Women’s Board to Give Record $50,000 in Scholarships in 2016

IMG_8390.JPGThe Car Care Council Women’s Board will award a record amount of $50,000 in scholarships to deserving female students studying to enter the auto care industry in 2016. The WB raised more than $15,000 in its first-ever 5k/Fun Run fundraiser, Scholarship Strides, with all proceeds contributing to its annual scholarship program, during the recent 2016 Women’s Board Winter Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“Each year we strive to increase the amount of scholarships we can give and the success of this fundraiser shows how much our membership takes that to heart,” said Vonda Lee, Women’s Board Education and Development Committee chair. “This year we managed to nearly double the $28,000 that we awarded in 2015.”

In 2015 the WB gave away eight scholarships to female students studying to enter the auto care industry — four to postsecondary students and four to high school students. The Becky Babcox Women’s Board scholarship recipient, a postsecondary student, received $5000, and a trip to the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nev.

2015 WB Scholarship Winner and Check

2015 Becky Babcox Scholarship winner, Esther Son

The Scholarship Strides fundraiser collected donations online from industry members as well as friends and family of the WB membership and conference attendees. The scholarship program is also funded by additional donations, sponsorships and a grant from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

The WB is now accepting applications online at www.automotivescholarships.com/WB/. The deadline is March 31, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.carcare.org/womens-board/scholarships/.

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How to Keep Your Mentorship Thriving

Written and sourced by: Lisa Rodriguez, Car Care Council Women’s Board committee member.
Printable version available here.

Relationships and networking can be powerful tools to navigate your life and career, but managing a successful mentoring relationship can be stressful if there are high expectations without a clear approach.

The goal of the Women’s Board mentoring program is to have fun and encourage relaxed, yet inspiring, conversation centered on personal and professional growth.

However, it is easy to get carried away in our jobs and not prepare for our mentoring calls.

CCCWB15 Cline 11There are many ways you can keep a mentorship fresh, fun and growing. Remember that a mentorship is a two-way street. Focus on cross-functional training and ask a colleague to lend his or her expertise. Topics of interest could be category management, forecasting, customer marketing, operations, customer service, sales, finance, or another job function your partnership would benefit from learning about.

To grow, we must take initiative and risks—don’t be afraid to share your opinion with your mentor or mentee. Sharing your opinion will help your mentorship relationship grow and will offer building blocks to future meaningful conversations.

CCCWB15 Cline 1Some key factors in an effective relationship are mutual respect, acceptance and flexibility, honesty and direct communication, preparation, commitment, some shared values, trust, and willingness to work through obstacles—keep those in mind and, again, have fun!

Sample Questions:

  • How do you spend most of your time?
    Ask this question for one reason only — digging. Most people who ask for advice never take the time to build an authentic connection. Gathering these answers will allow you to follow up with relevant articles, ideas and build a deeper relationship. Givers gain. 1

  • What would you do if you were me? 
    Tell them about your specific challenges, and ask for their recommendations. 1

  • How can I help you? 
    This is a killer question that catches most mentors off guard. Most mentees are only concerned about what they can take from a mentor. When you communicate that you are genuinely willing to give, you will set yourself miles apart from everyone else. 1

  • Is this where you thought you would end up? IMG_8289
    Most experienced professionals take the scenic route in their career. How they got there is usually an interesting tale with mistakes and revelations. Learn from them. 1

  • What used to be your biggest weaknesses?
    A good answer reveals the number one trait of a great mentor — self-awareness. You can soften this question by asking, “What did you learn about yourself in the last six months?” 1

  • What are you most proud of?
    Give your mentor a chance to shine. He/she will love you for it. 1

  • What professional organizations are you associated with and in what ways? 
    No one becomes a rising star in any industry without going to the right conferences and trade associations. A good mentor can help you filter out the best ones, and if you’re lucky, get you access to coveted “invite only” insider groups. 1

  • Anything FORM.
    Form is an acronym for family, occupation, recreation, and motivation, and it represents four universal rapport-builders. For example, you might find out that you have a location-based connection with your mentor after asking about his family or birthplace. Connection made! 1

  • “What do you wish you knew at my stage?”
    I love to ask mentors what they wish they knew when they were at my stage of life and business. It’s eye-opening to hear about the experiences they had and the recommendations they’d make so that I don’t make the same missteps.” – Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40, Finance Whiz Kids 2

  • Who else would you recommend I connect with?”
    Making the most of your mentorship includes expanding your network. Ask your mentor who else you should contact to help you with your beginning experiences. They’ll appreciate your initiative. 2
  • “How can I work smarter?”
    Your mentor is there to help you improve your overall business and well-being. If they can help you learn how to work smarter and not always harder this will help you from both a productivity standard and increase your potential to be successful. 2

