We appreciate the support and patience of our sponsors, partners and members during this time. 

Our new Rev Up 2030 event date is October 29th at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy, MI.

In the meantime, if there is anything at all our team can do to support you and your organization during the current fluid situation, please reach out to us directly. 

Cheryl Thompson Founder and CEO Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Rev Up 2030 Main Event:
7:30am – Noon
CADIA Career Fair: 1pm – 5pm Diversity and Inclusion 101: 1pm – 3pm 

• Registration and light breakfast begins at 7:30am • Event begins at 8am • Lunch will be on your own

Rev Up 2030 will feature industry experts, panel discussions and case studies in Diversity and Inclusion, with topics that include:

  • Finding, Attracting and Developing Talent
  • Cultural Awareness: What You Need to Know
  • The Importance of D&I “Allyship” 
  • Career Advancement Tips 
  • Company D&I Success Stories

New for 2020 Rev Up 2030 will offer an optional break out: Diversity and Inclusion 101 and an afternoon Career Fair.

  • Early Bird Registration is $175 
  • Regular Ticket Price is $195 
  • CADIA members – check your email for your discount code 
  • Discounts available for blocks of 10 or more



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 and Inclusion strategies and company-sponsored initiatives to increase the number of diverse leaders, attract and retain top talent in the automotive industry… ...and many of those initiatives have failed.  

But we’re on a mission to change that!  

By being a champion for diverse talent, driving systemic change and supporting leadership committment, CADIA seeks to double the number of diverse leaders in this dynamic industry by 2030

We’ve designed Rev Up 2030 to equip: 

  • Diversity and Inclusion Champions with best practices, insights and relationships to drive change inside your organization and your company.
  • Individuals with the practical tools, insights and guidance to 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 -- our industry needs you!  

View Detailed Agenda

View Speakers List 

Check out our highlight reel from last year’s Rev Up 2030 2nd annual event!

Please Note: the deadline for online registration is October 27, 2020 at 11:59 AM ET
On-site registrations on October 29, 2020 will be accepted.  

CADIA Career Fair
October 29, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Calling Automotive Employers and Career-Oriented Talent of all Ages, Stages and Backgrounds


The Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA) is a non-profit organization focused on advancing talent in the automotive industry in a diverse and inclusive way. CADIA will present Rev Up 2030, to be held October 29, 2020 at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan.

A free Career Fair will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2020. 

Automotive companies including OEMs and tier suppliers will be present to talk to prospective employees. Professionals of all backgrounds, ages and stages are encouraged to attend to learn about technical and non-technical opportunities in the automotive field.  

Professionals in career advancement will be on hand to answer your questions and review your resume to provide feedback on both your tactical approach – and strategic career planning. These meetings are first-come, first-served and reserved for those attending the career fair.  

There is no cost for the Career Fair, but you must register for it in advance. 

Register for the FREE Career Fair now.

If you register for the Rev Up 2030 morning session and also want to attend the Career Fair, be sure to register for the Career Fair here.

Companies interested in exhibiting/participating should contact Jennifer Harding at


This premiere event is designed for company D&I champions and advocates, diverse professionals and anyone interested in learning more about D&I in the industry.  

Take-aways will include: 

  • Practical application of D&I essentials at the organizational level.  
  • Key insights for inclusive leadership. 
  • Practical tips to support the advancement of women and diverse talent in the industry. 
  • Individuals will learn how to “Rev Up” their careers and organizations by gaining insight into personal and career growth and development.

View Detailed Agenda

View Speaker List

Rev Up 2030 is the premier event for organizations and individuals in the automotive industry who want to make meaningful connections, learn from peers and engage with brilliant leaders to gain the insights they need to advance their careers, foster inclusion and drive equity within their organizations. As a result, seating is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to reserve your spot.


Please Note: the deadline for online registration is October 27 at 11:59 AM ET.
On-site registrations on October 29, 2020 will be accepted.  


