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Cox Automotive Canada’s Fourth Women With Drive Event Celebrates Progress, Drives Equality

Cox Automotive continues to build its Women With Drive initiatives across the globe in celebration of the work women accomplish in the automotive industry every day. On Monday, October 15th, 2018, more than 125 of our team members gathered together at the Mississauga Convention Centre for Cox Automotive Canada’s fourth Women With Drive event. An inclusive movement built to support female successes and aspirations, the company’s Women With Drive affairs offer a ‘think big’ attitude and an inclusive space for every voice. This most recent event did not disappoint.

Women With Drive

Cox Automotive continues to build its Women With Drive initiatives across the globe in celebration of the work women accomplish in the automotive industry every day. On Monday, October 15th, 2018, more than 125 of our team members gathered together at the Mississauga Convention Centre for Cox Automotive Canada’s fourth Women With Drive event. An inclusive movement built to support female successes and aspirations, the company’s Women With Drive affairs offer a ‘think big’ attitude and an inclusive space for every voice. This most recent event did not disappoint.

“Gender diversity is essential,” said Maria Soklis, President, Cox Automotive Canada. “Cox Automotive continues to work hard to cultivate and maintain a culture that values true diversity and inclusiveness. We all end up winning, when the most talented and capable people can rise to the top – regardless of what they look like, their religious beliefs, or where they come from.”

The afternoon began with a team lunch, followed by a motivating keynote presentation from Janet Barnard, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Cox Automotive. Janet, who reminded attendees that Big Risks = Big Rewards, shared encouraging words of wisdom that included:

  • Establish your own Board of Directors
  • Find advocates and mentors
  • Select those with your best interests at heart
  • Don’t be afraid to show your true self
  • Seek stretch assignments
  • Innovate every day
  • Have a higher purpose
  • Never quit

An inspiring panel discussion – hosted by Grace Kong, Vice President, Human Resources, Cox Automotive Canada – offered personal and valuable insights into what it means to make rewarding career choices, while choosing to champion equality in and out of the workplace. During an impactful Q&A session, our panelists – Leanne Kripp, Director, Head of Autos, Kijiji, Helen Fotinos, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, and Mary Liptay, CFO, COO, The Great Northern Auction (TGNA) – also spoke about the importance of further developing and supporting the women we meet along the way.

The Second City Works led an interactive experience that helped to round out the afternoon perfectly. Famous for crafting events that are interactive, educational, and hilarious, The Second City Works provided Cox Automotive Canada team members with a crash course in improv as a tool for better collaboration, innovation, and agility.

With the goal of continuing to strengthen and inspire the workforce, Cox Automotive Canada’s latest Women With Drive event looked to empower team members – male and female alike – while also aiming to inspire improvement and drive personal growth.

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