  • “If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?”
    You want to put yourself in your mentor’s shoes and your mentor into yours. This will open lines for sharing a number of relevant stories and give you an opportunity to learn valuable lessons from their experiences.” – Ashley Mady, Brandberry 2

  • “What are you trying to accomplish this quarter?” IMG_8350
    This question invites a wealth of short-term and long-term opportunities for you to learn and do a few things. It helps you understand how your mentor tends to problem solve, enables your mentor to see you in a new light as a resource to help, and gives you a chance to deepen your experience in an industry of interest.” – Mary Ray, MyHealthTeams 2

  • “What should keep me up at night?”
    There’s nothing more valuable than hearing the one thing a mentor believes can affect your job, industry, or business. Give them the right space to honestly answer the question. 2

  • “What were your biggest failures?”
    So many times people like asking their mentors what has made them successful. Asking about mistakes and what they learned from their failures is a better gauge on their success. 2

  • “How would you handle this scenario?”
    Mentors are very busy. The best question to ask a mentor is a question that they can help solve or perspective on right away. In general, the best approach is to ask, “How would you handle this scenario?” and then lay out the issues and why it’s troubling you. – Luke Skurman, Niche.com 2

  • “What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?” amy_pam
    Find out what successes were the most meaningful to them. You can glean sage advice from learning what’s important to your mentor on a personal level.” – Daniel Wesley, DebtConsolidation.com 2

  • “What am I doing wrong?”
    “Then listen without being defensive. Many times when meeting with my mentor I would try to justify why I was doing something, when I should have just been listening. I found the above question, along with asking how I could do it better, was a great way to begin a dialogue of how to become the best version of myself.” – Adam Root, Hiplogiq 2

Learn more about the Car Care Council Women’s Board and join today!

1.     http://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2014/02/28/10-killer-questions-to-make-the-most-of-your-mentor-meeting/

2.     http://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/the-12-questions-you-should-be-asking-your-mentor.html

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Women On Board Jan. 2016

The January 2015 Edition of the Women on Board newsletter is now available!

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Topics Include: Scholarship Strides, Winter Conference Agenda, Sessions and more.

President’s Message

Our Winter Leadership Conference in warm, sunny Florida is less than a month away! I am looking forward to seeing you again and meeting all the new ladies attending for the first time. Each conference seems to be better than the last, and I’m thrilled to tell you that this one is going to be the BEST yet!

We have an excellent line-up of speakers, include navigating the digital space with a session from Google and our keynote speaker, Rhonda Waters, a performance coach, who is going to train us to have better “energy management for increased productivity and performance.” You can view the full agenda online.

Our scholarship fundraiser this conference, Scholarship Strides, which is a 5K/1 Mile Fun Run, Relay or Walk. Afterwards we will have a barbecue dinner with games and networking.
Scholarship Strides runner website   goalthermometer50
Please help us meet our goal of $15,000!
• Attending the conference and you haven’t signed up for the Scholarship Strides yet?
It’s not too late to register. Sign up to select your participation option and shirt size.
• You don’t care to run or walk? That’s okay. We need some volunteers to help make this a successful event.
• Can’t make this conference? You can still donate to one of the WB associate’s donation page. Mine is https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=540304

Looking to get involved with our mentoring program? WB associates who are current on their dues are able to participate in our awesome mentoring program. Want to be a mentor or become a mentee? Be sure to bring your business cards to the conference We will have a special mentor speed dating session!

Dress for Success.
Shea Holbrook, one of our speakers, is organizing a clothing drive for the local Dress for Success chapter during our conference! PLEASE clean out your closet and bring to our conference any gently-used business suits, blouses, shoes or purses that you don’t want any more and donate them to this worthy cause.

Be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and more before, during and after the conference!

See you soon,

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


2016 Winter Leadership Conference Agenda:

Wednesday  Feb. 10, 2015

1 p.m. Registration opens
2 p.m. Conference begins/Opening remarks
2:05 p.m. Digital Darwinism – Arfa Syed, Auto Care Association
2:45 p.m. Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation -Joel Ayres, Ex Director, AACF
3:20 p.m. Industry Member 1:1 – Female Shop Owner of the Year- Pamela Gatto
3:50 p.m. Speed Mentor Activity
5:30 p.m. Scholarship Strides – Fun Run/Walk and Dinner

Thursday  Feb. 11, 2015

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Conference begins/Committee updates
9:15 a.m. Keynote: Becoming a Corporate Athlete – Rhonda Waters, J&J Human Performance Institute
11:30 a.m. AIA Canada: Research Presentation -France Daviault, AIA Canada
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Panel: Globalization and Its Impact on the Auto Care Industry
Led by Andres Castrillon, Auto Care Association
Panelists: Sandra Acosta, Cardone; Stephany Goodnight, AutoZone; Lesa Forbes, Department of Commerce.
3:00 p.m. Industry Member 1:1 – Auto Care Woman of the year- Tammy Chaffee
3:30 p.m. The Digital Drive- Michael Coccagina, Google
4:45 p.m. Dress for Success Orlando – Renita Hunt, President
4:45 p.m. Being Fearless – Shea Holbrook, Shea Racing LLC
5:30 p.m. Informal Networking Happy Hour
and YANG Networking Event

Learn more about the leadership conference and register online.