Rev Up is sponsored by the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to doubling the number of diverse leaders in the automotive industry by 2030 through organizational evolution. 

Our corporate members receive resources required to champion diverse talent, support leadership commitment and to drive system change. 

Our individual members receive practical tools, mentoring and guidance to forge a powerful career path that will position them for leadership positions with power and influence. 

We will achieve our mission of doubling the number of diverse leaders in the automotive industry by creating a diverse pool of candidates, fostering inclusion for real change and sharing best practices, resources and research across the country.  

Interested in Sponsoring? See Sponsorship Packet

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!

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Ramzi Y. Hermiz President & CEO, Shiloh Industries 

Since joining Shiloh Industries in 2012, a global innovative solutions provider to the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, Ramzi has transformed the regional automotive supplier into a $1B global company with a strategic focus on designing, engineering and manufacturing lightweight technologies that improve performance, reduce noise and vibration and benefit the environment.

John S. Major, Jr. Vice President, Midwest Operationa, Achates Power

John, vice president for government relations at Achates Power, leads the interface with national and local legislators and regulators, and the relationship with the US Army and the CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center. He is also responsible for the Midwest Operations office, based in metro Detroit, where he directs supplier development, and OEM interface.

Stephen Lewis General Manager for Diversity and Inclusion, Toyota Motor North America

Stephen Lewis is responsible for integrating diversity into every aspect of Toyota’s business and fostering a culture of inclusion throughout the company. Lewis joined Toyota as an administrator in the company’s Distribution Department. He later moved to the Product Planning division where he worked on the development of future products and accessories. He served in Sales Planning and Strategic Planning before moving to Toyota’s corporate office in New York, taking a Senior Manager role there in Corporate Strategy and Research. 

Monica Azzali Bello Global Director GBS People Services, General Motors

Monica manages a large global team that provides human resources and people services to GM employees from GBS HQ in Detroit. Her team’s global responsibilities include Payroll and Timekeeping, Compensation, Benefits and Rewards, Talent, Shared Service Centers, and User Experience, encompassing hire-to-exit processes. Prior to her current role, she served as Human Resources General Director, and Quality General Director for GM South America based out of São Paulo, Brazil, covering Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, being part of GMB Executive Committee, and GMSA Board of Directors.

Ashwini Balasubramanian Director of Sales, Martinrea International 

Ashwini Balasubramanian joined Martinrea in October 2019 and is responsible for managing developing business plans, as well as corporate strategies driving global initiatives for all Business Units within the company. Over her career, Ashwini has had extensive experience in leadership and engineering, serving as an Engineering Manager and Senior Engineering Supervisor for ZF North America, and a Vehicle Development and New Technology Team Leader for Toyota Technical Center. 

Leslie Bednarz Executive Director of Strategy + M&A, Clean Mobility – NA, Faurecia

Leslie is responsible for collaboratively leading the transformation, evolution and strategic initiatives of FCM NAO to achieve zero emissions and sustainable mobility. She began her career at Johnson Controls - Automotive Group as a complete seat engineer before holding a series of engineering and finance roles. In 2007, Leslie transitioned into management consulting where she specialized in strategy projects focused on strategic growth for clients in on-and off-highway transportation markets. In 2015, she became the Global Director of Advanced Supply Chain Management and Commodity Management at Inteva Products.  

Amal Berry Senior Manager of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Ford Motor Company

With over 19 years of experience in diversity and inclusion strategy, her thorough understanding of D&I in the workplace, the region, and globally, are an avenue to lead the way and reinforce strong connections to drive strategies to support Ford’s aspiration to be the worlds most trusted company and the most inclusive and diverse enterprise globally. Ms. Berry is responsible for fostering an environment where all members of the Ford enterprise feel a sense of belonging grounded in respect, value, and our Ford Truths.

