Annual Conference 2018

2018 SAWF Annual Conference
July 26 – 27
Huntsville, AL 

MEMBERS: $150 Full Conference | $54 Thursday Only | $114 Friday Only
NON-MEMBERS: $210 Full Conference | $78 Thursday Only | $156 Friday Only
STUDENTS: $72 Full Conference | $24 Thursday Only | $48 Friday Only


Thursday, July 26: President's Reception

3101 Burritt Dr. SE 
Huntsville, AL 35801

Friday, July 27: Annual Conference

300 Church St. South
Huntsville, AL 35801


Gerrie Dozier is an experienced engineer that leads a team tasked with programming, maintaining and troubleshooting the automated equipment that’s used to build Model S, Model X and Model 3 at Tesla’s advanced manufacturing factory in Fremont, California. In her time at Tesla, Gerrie has increased the engineering force by a factor of 4, managed the installation and maintenance of the automated production line capable of eventually building a half a million vehicles, and developed initiatives that have enabled her team to continuously push manufacturing limits. These ambitious efforts have directly contributed to Tesla’s ability to increase the production rate by over 100% from 2017 to 2018.

With a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration under her belt, Gerrie has a unique blend of business and technical savvy. Gerrie was recently featured on the cover of Minority Engineer magazine, as a “Wizard of Gizmos” for her role in the making of cutting-edge cars. Gerrie believes the only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. This has led to her active role in speaking to college and high school students on opportunities within STEM fields. Additionally, Gerrie volunteers with “Girls Who Code”, an organization looking to close the gender gap in technology and regularly represents Tesla at diversity recruiting events.



5:00 PM                               Registration, Cocktails & Hors D’Oeuvres
6:00 PM                               Welcome
6:05 PM                               President’s Reception Sponsor Remarks
6:10 PM                               Workforce Development Discussion
6:50 PM                               Automotive Outlook
7:00 PM                               Meet GreenPower USA
7:15 PM                               Networking
8:15 PM                               President’s Reception Close


7:30 AM                               Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:00 AM                               Welcome
8:05 AM                               Professional Development Session: Mentorship
8:50 AM                               Break
9:00 AM                               Workforce Development Panel
9:50 AM                               Diversity and Inclusion Panel
10:30 AM                            Break
10:45 AM                            Keynote Speaker
11:45 AM                            Lunch Special SAWF Presentation
12:30 AM                            Automotive Partnership Panel
1:25 PM                               Break
1:35 PM                               Scholarships
2:45 PM                               Closing Remarks
3:00 PM                               Adjourn                                 

Hotel Information

SAWF has special room discounts for attendees at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Huntsville, AL.
The hotel is close to the meeting venue.

Homewood Suites Hilton
714 Gallatin Street SW
Huntsville, Alabama 35801


Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
800 Monroe St.
Huntsville, AL 35801