CADIA News Digest June /July 2022


CADIA Celebrates Pride Month with Education and Community


CADIA celebrated Pride month with CADIA Connects featuring LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group leaders from automotive companies. This lively session attracted more than 180 people from 112 different companies. Panelists included:


Michelle Balcerzak, Brand Manager, eCommerce at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, LGBTQ BRG Lead, Robert Bosch

Steven Del Gaizo, Autonomous Vehicle Program Manager, GM PLUS President, GM

Doug Furgason, Inter-Regional Flow Network Design Specialist, and PRISM Chair, Stellantis

Alec Rager, Software Engineer, LGBTQ BRG Lead, Robert Bosch

Arianne Ault, Director - Treasury and Capital Markets, AAM


Discussion centered on ERG best practices, the continuing need for support and professional communities for LGBTQ+.  The session recording is available to the CADIA Connects Community (you must login) or by request.

CADIA Connects July 12:

Unexpected Impacts: Why focusing on moms makes a big difference to your company and culture


Guest Moderator: Kayce Shepard, Workshop Leader and Facilitator, CADIA


Stephanie Boms, CEO

Della Leapman, COO  Nestl Space




Rev Up DEI Summit 2022 was a Success

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CADIA's Rev Up 2030 kicked off the day with an in-person only workshop Empathy in Action:  Managing DEI Conversations in the Workplace followed by a live and live-streamed conference. 

CADIA held the 5th annual Rev Up DEI Summit in late May. Meeting proceedings are available on the CADIA website. 


Telva McGruder, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, General Motors Company opened the meeting by talking about taking actions that promote long term, self-sustaining outcomes in the ways businesses embody DEI.  She talked about the environments we can create where everyone owns DEI - which will lead to true sustainability.


McGruder was joined by DEI Champions who shared insights on their personal and professional "why," case studies in DEI, discussions on global engagement, and how DEI is essential for the future of the industry. Download presentations or view the recording.

            Thank You to Our Sponsors:


CADIA Workshop: Empathy in Action--Managing DEI Conversations in the Workplace

CADIA offers more than 25 different workshops live, in person or virtually. In Empathy in Action, participants will learn to address questions and comments like the following:

  • I am colorblind. I don’t see race.
  • I have religious beliefs that prevent me from supporting Gay Pride at work.
  • I have had to work just as hard as everyone else to get where I am.
  • Isn’t this just reverse racism?

Through small group conversation, role play and breakouts, workshop attendees will gain skill, confidence, and new avenues to provide safe space for DEI conversations. These will serve as a means to include all employees in the DEI journey and to truly be included and feel a strong sense of belonging.


Let CADIA facilitate the conversations that foster understanding, growth and change. Contact Jennifer Harding for more information on how to bring this workshop to your workplace.



New Members

As new members, companies have access to the CADIA DEI Roundtable Series, workshops, CADIA certification and more. Join us in welcoming our newest members to the CADIA Community. We look forward to working with new members on their DEI journey and learning together to make strides in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Welcome New Individual Members:

  • Yolanda Coyle
  • Shelby Cripps
  • Debbie Drury
  • Dorian Jiminez
  • Donna Welker

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:  Apply Now for Fall 2022

This 13-week DEI Certification program offers a structured opportunity for automotive industry professionals to learn DEI best practices, solve complex organizational challenges and build a DEI professional network. Graduates receive a CADIA DEI Certification at the conclusion of the course.


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 Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 sold out quickly so reserve your place for the Fall 2022 cohort today.



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"I've attended MANY courses, received certifications... CADIA’s course has elevated my purpose and passion exponentially, fired trillions of new neurons, and confirms change can happen when the collective commits!"


-- Dana Kaplan

Winter Cohort '22


DEI Tool Kits Available

As part of the CADIA DEI Accelerator Program, participants work in small groups on a "capstone" project to share with the industry. Available tools/toolkits include:


TEAM 1 | 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.


TEAM 2 | 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.


TEAM 3 | DEI Onboarding Framework in Manufacturing

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


TEAM 4 | 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.


TEAM 5 | DEI Toolkit for Middle Managers

THE PROJECT: Create a one pager on why DEI is important for Middle Managers, Toolkit containing an outline for meeting with teams on different DEI topics and example exercises, and a blueprint for implementation based on a change management framework.


Project materials are available to members of the CADIA Community on the CADIA website.  You must login for access.


CEO Coalition for Change

The CEO Coalition for Change was created by CEOs committed to taking the actions necessary to make meaningful strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry.

It is, at its heart, a learning community. Members understand that no one person or company has a complete understanding of DEI, and all want to engage, share and learn from one another. 

The Coalition Annual Report is now available. The CEO Coalition for Change is a no-cost offering from CADIA in partnership with MICHauto. Your CEO or individual with equivalent responsibility should be a member of this group. For more information or to request an overview, contact Margaret Baxter.


CADIA in the News


Women in Manufacturing

WiM is a trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. WiM encompasses manufacturers of all types and welcomes individuals from every job function – from production to the C-Suite. Membership is available to women and men working within or with the manufacturing sector. WiM powers virtual learning, virtual career fairs, executive networking group services, a robust job board called WiMWorks, meetings and conferences. Membership includes 13,000 individuals from 2000 companies.

For more information, visit



Membership Information

Did you know? CADIA not only offers corporate memberships but individual memberships as well.  Check out Benefits of Membership.

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

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