded Soluna Strategies, a firm that specializes in developing energetic, innovative successful individuals and organizations. She is a highly sought-after, charismatic keynote speaker and author that works with students, individual clients, and organizations moving them towards actualization of their goals Gina holds a M.S.Degree in Marketing and a B.S. Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Alabama where she is also a clinical instructor in entreprenuership.

 

SAC 2021 October 13 – 15

This year's event takes place in Birmingham, AL.

SAC is in its 14th year of gathering together automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers from all over the world, with a special focus on those based in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The conference has grown over the years to become the largest event of its kind in the South, attracting global participants.

SAC is expected to attract 1,200 attendees and feature 200+ exhibitors. This international event is the go-to place to get inspired by the industry’s best and brightest, gain valuable resources to amp up your game, and—of course—have fun!

For complete details visit southernautoconference.com.

 

May Lunch & Learn – Unlock Your Workplace Productivity

Join us and learn how to:

·  Prioritize your tasks for maximum productivity; 

·  Schedule your work day to optimize your time; 

·  Eliminate distractions and overcome procrastination.

If you need some new strategies for how to get more done, faster, join our SAWF Meeting on May 21 from 12 pm to 1 pm Central. Free for members and students and $10 for nonmembers. Register here.

The discussion will be led by Sarah-Nell Walsh, a professional certified coach, former practicing attorney, and Founder of Wayfinders LLC. Equal parts big-hearted cheerleader and bold challenger, she works with ambitious professionals who want to perform at the top of their game. She helps her clients grow their businesses, hone their leadership skills, and make their desired impact on their organizations, their families, and the world.

First All Girls Auto Know in Tennessee

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) brought All Girls Auto Know (AGAK) program to Spring Hill Middle School on March 23, 2021. Approximately 220 girls attended. This is the first AGAK in Tennessee. This was funded by the grant from General Motors Corporation.

Students took part in a virtual plant tour of the GM Spring Hill manufacturing facility, and attended a panel featuring GM employees discussing their career path into STEM related work.  The girls also participate in hands on activities and visited a display of GM vehicles from both the plant as well as Parks and Stan McNabb dealerships.

      

March 26 Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn – Friday, March 26, 2021, Noon to 1 pm CT

Women in Leadership Series – The Road to the Top is Not on the Map

Carla Bailo President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) will share insights from the book The Road to the Top is Not on the Map: Conversations with Top Women in the Automotive Industry. As one of the authors of this book, Carla will talk about some of the advice given from these women leaders on how they took charge of their careers and became leaders in the industry.

Free for members and $10.00 for non-members. To attend register here. Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

Bio on Carla Bailo