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CADIA Connects

CADIA Connects is a no-cost offering from the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement, offered on Tuesdays from noon – 1:00 p.m. ET. The sessions are geared toward anyone in automotive, mobility, manufacturing or related industry interested in connecting with others for connection, professional development, and community. This includes all leaders and future leaders from all business area functions, HR, D&I, and ERG leads.

Information, current speakers/presenters and registration can always be found on the CADIA Website Calendar. Click Here

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Resources and Past Recordings

August 24

Throdle : A Journey of Entrepreneurship

Nadine Lee, Founder and CEO, Throdle, Inc.

August 17

Topic : Introducing Dr. Carlotta Roman 

Carlotta Roman, Ph.D, Director, DEI, CADIA

August 10

CEO Action for Racial Equity: A Call to Action 
Jennifer Gudgel,
CEO Action for Racial Equity Fellow, BorgWarner Representative

Moire Rasmussen, CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, Senior Manager PwC 

Host : Carlotta Roman, Director, DEI, CADIA

August 3

CADIA DEI Accelerator Program and the “Ask” 
Paige Robnett,
DEI Consultant 

July 27

Exploring DE&I in Workforce Development in
the Technician Profession: The journey from pipeline to placement
Jennifer Maher,
Executive Director, TechForce Foundation

Guest Host:  Tammy Tecklenburg, Principal, Tecklenburg Advisors

July 20

Career Planning and Mentorship
Chris Garramone,
General Manager - Purchasing Supplier Development, Toyota North America

Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA

July 13

Gen Z-The Most Talented Generation to be Reckoned with:
A Conversation with Detroit Cristo Rey Students and Faculty Pamela Jackson,

Director of Sales, Detroit Cristo Rey Work Study

Paulina Torres Guzman, Cristo Rey Student and MFG Vehicle Operations FCG, Ford Motor Company
Kandice Jones, Cristo Rey Student and GM Audit Team
Irvin Thomas, Indiana Tech Student
Hernan Don-Salazar, ME Vehicle Systems Track Program, GM

June 29

Automotive--Embracing the LGBTQ Community
Jill Trotta,
Vice President/GM, Industry, Sales, and Certification, Repair Pal

Dhaval Jain, Global Key Account Manager ,EFTEC North America
Gregory MacLean, Senior Legal Counsel at Magna International
Carmalita Yeizman, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, RBNA
Fred Johns, Senior Director, Enterprise Quality, Rivian

June 22

Fostering Diverse Technical Talent: A Conversation with the SME Foundation
Rob Luce, Vice President, SME Education Foundation

June 15

NASCAR: Has the Industry Advanced?
Alba Lynnette Colon, Director Competition Systems, Hendrick Motorsports

June 8

Bringing the Majority Along: Why and How to Include EVERYONE in the DEI Journey
John Major, Regional Vice President, Midwest Operations at Achates Power
Laura Ann Preston, Global Director Talent Management, Magna Exteriors
Andrew Schreck, Co-Founder, Comprehensive Carbon Impact
Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto

June 1

no meeting

May 25

Leadership Through a DEI Lens: Journey to Find Your Authentic Self
Tammy Tecklenburg, CCO, Tecklenburg Advisors

May 18

Leadership Through a DEI Lens
Michael Rodenberg, CEO, Murakami Manufacturing USA

May 11

Leadership Through a DEI Lens
Ron Harvey, VP, Global Core and Strategies Consulting

May 4

Leadership Through a DEI Lens
Ron Hall, CEO and Elaine Tingle, VP HR and Community Affairs, Bridgewater Interiors

April 27

White Women as Allies: Moving Beyond Performative Allyship
Cornelia Shipley, CEO/Founder, 3C Consulting

April 20

Finding and Engaging Talent in Unexpected Places: A Panel Discussion
Camile Walker Banks, Executive Director, N-Power

April 13

Empowering Gen Z to Unleash Their Talents
Pranam Lipinski, Co-Founder, Work with Gen Z

April 6

Building a Culture that Supports Working Parents and Caregivers
Mary Beth Ferrante, Founder & CEO, WRK/360visor

March 23

Conversations Worth Having
Jennifer Hitchcock, Professor of Program Management at Defense Acquisition University and
Dr. Jackie Stavros - Keynote Speaker, Professor, Consultant and Advisor

March 16

Your Wiring is Your Super Power
Lisa Mininni, President of Excellerate Associates

