Automotive News Leading Women Conference: Purpose and impact

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The 2022 Automotive News Leading Women conference tackled issues such as diversity and work cultures, leading multigenerational teams and leadership lessons. 

Keynote speakers were racing pioneer Lyn St. James and Lisa Bodell, CEO of FutureThink.

Automotive News Vice President of Editorial Operations Chrissy Taylor moderates the panel discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion with Lia Theodosiou-Pisanelli, vice president of partner products, programs and operations for Aurora Innovation; Chandra Vasser, vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Nissan Americas; and Cheryl Thompson, founder and CEO, Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement.

Racing pioneer Lyn St. James, Automotive Hall of Fame inductee and Automotive News 100 Leading Women 2010 honoree, opens the Leading Women Conference. St. James talked about her influences, racing career, and being a female athlete before Title IX.

Automotive News Copy Desk Manager Elizabeth Hardy leads the Lessons in Leadership discussion with Diana Lee, CEO and co-founder, Constellation, and Denise Gray, head of external affairs and government relations, North America, for LG Energy Solution Michigan Inc.

Lisa Bodell, CEO of FutureThink, delivers the closing keynote. ”If you don’t carve out thinking time you will not innovate — you will execute your calendar.”

Automotive News Reporter Lindsay VanHulle moderates the panel discussion on leading multi-generational teams featuring Fleming Ford, president of Culture Ignited; Laurie Kelly, vice president of marketing, Jim Moran & Associates Inc.; and April Stevens, director of North American manufacturing-operational efficiency, Ford Motor Co.

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