Letter from the President – Oct. 2016

Dear Women’s Board,

This is my last letter to you as your Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) president. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, during our annual press conference and reception at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), I will step down and hand over the baton to the next president. I am overjoyed to tell you that our new president is Tammy (Chaffee) Tecklenburg, global vice president, sales and marketing, Spectrum Brands, and last year’s Auto Care Woman of the Year. Tammy has been a respected and exceptionally proactive member of the Women’s Board for several years and has been the chair of the Member Development Committee for the last three years. Tammy’s key contributions include her creation and management of our prized mentor program and leading the re-branding of the Women’s Board. I am confident Tammy will guide us to an unprecedented level, and inspire us to reach for excellence in all that we do. If you attended our Summer Leadership Conference, you are already aware that the Car Care Council Women’s Board will now be called – Women in Auto Care: A Global Community.

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A BIG thank you goes out to member Lisa Rodriguez whose business Soaring Marketing, LLC created the logo, and to the Membership Development Committee who carefully deconstructed the existing logo, values, mission and goals, and analyzed who we are and where we want to go. We feel the new identity satisfies all of the existing expectations of what our original mark stands for while simultaneously moving the brand forward. I feel that they nailed it, and hope you love our new name and look as much as I do.

We will continue to refer to our organization as the Car Care Council Women’s Board until we arrive at AAPEX, where we will feature our new brand on our signage and handouts..

I hope that during my three-year term as your president I have been able to make a positive impact on both the current and future of the WB. Thank you for the opportunity to lead and for your patience as I grew into my position. This is definitely one experience I will never forget!

My journey in leading the WB wasn’t done alone. I was accompanied by a team of dynamic individuals, both elected and not, who shared in the journey of all our success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my executive committee and the Auto Care Association for their support, encouragement, hard work and dedication in serving with me.

But most importantly, my thanks go out to you, the members. For without you, the WB would not exist. As a group, we have the vision, the knowledge, the wherewithal and the experience to help pave the way for the next generation of women auto care professionals. You all are truly our greatest asset. We could not accomplish what we do without your involvement and support.

It has been my pleasure to serve you. Safe travels and I look forward to seeing you at AAPEX.

All My Best,

Amy Mattinat, Auto Craftsmen Ltd.

Your Women’s Board President AAPEX 2016

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President’s Message

Dear Women’s Board Associates and Supporters,

I am happy to report that our Summer Leadership Conference in Indianapolis was top notch! We had excellent speakers, a special panel on emotional intelligence, lots of quality networking and a wicked fun outing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
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We announced two exciting pieces of news at the conference: we gave away over $60,000 in scholarships this year and we have successfully wrapped up the Women’s Board rebranding and will be unveiling our new name and logo at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) this November in Las Vegas, Nev. —you won’t want to miss it!

Bill Summer LeadershipA big thank you to Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, for attending our executive board meeting and opening our conference with a “Fireside Chat.” It was a wonderful way to start the conference, as it created a positive buzz, which continued throughout the two days of high-value professional and personal development.

Vonda Lee, winner of the 2015 Auto Care Woman of Excellence, received high reviews for sharing her time, experience and knowledge about her career in the industry. Everyone was inspired and learned a lot! Vonda
Save the date for our reception and press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at AAPEX in Las Vegas. It is THE Women’s Networking Event at AAPEX and a great place to bring potential members, show your company the value of being a sponsor and, of course, congratulate the winners of the 2016 Automotive Communications Awards and Women of the Year awards.

We also want to thank our sponsors who continue to support the Women’s Board in our ever-evolving path to career education and leadership training.

Make sure you also save the date for our Winter Leadership Conference that will take place Feb. 15-16, 2017, in conjunction with the MACS Convention in sunny Anaheim, Calif.

In the meantime, stay connected with day-to-day updates and interesting news through our Facebook group.

All My Best,

Amy Mattinat, Auto Craftsmen Ltd.
Your Women’s Board President

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President’s Message


Dear Women’s Board associates and conference attendees,

I am coming to the end of my three-year term as president of the Women’s Board. With the help of my awesome Executive Committee chairs and committee members, we have had a productive and wicked enjoyable term. This will be the last conference I am hosting, so you don’t want to miss this one. I promise it will be jam-packed with high value professional and personal development, plus a whole lot of fun!

The next WB President and Women of the Year Awards:

Soon we will begin accepting nominations for our annual awards: Auto Care Woman of the Year, Female Shop Owner of the Year and Auto Care Woman of Excellence. We will also be accepting nominations for the next president of the WB. I will be giving specific information about the nomination process during the conference and then will send out a detailed letter in August.

