May 7th, 2019 | 1 - 7 PM

Double Tree by Hilton 39475 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 

Join 300 men and women from the automotive sector, where you will hear from top experts on these topics: 

  • How the best performing companies are maximizing profits and performance by tapping into talent hiding in plain sight 
  • Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices: Practical strategies from managers and leaders in automotive who are walking the talk  
  • How Men and Women can work together to ensure long term competitiveness in the Automotive Industry 
  • Practical tips for Career Advancement: What top leaders need from developing talent 
  • Inclusive Leadership: how top performing leaders use inclusive leadership to ensure their team members don’t opt out  


Claudia Chan

Our keynote will be given by the inspiring Claudia Chan, author of the leadership book THIS IS HOW WE RISE: Reach Your Highest Potential, Empower Women, Lead Change in the World, which was named by CNBC as a “top career book of 2018” and also featured in The New York Times.  

Claudia's keynote encourages attendees to join a new breed of leaders and become change makers for gender equality. Distilling wisdom and insights from her own personal and professional journey, she shares key lessons learned and offers a toolbox of foundational habits. Claudia shows how to define and develop your own purpose, vision, and pathway to becoming a thriving agent for good.  

Whether you own your own business or are part of the corporate world, whether you're at the top of your field or are just starting out in your career, you have the power to lead change and achieve extraordinary success in all areas of your life. Claudia's keynote will show you how to unleash it. 


Cheryl Thompson, Founder of CADIA will moderate an elevated panel discussion on how to have the tough conversations around inclusion, bias, and the elephant in the room – “what about the white men?”. Featured panelists will include top industry experts in automotive. A red-hot, not to be missed discussion!  

At RevUp 2030 you will: 

• Build meaningful relationships with a community of successful women and men who hail from a wide range of companies and functions (these connections are a TOP success factor for women leaders!).  

• Map out your personal career advancement strategy by learning what top leaders are looking for.  

• Discover how to become a change agent within your organization regardless of the position you hold.  

• Get the inside scoop on what qualities, skill sets and experiences leaders are looking for when building their networks and high-performing teams.  

• Learn how men and women can leverage each other’s strengths for shared benefit.  

• Leave the event feeling inspired and ready to Rev Up YOUR leadership!  


Next Gen Talent Panel Discussion 

Why Next Gen Talent is Crucial for the Automotive Industry:

Find out what drives and attracts them to companies and what they have to contribute to our industry.

Moderated by John McElroy. Panelists: Katie Anderson – Nissan, Matt Stevens – AAM, TBD

John McElroy

John McElroy is the host of “Autoline Daily” the first industry webcast of industry news and analysis. He is also the host of the television program “Autoline This Week,” an Emmy Award-winning, weekly half-hour discussion program featuring top automotive executives and journalists. McElroy also hosts “Autoline After Hours,” the first regularly scheduled live webcast about the industry. The shows can be seen online at McElroy also broadcasts five radio segments daily on WWJ Newsradio 950, the CBS affiliate in Detroit. He writes a monthly op-ed article for Ward’s Auto World.  

His past experience includes five years at Detroit Editor for Road & Track, and as the American correspondent for World Cars, which was published by the Automotive Club of Italy. He was also invited to write the annual automotive entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook. He spent most of his career at the trade magazine Automotive Industries where he ultimately rose to Editorial Director. McElroy was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall Of Fame in 2018. 

Katie Andersen

Project Engineer – Vehicle Performance Development (D-SUV), Nissan Technical Center North America

Katie Andersen was hired as a Design Engineer for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Controls at Nissan Technical Center North America in October 2012. In this role, Katie was responsible for pre-development design and release of HVAC Controls for the Nissan Altima, Pathfinder, Maxima, and Murano and Infiniti QX60. In September 2017, Katie changed roles within Nissan to support vehicle performance development for D-Platform SUV models: the Nissan Murano and Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60. She works with the Nissan Global Team, which includes engineering groups in Japan, Mexico, and Europe, to set performance targets to ensure product competitiveness in the D-SUV segment. Katie is responsible for static and dynamic vehicle evaluations of Nissan, Infiniti, and competitor vehicles to define essential factors that will improve attractiveness of Nissan and Infiniti products and reduce customer dissatisfaction. Katie joined Nissan after completing her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.  

