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. 


Talk Title: Engaging Talent Hiding In Plain Sight Stefen J. Welch

Stefen J. Welch is a native of Detroit, MI and prides himself on being a cultural architect with an affinity for people and community. Currently, Stefen serves as the Director, Diversity and Inclusion with Quicken Loans. In his role, Welch focuses on the recruitment of diverse talent, engaging team members, cultivating inclusive environments and expanding diversity within leadership. Prior to his role, Welch was the Community Engagement Manager with the Quicken Loans Community Fund. 

Early in his career, Welch was an unofficial ambassador for the city of Detroit. This revealed his true passion for bringing people together and showcasing a positive light on his hometown. 

Stefen completed his graduate studies at the University of Detroit Mercy, receiving his Masters of Community Development. He also possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Oakland University. Over the past six years, Welch has also spent time in the classroom as an instructor at Oakland University. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, a former Detroit News DVoice community blogger and current Advisory Board Member with Black Family Development, Inc. He is married to his wife Kaniqua and they are the parents to Arriel and Aria.  

Talk Title: Inclusive Leadership Cassandra "Sandy" Harvey

Sandy Harvey is the President of Exodus Consulting Group, where she utilizes her 25+ years’ experience as a Human Resources, Organizational Management, and Operations strategist. She has worked in many industries, including financial services, defense, retail, energy, and nonprofit. 

Sandy supports individuals and organizations by aligning business processes, systems, and people to achieve individual and corporate goals. She is committed to creating engaged and profitable companies that enhance the lives of individuals through development and innovation. She provides professionals, executives and pastoral coaching to support personal and professional goal achievement. 

Sandy is certified to facilitate recognized diversity, leadership and professional development programs and is passionate about sharing these opportunities with others and supporting organizational transformation.


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  


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, Matt Stevens, Indy Singh and Danielle Leone Click here to learn more about our panelists.

John McElroy

Host of Autoline

Katie Andersen

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

Matt Stevens

Senior Program Analyst, American Axle & Manufacturing

Indy Singh

Global Director, Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Danielle Leone

Technology Marketing Specialist, Inteva Products 

Overcoming Obstacles to Women's Leadership Panel Discussion 

Moderated by Cheryl Thompson. Panelists: John McElroy, John Major, Claudia Chan, Shaun Whitehead and Chris Son.

Cheryl Thompson

Director of Prototype Operations at American Axle and Manufacturing, and founder of CADIA

John McElroy

Host of Autoline

Claudia Chan 


Shaun Whitehead

Director of Manufacturing, Transmission for Ford Motor Company  

John S. Major, Jr.

Vice President, Government Relations and Military Liaison  

Chris Son

Vice President, Marketing and Communications for AAM

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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.  

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.

Register Today and Bring a Colleague at no cost!

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.  

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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.  

REV UP 2030:

May 7th, 2019 | 1 - 7 PM

Registration is Closed

Contact Cheryl Thompson at to be placed on the waitlist.

Our Panelist Bios

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. 

Danielle Leone

Technology Marketing Specialist, Inteva Products 

Danielle Leone is a high-energy, passionate, marketing professional on a mission to bridge the gap between millennials and the current leadership structure. 

Starting her automotive career at Inteva Products in January 2017, Danielle was hired as a Marketing Specialist in the corporate marketing department. In this role, Danielle’s diverse responsibilities included serving as the lead event coordinator for trade shows, sponsorships and employee events, as well as creating internal and external marketing materials that aligned with brand standards. Danielle has also given back by sharing her public speaking knowledge and assisting in developing speeches, as well as coaching speakers for both internal and external events. As the digital marketing lead for the global marketing and communications team, Danielle helped in increasing social media engagement by more than 350%. In August 2018, Danielle transitioned into the Advanced Development Group by taking on the role of Technology Marketing Specialist where she works cross-functionally with product line leaders and engineers, as well as corporate strategy and business development to create a smart, targeted approach to integrate product innovation into the market.  

A couple of the accomplishments that have spanned Danielle’s career include being named to Corp!Magazine’s list of MVP Millennials in 2019, as well as being nominated to Inteva Products Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in which she led the committee to create a global Mentorship Program. Danielle also holds a board position on Central Michigan University’s Young Alumni Board.  

