AWAF Working Hard For Women In The Automotive Industry
With all the challenges that women undertake on a daily basis in the automotive industry, it is nice to know there are organizations out there working hard to help make the road a little easier to travel.
I recently came across an organization dedicated not only to women, but women in the automotive industry. Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) promotes leadership by women in the automotive industry by awarding scholarships to women who are either entering into, or seeking to further, their careers in the automotive field. When AWAF became a non-profit organization, that to date, they have awarded nearly $230,000 in scholarships to 93 deserving recipients pursuing a wide range of automotive disciplines.
AWAF was started over 20 years ago and was established as a non-profit organization in 2001.
The Executive Board of AWAF is made up of the Officers of the AWA Foundation who are employed within the automotive industry. They are elected by the Board of Directors with a term of one to two years.
Currently, members are mostly concentrated in southeastern Michigan, but they do accept members from all over the world. How can you become a member of such a great organization? Go to their website, awafoundation.org and click on the join button. What are the benefits of becoming a member of AWAF?
· Support the automotive education of women
· Build relationships with a dynamic group of automotive professionals
· Learn from leaders who have shattered the glass ceiling
· Stay connected to news, with special discounts on select business publications.
Women are proving to be a very vital part of the automotive industry, and not just as consumers, but so much more. Women have been inventors of products such as the windshield wiper, airplane exhaust muffler, even Kevlar. If the world only allowed men to be inventors, it would be doing everyone an injustice.
In organizations such as this, women now have the opportunity to surround themselves with others who share the same passion and dream. Women have come a long way over the past 30 years and are making further strides every day.
I was pleased to learn that Board Member, Patricia Price, will be my special guest on Teresa’s Garage radio show airing
May 5, 2015. Be sure to tune in at amm.streamon.fm 2:00 pm PST, you won’t want to miss it.
So for more information on the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation, go to awafoundation.org. Become a member, it just might be what you were looking for.