Matt Stevens

Senior Program Analyst, American Axle & Manufacturing

Matthew Stevens earned his bachelor of science in business administration with a major in supply chain management from Grand Valley State University in 2016. Throughout his career, Matthew has been able to develop himself within his own role by consistently learning from his peers and leaders. 

Right out of college, Matthew was recruited to work for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at their Jefferson North Assembly Plant as a material area supervisor, where he managed 30 employees. Matthew is currently a senior analyst at American Axle Manufacturing, where he is responsible for flawless execution of prototype programs and implementing tracking for specific builds to ensure on-time delivery for all major prototype programs. Along with his continued professional development, Matthew has been able to perform at an exceptional level at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, maintaining a 3.85 GPA as a full-time graduate student with a 40-hour work week. He also volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. Matthew is a 2019 Mike Ilitch School of Business 25 Under 25 winner and is expected to receive his MBA from Wayne State in December of 2019.  


The automotive industry has responded to the change or die call. The need for sustainable solutions in mobility, combined with technological advances have produced the biggest revolution since the industry’s creation.  

Top leaders know diversity and inclusion are the keys to unlocking innovation and creativity for competitive advantage in a global world with a shifting demographic landscape. Diversity and Inclusion is now a business imperative!  

Millions of dollars have been invested in diversity & inclusion strategies and company-sponsored initiatives to increase the number of women managers and executives in the automotive industry…  

...and many of those initiatives have failed.  

Women still only occupy 17% of leadership positions in the automotive industry. 

But we’re on a mission to change that.  

Using the principles of community-building, mentoring and advocacy, Rev Up seeks to double the number of women in leadership positions and advance diverse talent in this dynamic industry. We’ve designed this event to equip you with the practical tools, guidance and insights you’ll need to be a change agent inside your company, forge a powerful career path and claim a position of leadership wherever you are.  

Too many competent, capable and intelligent people are playing small. YOU have so much more to offer the industry -- the world needs you!  

Check out our sizzle reel from last year’s Rev Up 2030 Launch!  

Please Note: the deadline for registration is May 1, 2019 at 11:59AM ET  


This premiere event is designed for women and men in the automotive industry who want to:  

  • Learn how to be change agents within their organizations.  
  • Claim their ambition and “Rev Up” their careers AND their organizations!  
  • Access the key insights they can use for inclusive leadership.  
  • Support the advancement of women and diverse talent in the industry.  
  • Discover creative ways to get the most out of their careers.  

Please Note: the deadline for registration is May 1, 2019 at 11:59AM ET  


“The Leadership Mindset Shift Program has made a tremendous difference in my personal and professional life! I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me and other women.

My main take-away was recognizing my major power leak – fear. Fear of criticism and failure has haunted me for a long time and I thought it is normal to live like that. I have a plan to turn it around – thanks to you, Cheryl!

I am done with being afraid and I will take steps to play bigger and live a more meaningful life according to the gifts/ talents I have. Not being afraid has freed me from a box I have been living in which is suffocating me. I am much happier and I hope women in similar situations can also be freed like me.”

Monica Lam Product Strategy Engineer  

“When I think back on the areas you have helped me directly, they have been in the area of thinking styles and experience. If you told me once you told me 100 times not all of us are as quick or have my depth of experience. From that, over time I learned to listen actively and wait patiently for the all the information to come out before stepping in to help/guide/advise. Your continuous coaching in this area while working with you has contributed to making me a better manager/executive.”  

Phil Barlas Global Production Engineering Engineer Manager (ret) Powertrain - Machining Systems - Ford Motor Co.  

“This Program has been giving me so much insight on myself, the industry and what to look out for as a young female in the Automotive Industry. The material was very applicable and helpful and in a way, challenging. It encouraged me to think about my values, motivations and goals.