Yan Dow Supplier Development Professional 

Yan Dow has 26 years of successful working experience in research & development, manufacturing and quality. For the past 15 years she has held various leadership positions guiding and developing professional global teams to achieve operational excellence. She was born in China. Starting with an Electrical Engineering degree she began her career path as a procurement manager with Motorola in Tianjin. While building direct experience in the field she moved to USA and added dimensional knowledge with two Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and IT management. 

Leslie Eisenbrenner President, Eisbrenner Presence Coaching

Lauren Eisbrenner has been in the business of communications for more than 35 years, most recently as Executive VP and COO of Eisbrenner Public Relations, a B2B PR firm serving primarily the automotive supplier industry. Prior to joining Eisbrenner Public Relations, Lauren was vice-president with pmh Caramanning, a channel marketing firm specializing in dealer incentive and recognition programs.

Amanda Hutchings President, Peak Manufacturing, Inc.

As a Jackson Magazine “30 and Under” young professional honoree in 2014, Amanda Hutchings is known in her community for her success at a young age, her passion for youth and manufacturing, and her creative abilities in art and photography. Since being introduced to the Manufacturing Industry, Amanda has spent the last decade excelling up a ladder of key positions allowing her professional growth landing her the role of president of Peak Manufacturing before the age of 30.

Vijay Iyer Global Marketing, PR & HR Executive

Vijay Iyer spent close to 19 years in international marketing, Communications and HR leadership positions at General Motors. His roles included leading European advertising, sales and communication initatives at Opel/Vauxhall, international PR and marketing positions at Chevrolet, Cadillac and GM’s OnStar business, as well as being a founding member of the Maven car-sharing start-up. Across these positions, he experienced first-hand what it means to lead and grow inclusive teams in a corporate environment. 

Brian Johnson Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US

Brian Johnson is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC. Brian joined the company in 2011 and has held various positions within the Procurement organization prior to his current appointment. Brian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & &perations Engineering from the University of Michigan (2002) and holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University (2014).

Jenna Jontz Corporate Human Resources, Shiloh Industries

Jenna Jontz recently joined Shiloh Industries in Plymouth as the Corporate Human Resources Director. Before that, she was an in-house employment and compliance attorney for Inteva Products in Troy. At Inteva, she started a Diversity & Inclusion initiative that included a successful formal mentoring program with significant executive involvement targeting diverse mentors and mentees, diversity training for all levels of employees and onsite cultural awareness activities. At Shiloh, she is a member of the Shiloh Women’s Resource Network.

Sandra McNeil Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer – Corvette / Compact & Midsize SUVs, General Motors Corporation

In her current role at GM, Sandra is the first African-American woman in this capacity and leads several manufacturing engineering teams across the globe who are responsible for integrating and driving world-class manufacturing capabilities for product programs allocated between 10 manufacturing sites throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, China, and Korea. She is a confident visionary, creative problem-solver and courageous goal-oriented leader with over 24 years of automotive manufacturing experience.

Joaquin Nuño-Whelan Board Chair at Detroit Hispanic Development Center and Lead for Robotics Engineering Center of Detroit

Passionate about the revitalization of Detroit, creating opportunities for kids in STEM and leaving the world a better place, Joaquin Nuño-Whelan invests greatly in technology and the community. Joaquin began his career at GM as a test engineer at the Milford Proving Ground after co-oping while studying at UDM and participating in the Mexican American Partnership Program. Joaquin worked at GM for 20 years, the last 8 as a Chief Engineer Joaquin finished his career by leading the Next Generation Full-Size SUVs at GM which are launching now.

Michele Plattenberg Asia Transplant Account Manager, Dayco

Michele Plattenberger is Asia Transplant Program Manager for Dayco Products, a role that allows her to blend engineering skills with her interest and aptitude for Japanese language and culture. Her passion for working with the Japanese began early when pursuing her undergraduate degree in engineering and diverted her studies to live and study abroad in Japan. This experience altered her career trajectory when she fell in love with the uniqueness of the Japanese culture.

