::: Axel's Automotive Update - 06/29/15 :::
Every five years since the year 2000, Automotive News has been compiling the list of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, to honor top female executives at automotive OEMs, suppliers, and dealerships.
This year, Automotive News has received an outstanding amount of nominations and the selection committee has been busy at work, carefully considering the qualifications of each phenomenal candidate, in order to determine who will make up the 2015 List of Leading Women in North America's Auto Industry.
Save the Date!
On November 9, Automotive News will not only be publishing this remarkable issue to release the names of these Leading Women, but it will also be hosting an extravagant Gala to celebrate the honored 100 executives and their achievements. This special celebration will take place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, sponsored by: Deloitte.
This delightful Gala evening will begin with a cocktail reception, presenting the perfect opportunity to meet this year's honorees. A strolling buffet will be followed by comments from several of this year's leading women, including this year's featured speaker, General Motors Chief Executive Officer, Mary Barra, undoubtedly one of the most prominent female CEOs in the nation.
Tickets for the gala celebration are $195 each. Space is limited. Book your ticket now
According to studies, vehicles are increasingly being purchased for affordability, efficiency, and utility more so than speed and aesthetic. Furthermore, today’s drivers desire more connectivity, integration, and freedom to multi-task as they look to interact with their world more so than their automobile.
Consequently, automotive OEMs are working closely with supporting solution providers in order to meet these evolving requirements of today's consumer - and together they aim to achieve the conceptual reality of the "automated driver". However, there are significant challenges preventing them from getting there quickly. Join this year's autonomous Cars 2015 Expo which will bring together the stakeholders tasked with moving the needle on this initiative!
Be certain to check out Axel Cooley along with 19 of her outstanding peers in Michigan who together compose Detroit's top 20 progressive leaders (and as such, the New Leaders Council 2015 Detroit Inaugural Class) as highlighted in Corp! Magazine - Detroit's premier business to business publication.
The accomplished Latina entrepreneur is making her mark in the Automotive industry and known worldwide for empowering communities, giving back, and leading by example on how one should never let fear get in the way of what we were sent on Earth to manifest with our God-given gifts and talents.
Save the Date! The 9th Annual Automotive Seating Innovators Summit is coming to the DoubleTree Hilton Suites in Detroit July 27-29.
Gain Exclusive Insights such as:
- How autonomous vehicles will change the seating design
- The effects of improved circulation, reduced stress and eased back & neck pain
- How increased comfort & safety can prevent driver fatigue
- The importance of quantifying posture, body shape and belt to fit the build of different consumers
- And much more!
Progressive Leadership in Action
New Leaders Council (NLC) seeks out the top tier of emerging progressive leaders from around the country for USA's top political entrepreneurial program, the NLC Institute, building a community of vetted, trained progressive leaders with the skills and support system to help to change the way politics is done and foster a more equitable, just America.
To this effect, NLC canvassed America's Comeback City, Detroit, looking for rising leaders whose careers promise to make a lasting mark. The Detroit Chapter nominated 400 leaders and elected the top 20, and together this outstanding group compose Detroit's Inaugural class and the city's top progressive leaders.
Don't Miss It!
The objective of this business event is to fast-track and connect the different sectors of the Maquiladora Manufacturing Industry to qualified suppliers in the Paso Del Norte region.
The Forum is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the comeback of this vital industry in our region.
Limited Space. Reserve your spot early!
For further info contact:
Pete Corral, President
Corral & Associates
DETROIT, MI - June 14, 2015 - After a intensive five-months of progressive entrepreneurship training, Automotive Industry's Axel Cooley has just successfully completed the New Leaders Council Institute. It is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals.
As a NLC Detroit Fellow, Axel was elected for being successful in the automotive industry, being a risk-taker, and progressive advocate. In fact, leaders are nominated into the council for their:
As part of the NLC Institute Curriculum, Cooley completed the "Leadership capstone" where she committed to a project to impact the Detroit community. She immediately got to work, partnered with Jay Rayford - Director of the Futures Project - and Lawrence Robinson - Assistant to the City of Detroit's Director of Youth Services - to establish a program entitled "DETROIT DE3 - Empower, expose, engage". DE3 is a 5-week long program to teach Detroit's youth important tools of succeeding in the world of work - specifically, information not currently taught in the regular school curriculum. From recognizing their strengths, to reckoning and seizing opportunities, students learn how to value themselves, to put forth great efforts and how to conduct effective interviews. In all, the program exposes youth to information that will enhance their quality of life. The DE3 pilot program rolled out in May at Southwest Detroit's Western High School and is now scheduled to be implemented in 10 Detroit Public Schools in the Fall.
