CADIA News Digest March 2023


Annual Rev Up DEI Summit to be Held May 18 on the Campus of Wayne State University-SAVE THE DATE

Wayne State University will be the site of CADIA's annual DEI Summit, Rev Up 2030 - "DEI Reimagined."


In its 6th year, Rev Up will feature a Chief Diversity Officer panel discussing the state of DEI.  There will also be a focus on the future of electrification and how equity plays a role in the automotive industry's evolution to support the growing electric fleet.


Other planned topics include:

·       Reimagining DEI

·       Inclusive Leadership

·       The role of DEI in AI

·       Supplier Diversity

·       Voices from ERGs


Tickets will be on sale in early March, and sponsorships are available.  For more information, contact Jennifer Harding.


Tailored DEI Training on your Learning Management System

CADIA offers customized training for organizations that want to tailor their messaging and branding. Customization will help build relatable company scenarios to facilitate awareness and education on DEI among employees.


Imagine your workforce being introduced to inclusion and equity in a way that helps them understand the benefit to the company, all functions, and the bottom line. CADIA can work with your DEI and training teams to develop content that works for you. We have found success in developing short training videos with short quizzes that workers can easily access and complete.


Topics to consider include:

  • DEI Foundations
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Inclusive Leadership

Because all tailored training is customized, you can drive the conversation and shape the content. We can even include messaging and video content from senior leadership. 




Calling all Members:  Share your Success Stories

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Share your stories to help bring DEI to life.

CADIA would like to feature member companies' success stories as a regular feature of our newsletter, with accompanying social media posts. If you have good news to share on the DEI front, contact Lisa Lark for information on how to submit your story.


DEI can feel theoretical at times - but when companies share what is working for them and the results - DEI comes to life.


New Members

As members, companies have access to the CADIA DEI Roundtable Series, workshops, CADIA certifications and more. Individuals have access to CADIA Academy and become part of the CADIA community. We look forward to working with new and renewing members on their DEI journey and learning together to make strides in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

CADIA's renewing members

Member Info Hub

Members of the CADIA community can find information and resources, manage their events, pay invoices and update member information in one place. Look for "CADIA Community Login" on the CADIA home page to create a new account or access your existing account.



DEI Accelerator Program:  Capstone Projects Available Now

Members of the CADIA Community can access the CADIA DEI Accelerator Certification Program's Capstone Projects on the CADIA website. Each Accelerator Cohort breaks into groups to develop tools and materials to solve real-world DEI problems in the transportation industry and beyond. These gems are available at no cost to the CADIA Community to help us all achieve more, faster, in DEI.


Here is a sampling of the projects:


DEI Value Chain Playbook

THE PROJECT: Create an interactive tool for change agents and leadership to develop, inspire and empower employees at various levels within the organization.

How to Develop a DEI Roadmap

THE PROJECT: Create a tool to demonstrate how to build a DEI Roadmap. One page overview with backup reference material.

DEI Onboarding Framework in Manufacturing

THE PROJECT: Create a one-year plan for onboarding employees on DEI for all levels/functions of the company.

DEI Manufacturing Resource Guide

THE PROJECT: Create an interactive tool for change agents and leadership to develop, inspire and empower employees at various levels within the organization.

Engaging Middle Managers in DEI

THE PROJECT: Recommendations to strengthen middle manager’s ability to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Psychological Safety

THE PROJECT: A series of podcasts to be used in organizations to explain psychological safety and its role in inclusion and equity.


To find all of the projects and resources visit the CADIA Website and login (if you are receiving this newsletter you have login capability.)

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This 13-week DEI certification offers a structured opportunity for automotive industry professionals to learn DEI best practices, solve complex organizational challenges and build a DEI professional network. 


This course is aimed at DEI professionals, DEI champions, ERG leaders and participants, and anyone who wants to better understand DEI at a personal, professional and systems level.


The first four cohorts sold out so reserve your place for the Fall 2023 cohort today.




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CADIA Connects in March - Simple Acts

Join CADIA March 14, for CADIA Connects as we welcome one of our Accelerator DEI Certification Program's capstone teams.

This team has developed a guide of simple acts anyone can do each day to be a more inclusive leader, a better ally and a better success partner.


This tool can be used to help the average person make incremental improvements related to DE&I.Join the conversation and leave the session with a toolkit that can be used by ERGs for lunch and learns to promote team building and development.



Courtney Benson, Sales and Service Operations Manager, Holman Enterprises

Sha-Ron Worthen, Senior HR Operations Manager, thyssenkrupp Materials NA
Kenny Smith, Solutions Consultant, University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

Michele Callender, Communications Manager, Vitesco Technologies USA LLC
Melissa Bozzuto, Senior Paralegal, AM General

Moderator: Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA


CADIA Connects is a no-cost offering from the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement. This hour-long Zoom meeting is an avenue for professionals to stay connected and share insights on DEI, leadership and career development topics.

March 14 CADIA Connects presenters
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DEI Roundtable Series Examines ERGs April 19

The DEI Roundtable Series will host an ERG conversation on April 19 at Martinrea International, Inc. in Auburn Hills. The Roundtable which provides a forum for the exchange of DEI information and best practices among industry DEI professionals meets monthly. The meeting will provide an expanded timeframe for in-person networking, and provide a deep-dive into current ERG best practices - managing ERGs globally, sustainability, expansion and value to the business will be among the themes explored.


DEI Roundtable members will attend. Non-members may request a complimentary registration by contacting Jennifer Harding. Guests should be DEI champions from transportation industry organizations.





B 2 B Corner - WIM North April 3

WiM North is a regional conference for manufacturing professionals who are navigating the way through their careers—whether it be in production, the C-Suite, or anywhere in between. This conference, produced by the Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM), offers attendees based in the northern U.S. region.


Develop meaningful connections with peers in the northern states, including Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and more!

The WiM North Conference will be held in Detroit, MI on April 3, 2023, and will offer opportunities to interact and engage, network with peers and gain access to informative and inspiring sessions!


CADIA Community Members discount code: CADIA23 good for 10% off registration through March 20.





Did you know? CADIA offers different levels of corporate membership.  Check out Benefits of Membership.

For more information or to schedule a call about membership, contact Jennifer Harding.

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