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: 

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

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.


Susan Brennan                                                                                 
Founding Member of SAWF
SAWF Board Member

Mazda Toyota update: Production schedule, plant’s ripple effect on jobs

"When you work in manufacturing, you may not always get that viewpoint of you're doing something bigger than building a vehicle," said Lance Fulks, General Manager for Assembly at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA, Inc.. "But being from the Huntsville area and to have the opportunity to impact 4,000 people positively, that's really motivating to me. It's a lot of fun and it's an exciting project." Read the complete story here on how Mazda Toyota is making an impact in Alabama.

Are you ready to work in a collaborative, growth-focused environment at the worlds most advanced automotive manufacturing operation? If so, we have unique opportunities to share with you at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing. VIsit

WIM Automotive South in Greenville, SC on October 29th

The Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Automotive South, a day-long conference for automotive manufacturing professionals takes place in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and will offer attendees great opportunities for education and networking. As a member of SAWF, you will be able to register at the discounted member rate of $199! Visit for more informaiton. Head to Greenville a day early to attend WiM’s new PEAK South conference on Monday, October 28!

The Southern Automotive Conference – Sept. 25 – 27


This year's conference focuses on the automotive industry’s Power of Performance. The South’s automotive power has been growing exponentially year over year. It’s time to put that performance into overdrive! SAC2019 is the place to be to connect with some of the biggest names in the industry and find out how to power up your performance.

This year’s networking opportunities start as early as breakfast and continue throughout the day. You will have time on your own in the evening to enjoy Nashville’s entire downtown area – in the performance capital of the South. You never know who you might bump into under the Nashville stars.

SAC2019 is powering up with some of the best and brightest in our industry. They’ll come prepared to speak and connect with attendees, and discuss how to improve performance across the automotive world. Click here to view the lineup.

Breakout Sessions
Breakout sessions are your opportunity to explore the topics that interest you. Polish your leadership skills and get inspired by new ideas. Click here to view the full schedule.

Music City Center

201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203


The Southern Automotive Conference is presented jointly each year by the automotive manufacturing associations of Alabama (AAMA), Georgia (GAMA), Mississippi (MAMA) and Tennessee (TAMA). The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA), South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC), and Southern Automotive Women's Forum (SAWF) are affiliate members of SAC.