Axel Cooley is honored to put forth great efforts in the Automotive industry, but also to lead by example in contributing to our community as a whole.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – The Detroit Chartering Chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC) is proud to announce its 1st Annual FELLOWS AFFAIR to be held on June 13, 2015. This extraordinary fundraising & networking event will honor the New Leaders Council Detroit Inaugural Class for their successful completion of the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program, NLC INSTITUTE, while raising funds to benefit the next round of top emerging leaders to be elected for this elite program.
New Leaders Council is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that recruits, trains, and promotes the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — elected officials and civically-engaged trendsetters in business and industry who will shape the future landscape. NLC currently has an established footprint spanning 40 cities nationwide with an aggressive expansion plan forthcoming.
New Leaders Council Detroit welcomes the general public and media to join in celebrating its remarkable debut in Detroit, with this first round of 20 notable leaders to successfully complete the highly-selective five-month training program (Communication, Life Entrepreneurship, Advocacy, Leadership, Political advancement, Team-building) which contributes to the group’s mission of training 10,000 new progressive leaders nationwide by 2020. Upon graduation, Fellows are paired with career mentors, join the national NLC alumni network, and are delighted to host the highly anticipated FELLOWS AFFAIR supporting the next class of Detroit Fellows.
A complete list of Detroit Fellows 2015 can be found here:
The Rainbow Push Coalition founded by American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in partnership with GOOGLE, hosted the #PUSHTECH2020 Detroit Forum at the Madison Building in Detroit, MI on Monday, May 18, 2015.
The purpose of this “Dream Makers, Risk Takers, and Money Makers” event was to focus on Diversity in the Tech industry. Guest speakers included Mike Miller (Google - Head of Office, Ann Arbor), Jill Ford (Head of City of Detroit Innovation and Entrepreneurship), Peter Vazquez (CEO, Brand Echo Media).
A panel discussion was conducted by leading entrepreneurs and a motivating conversation with Jesse Jackson. Statistics show that diversity may not come about naturally when it comes to the rapidly growing technology industry. Therefore, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition was formed in order to contribute to changing that.
The Rainbow Push Automotive Project worked diligently to make this outstanding event possible and METALLON's ownAxel Cooley [Automotive Industry] and Dreams Project Director Jay Rayford [Education and Leadership], who both form part of the 20 leaders elected into the New Leaders Council Detroit Chapter, were present to join the many outstanding entrepreneurs and tech-savvy individuals in attendance to support this important diversity conversation.
Last year, the coalition worked to get more than two dozen leading technology organizations to release diversity data. The findings demonstrated women, African-Americans, and Hispanics were underrepresented.
Jesse Jackson and his Coalition have been hard work hosting these forums around the country, in collaboration with Google and other companies, in order to raise awareness, and more importantly find solutions to bridge this gap.
The National Science Foundation released an important study earlier this year demonstrating that only 8% of those employed in science and engineering jobs are Hispanic and 6% are African-Americans. For minority-owned companies, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, 24% sought angel investment while only 16 % received it. Jill Ford, who works diligently as Mayor Mike Duggan’s head of innovation and entrepreneurship, kindly shared her vision for the city by stating that there are minority-run industries in Detroit that could expand nationally with an infusion of technology and funding.
New Leader Council's very own Detroit Chapter Fellows Axel Cooley, Sean Harness, Royda Urey, Treasure Thomas, Lawrence Robinson and Adrienne Hill attended the 60th annual NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner on Sunday May 3rd at Detroit's Cobo Center where Vice President Joe Biden delivered a powerful keynote address: "Detroit is 'Coming Back!'"
Vice President Joe Biden stated that America has "a lot of soul searching to do" in regards to souring police and community relations in recent months that have resulted in the deaths of several African-American men. Vice President Biden told Detroit NAACP Baltimore unrest should bring nation together, not splinter it apart. He also addressed some of the issues in funding community policing programs, which have led to situations such as those that have erupted in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.
Biden also made it a point to acknowledge NAACP contributions as a civil rights organization, saying, "It's not possible to have civil rights without economic rights."
“We are extremely pleased that Vice President Joe Biden has accepted our invitation to come to the City of Detroit in celebration of the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom FundDinner,” stated Dr. Wendell Anthony - President, Detroit Branch NAACP. “As many may recall our first speaker was the Honorable Justice Thurgood Marshall. It is historically inspiring that 60 years later a tradition of excellence and outstanding achievement in the cause of freedom and justice will be continued by our Vice President. We invite everyone to share in this historic moment.”
The theme for this year's grand dinner was, “Celebrating Freedom: Measured by Practice, Treasured by Sacrifice,” paying homage to 50 years since the historic march in Selma (Bloody Sunday) which paved the way for the signing of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965. In addition, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was in attendance and gave remarks at the prestigious dinner as well.
Dr. Anthony announced the 2015 special awardees, who are: