For the event, the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council in Orlando came to the NACE show floor for an hour of conversations with leaders in the industry about the incredible opportunities available to young women in the collision repair.
The girls learned about frame equipment and measurement systems with Bob Holland of Chief, the history of DuPont with Petra Schroeder, the chemistry of paint and color with Laura Yerkey of ProSpray, advanced software and new technologies from CCC’s Susanna Gotsch, scholarship opportunities with the Women’s Industry Network, and more.
Following the NACE Tools for Success tour, Collision Hub hosted a Women’s Panel sponsored by LKQ and moderated by Eileen Sottile, which featured:
● Kristen Felder—Founder and CEO, Collision Hub
● Denise Casperson— Manager, ASA Collision Division
● Audra Fordin—Owner, Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop, Flushing, NY
● Stacee L. Royce—Laboratory Manager, Paint Applications and Masking Systems, 3M
Automotive Aftermarket Div.
● Petra Schroeder—Brand Development Manager Standox, Dupont Performance Coatings
● Victoria Jankowski—P&C Claims Consultant, State Farm and President of WIN
Girls heard from these incredible women about everything from their personal journeys into the industry to words of advice going forward. Collision Hub offers this program as a way to connect with the leadership pipeline that is the Girl Scouts and to possibly light the spark that will one day usher them into the industry as our future CEOs, Marketers, Painters, Lobbyists, Technicians, Mechanics, Shop Owners, Engineers, Chemists, Industry Analysts and more.
“In addition to their time on the NACE floor visiting selected company booths, we were able to introduce these dynamic young women to the work of the Women's Industry Network and the National Autobody Council's Recycled Rides Program,” said Kristen Felder, Collision Hub Founder and CEO. “We believe that October 8, 2011 was yet another step towards a wonderful career exploration and mentoring program between the Girl Scouts of America and the collision repair industry at large.”
Tools for Success was Presented By Enterprise Rent-A-Car with the Women’s Panel Discussion and lunch Provided By LKQ. Other event sponsors included: Chief Automotive Technologies, 3M, PPG, VeriFacts Automotive, AutoBody America, AkzoNobel, Fix Auto, DuPont, CARSTAR, Mitchell, Esurance, Pro-Spray Automotive Refinishes, Automotive Service Excellence and CCC Information Services.
The Girl Scouts is reforming its mission to incorporate an emphasis on engineering, science, and technology and are seeking avenues to achieve this goal. As the collision repair industry continues to seek ways to recruit new talent and creative methods for connecting with costumers, Collision Hub hopes to offer access to a truly untapped demographic.
Tools for Success offered a unique opportunity for leaders in our industry to speak with a premiere group of goal-oriented and intelligent young women and capture their potential as future leaders and consumers as well as the support of each scout’s extensive personal network as potential customers and champions of the collision industry.