CADIA News Digest December 2023


DEI Industry Study Findings: Join us Dec. 11

The CADIA DEI Industry Study is now complete! With support from the State of Michigan and MICHauto, and in partnership with KPMG, this year CADIA undertook the first large-scale DEI Study for the auto/transportation/mobility industry.


The results are in, and we're excited to share the findings at a free, virtual event on Monday, Dec. 11 from 11 am - noon (ET). 


At this event, we will be joined by KPMG and MICHauto to provide an overview of the study as well as a summary of the findings and key data points.


The findings from this study will establish baseline data and provide benchmarks for diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry, and help identify critical key areas of focus to achieve inclusive talent and leadership development. The findings will also provide metrics to measure progress over time.



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"There is a real lack of specific data to illustrate the current state of DEI in the automotive industry. Gathering this information and building out a baseline to measure against will help us all better understand what the industry could look like if it truly leveraged and valued diverse talent across all areas of the industry and throughout the entire leadership pipeline.” - Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA



CADIA Connects:  Accelerator Capstone Projects

CADIA's Accelerator DEI Certification Program includes a final capstone project developed by participants and is intended for broad use within the automotive, transportation and defense industries. The projects are intended to be implemented in your own company if they would be useful.  The projects are:

  • Self-assessment for Courageous Conversations
  • Setting Up Your Company for Success through Inclusive Hiring
  • Engage it Forward through CORE Conversations (C-Culture, O-Ownership, R-Respect, E-Equity)
  • Take 5 for DEI: Maximizing Meeting Time for Impactful Dialogue and Transformation

CADIA Connects is a no-cost, hour-long Zoom meeting designed to help professionals stay connected and find common ground.


Celebrating the 2023 CADIA Impact Award Winners

The CADIA Impact Awards recognize companies and individuals who have made a measurable impact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the automotive industry. 


CADIA received dozens of nominations for awards in four Impact Award categories. The winners in these four categories were selected by a panel of judges.


Champion for Diverse Talent 

Individual winner:  Anna Timms, Sr. Director of Strategy and Marketing, Automotive and Transportation, Jabil

Runner-up: Hannah Huff, Materials Engineer, Forvia

Organizational winner:  CAI

Runner-up: Nissan Americas


Creating Inclusive Cultures 

Individual winner Mary Arraf, Head of Communications Automotive, Continental

Runner-up: Florencia Stanfield, Chief Diversity Officer, Vitesco Technologies

Organizational winner: Vitesco Technologies

Runner-up: Amsted Automotive


Leadership Commitment 

Individual winner:  Deanna Lorincz, Global Director, Communications and Marketing, Martinrea International

Runners-up:  Lisa DeBone, VP HR, Adient and Lisa Ross, Sr Account Manager, Supplier Diversity and Service Parts, Magna

Organizational winner:  Adient Women's Resource Network Leadership and Steering Committee

Runners-up:  American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM) and Baxter Auto Group


Systemic Change 

Individual winner: Wes Porter, Vice President Stellantis Business Unit, Adient

Runner-up: Christina Khim, Advanced HR Business Partner, DENSO

Organizational winner:  Martinrea International Corporation

Runner-up: Lear's JumpStart Program


Power of One

Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto

 This award was selected by CADIA staff to recognize an individual or company that exhibited particularly outstanding leadership in DEI.


Read more about the winners.

The 2024 Impact Award nominations will open in mid-August. Stay tuned for announcements.



International Women's Day Theme - Inspire Inclusion -
Keynote Anyone?

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Allow CADIA to energize your International Women's Day conversation by bringing in outside perspectives, thought leadership and insights. 

"Inspire Inclusion" is the theme for the International Women’s Day 2024 taking place on March 8. Let CADIA help you create the conversation around inclusion that will inspire your teams and foster growth and understanding.  


CADIA’s team of DEI professionals will bring the conversation to life at your company event. Whether you need a moderator, panelist, keynote speaker or facilitator, CADIA can work with you to help communicate, educate, and inspire.


For more information, contact Jennifer Harding. 


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 will 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. 


For information on membership, contact Jennifer Harding.

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Welcome New Individual Member:

Timothy Burke

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DEI Accelerator Program:  Informational Session Jan. 16

To learn more about the CADIA Accelerator
DEI Certification Program for ​Automotive Industry Professionals, join the Zoom informational meeting on Jan. 16 from noon - 12:45 pm ET. 


Kicking off a new cohort on Feb. 22, this 12-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. 


In 2023 we added an increased focus on cultural competence and the global aspects of DEI. The new year brings a refreshed curriculum and offerings for all learners.


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.





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“I learned so much more than expected. This cohort was so well planned and really built on the knowledge each week. It was amazing to be a part of this experience. I will treasure the connections I've made and of course, will use the many resources provided to make a difference at my company. Thank you.


-- Fall 2022 Cohort Participant


CADIA in the News

Unpacked with Ron Harvey -- Navigating Bias and Pay Inequality Podcast

Do you ever wonder what it takes for a woman to rise from washing dishes to leading a company? Meet Cheryl Thompson, the powerhouse CEO of CADIA...who is using her journey from the dishroom at Ford Motor Company to the boardroom as a beacon of hope for those who feel overlooked and undervalued in professional environments. Join us as she opens up about her personal experiences with bias, pay inequality and the hurdles women still encounter in their career progression.


Motor Exclusive -- Women in the Industry: Cheryl Thompson and CADIA

Cheryl Thompson shares what motivated her to found CADIA, an organization that supports the success of diverse individuals in the automotive industry, and describes the progress being made. 




B 2 B Corner - Work for Tomorrow

Work for Tomorrow (WFT) helps businesses and academia identify and develop the early talent they need to compete and grow in today's economy while creating an opportunity for the next generation of workforce talent.


WFT delivers an end-to-end data driven early Talent Pipeline Management framework to support the hiring, retention, and engaging of early talent.




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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