The massive global automotive industry is really a tightly knit community. Last week, more than 900 members of the automotive family celebrated in Detroit at Automotive News' dinner to honor 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.
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|Honoree Anne Stevens, right, Ford's group vice president for Canada, Mexico and South America, shares a laugh with Ford COO Jim Padilla and Alice Padilla.|
|No need for sibling rivalry in this family: Sisters Lori Queen, left, and Jane Palmieri were both honorees. Queen is vehicle line executive for small cars at General Motors. Palmieri is vice president of body engineered systems at Dow Automotive.|
|"It's not a man's world. It's our world," Adriane Brown, CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems, told her fellow honorees. In remarks to the crowd, Brown praised Automotive News' 100 leading women for having "the energy and passion to make a difference."|
|Three generations of Ford women gathered for the gala dinner. From left: honoree Elena Ford, director of North America product marketing, planning and strategy at Ford Motor Co.; her mother, Charlotte Ford; and Elena's daughter, Charlotte Ford Rippolone.|
|Celebrating with honoree Sandra Gillespie, center, senior vice president of procurement at Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. Manufacturing Division, are Jerry Berwanger, COO of Mitsubishi Motors North America Manufacturing Division, and Carol Redfern Ambler, supervisor of plant communications at Mitsubishi.|
|General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner, center, enjoys the evening with honoree Sheila York, COO of March/Hodge Automotive Group in Hartford, Conn.; and Tony March, co-CEO of March/Hodge.|