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  • March 18, 2018 Crain's Detroit Business TTi Global Ceo Lori Blaker wins 'Nobel Prize for business'

    Lori Blaker, president and CEO of Bloomfield Hills-based TTi Global Inc., was awarded the "Nobel Prize for business" Tuesday for her championing of inclusion and gender equality around the world.

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  • July 4, 2017 Boston Globe Women gearing up for careers in the auto industry

    Women make up only about 10 percent of approximately 150 automotive students at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston. The women at the school may be far outnumbered by men, but they are serious about their education. Learn about the group the school formed specifically to support these students.

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  • June 24-28, 2017 University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and Inforum Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice

    "Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice," a joint program of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and Inforum, combines the world's leading business thinkers from Michigan Ross with leading corporate business practitioners for a transformational leadership development experience for senior women executives.

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  • May 28, 2017 The Post-Journal The Mindset of Success

    Successful people have a growth mindset. They do not avoid challenges, and when others are successful, they use it as inspiration. If you weren’t born with it, you can develop it! Learn from management consultant Elizabeth Cipolla how mastering your mindset can help you achieve greater success.

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  • March 22, 2017 LinkedIn Pulse How to Succeed as a Young Woman Executive

    Kira Karbocus, CFO of Fingerpaint, a marketing agency, discusses what it takes to succeed as a young woman in a powerful business role. Don't miss Kira's four powerful rules to prepare you to face gender inequality – or other challenges that may cross your path - head on.

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  • December 7, 2016 TODAY Mary Barra, first female auto industry CEO, on women and leadership

    Kicking off a new series, Female Firsts TODAY, Jenna Bush Hager spotlights Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, who started at the company as an 18-year-old intern. Barra is pushing for more women at GM and is advocate of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for girls.

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  • December 7, 2016 Harvard Business Review The Men Who Mentor Women

    While women make up 51.5% of all managers, much fewer women rise to the C-suite. A survey of 25,000 Harvard Business School graduates found that although male and female graduates had similar levels of ambition, men were significantly more likely to have positions in senior management, direct reports, and profit-and-loss responsibility.

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  • December 15, 2016 Ally VIDEO: The Case for Inclusion in Corporate America

    Paradigm shifts in globalization, technology and workforce expectations means companies must broaden their understanding of diversity to focus not only on more traditional aspects of diversity, such as race, gender, age, and physical ability, but on creating work environments that invite and draw strength from everyone’s diverse perspectives. This video segment produced for public television shares Deloitte's voice on the importance and impact of inclusion in the workplace.

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  • November 10, 2016 Ally Do Giving Right: Join Us

    This is the 5th year of Ally's Giving Back Month, so we're supercharging our efforts and inviting you to join us. Visit ally.com/learn/dogivingright to donate $5 (or more) to Feeding America or Junior Achievement USA and Ally will match your donation. Together we can #DoGivingRight. Keep the giving spirit going and encourage friends and family to use the #DoGivingRight hashtag on social media and Ally will give $5 to our charity partners.

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  • October 12, 2016 PR Newswire Continental Reinforces Its Pursuit of Female Engineering and Tech Talent

    This month, international automotive supplier Continental will participate in the 2016 Women of Color STEM Conference and the Society of Women Engineers' 2016 WE16 Conference – reinforcing its intent to increase gender diversity and inclusion at all levels.

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  • October 9, 2016 Crain's Detroit Success and sustainability: Planning helps Global Strategic Supply Solutions manage growth

    Lisa Lunsford is co-founder and CEO of Global Strategic Supply Solutions LLC, a Livonia-based tier-one OEM supplier that also specializes in providing engineering, assembly and supply chain management.

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  • September 19, 2016 Forbes GM's Unsung Heroines: 12 Women To Watch

    Mary Barra gets her share of headlines as the auto industry's first female CEO and one of the World's Most Powerful Women. Less noticed, perhaps, are the impressive women climbing GM's corporate ladder behind her, who now command some of the most important and dynamic roles in the company.

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  • September 19, 2016 Forbes With 50-50 Gender Split On Board, GM Is In Rare Company

    In June, when General Motors GM shareholders elected Jane Mendillo to the board of directors, GM became – without fanfare or indeed much notice – the first major industrial corporation with an even gender split on its board.

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  • September 16, 2016 Ford Girls Don't Just Want to Have Fun, They Want to Change the World

    Ford joins with Girls Who Code to champion its mission to provide opportunities for young women who want to pursue the STEM fields.

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  • September 8, 2016 Fortune Fortune Most Powerful Women

    22 CEOs of major companies and many more corner office contenders in all industries. Nine newcomers and one return. Over $1.1 trillion in market capitalization. Plus: bonus pick Queen Bey! Read on to see who made it in 2016 – and who didn't.

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  • August 15, 2016 Fortune Irving's Insights

    In the latest episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving talks to Fortune's Aaron Task about the way he's reinvented the company's image—steering away from the sexist marketing that once defined it—and the promise he made to his sister, who died in her 30s, to advance women in technology.

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  • July 25, 2016 Huffington Post How Can We Get More Girls and Women in Tech?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of women enroll in college (compared to 63% of men), and women increasingly outnumber men in college graduation rates. Despite these stats, women still make up only a quarter of the tech industry workforce.