A very beneficial part is the community - I feel very comfortable sharing my opinions and feelings, personal values and notes on worksheets. Sometimes I think I am alone in some experiences and I often blame it on myself. These modules taught me, that I could not have been further from the truth. Knowing you are not alone is very calming and reassuring. The other woman were genuine and full of tips, tricks and advice. The discussions never got boring and the time was always up too quick.

This motivates me in a big picture way - to be energetic at work, get good work done and focus on the important thing; and also in small ways such as investing in my wardrobe and embracing my femininity. These modules have helped me tremendously and I am looking forward to continuing working together.”  

Hannah Bever Manufacturing Engineer - Powertrain

Rev Up 2030 is the premier event for women and men in the automotive industry who want to make meaningful connections, learn practical skills and work with brilliant leaders to gain the insights they need to foster inclusion, advance their careers and activate change within their organizations. As a result, seating is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to reserve your spot.


Please Note: the deadline for registration is May 1, 2019 at 11:59 AM ET  


Rev Up is sponsored by the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA), an organization dedicated to doubling the number of women leaders and advancing diverse talent in the automotive industry by 2030 using the proven tools of community-building, mentorship and advocacy. Our members receive education, mentoring, resources, and connection to an essential network that will help them position themselves powerfully as candidates for advancement. 

We will achieve our mission of doubling the number of women leaders and advancing diverse talent in the automotive industry by creating a diverse pool of candidates, fostering inclusion for real change and passing on the lessons learned that are obtained through real world mentoring experiences. Rev Up is powered by S.H.E Summit, now its 7th year, S.H.E. Summit celebrates and accelerates inclusive equality by connecting, educating and activating talent in the global workplace. A 2-day transformational offsite leadership experience, S.H.E. Summit awakens higher purpose and renewed energy for leadership advancement and culture change.  


Claudia Chan is a recognized author, leadership and culture change expert, and entrepreneur dedicated to activating individuals and organizations to accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and world. 

She is the CEO of S.H.E. GLOBL, a coalition+content+convening platform that helps over 100companies unlock a diverse and inclusive workforce to transform both its culture and its communities. She is the founder of their award-winning leadership conference S.H.E. Summit that has made advancing women and workplace inclusion both accessible and actionable. Cross industry companies from Deloitte, EY, Samsung, Bacardi, Home Depot, Adidas to Morgan Stanley send rising talent for leadership transformation and to connect with private and public sector influencers. 

Claudia is also the author of the leadership book THIS IS HOW WE RISE: Reach Your Highest Potential, Empower Women, Lead Change in the World , which was named by CNBC as a “top career book of 2018” and also featured in The New York Times. Claudia was also recently named 1 of 8 UN Women Champions for Innovation. She has been referred to as “the change-agent maker” and Fast Company has called her the “Richard Branson of women’s empowerment.”

Prior to launching S.H.E. Globl Media, Claudia was President & Co-Owner of the popular women’s entertainment company, Shecky’s, for 10 years. Claudia is a lifelong New Yorker, proud alumnae of Smith College, mom of two and an equal partner with her husband, John.  


Cheryl is the Director of Prototype Operations at American Axle and Manufacturing, and founder of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement. She also has 30 years of experience at Ford Motor Co. with positions ranging from skilled trades, operations, engineering and leadership.  

The Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement is a leadership development company focused on supporting women in the automotive and manufacturing industries by working with them to overcome the unique obstacles and roadblocks they face in building substantive careers paths that integrate with their personal lives.  

Cheryl graduated from Siena Heights University with a Bachelor’s in Manufacturing, Michigan State University with an MBA, holds a Tool and Diemaker Journeyman card, and earned certifications in Retirement Life Planning and Career Coaching. She has completed (2) yearlong leadership programs: 1) Experienced Leader Program through Ford Motor Company, and 2) Co-Active Leadership through CTI (Coach’s Training Institute).  

She is a Six Sigma trained and certified Black Belt, and is the winner of two Diversity and Inclusion Awards from Ford Motor Company.  

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May 7th, 2019 | 1 - 7 PM

The first 50 people who sign up will receive a signed copy of THIS IS HOW WE RISE: Reach Your Highest Potential, Empower Women, Lead Change in the World.

Individual tickets $200

Corporate bundles 10 tickets for $1600