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 mazdatoyota.com.

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 http://bit.ly/2nKRFFT 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.

Networking
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.

Speakers
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
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

10th Annual SAWF Conference Speakers Announced.

Nashville, TN May 29, 2019 – Southern Automotive Women’s Forum is pleased to announce its lineup of speakers for the 10th Annual SAWF Conference, Driving Forward Together, which will take place at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs in Franklin, TN from July 25 to July 26th. SAWF’s Annual Conference brings together OEM’s, suppliers and service providers for an evening and full day of education and networking opportunities.

The conference opens Thursday evening with the President’s reception sponsored by Frost Todd Brown LLC.  Speakers on Thursday during the president’s reception includes:

Linda Miller, former Director of Manufacturing for Ford Motor Company. This automotive pioneer achieved a number of Ford Firsts culminating her career in being the first female Director of Manufacturing.

Mila Grigg, CEO of Moda Image Brand Consulting will give insight on how to and why you should build a personal brand.

Friday’s conference continues with the following speakers:

Opening the morning session is Doneen McDowell, Manufacturing Executive Director, GMNA Engine and GMCH Sites, General Motors. She will speak about making manufacturing a competitive advantage.

Our panel discussion will be about navigating the OEM and Supplier relationship. Moderator is Janette Hostettler, Vice President of Mazda Toyota with a panel of women-owned automotive suppliers including Ginger Bailey, Founder and CEO of Racemark International, Joan Benore, Vice President Administration of Benore Logistics, Linda Macht, president of Tottser-Iroquois Industries and Rosa Santana, Chief Executive Officer of Santana Group.

Our lunch keynote speaker will be Dr. Laura Lile of Lile Wellness Partners. She will address ways to healthily optimize your performance in the workplace.

The conference ends with the annual awarding of scholarships to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM related field such as science, technology, engineering or math and have an interest in the automotive/mobility industry.

For complete agenda, details on hotel and to register visit http://southernautomotivewomen.org/10th-annual-sawf-conference/

The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the personal and professional advancement of women in the automotive industry.  SAWF achieves this mission by collaborating with industry partners to create educational, mentorship, and networking opportunities for its members.  Our members serve as strong role models for one another and for young women of all ages who are interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the hope that they will apply these skills to the automotive industry of the future.  Since its inception in 2010, SAWF has awarded over $285,000 in scholarship funds to young women beginning their careers in STEM and to women seeking to enhance their opportunities.

Scholarship Deadline June 1, 2019 for 2019/2020 School Year

The SAWF scholarship program provides financial assistance to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM related field such as science, technology, engineering or math and have an interest in the automotive/mobility industry. Scholarships will be awarded in increments ranging from $1,250 to $5,000.

Qualifications for scholarship applications are for women to be enrolled or enrolling in a STEM field at an accredited two-year technical program, four-year  undergraduate program or graduate program that can be used for a career in the automotive and mobility industry. Other qualifications can be for the scholarship can be found here.

2019/2020 Scholarship Program deadline to apply is June 1, 2019. Scholarships are awarded at our Annual Conference on July 25-26, 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee.

For more information and to apply go here.

Since the introduction of the Scholarship Program in August 2011, SAWF has provided over $285,000 in scholarship awards. We were honored to award $43,500 in scholarships in August 2018 at our last annual conference in Huntsville, Alabama. SAWF raises funds for scholarship through industry fundraising, society soirees and professional development events.

All Girls Auto Know® Outreach Program Connects Middle School Girls with Automotive and STEM Careers

13th South Carolina event spotlights career opportunities for young women

BMW Manufacturing Co., the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum, and the South Carolina Automotive Council, hosted the 13th South Carolina All Girls Auto Know® event at BMW Manufacturing Co in Greenville, SC.

