All Girls Auto Know Shows Young Girls the World of STEM and Automotive

Last month, nearly 200 middle school girls got the chance to see behind the scenes into the automotive industry. It was part of the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum’s 9th All Girls Auto KnowTM event. works to promote STEM for careers in the Automotive to young girls. This SAWF outreach program invites Middle School girls to learn about the many options which exist for women in STEM and the Automotive Industry.

SAWF’s Past-President Cherie McCain took on the pilot program and developed it into a trademarked name. “We need more girls going to school in the first place,” she states, “so the best way to do that is to start out with them at an earlier age and to let them know that they have lots of choices.”

The event was held at Draxlmaier and big name companies like BMW, Michelin and Mercedes-Benz showed the girls that working on cars and pursuing a career in engineering isn’t just for boys. This event welcomed middle school girls from 8 schools in 2 counties. The day included an introduction to STEM and careers in automotive from SAWF, a tour of the new Greenville Tech Center for manufacturing innovation, a design of experiments hands-on project, and an expo of STEM and Auto representatives from education and businesses including Clemson, BMW, Michelin, Draexlmaier, Bosch and Benore Logistics.

“More boys think that this is just for boys. But I’ve thought about doing this a lot because I love cars, and just like the idea of it,” says Miller Schachner, an eighth-grade student at Dawkins Middle School.

The girls got the chance to see how car parts are made, and got the chance for a hands-on challenge in engineering. The goal is to show girls there are plenty of options for them to follow their dreams, and get the job they want.

“It’s very inspiring. It makes you push more to be where they are and learn about how they’re doing and how they’re succeeding, and what you can do to be on their level or where their accomplishments are,” says Tiraney Petty, an eighth-grade student at Fairforest Middle School.

For the next school year, SAWF plans to host All Girls Auto KnowTM in SC again, but also to expand the program into other SC regions and into Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA.

If you would like to support a future All Girls Auto KnowTM  event, please contact Cherie McCain.  

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Elects New President

 Nashville, Tenn., February 5, 2017 – The  Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF)  elected Amy Moffatt to serve as President for  2017 during their Annual Retreat in early February.  Amy has been involved with SAWF since 2014  and shares a passion for supporting fellow  females in the Automotive industry and showing  the next generation of how rewarding a STEM education and career can be.

Amy Moffatt believes that membership and involvement in the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum is important because of what the group offers and how it can influence fellow females into STEM related education and careers. The SAWF is dedicated to educating others about the qualities and benefits that women can bring to an organization or male dominated careers.

“SAWF provides an incredible network of like-minded females who work in an industry where females are severely underrepresented. The SAWF provides support to one another and a shared sense of responsibility for improvement for the generations who follow,” Amy states. “When you see other females like yourself who have made it in automotive industry, it makes you feel more confident. By becoming a member of SAWF, I am committed to being available as a mentor to younger females and to doing my best in furthering the mission of SAWF.”

Amy Moffatt is a Senior Manager in the Operations Management Development Division of Toyota Motor North America with responsibility for the strategic deployment of Toyota Production Systems. She was previously a Manufacturing Manager at the West Virginia Powertrain facility. Prior to her career at Toyota, Amy worked as an Engineer for Monsanto, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and as Plant Manager of TWFitting and Danahaer.

As a graduate of the University of Alabama in Electrical Engineering, Amy later earned a Master of Science in Engineering and Technology from Oklahoma State University. Aside from serving the SAWF board and her dedicated career in the Automotive Industry, Amy is a full-time mother and wife to her daughter, son and husband. In her free time, she travels with her family and is highly involved in her local community through her church and children’s schools.