Our 2016 Summer Leadership Conference is just around the corner!

We have an excellent line-up of speakers, a wicked fun off-sight event and tons of networking opportunities. The early bird deadline has been extended to July 8, 2016. Register now to receive the discounted rate.

At your request our keynote speaker is going to give a two-hour class on emotional intelligence (EQ). This class will be taught by Rhonda Waters. She spoke at our winter conference and received the highest review scores on record. Since EQ is one of her expertise, we are so excited that she is coming back.

Untitled design (73)***Important step you need to take*** Once you register, you will receive an email from our staff liaison, Katy McQuiston, with a unique access code to take the online EQ assessment. To learn more about EQ and how we are incorporating it into our conference, read our recent blog post.

***ALSO*** We are seeking interested individuals with high scores from the EQ assessment to participate in a panel discussion at the conference. For more information, contact Katy McQuiston or Tammy Chaffee.

Our headline speakers include Rhonda Waters, Bill Hanvey and Allison Graham, but we have so many excellent speakers in store for you that you will need to go to our website for the full agenda.

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Rebranding the Women’s Board:

The Member Development Committee has been hard at work since last February coming up with ideas to rebrand The Women’s Board to better reflect who we are and what we do. I’m elated to report that they nailed it! We will have a special presentation during the conference to update everyone and give you a sneak preview. We will then roll out our new name, logo and tag line at AAPEX.

Women’s Board Membership Renewal:

Women’s Board annual memberships expire July 31, 2016. Look for a renewal notice that will be sent to your email this month. If you are coming to the summer leadership conference, you can renew your membership and choose associate pricing on the registration form. If your company is a sponsor, remember you may be eligible for a free annual membership.

Sponsorship renewal notices went out last week. Now is the perfect time for your company to become a sponsor. We will be having a big splash all over AAPEX this year. We will be showcasing our new name and logo, announcing the winners of our three awards, the scholarship winners and the next president and Executive Committee chairs. Our sponsors will be attached to the large amount of press and all the spotlights the WB will be receiving.

Please encourage your company to sponsor the Women’s Board. It’s as simple as filling out our sponsor form and sending it to Katy McQuiston.

Automotive Communications Awards
The Women’s Board is now accepting entries for the 2016 Automotive Communications Awards. The deadline for all submissions is Aug. 12, 2016. Click here for the online entry form.

Auto Care Association Impact Award
Nominees are now being accepted for the Auto Care Association’s Impact Award: Four for the Future, which annually honors four aftermarket professionals, aged 40 or younger, who have made remarkable contributions within the auto care industry, at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nev.

The online nomination form is now available at www.autocare.org/impact. A resume or professional biography must accompany the nomination. For more information, contact Danielle Sonnefeld at dsonnefeld@nawilliams.com or 678-894-0832.

Looking forward to Indianapolis, July 27-28
As we get closer to the conference, we will send you detailed information about all the stuff you need to know before you arrive. I encourage you to register and book your room as soon as possible. The room block is filling fast and if you want to be in the same hotel as everyone else, you best take action right away.
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I look forward to seeing you in less than four weeks! Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

Your President,
Amy Mattinat

Thanks to our sponsors!


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Preparing for the Emotional Intelligence Workshop

In keeping with our commitment to offer development opportunities to our members, we are pleased to announce that our upcoming conference in Indianapolis will include a development program focused on Emotional Intelligence, presented by Rhonda Waters.  We have chosen this topic because there is so much research that suggests that Emotional Intelligence provides many insights into the age-old questions about what makes some people more successful than others.  Some of the statistics regarding the effects of Emotional Intelligence are pretty dramatic.

To get the full benefit of our workshop and to enhance the practical application of the content, we are asking that you go online and complete an emotional intelligence self-assessment. Emotional Intelligence can be developed, and the first step is to aRhonda Watersssess your current capability, so we are asking you to complete the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal® which you will access with the unique passcode we are providing for you.  Once you have completed the online assessment, you will receive a comprehensive Emotional Intelligence Appraisal® Report and Action Plan that is based on your results. The results of this assessment will help you to determine your baseline and how you can develop the four core emotional intelligence skills, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.  During our workshop, we will help you understand the theory and practical applications of emotional intelligence as well as develop an Action Plan for developing those areas of EI which are the most important for your personal and professional development.

