NewsJun 18th, 2018

Keynote Women in Automotive Conference With Expert Panel Discussing Automotive News Project XX


Jody Devere, Mary Beth Vander Schaff, Kynzie Sims, Julie Rodgers, and Candice Crane to Keynote Women in Automotive Conference With Expert Panel Discussing Automotive News Project XX

Portland, ORJune 18, 2018 — Compli, the automotive leader in HR and compliance automation solutions, is honored to announce Kynzie Sims, Compli’s Content Product Manager, will join fellow powerhouse females: Mary Beth Vander Schaff, Managing Editor of Automotive News, Jody DeVere, CEO and Founding Board Member of the Women in Automotive Conference, Julie Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Hireology, and Candace Crane, People Strategy, in an expert panel at the fifth annual Women in Automotive Conference, held June 24-26 in Orlando, Florida.

The women on the panel will be discussing the implications of Automotive News’ Project XX survey findings that persistent sexism in the auto industry — an industry that says it wants and needs more female leaders — stalls careers and leaves women feeling unsafe.

“What we resist persists. Having respectful, fearless dialogue and constructive discussion on controversial and uncomfortable issues like the topic of #TimesUp in the auto industry, as reflected in the Automotive News Project XX study, is healthy and necessary," said Jody DeVere, CEO of and Founding Board Member of the Women in Automotive Conference.

"This panel is designed to provide men and women with the vocabulary, terminology, solution-based strategies and tools to work together to ensure an industry-wide culture where all employees, regardless of gender, can thrive in their careers,” added DeVere.

Titled “How We Fit In and Where We Go from Here,” panelists will be discussing implications of the survey results and how the industry as a whole can better support and nurture female empowerment and leadership.

“This is one area that is currently top of mind for every company we consult with on the compliance side and it’s fraught with minefields,” said Kynzie Sims, JD, CCEP, Content Product Manager at Compli.

“I’m honored to be on the panel and help attendees understand the ins and outs of this powerful movement, as well as provide support for the advancement of females in the automotive industry.”

“Women account for only 1 in 5 dealership employees and to attract more women to open roles, the automotive industry needs to change the perception of what it's like to work for a dealership,” said Julie Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer at Hireology.

“I'm excited to participate in this panel and share actionable steps dealers can take to attract more female employees and, as a result, create a stronger, more diverse workforce.”

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