CDX18: Don’t miss this year’s great WITMI session – 9.30am Tuesday morning

CDX18: Don’t miss this year’s great WITMI session – 9.30am Tuesday morning

WOMEN in the Motor Industry (WITMI) is back at CDX this year, shining a light on gender inequalities in the automotive industry in a bid to encourage more women to pursue a career in it.

Car Dealer Magazine research last month revealed that zero dealer groups pay women within their organisation an equal average wage.

Much of this has been attributed to a lack of women working in what is still considered a male-dominated industry.

This will be the fourth time Women in the Motor Industry has been held at CDX, and this year it’ll be taking place on May 22 at 9.30am at Manchester Central.

Every year, a line-up of women who are flying the flag for gender equality have sat on our panel and shared their views and experiences.

This year will see another fantastic set of speakers, but we’ll be encouraging you to mix and mingle over a cup of tea or coffee first – to find out more about all of the fantastic women attending CDX!

On our panel are:

Alison Fisher, HR director at Cox Automotive
Alison joined Cox Automotive in November 2015 as group HR director. Before this, she worked as a senior HR leader within Nestlé UK & Ireland and has more than 20 years’ HR experience with an excellent understanding of business and HR strategy. In 2016, she launched Women With Drive in the UK – a movement that inspires women to connect and succeed in the automotive industry by dreaming big and achieving their goals.

Dani Grieveson, marketing and sales coach

Dani has worked in the motor industry for 12 years at manufacturer and dealer level. She began her motoring career at Top Gear before becoming UK marketing manager at Rolls-Royce in 2012. She has since worked at Goodwood and with a Mercedes-Benz retail group. Now she coaches volume brands in marketing and sales.

Naomi Hahn, Audience and brand director at Auto Trader
Naomi has co-responsibility for building value-adding products and services for retailers and manufacturers. She joined Auto Trader in 2007 to build the display advertising sales team and was responsible for taking sales in-house. In 2015, Naomi moved to head up the marketing team, where she initiated bringing digital media buying in-house, leading the brand strategy and influencing new product development. Prior to Auto Trader, Naomi worked in sales for display advertising network advertising.com and took part in the third series of the BBC TV show The Apprentice.

Rebecca Sides, general manager at Inchcape Mercedes Benz Warrington
Having worked in the motor trade for more than 10 years, Rebecca has established herself as an authority on her product in the industry. She’s always been innovative, using video and social media to share with her customers and expand the business.

Rachael Hogg, motoring journalist at Auto Trader
Rachael is part of the writing and presenting team at Auto Trader and is also part of the new female trio of presenters on the REV Test car reviews. She’s in a minority of women working within the automotive press, but this gives her a fresh perspective on buying and owning cars.

Anyone is welcome to join this session and is encouraged to share their opinions and questions. If you’ve got a topic, then tweet @CarDealerMag on Twitter using the hashtag #WITMI.

Pictured clockwise from top left are Alison Fisher, Rachael Hogg, Rebecca Sides and Naomi Hahn

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