Thursday, 21 January 2016 19:32

A Decade of WINning

Written by Chasidy Sisk

As the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) approaches its 10th anniversary in 2016, the association celebrates a decade of WINning with big plans for the new year after enjoying a successful 2015.

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Denise Caspersen, Chair of WIN, shared, “With the wrap-up of 2015, our WIN membership drive has surpassed our goal of 450 members with a year-end close closer to 500 members.”

WIN’s sponsorship drive is underway, and the association is already nearing its goal of $135,000 for 2016. WIN has released a call for nominations to choose this year’s WIN Scholarship recipients, and the association is now accepting nominees for this year’s Most Influential Women (MIW) Awards.


WIN offers scholarships as a way of supporting females with a desire to excel in the collision repair industry. In addition to receiving financial awards to assist with tuition, educational opportunities and enrichment events, scholarship recipients will receive a one-year membership to WIN to further support their journey and provide community guidance as they pursue their career goals.

For high school students enrolled in a secondary collision repair technology program who intend to continue their education at a technical school or college, WIN awards five $1,000 scholarships based on application competitiveness and the completion of scholarship criteria. WIN’s College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship is awarded to five qualifying students enrolled in a post-secondary collision repair technology program, and in addition to receiving $1,000 towards tuition and educational expenses, recipients will be invited to attend WIN’s 2016 Educational Conference with the registration fee and travel expenses covered.

Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity of being mentored by one of this year’s MIW honorees. Applications for both scholarships are available on WIN’s website and should be sent to WIN Scholarship Committee, c/o Beverly Rook-Twibell, Safelite Solutions, 1820 N. Corrington Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64120.


WIN is also accepting nominations for its 2016 MIW Awards, which are designed to recognize women who have enriched the collision repair industry through their leadership, vision and commitment to excellence. Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form and will be evaluated by an impartial third party, Sandra Herron, Founding principal and owner of MiddleEdge, Inc. MIW Honorees will be recognized during the MIW Gala at WIN’s 2016 Educational Conference and will receive a Tiffany’s crystal award and commemorative pin; MIW Honorees will also participate in a mentoring program with scholarship recipients and other young women transitioning from their education to their career.


The organization is gearing up for their 2016 Educational Conference, and in light of the association’s 10th anniversary, this year’s theme is “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.” The 2016 WIN Educational Conference will be held at the Tampa Hilton in Tampa, FL on May 2-4, 2016. Ttay tuned to Autobody News for news and updates on this event as it approaches! Soon, WIN will release their annual call for members interested in joining the association’s board of directors, and this group will be introduced in May as well.

During the first quarter of 2016, WIN’s Industry Outreach Team will be mobile with appearances at CIC and CREF, plus the team will make their first appearance at the NORTHEAST Trade Show in March. Caspersen also reported, “As WIN grows, 2016 will be the year for technology as we have a goal of implementing a new association management software to better connect our members and provide great efficiencies to our all-hands-on-deck volunteers. WIN’s board of directors has also implemented a continuous strategic planning process, allowing our volunteers to keep track of WINning goals and be the Force of the Future for WIN.”

For more information about WIN, visit http://thewomensindustrynetwork.ning.com

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