Women in Auto
Women have long been a force in the auto industry. From Margaret A. Wilcox, who invented the car heater, to Mary Anderson, who patented the windshield wiper in 1903, the perspective of women has driven innovation.
We’re sharing words of wisdom from leaders in the industry in hopes of helping women at all levels find success in automotive. As Dionne Mack, a senior director at Cox Automotive, says “There is room for all of us.”
Learn more about the opportunity in auto for women.
“Your personal and professional growth won’t come from the easy things. Learn to embrace adversity—that’s what changes you and helps you grow.” — Julie Mills, Chase Auto Managing Director & General Manager, Mazda Capital Services
“When you’re in a meeting, keep your head up…you might be afraid to use your voice. Don’t be. Use it and be loud.” — Jordan Daiagi Harary, President, Leader in Cars Auto Group
"There is room for ALL of us at the top, so surround yourself with an array of amazing women from various cultures, backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, working styles. When women win, the world wins." — Dionne Mack, Senior Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Cox Automotive
“Don’t fear being the only woman at the table. It’s not ideal, but too often it’s a reality. Take your seat and own it.” — Melinda Welsh, Head of Consumer Lending & Chief Marketing Officer, Chase Auto
“If you want something badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen. Wholeheartedly focus on your goal, don’t get distracted by the ‘noise’ and believe in yourself. Don’t play on your gender. You need to earn respect and support from both male and female counterparts.” — Katherine Legge, Driver of the No. 3 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY entry for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
"The industry still has room to improve on gender and ethnic diversity, but any young woman just starting in the industry should not let that derail her success." — Tanya Sanders, Business Operations Executive, Chase Auto
“Lift up the other women around you. A lot of us have had to take the hard road and fight the big battles, but we have to remember that we did that to pave the way for the next wave of women leaders.” — Amanda Eagle George, Executive Vice President, John Eagle Dealerships
“We need to have thick skin and be self-motivated to make it in this industry. Own your mistakes and always be willing to learn—you’ll earn the respect you deserve.” — MyDanh Tran, Vice President of Dealer and OEM Relationships
“Ultimately, life is about the relationships you cultivate and the people you impact. I hope Women in Automotive continues to encourage women to make the most of their lives and careers. We are so much stronger together than apart!” — Christy Roman, Women in Automotive and President of Now Digital, Inc.
“I manage mostly men and I earn the respect of my employees by running a productive department. Many women have a natural ability to nurture, which enables them to build strong teams. Don’t change who you are—let your work, dedication and success speak for you.” — Nicole Cockcroft, Service & Parts Manager, Headquarter Mazda Dealership
“Relationship matters, so build and nurture the right ones. Lead with a smile and show individuals that you care and value their business.” — Caitriona Boden, V.P. & Senior Dealer Relationship Manager, Chase Auto
"Educating yourself and working hard is fundamental to success—no matter what industry you’re in. At Enterprise, it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman … what counts is that you contribute to the success of the team.” — Chrissy Taylor, Executive Vice President and COO, Enterprise Holdings