All of our coverage from 2020:
Full list | Past honorees | Articles | Podcasts | Quotes

 

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Aruna Anand | Elena Antaya | Neeru Arora | Juanita Powell Baranco | Janet Barnard | Mary Barra | Wendy Bauer | Jessica Berry | Liza Borches | Olabisi Boyle | Andrea Brimmer | Mary Buchzeiger | Kelly Bysouth | Tonit Calaway | Denise Carlson | Linda Cash | Tracy Cassady | Mamatha Chamarthi | Suzana Cizmic | Francoise Colpron | Leah Curry | Tamara Darvish | Kim Day | Aine Denari | Flavia De Veny | Corina Diehl | Ivette Dominguez | Lisa Drake | Susan Elkington | Aicha Evans | Joy Falotico | Gail Faulkner | Cynthia Flanigan | Amy Fleming | Pamela Fletcher | Julie Fream | Deirdre Fultz | Kimberley Gardiner | Denise Gray | Zobeida Gutierrez | Jennifer Haroon | Linda Hasenfratz | Grace Huang | Marissa Hunter | Megan Hunter | Karen Ideno | Stephanie Jett | Jennifer Johnson | Abigail Kampmann | Jody Kelman | Susan Kenny | Sharon Kitzman | Heather Klish | Elizabeth Krear | Julie Kurcz | Rebecca Liebert | Lynn Longo | Lisa Lortie | Lisa Lunsford | Stacy Lynett | Debbie Manzano | Claudia Marquez | Tekedra Mawakana | Gail May | Celina Mikolajczak | Tina Miller | Mary Nichols | Cathy O'Callaghan | Sandra Phillips Rogers | Sejal Pietzak | Vickie Piner | Sonal Ramrakhiani | Sonia Rief | Kimberly Rodriguez | Jenell Ross | Rosa Santana | Laura Schwab | Susan Sheffield | Christine Sitek | Anuja Sonalker | Sandy Stojkovski | Kim Stonehouse | Max Straub | Kristen Tabar | Chrissy Taylor | Lia Theodosiou-Pisanelli | Christina Tsai | Elizabeth Umberson | Lisa Viazanko | Julia Wada | Deborah Wahl | Jennifer Wahnschaff | Faith Wandrie | Judy Wheeler | Kerri Wise | Allyson Witherspoon | Rekha Wunnava | Ann Yauger | Angela Zepeda | Jamie Zinser

 

 

Aruna Anand | Elena Antaya | Neeru Arora | Juanita Powell Baranco | Janet Barnard | Mary Barra | Wendy Bauer | Jessica Berry | Liza Borches | Olabisi Boyle | Andrea Brimmer | Mary Buchzeiger | Kelly Bysouth | Tonit Calaway | Denise Carlson | Linda Cash | Tracy Cassady | Mamatha Chamarthi | Suzana Cizmic | Francoise Colpron | Leah Curry | Tamara Darvish | Kim Day | Aine Denari | Flavia De Veny | Corina Diehl | Ivette Dominguez | Lisa Drake | Susan Elkington | Aicha Evans | Joy Falotico | Gail Faulkner | Cynthia Flanigan | Amy Fleming | Pamela Fletcher | Julie Fream | Deirdre Fultz | Kimberley Gardiner | Denise Gray | Zobeida Gutierrez | Jennifer Haroon | Linda Hasenfratz | Grace Huang | Marissa Hunter | Megan Hunter | Karen Ideno | Stephanie Jett | Jennifer Johnson | Abigail Kampmann | Jody Kelman | Susan Kenny | Sharon Kitzman | Heather Klish | Elizabeth Krear | Julie Kurcz | Rebecca Liebert | Lynn Longo | Lisa Lortie | Lisa Lunsford | Stacy Lynett | Debbie Manzano | Claudia Marquez | Tekedra Mawakana | Gail May | Celina Mikolajczak | Tina Miller | Mary Nichols | Cathy O'Callaghan | Sandra Phillips Rogers | Sejal Pietzak | Vickie Piner | Sonal Ramrakhiani | Sonia Rief | Kimberly Rodriguez | Jenell Ross | Rosa Santana | Laura Schwab | Susan Sheffield | Christine Sitek | Anuja Sonalker | Sandy Stojkovski | Kim Stonehouse | Max Straub | Kristen Tabar | Chrissy Taylor | Lia Theodosiou-Pisanelli | Christina Tsai | Elizabeth Umberson | Lisa Viazanko | Julia Wada | Deborah Wahl | Jennifer Wahnschaff | Faith Wandrie | Judy Wheeler | Kerri Wise | Allyson Witherspoon | Rekha Wunnava | Ann Yauger | Angela Zepeda | Jamie Zinser

 

A look at how the program has evolved

 

Leah Curry and Susan Elkington

 

2 Leading Women blazed trail together, starting in a weld shop

Leah Curry and Susan Elkington are presidents of two of Toyota’s biggest North American assembly plants. But 17 years ago, they worked side by side in a body weld shop in Indiana and became close friends.

 
 
 

PODCASTS

Nine leaders from the 2020 list joined Automotive News via Zoom to discuss the most pressing issues facing them today and beyond. We explored key themes from that conversation in this podcast series.

 
 
 

IN THEIR WORDS

The 2020 honorees tell it like it is. Here are their confessions, insights and advice.

 

 

From the publisher: After 20 years and 5 editions, successes yet to be counted

Publisher Jason Stein comments on the achievements represented in the 2020 edition of Automotive News' 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry program.

How we selected 100 Leading Women

Every five years since 2000, we have put together a list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. It's always challenging. Twenty years ago it was hard to find enough executives with authority; this year, the challenge was choosing among hundreds of powerful female executives.

Female leaders will be crucial to the industry's evolution as gas-powered engines make way for electric vehicles and as car buyers increasingly expect vehicles to provide safety, entertainment and connectivity, several of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women contend.

 

In the still-male-dominated auto industry, women often carefully navigate their approaches as leaders. Their strategies vary, but many say learning to strike a balance between assertive and collaborative is key.

 

Some Leading Women worry the pandemic could set back progress for women in the industry. Preventing that will require flexibility and support from the C-suite to the factory floor.

 

Several of Automotive News' 100 Leading Women say mentoring other women is key to helping more females advance in auto industry careers, as is getting the support and aid from high-level male executives.

 

Who is your hero?

Who is your hero?

A look at the heros who inspire some of our 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.

Linda Hasenfratz: The only woman to land on all five lists

100 Leading Women by the numbers

A numerical look at the careers and experiences of the 100 Leading Women.