John S. Major, Jr. 

Vice President, Government Relations and Military Liaison

John S. Major, Jr. joined Achates Power in March 2015 as the regional vice president of Midwest operations. He is responsible for initiating, building and growing API’s customer application engineering capability in southeast Michigan. As a geographical benefit to the southeast Michigan footprint, John is also the local lead for supplier development, interface and OEM, TACOM and TARDEC business and relationship development and supports Achates Power’s leadership team on all these fronts.  

Major brings a mix of small company leadership and big company engineering and program experience to the leadership team; most recently, he managed the transition from U.S. to foreign ownership for a small military optics company in New York. Previous to that experience, John was the U.S. chief operating officer for an Israeli vehicular armor integrator, designer and manufacturer. John began his career at Ford Motor Company, where he lived and worked in joint ventures in Japan and Turkey during his ten-year tenure, and he served as the E-series vehicle engineering manager as his last role at Ford. During his five years at Navistar, Major worked in Navistar Defense, was a founding leadership team member of the NC2 joint venture between Navistar and Caterpillar and helped revamp RV product and program process as Monaco’s vice president of engineering and product development.  

John has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  

John McElroy

Host of Autoline

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. 

Indy Singh

Global Director, Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering Ford Motor Company

Indy Singh has over 30 years in automotive manufacturing and is the Global Director for Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering at Ford Motor Company. In this role he is responsible for the engineering, build, installation and launch of equipment and systems for over 30 powertrain facilities across the globe. Singh has held positions with increasing responsibility in machining, process engineering, and was the Chief Engineer for Production Engineering prior to his role as Global Director. Singh has extensive global experience and led Ford’s Powertrain footprint growth in Asia Pacific. He was instrumental in building engineering and operational organizations and competencies within the region. Diversity and Inclusion has always been a priority for Singh. He was a 2015 Ford Motor Company Diversity and Inclusion individual winner.

Christopher M. Son

Vice President, Marketing and Communications for AAM

Christopher M. Son is Vice President, Marketing and Communications for AAM. In this role he is responsible for all corporate affairs, internal and external communications including media, social media, shows and events, advertising and associate communications. Son is also responsible for building AAM’s brand around the globe and was instrumental in developing and introducing AAM’s Delivering POWER brand awareness campaign.  

Prior to this role, Son was the Director Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for AAM. He was responsible for investor relations and communications including proactively communicating vital and valuable information to the financial community, the investing public and media, as well as strategies, tactics, timelines and budget. 

Son was also Site Finance Manager and Manager of Finance Operations for the AAM Detroit Manufacturing Complex (DMC) and began his career at AAM in 2002 in the corporate finance department as Supervisor of Capital Planning.  

Son has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a MBA in finance and accounting from Wayne State University.  


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.  

Shaun Whitehead

Director of Manufacturing, Transmission for Ford Motor Company

Shaun Whitehead is the Director of Manufacturing, Transmission for Ford Motor Company. Shaun lead’s Five North American manufacturing plants, including Livonia Transmission Plant, Van Dyke Transmission Plant, Sharonville Transmission Plant, Sterling Axle Plant and Rawsonville Component Plant. Operations span 10,000 employees, $1.5B operating budget, producing 3.5 million automatic transmissions, 2.0 million axles and 250 thousand engine hybrid batteries. Additionally, responsible for current model and forward model launches for transmission, axles and batteries.  

Shaun previously served as the Global Director of Occupational Health & Safety for Ford Motor Company and President, Batavia Transmissions LLC of Ford Motor Company. During this time, she worked to transition a joint venture to Ford Motor ownership.  

Shaun has managed Seven facilities as Plant Manager, including Windsor Casting Plant, Romeo Engine Plant, Windsor Operations – 3 plant site and Van Dyke Transmission Plant which produced 1.3 Million, 67 different models for 24 different customers globally. During her time there, Van Dyke was recognized by Assembly Magazine as the Assembly Plant of the year, 2018. Shaun remains very active in several organizations within her profession and the community. She has been active in the Ford Employee Resource Group, Women in Manufacturing since 2000, currently serving as co-chair.  

In 2018, Shaun was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Notable Women in Manufacturing.  

Shaun attended Lawrence Institute of Technology in Southfield, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.  

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