Automotive Career Day


Date & Location

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 10:15AM - 1PM
  • McCormick Place | 2301 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

Event Overview

Students of all ages are encouraged to come out to McCormick Place for a day of automotive industry career discovery at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show. Hosted by Teen Innovation Summit and powered by Toyota and Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association, this educational event will highlight various paths available to students within the automotive industry. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore the show floor and interact with exhibitors.

Event Schedule

  • 10AM - Doors Open
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM - Teen Innovation Kickoff and Panel Discussion 1
    • DJ welcome entertainment
    • Jahkil Jackson – Teen Host
  • 11:00AM - 11:30AM - Northwood University
    • Elgie Bright – Automotive program overview
    • Student Testimonial
  • 11:30AM - Noon - Women in Automotive
    • Kathy Gilbert – Founding Board Member
  • Noon - 12:30PM – Panel Discussion 2: Career as an Automotive Technician
    • Moderator: Chris Konecki, EVP, Chicago Automobile Trade Association
    • Panelists: Paul Grimaldi – BMW Technician; Mike Morenic – Apple Chevrolet Technician
  • 12:30PM Wrap up and Questions
  • 12:35PM on Student lunch (on their own/with school groups) and show floor time


Special pricing available
To purchase tickets, contact Roxanne Sammarco:


Contact Patrick Ziegenfuss: