Automotive News' Leading Women regional conference delivered information, insight and inspiration to 340 women and men who came together on Toyota's campus in suburban Dallas last week to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Opening the door
Insight and inspiration at Toyota's U.S. headquarters
"I think we work twice as hard for half the pay, longer hours," said Kim Pittel, group vice president at Ford. "So I've always said that we're a bargain, and, to be honest with you, I'm tired of being a bargain and I don't want you to be a bargain either. So we're fixing it."
"You can't ask for anything if you don't believe you deserve it," said Constellation Agency CEO Diana Lee.
Automotive News Publisher Jason Stein with Sandra Phillips Rogers, group vice president at Toyota, who looked to the future as she said, "The auto industry's journey to inclusion will be aided by coming changes in mobility. Women can get in on the ground floor."
Katee Van Horn, right, CEO of Bar the Door Consulting, with Automotive News Managing Editor Mary Beth Vander Schaaf. Van Horn said, "Inclusion is where we make the change."
Conference host Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America
Jeff Morrill, co-founder of Planet Subaru in Hanover, Mass., and Christa Collins, service manager, before their presentation. Morrill said, "Many men come to us with quite a bit more confidence than competence, and for women, that's reversed." Collins agreed that men are often overconfident and women "need a nudge." She added: "Women need to stop that."