How the Women Automotive Network Game-Changed Diversity In 2021

How the Women Automotive Network Game-Changed Diversity In 2021

by Marketing December 09, 2021

The Women Automotive Network is proud to announce that this year (2021) has been their most successful year to date, with three sold-out events. To celebrate, the network has decided to take a look back on their 2021 achievements, with a special emphasis on how they have contributed towards helping to improve automotive diversity.


Across their three sold-out 2021 events (Spring Meetup, Women Automotive Summit, and Winter Meetup), the Women Automotive Network is proud to have welcomed some of the world’s leading automotive leaders this year, whilst providing them with a unique platform to promote their successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

The list includes: Linda Jackson, Global CEO, PEUGEOT UK & Member of Top Executive Team, Stellantis; Eva Wiese, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada; Dr. Astrid A Fontaine, Member of the Board of Management, Bentley Motors; Josephine Payne, Craiova Site Director and President Ford of Romania, Ford Motor Company, Andrea Fuder, EVP, Chief Purchasing Officer, Volvo Group, to name just a few.

They have also received the support of some of the industry’s leading brands, including: Ford Motor Company, Audi AG, Bridgestone, Capgemini, McKinsey & Company, Vodafone…


Throughout 2021, the Women Automotive Network facilitated a staggering 1898 one-to-one meetings, resulting in a number of new job placements, which led to the launch of their new job feature. This job feature has become a significant part of the industry, and it’s helped women to “rise through the ranks.”

One success story in particular is from their June 2021 Women Automotive Summit, which inspired TE Connectivity to launch their own Rotational Mentoring program, “to support the upcoming generation of future leaders,” which Oksana Graf and Petra Schröter from TE Connectivity spoke about in great detail at the Winter Meetup.

According to Kyra Whitten from Flex (Winter Meetup, speaker), “having a diverse workforce leads to better ideas and better financial results,” which “traditionalists are falling behind with” according to Hasmeet Kaur (Principal, Roland Berger).


The Women Automotive Network aims to be at the forefront when it comes to supporting women in the automotive industry through their much-needed platform for discussion and advancement.

Next year, alongside their three virtual events (Spring Meetup: 7th March, – celebrating International Women’s Day, their Annual Summit 22-33 June, – focused on innovation and technology advances, and their Winter Meetup, 17th November), they will also be launching a dedicated website with a brand new job posting facility, and a mentorship program with new activities via their LinkedIn community (which is currently at 6,300+).

To get involved, enquire here.