CADIA News Digest October 2023


CADIA 3rd Annual Impact Awards Luncheon Nov. 8


Winners of the 2023 Impact Awards will be announced on Nov. 8. Join us as we recognize excellence in and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Awards are given to individuals and organizations in the following categories.

·       Leadership Commitment

·       Systemic Change

·       Champion for Diverse Talent

·       Creating Inclusive Cultures


Lisa Lunsford, Co-founder and CEO of Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3) will kick off the event with a keynote address.  She is an outspoken advocate for education and equity and is a founding member of the CEO Coalition for Change.


DEI champions and allies should attend this special event. Registration is open for individual tickets and tables of eight.  Sponsorships are available.  



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Keynote Speaker:  Lisa Lunsford, Co-Founder and CEO GS3 Global

CADIA's DEI Industry Study in Full Swing

The CADIA DEI Industry Study is now open, and we invite companies to participate and help advance understanding of DEI data and initiatives. Companies can open the study link to preview the DEI survey tool and participate directly by sharing their DEI data. For additional functionality in the survey itself, participants may request a custom survey link.


With support from the State of Michigan and MICHauto, and in partnership with KPMG, the study will establish key baseline data and provide benchmarks for diversity, equity and inclusion in the transportation industry (including vehicle manufacturing, aftermarket and parts manufacturing and related high-tech companies, retail and defense).

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Survey Deadline:  Oct. 9, 2023



Q: Why should my company participate in the survey portion of CADIA's DEI Industry Study?

A:  Because you will receive in-depth study results including baseline and benchmark data on the state of DEI in the transportation sector AND because you want to help create the case for change within our industry.


Q:  Will my data be shared and/or will my company be identified?

A:  No.  The data will be confidential/all participants remain anonymous.


Q:  What questions are asked in the survey?

A:  General questions about DEI at your company and detailed employment number for US-only personnel. Overview can be viewed in .pdf.


Q:  What if I don't have all that data?

A:  Participate anyway - complete what you can.


Q:  Who should fill out the survey?

A:  Any company in the transportation sector.  You may need HR to provide the employee data.


New Members

After joining CADIA, new members have access to a variety of resources and tools. Companies can access the CADIA DEI Roundtable Series, workshops, CADIA certifications and more. Individuals become part of the CADIA community and have access to the CADIA Academy.


We look forward to supporting new members on their DEI journey and working together to make strides in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  


Join us in welcoming our newest members!

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CADIA Connects addresses Early Talent Pipeline Development in October

On Oct. 10 CADIA will host a conversation about early talent pipeline development. Now more than ever, companies are connecting with students in their early career planning. Internships are now being offered to first and second year engineering students, and would-be technicians are being introduced to transportation careers before high school. Companies around the globe are asking themselves how to make more young people aware of all that the transportation industry has to offer.  


CADIA is pleased to host Bryan Bosch – Manager; Student Experience and Pre-Engineering Programming, and Morgan Schuld – DEI Liaison for University of Toledo Engineering Council, Chemical Engineering Senior, University of Toledo and Fred Lumpkin – Founder; Work for Tomorrow in a robust conversation on this topic. Facilitated by CADIA's Lisa D'Amore, this is a not-to-miss session.

As always, CADIA Connects is free but you must register in advance. 


Member Spotlight:  AAM's Global DEI 2 + 1

AAM associates around the world have unique challenges, perspectives and needs regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. AAM's global DEI programming is flexible and adapts to the needs of local teams. The Global DEI 2+1 Program is designed to enable global participation in the company's DEI journey. It sets measurable and attainable goals at the corporate level while providing flexibility at the country level. The program has three goals (2+1): two goals based on global topics and one additional goal based on a country topic.


The two global DEI topics are Valuing Differences and Gender. Leadership in each country has selected one additional goal relevant to their culture. They’ve also developed action plans to reach their 2030 goals. Other +1 areas include: Age/Generation, Physical/Mental Ability, Race and Ethnicity, Religion and Spirituality and Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.


CADIA highlighted this program at a recent CEO Coalition for Change meeting where Terri Kemp, VP, HR, AAM shared program highlights and outcomes. 


Additional information on this and other AAM DEI initiatives can be found in the company sustainability report.  CADIA salutes AAM!!


DEI Roundtable Adds Members; Tackles Important Topics

Calling all DEI practioners! Join us for a virtual monthly roundtable meeting to discuss industry best practices; what's working and what is moving the needle on company culture, inclusion and belonging. 


The forum, formed in 2019 recently expanded to include not only automotive OEMs, suppliers and aftermarket companies, but to also include automotive dealership organizations and retail aftermarket.  Recent and upcoming meeting topics include:

  • Affirmative Action and DEI Conversations in the Workplace
  • DEI and the Hourly, Retail and Plant Workforce
  • DEI and Sustainability
  • Religious/Interfaith ERGs

The CADIA DEI Roundtable is a community for DEI professionals in the transportation industry and is a forum for the exchange of information and best practices in DEI. 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.  


Request a guest invitation to audit an upcoming meeting to see if it's a fit for your company. Membership is open to those who work in some aspect of DEI for automotive, transportation and related companies.


CADIA in the News

Gravitas Automotive Leaders Podcast Series - Leadership advice from a DEI pioneer

WCX 2023 - DEI panel - how companies can move the narrative forward

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Inclusive Leadership:  CADIA's top requested workshop in 2023

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"Some inclusive leaders just come that way...others need to be guided along the way. In the end, what we want are leaders that others will want to follow. There are many ways individuals can be "inclusive"  - and we always find a way that feels natural to the individual." -- Lisa D'Amore, workshop facilitator

Shifting workplace demographics will challenge all of us to reconsider how we show up as leaders. To remain relevant, leaders must develop the essential skills of inclusive leadership to effectively leverage the diversity of people, perspectives and experiences.  


Who it is for: 
Individuals and groups interested in improving their inclusive leadership behaviors


Length:  90 minutes

Inclusive leaders can show all stakeholders what it is like to belong at work and inspire others to embrace the necessary culture changes required to cultivate it.  


Let CADIA facilitate the conversations that foster understanding, growth and change. For more information, contact Jennifer Harding.


CADIA Connects Nov. 12:  
Exploring a women's technical ERG - Amsted Automotive in the Spotlight

Amsted Automotive will be sharing information about the company's Women's Technical ERG, its history, purpose and value to employees and the company. Elisa Sorrentino, Plant Manager, Makenna Hall, Metallurgist and Channell Lloyd, Program Management, Amsted Automotive Group will be guests.


Accelerator DEI Certification Program Accepting 2024 Applications with new Global Focus

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The CADIA Accelerator Program and Capstone Project with this amazing cohort reinforced my passion for this work and provided a

strong foundation, which I can build upon to support my company’s

inclusion, diversity, and sustainability efforts.


-- Marilyn McGrone-Conley, Honda

Winter Cohort '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. Graduates receive a CADIA DEI Certification at the conclusion of the course. New in fall 2023, CADIA began offering an enhanced curriculum with a focus on global aspects of DEI and will continue this focus in 2024.


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.


Reserve your place for the Winter/Spring 2024 cohort today.




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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