March 9 

Gender Identity and Gender Expression – The Latest Diversity Frontier
Stan Kimer, President of Total Engagement Consulting

March 2

Leadership, DEI and Technical Talent in the Automotive Industry
Leslie Kilgore, Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Thomas Built Buses - Daimler Trucks North America

February 23

The Corporate View on DE&I
Jeff Green, Managing Diversity Reporter, Bloomberg News

February 16

Access and Mobility
John F. Beering, President, United Access LLC, Arch Channel Retail LLC

February 9

Essential Conversations--Uncomfortable, But Essential Conversations We Should Be Having
Daniel Russell, Director of National Corporate Sales, Trion Solutions

February 2

The Ground Up Project and BLAC Coalition
Dexter Sullivan, Program Manager, Founder, CEO Michigan Mobility Institute, DSE Enterprises, Forerunner Consulting and President, The BLAC Coalition

January 26

Leadership and Economics of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Maureen Miller Brosnan, Mayor, City of Livonia

January 19

January 12

Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace
David Aspinall, CEO, autocon US

January 5

Review and Create Anew
Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA

December 8

Inclusion = Sustainability
Cathy Gutierrez, DEI Leader and Jody Stidham, Managing Director, Deloitte

December 1

Inclusion = Sustainability
Lori Costew, Chief Diversity Officer and People Strategy, Ford Motor Company

November 17

Inclusion = Sustaniability
Addressing Systemic Racism and Inequities
Dennis Archer, Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group

November 3 

Inclusion = Sustainability
Pavan Muzumdar, Chief Operating Officer, Automation Alley

October 27 

Celebrating Diversity
Darlene King, Executive Director, Michigan Diversity Council

October 20

Celebrating Diversity
Arthur Benjamin, Global Director-Diversity Inclusion and Belonging, Varian

October 13

Celebrating Diversity
Eduardo Martinez, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Cummins, Inc.

October 7

Celebrating Diversity
Alan Hejl, Autonomous Vehicle Connectivity Domain Lead and GM Able Vice President, General Motors Company

September 29

Leadership for Everyone
Jamie Headley, Director of Sales, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

September 22

Leadership for Everyone
Carole Leigh Hutton, Vice President, Business Development, Inforum

September 15

Leadership for Everyone
Brian Johnson, Head of External Vision Syst. Purchasing, FCA USA LLC

September 1

Leadership for Everyone
Carrie Mead, Acting Garrison Manager, US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal

August 25

Leaders Championing DEI Efforts to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent
Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, General Motors

August 18

Leaders Championing DEI Efforts to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent
Jessica Robinson, Co-Founder and Partner, Assembly Ventures

August 11

Leaders Championing DEI Efforts to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent
Regina Barringer, General Manager Rail and Defense, Cummins

August 4

Leaders Championing DEI Efforts to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent
Ashwini Balasubramanian, Director of Sales, Martinrea International

July 28

Auto-Mobility Industry Leaders DEI Journey
Ramzi Hermiz, Chairman, Automotive Hall of Fame (former CEO, Shiloh Industries)

July 21

Auto-Mobility Industry Leaders DEI Journey
Sandra McNeil, Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer, General Motors

July 14

Auto-Mobility Industry Leaders DEI Journey
Amanda Hutchings, President, Peak Manufacturing Inc.

July 7

Auto-Mobility Industry Leaders DEI Journey
Bill Russo, Senior VP Manufacturing and Engineering

June 30

Open Discussion on Extreme Healthcare
Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA

June 23

Open Discussion on Allyship
Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA

June 16

Open Discussion on Current Events
Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA

June 9

The Future of Work
Sonya Sepahban, Co-Founder and CEO, Our Office

June 2

Open Discussion on Current Events
Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA

May 26

Roundtable Discussion

May 19

Accessing Your Niche
Dawn Poteau, Executive Coach, Talent Activators

May 12

The Power of 1:1s​​​​​​​
Amy Forehand, Owner, The Forehand Company

May 5

Making Virtual Meetings Inclusive and Meaningful
Ann Partington, Director of Entrepreneurial Services Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead, Ann Arbor Spark

April 28

Inspiration When it Seems Elusive
Margaret Baxter, Executive Director, CADIA

April 21

Resliance During a Time of Change
Cathy Mott, Leadership Coach/Author/Consultant and Trainer, CWC Leadership Development, LLC

April 14

Lisa Rothstein, Visual Storyteller