CADIA News Digest April 2022


5th Annual Rev Up 2030 Event is May 24

speaker on stage in front of an audience

Confirmed speakers:

Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, General Motors Company

Lani Glancy, Vice President, Talent Development, Diversity and Communications, AutoZone

Allyson Robinson, Director of DEI and Belonging, Cruise

Cathy Gutierrez, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Carolyn Sauer, Director Business Development, Schaltbau North America

Monica Jackson, Vice President, Inclusion & Diversity, Eaton

Lottie Holland,  Director- Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement & EEO Compliance, Stellantis

Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto

Jennifer Gudgel, Global Director of DEI, BorgWarner, Inc.

Alan Hejl , Accessibility Strategy Manager

GM Able and Vice President and Problem Solver for People with Disabilities

CADIA will hold its 5th annual Rev Up 2030 event on May 24, 2022, at the MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Mich. as a hybrid event offering in person and remote participation.


Rev Up 2030 will feature industry experts, panel discussions and case studies in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • DEI Champions Discuss 2022 Trends
  • Adjacent Industries and DEI Progress
  • Upskilling to Manage Difficult Conversations
  • The CASE for Change
  • DEI Case Studies
  • CEO Coalition for Change Annual Report
  • Engaging Global Teams in DEI

Company DEI champions and advocates, diverse professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about the automotive industry and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion should attend.


Registration is available now.  Contact 

Jennifer Harding for more information or sponsorship opportunities.

logos of all Rev Up 2030 sponsor companies

CADIA Workshops:  Break the Bias in 2022

CADIA offers more than 25 different workshops live, in person or virtually. Unconscious Bias is one that is frequently requested. Beyond the science of bias, CADIA's workshop explores where bias shows up in the workplace and its unintended consequences. The workshop identifies ways to overcome bias at the individual and organizational level by being aware and intentional when it comes to finding, hiring and truly engaging people at all levels.


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:

  • Shari Pheasant
  • Sharesse Jackson
  • Eric Garza-Colvin

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.


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



picture of laptop with zoom meeting windows open

"I am excited that I have the tools, courage and knowledge to catapult my organization into the next phase of DEI activity."

-- LaDonna Chatman, AAM, Fall 2021


Voices from CADIA DEI Roundtables

CADIA hosts three monthly roundtables for different industry segments:

  • Auto Care Industry DEI Roundtable (Aftermarket)
  • DEI Champions Council for Retail Automotive (Dealers)
  • DEI Roundtable Series (OE and Mobility)

Monthly meetings combine peer sharing and DEI eduction in an open and informal format, conducted live via Zoom. Members have access to resources, communication and unparalleled insights on what's current, working, and next in DEI. 


To join or participate as a guest at an upcoming meeting, contact CADIA.



CADIA Connects on April 12 features

Women of Color Automotive Network

Join us noon-1 pm ET on April 12 when guest facilitator, Fleming Ford, Chief Strategy Officer, Quantum5, explores WOCAN and its mission. WOCAN invites Women of Color AND all allies to participate in a robust and frank conversation about inclusion and representation in the retail automotive industry. And importantly, how we can address and change the dynamic together.

Panelists include:

  • Ashley Cavazos, Sr. Manager of Digital Sales Performance, Walser
  • Kerri Wise, Chief Marketing Officer at AutoFi and Founder, WOCAN
  • Erikka Wells, Sales Manager at VW of Marion and Founder, WOCAN
  • Sandy Zannino, CEO and Founder, Innovative Auto HR LLC, Ally Partner Program, WOCAN

CADIA Connects is the lunch-time Zoom call that will keep you aware, engaged and learning about DEI, leadership and career development.




STEAM Sports Foundation

The STEAM Sports Foundation scholarship for “Women of Color” seeks aspiring female engineers and technicians who desire careers in the automotive or motorsports industry with an emphasis on engineering, alternative energy, or autonomous vehicle development. The two-year, $10,000 grants ($5,000 per year) are open to rising college juniors and two-year technical school students. Applications opened in March and can be found at


In its effort to support racial diversity, equity and inclusion, the foundation believes very strongly in providing unique career opportunities to those who previously were not encouraged to explore these innovative fields or believed opportunities did not exist for them. The foundation desires to be leading agents and advocates for change. 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.