Olivia Newton, Director of Category Management, Standard Motor Products
No 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 and 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 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.
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.
I 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!