Jessica Robinson Executive Director, Michigan Mobility Institute

Jessica Robinson is Executive Director of the Michigan Mobility Institute where she works to accelerate the development of talent for the growing mobility industry. Starting in 2021, the Michigan Mobility Institute will offer the first-of-its-kind Master of Mobility program. The Institute is the first initiative of the Detroit Mobility Lab which she co-founded to focus on building the mobility talent infrastructure necessary to shape the sector’s future within the City of Detroit.

Sonya F. Sepahban CEO, OurOffice, Inc., Board Member, Cooper Standard Holdings, Inc.

Sonya is the CEO and co-founder of OurOffice, a leading company in the emerging D&I Tech space (Diversity and Inclusion Technology). OurOffice provides a turnkey solution designed to build an inclusive workplace culture with powerful technology and outsourced D&I management. Sonya’s career started as a NASA engineer and progressed to senior executive and C-suite roles at several multi-national corporations, where she led the development of advanced systems and had significant P/L and global operations responsibilities. Sonya is also a seasoned board member, with a unique combination of technology and business experience to create stakeholder value.

Linda Taliaferro VP Quality, Meritor and CEO, The Extra Effort

Linda Taliaferro has oversight for 38 sites, include joint ventures, located in 18 countries on 5 continents. Prior to joining Meritor, Linda held the position of Global Quality, Environmental Health and Safety Director at Littelfuse, Inc. headquartered in Chicago, IL. Linda is the Founder of The TEE – The Extra Effort, LLC, a career advisory service based business helping professionals get unstuck and strengthen key interpersonal skills in order to change the trajectory of their careers within corporate America. Linda was named one of Savoy’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America.  

Stefen J. Welch Diversity & Inclusion Executive

Stefen J. Welch is an experienced Diversity & Inclusion and Community Relations Executive. Throughout his career, Welch has been an advocate for access and equity. His career path has guided him throughout the ranks in higher education, non-profit management and community development organizations. Previously Welch was the Director, Diversity and Inclusion for Quicken Loans and their Rock Family of Companies; where he built and led efforts pertaining to attracting diverse talent, team member engagement & retention, supplier diversity and community responsibility.

Carmalita Yeizman HR Director, BOSCH 

Carmalita Yeizman joined Bosch in 2018 as manager, diversity and inclusion. As the leader of Bosch’s North American Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) efforts, Carmalita believes that innovation is at its best when organizations cultivate an inclusive environment that enables people to come to work and feel welcomed, valued, respected and heard.Before assuming her role at Bosch, Carmalita worked for five years as a human resources business partner and Global Diversity and Inclusion leader at GKN plc, headquartered in London, England. Prior to GKN she gained more than 10 years of human resources experience through various positions at automotive, manufacturing and technology firms.


Cheryl Thompson is the founder of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA), an organization focused on supporting the Automotive Industry in developing and executing Diversity and Inclusion strategic initiatives for competitive advantage. CADIA’s leadership development programs focus on supporting women and diverse talent 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.  

A veteran of the automotive industry, Cheryl has over 30 years of experience at Ford Motor Company and American Axle and Manufacturing in positions ranging from skilled trades, operations, engineering and global leadership.  

She is trained in career and leadership coaching, and is Six Sigma trained and certified as a Black Belt. Cheryl has been recognized as a 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing Honoree, a 2019 Corp Magazine Salute to Diversity award winner, and is the recipient of two Diversity and Inclusion Awards from Ford Motor Company.  

A sought-after voice and speaker in the automotive, manufacturing and aerospace & defense industries, Cheryl has performed keynote addresses, workshops and breakout sessions for a number of companies and events, including TEDx Windsor, Women in Manufacturing (WiM), the 2018 American Automotive Summit, and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  

REV UP 2030:

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 7:30am – 5pm

We can't wait to see you there!  

Please Note: the deadline for online registration is October 27, 2020, at 11:59 AM ET.
On-site registrations on October 29, 2020, will be accepted.