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University of the Aftermarket Foundation Grants $10,000 to Car Care Council Women’s Board Scholarship Program

UofAF logo-verticalThe Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) has received a $10,000 grant from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to use towards its scholarship program. With the help of this grant, the WB will give out a record amount of scholarships in 2016 to deserving high school and college female students looking to enter the auto care industry.

“Each year we strive to help more and more students achieve their career goals and enjoy seeing the diverse paths they chose to take,” said Amy Mattinat, president, Car Care Council Women’s Board. “We are honored to receive this support and recognition from an established industry foundation.”

22809195405_403907a945_kThe WB scholarship program began in 2006 and in 2015 gave out $28,000 to eight post-secondary and high school students studying to enter the auto care industry. Each year, the Becky Babcox Women’s Board scholarship winner is awarded a trip to the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nev.

Funds for the scholarship program are raised through donations, WB sponsorships and through an annual fundraising event. This year the WB will hold a 5k/Fun Run, Scholarship Strides, during the 2016 Winter Leadership Conference.

Scholarship Strides runner banner

All donations from the recently published “A Women’s Perspective on Leadership,” an essay anthology by female leaders in the industry, will also go towards 2016 WB scholarships. Order a copy of the book.



UofAF logo-verticalFor more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation or to make a donation to support these types of grants and other worthy educational endeavors, contact Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com.

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Registration Open: 2016 Winter Leadership Conference

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The 2016  Women’s Board Winter Leadership Conference will be held in Orlando, FL at the Caribe Royale Feb. 10th & 11th. Registration is now open on the website.

Early Bird Registration ends January 6, 2016.

The Women’s Board Summer meeting will offer world-class speakers teaching personal and professional development skills and education on the latest trends affecting the automotive industry in the U.S. and abroad.

Networking with other women in the industry is weaved throughout the entire event.  The connections and insight gained through these opportunities are igniting the progression of women leaders in the auto care industry. This Winter’s session will also offer a special session for younger attendees to network and grow with YANG.

PrintMembers of the Young Auto Care Network Group have the chance to win a FREE conference registration! Apply online. Applications due December 30, 2015.

Wed. February 10

1p.m. – Registration Opens
2p.m. – Conference Begins
5:30p.m. – Scholarship Strides 5k/Fun Run and Dinner

Thurs. February 11
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Education sessions (Includes breakfast and lunch)
5:30 p.m. Networking event //YANG networking event

Scholarship Strides: Wednesday, Feb. 10

Register for the 5K/Fun Run and raise money for the Women’s Board Scholarship program!

Scholarship Strides runner website

The Women’s Board conference is open to anyone and everyone who is looking to make a difference in women and the automotive industry.  Be sure to save the date and contact womensboard@carcare.org for more information.

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AAPEX 2015: Women’s Board Photos

Thank to everyone who attended the 2015 Women’s Board Press Conference and Reception at AAPEX. Here are some images from the event:

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Automotive Communications Awards:

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Want a copy of a photo from AAPEX 2015? Please email womensboard@carcare.org.

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AAPEX 2015 Recap – Women’s Board Reception and Awards

22417019089_2f2efefe33_oThank you to everyone who celebrated with the Women’s Board at our annual press conference and reception Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at AAPEX in Las Vegas!

Catch up on all the awards we gave here:

2015 Women of the Year

Women of the Year Winners 2015 3

2015 Becky Babcox Scholarship Winner


Congratulations Esther Son from Skyline College! She was the 2015 recipient of the $5,000 scholarship and trip to AAPEX! View all 2015 scholarship winners here.

2015 Automotive Communications Awards

The Automotive Communications Awards, supported by the Automotive Communication Council, applaud those companies and agencies that provide automotive information to consumers and the trade professionals who interact with them on a daily basis through outstanding advertising, marketing, merchandising and/or effective PR.
View a list of winners.

CoverWomenLeadIf you missed the opportunity to pick up a copy of “A Woman’s Perspective on Leading,” you can now order a copy online. The book is available by donation only. Please fill out and return the donation form to receive your copy.

Learn more about the book here.


If you missed AAPEX 2015, catch-up with highlights from AAPEX TV. Tuesday’s recap:

View all videos on the AAPEX YouTube Channel.

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