A look at how the program has evolved
Leah Curry and Susan Elkington are presidents of two of Toyota’s biggest North American assembly plants. But 17 years ago, they worked side by side in a body weld shop in Indiana and became close friends.
IN THEIR WORDS
The 2020 honorees tell it like it is. Here are their confessions, insights and advice.
Publisher Jason Stein comments on the achievements represented in the 2020 edition of Automotive News' 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry program.
Every five years since 2000, we have put together a list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. It's always challenging. Twenty years ago it was hard to find enough executives with authority; this year, the challenge was choosing among hundreds of powerful female executives.
Female leaders will be crucial to the industry's evolution as gas-powered engines make way for electric vehicles and as car buyers increasingly expect vehicles to provide safety, entertainment and connectivity, several of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women contend.
In the still-male-dominated auto industry, women often carefully navigate their approaches as leaders. Their strategies vary, but many say learning to strike a balance between assertive and collaborative is key.
Some Leading Women worry the pandemic could set back progress for women in the industry. Preventing that will require flexibility and support from the C-suite to the factory floor.
Several of Automotive News' 100 Leading Women say mentoring other women is key to helping more females advance in auto industry careers, as is getting the support and aid from high-level male executives.