Below is some background information and next steps that will be helpful:

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Since 1990, when the term Emotional Intelligence (EI) was first referred to in a small academic journal, there has been an explosion of research providing solid data and pointing to EI as what “sets star performers apart from average.”  With proven impact, especially in the areas of leadership, customer service and sales, companies worldwide routinely look through the lens of EI for hiring, promoting and developing their employees.  Emotional intelligence is defined as, The capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, for managing emotions well within ourselves and in our relationships.”  Research shows that for jobs of all kinds, emotional intelligence is twice as important for success as IQ plus technical skills.  The higher the level of a job’s complexity and authority, the greater the impact of outstanding performance on the bottom-line. We are talking about “hard” results such as improved profitability from higher productivity, increased sales, and lowered costs as well as “softer” results such as increased morale and motivation, greater cooperation, lower turnover and loss of talent.  The good news is that unlike IQ and personality style, which are relatively stable from an early age, emotional intelligence can be developed, so through commitment and practice, we can all develop this critical success factor!

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

 Emotional intelligence is more than 85% of what sets star performers apart from average performers. The significant positive impact of emotional intelligence in organizations has been well researched and documented.

  • 85-95% of the difference between a “good leader” and an “excellent leader” is due to emotional intelligence.
  • 75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to a lack of EI competencies – lack of interpersonal skills, unsatisfactory team leadership during difficult times or conflict, inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.
  • The reasons for losing customers and clients are 70% EI-related.
  • 7% of leadership success is attributable to intellect; 93% comes from EI-related capabilities such as self-awareness, inspirational leadership, authenticity, emotional self-control and resilience.

Your Actions – Directions for taking the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal®:

We have purchased the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 for every workshop participant and have included below your individual passcode, which will allow you to go online and take the self-assessment. We will give you the hard copy of your book at registration. During the workshop, we will use this report to discuss ways to develop and maximize your emotional intelligence.

Plan about 20 minutes to take the assessment and 30 minutes to read through your results.

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  2. Click on Take the Test.
  3. Use your personal code (included in a separate email after you register, contact Katy McQuiston for more information, katy.mcquiston@autocare.org)Untitled design (73).jpg
  4. Type in your code and click submit.
  5. Type in your information and click begin survey.
  1. Complete the demographics questions, IF YOU WANT TO.
  2. Read through the introduction carefully, then click proceed to survey.
  3. At the end of the survey, you can schedule a reminder to retake the survey in 6 – 12 months to evaluate your progress.
  4. To see your results, click on Print and Save, then My Complete Repo
    to access your results. You will also receive an email with links to your report and passcode.  Save that email so you can access the other emotional intelligence tools at any time.
  5. Your results will open in a PDF. You can print a copy  and save it to your computer for future reference.
  6. Bring your printed report to the workshop.
  7. You will receive your hard copy of the book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 at the 2016 Summer Leadership Conference. Books will be available at the registration desk.


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President’s Message

Dear Women’s Board Associates and Conference Attendees,

I don’t know about you, but May seems to have come and gone in the blink of an eye. The Executive Board has been working hard to put together an exciting agenda for this summer’s leadership conference.

Each conference seems to set a new bar of excellence, and I am thrilled to share that we were able to raise the bar even further with the line-up of speakers and activities for the 2016 Women’s Board (WB) Summer Leadership Conference.

Back by popular demand – Rhonda Waters, who was our keynote speaker last February, is back for another two-hour session to teach us all about emotional intelligence. All conference attendees will also receive a copy of the book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” and a copy of Waters’ workbook.

Once you register, you will also receive a unique code to take an online emotional intelligence assessment prior to the conference. Then during her two-hour session, Waters will walk us through our results. This is a rare opportunity, so don’t delay – register today!

For more information about the conference, keep reading this newsletter and watch our FaceBook page and Twitter feed for the most up-to-date details as they happen.

I hope you can make our summer conference. It’s going to be awesome!

All My Best,

Amy Mattinat, Auto Craftsmen Ltd.
Your Women’s Board President

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Why Women’s Board?

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2015 WB Tammy Olivia Lisa.JPGNo matter what is going on in my life when I arrive, personally or professionally, when I leave a Women’s Board meeting, I leave feeling refreshed, energized and engaged. July 27-28 has been booked on my calendar since the 2016 conference dates were announced. That is when I will be traveling to Indianapolis, Ind. with roughly 150 other colleagues from our industry excited and ready to learn, grow and share.

For those of you who might be hearing about this for the first time, the Women’s Board is a professional networking group for the auto care industry. As YANGsters, you are no stranger to networking, but in my experience, the relationships forged at these meetings go far beyond the usual trading cards and making new LinkedIn connections.

