WHAT DRIVES HER AT THE 2023 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW - Friday, Feb. 10, 2023
Please join leading women in the automotive industry at the sixth What Drives Her coffee and pastry reception that will open the second day of the Chicago Auto Show’s Media Preview. This year, the Chicago Auto Show in partnership with A Girls Guide to Cars and Women in Automotive, will present four awards to industry leaders. We hope you’ll attend to support these women and join in on the celebration!
What Drives Her has become a cornerstone event of the Chicago Auto Show’s Media Preview. Over the years, the event has welcomed dozens of leading female professionals to the stage to share trends, stories and personal anecdotes of the integral role that women hold in the auto industry.
The 2023 What Drives Her award categories include:
Rising Star: Employed by an automaker, auto retailer or core automotive supplier; job title no higher than vice president; works primarily in North America; she may be notable for her empowerment of others, her breaking down of barriers that allows others to follow, her pursuit of non-traditional roles or jobs, her leadership, and taking on additional roles such as leading an employee resource group or mentoring program.
Best In Craft Media: Employed as a fulltime or parttime North American journalist, content creator or media with a focus on the automotive industry; demonstrate general excellence of craft; create work that illuminates the role of women in the automotive industry or, through voice and narrative, create more accessible automotive information and more inclusive automotive storytelling.
Best Retailer: Employed by a Chicago-area dealership, this person demonstrates a high level of commitment and drive to any task at hand, whether that’s in sales, service or technical support.
New This Year! Automotive Ally: This person offers continual support, coaching, advocacy, education and understanding, helping to create opportunities for others as they build their careers in automotive. This award is open to any executive, leader, manager or other person inside or outside the automotive industry and reflects the impact that this person has on the industry, for both individuals and organizations.
The finalists will be announced the week of Jan. 30 following the final round of voting. The reception and ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 10 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at McCormick Place. Pre-registration for this event is required.
You have been invited to attend the second day of the Media Tour at the 2023 Chicago Auto Show. This pass will be valid only on Friday, Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this event, invitees will have access to the show floor of the Chicago Auto Show, via a guided tour.
Show Floor Internet Access. The Exhibition Hall at McCormick Place will have free and open Wi-Fi Internet access.
Parking. All McCormick Place parking lots (A, B & C) will be open on this day. Parking is NOT complimentary, as the lots are not operated by auto show management.
If you require additional information, please don't hesitate to contact the Chicago Auto Show communications team.
Senior Director of Communications & Technology
Manager of Public Relations & Social Media
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YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE TO ATTEND THE SOCIAL MEDIA PREVIEW.