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Vice President of Product, Cars.com
Chicago
Age: 53
Education: B.A., liberal arts, Princeton University; MBA, University of Chicago

What attracted you to the auto industry? The auto industry was familiar to me. I felt the time was right for the next wave of change.

First automotive job: Started at Cars.com in April 2013

Big break: Making the move into digital media early in my career. And Cars.com gave me the kind of opportunity that doesn't come up every day.

What is the major challenge you've faced in your career? How as a corporation we have adapted to changing consumer behavior. It's not just about strategy. It's about how we get things done and how we motivate for change.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career? My parents have always shown me how to achieve as did an aunt who was a breadwinner.

What should be done to encourage women to enter the auto industry? More mentoring of women. It's something I wish I had had more of personally in my career. In my area, I've wanted to get more women in product leadership.

Tell us about your family. I grew up in New York as an only child. I have moved my dad to Chicago. I have two crazy cats.

What's your favorite weekend activity? In the summer, it's gardening. Other times, it's doing art or enjoying Chicago's wonderful art and theater scene.

What's your guilty pleasure? I love to cook. Lately, I've gotten into baking.

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