With a diverse membership across every facet of the industry, the Women’s Board offers women at all levels of their careers the opportunity to connect to the industry in new ways groupphoto.jpgand learn from each other’s experience and expertise – sharing best practices, preferred vendors, lessons learned and personal stories. Are you having an issue at work? Chances are, someone in the room has been there before. Unsure where to go next? Just look around! Plus, as an associate, you can continue the conversation throughout the year with access to the Women’s Board Mentoring Program. Looking for a way to give back to the next generation? The Women’s Board gives out thousands in scholarships to women pursuing fields in the aftermarket.

Aside from getting to know all the amazing women that help keep this industry moving forward, one of the highlights of these meetings is the relevant and valuable programming line-up at each conference.

Here is a preview of the speakers on deck for the 2016 Women’s Board Leadership Conference:

Rhonda Waters.jpgRhonda Waters from Waters Learning & Development (and Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute) will be doing a workshop on Emotional Intelligence. Prior to the conference, all attendees will receive a code to participate in an assessment of their emotional intelligence and will receive a copy of the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0.1.jpg

Allison Graham from Elevate Biz lives and breathes networking and will share her best practices to create more access to decision makers, cultivate more influence within their marketplace and generate more quality leads.

Bethany Bosch – She knows a thing or two about motivation as the 466th woman in the history of the world to successfully swim the 21 miles across the English Channel in 17 hours and 39 minutes, unassisted, 21+ miles from England to France in water temperatures averaging about 63 degrees.

Register Now! Social Size.jpgI sincerely hope to see more than a couple new faces this summer at the meeting and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! Registration is now open for the 2016 Women’s Board Summer Leadership Conference. Register now!

For more information on joining Women’s Board, please visit our website. If you have any questions, contact the Women’s Board staff liaison, Katy McQuiston

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Women on Board March 2016

The March 2016 Edition of the Women on Board newsletter is now available!

Dear Women’s Board Associates and Conference Attendees,

2016 is off to a great start. We started the year off with another awesome WB Leadership Conference last month in sunny Orlando. I’m so proud to tell you that we broke our attendance record again with over 100 in attendance.IMG_8346

We received great reviews about all our speakers and the many excellent networking opportunities. There are slide presentations from some of our speakers on our website events page and there is also a link from Rhonda Waters so you can take her ‘Energy Assessment Quiz.’

You can relive the event through photos on our Facebook photo album.

If you missed the winter conference earlier this month in Orlando, I’m excited to announce that the Women’s Board will be giving out a record of $50,000 in scholarships this year! Last year we gave out $28,000. We’ve nearly doubled our scholarship fund in only one year, how cool is that?  It is not too late to spread the word to female students about our scholarships; the deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.  Please send this GAAS Scholarship flier to your local high schools, Votech schools, community colleges etc.  If each of you took the time to share this link with just one school, think of how many more female students would have the opportunity to receive scholarship money and a chance to have a fabulous career in our industry.

IMG_8390I want to also give a BIG Thank-you to our sponsors who make our conferences and scholarships possible. Starting with our 2016 summer conference we are offering a new high value sponsor benefit. From now on, all level sponsors will now be able to send as many employees at they want to our leadership conferences at the associate rate, regardless of whether or not they are a member. But to be clear, they would not be able to participate in the Mentor Program until they became a member.

If your company is not a sponsor of the Women’s Board YET, I encourage you to point out the powers that be, that supporting the Women’s Board is positive for your company:

  • It aligns your company brand with the Women’s Board showing your support for your female employees and that you care about your female customers.
  • Your support provide scholarships for young women and a student coaching program which helps to recruit, retain and support women in the auto care industry
  • Your company will receive high value marketing and other valuable opportunities.
  • The Women’s Board provides two high value leadership Conferences for your female employees to network with leaders in the industry, sharing various perspectives, and ideas to improve your company
  • These conferences includes professional and personal development training and up-to-date information on industry trends
  • Your support helps provide a career mentoring program and awards honoring automotive female leadership
  • Supporting the Women’s Board is positive for your employees and Associates.
  • And best of all, the top level sponsorship includes the membership dues and conference registrations for your top employees.

The Executive Board is busy planning our summer leadership conference. We will post a list of speakers to our website and Facebook page ASAP. Make sure you save the date for July 27-28, 2016 (registration information coming soon!) so you don’t miss out on THE BEST Conference for Women in the Auto Care Industry in the country!

To stay connected with the Women’s Board, join in the conversation and follow us on our social media channels:

Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter |Blog | Pinterest

All My Best,

Amy Mattinat, Auto Craftsmen Ltd.
Your Women’s Board President

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