Inforum, a professional women's business network based in Detroit, has launched a new group called “AutomotiveNEXT” to attract and prepare women for careers in the auto industry.
AutomotiveNEXT was created to help address emerging needs of the auto industry such as the creation and adoption of new technology, and to find solutions to challenges such as sustainability.
The group will consist of Inforum members from Ford Motor Co., Chrysler LLC and General Motors Co., as well as foreign automakers and suppliers.
“The American auto industry can't afford to leave anything on the table as it regains its footing in the global marketplace,” Terry Barclay, CEO of Inforum, said in a statement.
“That means leveraging the very best talent and creating world-beating products that customers really want. For a lot of reasons, old assumptions are being cast aside and a new industry is emerging. For young women searching for the next generation of cool careers, the automotive industry will be one of the best places to look.”
Deloitte LLP and Automotive Newsrecently conducted a survey of women in the North American auto industry to discover why so few women are moving into and advancing in the auto industry.
The survey pointed to several contributing factors. They include a lack of recruitment and encouragement of women at the college level, failure of companies to offer work-life balance for women with families, a general lack of camaraderie in the work place, limited opportunity for career advancement, and a weak visible presence of women in top positions.
The survey was done in conjunction with the Sept. 13 Automotive News special section “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.” For more, click here: www.autonews.com/section/LEADING_WOMEN.