Founded in 2011, All Girls Auto Know® aims to increase the number of women pursuing STEM degrees/careers in the Southern Region.  By ensuring young women are aware of the many opportunities which exist and emphasizing their ability to do whatever they put their minds to, All Girls Auto Know® seeks to increase the number of women in the automotive industry.  “This program helps young women realize their full potential, and for some students this is their first exposure to automotive manufacturing,” said Cherie McCain, co-founder of the All Girls Auto Know® initiative, Southern Automotive Women’s Forum.

The event included a tour of BMW Manufacturing Co. and remarks by company executives. “We are pleased to support and encourage careers in automotive manufacturing and STEM fields, said Knudt Flor, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co. “All Girls Auto to Know® is key program that helps SAWF fulfill one of is components of its mission to ensure that girls are aware of the many opportunities for a fulfilling career in the automotive industry,” said Jeneen Horton, president of Southern Automotive Women’s Forum.

 In addition to the tour, student attendees participated in a hands-on activity and expo fair which included representatives from automotive OEMs and suppliers, STEM educators, and other STEM organizations.  Students also engaged in an interactive panel discussion focused on the automotive industry, STEM opportunities, and the career paths of panelists. The discussion was captured by an interactive graphic recording.  Panelists included:

  • Suzanne Dickerson, Director of Logistics Initiatives, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness; All Girls Auto Know® co-founder
  • Ericka Davis-Hackl, Director of Materials, Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems
  • Cherie McCain, Section Manager – Quality Management, BMW Manufacturing Co.; All Girls Auto Know® co-founder

Today marked the 13th All Girls Auto Know® event held in South Carolina.  The initiative has also grown to include events in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

“Since 2011, the original vision of Suzanne Dickerson and Cherie McCain has grown to impact young women throughout the Southeast and impacted thousands of students right here in South Carolina, said Amy Tinsley, Executive Director of the South Carolina Automotive Council.  “As our state’s automotive industry continues to grow, this program helps to ensure that young women are aware of the career options available to them.”

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BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany and is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe.  In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW Group North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm and technology office in California. For more information on BMW Manufacturing, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum

The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the personal and professional advancement of women in the automotive industry. SAWF achieves this mission by collaborating with industry partners to create educational, mentorship, and networking opportunities for its members. Our members serve as strong role models for one another and for young women of all ages who are interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the hope that they will apply these skills to the automotive industry of the future. Since its inception in 2010, SAWF has also awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds to young women beginning their careers in STEM and to women seeking to enhance their opportunities.

South Carolina Automotive Council

The South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC) is a Council of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA)

connecting South Carolina’s automotive industry. Driven by SCMA’s automotive members – from Original Equipment

Makers to all levels of the supply chain – the SCAC engages on industry relevant topics including trade,

government policy, supply chain, quality, workforce and economic development. Our established annual events

provide a forum for insightful discussion on trends and issues impacting the industry on a local and global basis.

In addition to facilitating the state’s network of automotive companies, the SCAC also promotes the continued

growth and strengthening of the automotive industry by partnering with state and local organizations in workforce

and economic development efforts.

SAWF Launches New Lunch & Learn Webinar

The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) will host its first Lunch and Learn webinar on February 22, 2019 from 12 pm to 1 pm CST. This first webinar is on building your confidence.  This new program is free to SAWF members and costs $25.00 for nonmembers. But you must register here.

Confidence matters more than competence in the rise to the top.  Confidence is action. With confidence you will have the courage to try things out and have a chance to learn from mistakes and eventually succeed instead of not trying at all.  This webinar will give practical insight on how to build your confidence.

Leslie Russ, consultant at Foundations Human Resources Consulting is the presenter. Russ’ experience as a business leader, management consultant and HR professional translates into a unique talent for facilitating strategy, developing leaders, and managing change.

She spent the first 20 years of her career helping improve processes, skills, and organizational effectiveness at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), RWD Technologies, and Lexmark International. As a consultant, she has crafted solutions to the most difficult organizational issues for global technology, healthcare, workforce solutions and manufacturing organizations.