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  • January 1, 2016 Heidrick & Struggles The Critical Role for Female Leadership in the Mash-Up of Detroit and Silicon Valley

    In the mash-up of Detroit and Silicon Valley, the key ingredient will be talent, and organizations that underestimate the capabilities of female talent will be making a huge mistake. Will the increased convergence and migration of talent from Silicon Valley to Detroit – and vice versa – further solidify existing barriers for aspiring women leaders? Or does it present new opportunities for women who can bridge technology with automotive product development and manufacturing expertise?

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  • September 13, 2016 Women in Product Women In Product Conference

    Save the date for the 2016 Women In Product Conference. The event will take place Tuesday, September 13 in Menlo Park, California. The conference has the goal of bringing together women who build. From all different backgrounds, speakers will share their stories and provide actionable advice to strengthen product and leadership skills.

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  • July 18, 2016 Automotive News Ford appoints new Europe COO

    Ford Motor Co. appointed Barb Samardzich, new chief operating officer of its European division on Monday and expanded its treasurer's role to include financial oversight of its recently created Smart Mobility subsidiary.

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  • July 2016 Daily Fuel Unconscious Bias: Terry Barclay // CEO, Inforum

    You are amazing and that's why you need to hire people just like you. Unless, of course, you want to significantly increase profits. Terry Barclay, CEO of Inforum explains why we need to get away hiring mini-me's.

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  • July 21-22, 2016 SAWF Southern Automotive Women's Forum 2016 Annual Conference

    Save the date for the Southern Automotive Women's Forum 2016 Annual Conference. The event will take place Thursday, July 21 & Friday July 22 in Nashville. Topics include how to promote your ideas and stand out in the workplace, opportunities to network with your auto industry peers and to learn the inside scoop from industry leaders.

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  • June 9, 2016 Automotive News GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing, labor relations

    General Motors has named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the latest in a string of high-profile appointments for the long-time GM engineer.

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  • May 23, 2016 Fortune Sallie Krawcheck Explains Why Women Don't Help Other Women – And How To Start

    In the latest in her series of exclusive pieces for Fortune, Wall Street power player-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck writes about why it can be so hard for women to help one another in the business world.

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  • May 3, 2016 Fortune Bloomberg's New Gender Equality Index Shows Who's Investing In Women

    Bloomberg unveiled a new index intended to showcase what the biggest financial players are doing to promote gender equality. The index, called the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender Equality Index (GEI), includes 26 public companies that are best-in-class in the financial industry in terms of providing opportunities for women.

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  • April 29, 2016 Harvard Business Review Research: Vague Feedback Is Holding Women Back

    Although companies have invested heavily in programs to advance women leaders, the number of women in executive roles has not changed significantly in the last decade. Even if women are well represented as middle managers, their numbers drop off when making the jump to VP-level executives. Why are women not rising to executive ranks?

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  • May 1, 2016 The New York Times For Women in Advertising, It's Still a 'Mad Men' World

    Advertising is far from the only industry that has struggled with issues of sexist behavior and gender bias through the years. But in interviews with more than a dozen women, mostly executives, who work in advertising, many said they found it hard to believe how much their particular business still remained a white man's world.

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  • March 29, 2016 Forbes The 13 Most Important STEM Colleges For Women

    There are several indicators that the number of women in STEM is on the rise, along with programs designed to encourage women to join the field. Forbes used their 2016 Best Value college rankings list to determine which schools are helping launch women in STEM professions.

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  • March 29, 2016 Forbes Women of Influence: Meet the Women Auto Designers Behind the Wheel

    Designer, Rossella Guasco, Head of the Color & Materials Style Center for every FCA brand including Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati, is interviewed in a Forbes article highlighting women in automotive

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  • February 9, 2016 CooperStandard Cooper Standard, Dow and S.A.Y. Detroit Open After-School Science Center

    Cooper Standard and Dow will staff the center with trained employee STEM volunteers who will offer tutoring, science demonstrations and career information.

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  • 2016 Automotive News Women at the wheel: Recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the automotive industry

    Deloitte and Automotive News spent most of 2015 surveying and interviewing women originally nominated for the 2015 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry award. Their views on the attraction, retention, and advancement of women in the automotive industry have been published in "Women at the wheel."

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  • January 22, 2016 General Motors GM Launches Career Re-Entry Internship Program

    The innovative pilot internship program is aimed at experienced women engineers who are interested in returning to the workforce after a two or more year career break.

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  • March 1, 2016 Working Mother Raising STEM Daughters

    The paltry number of women in computer science and engineering, combined with girls' diminishing interest in science as they age, means parents need to step up to the STEM plate. Here's how we can help our daughters pursue meaningful and valuable careers for their sakes and society's.

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  • January 25, 2016 Detroit News Michigan Student to get White House Computer Science honor

    Christina Li of Utica spent the past four years becoming one of the nation's top female innovators in computer education.

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  • December 3, 2015 The Atlantic The Deficiencies of Tech's 'Pipeline' Metaphor

    An easy, ultimately lacking, way to talk about the messy reality of inequality, discrimination, and corporate culture in America.

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  • December 16, 2015 The Atlantic GM CEO Mary Barra 'Missed' Importance Of Being A Woman

    As General Motors chief executive Mary Barra comes up on her two-year anniversary leading the company, she said one of the biggest things she's learned is how important it is to other people that she's a woman.

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