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Celebrate SA's 'Women in Autos' at the 2019 Festival of Motoring

2019-07-11 10:00

Gumtree Auto

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The 2019 Festival of Motoring will celebrate women in the local automotive industry with its 'Women in Autos' conference. Gumtree has stepped in as event host partner.

Denis Klopper, Show Director, said: "The Festival of Motoring is thrilled to be partnering Gumtree in this important conference, aligning perfectly with our strategy of shining the light and celebrating women in the automotive world."

The event is free for women working in the automotive space and last year featured speakers including Nissan Africa GM of Sales Liz Segal, journalist Juliet McGuire, Ford CEM Maja Smith, safety advocate Mandy Miller and communications expert Janine Lazarus, as well as a lively panel.

Anyone can nominate women in the automotive industry, from the following categories: apprentices, executives, manufacturing, marketing/communications, motoring journalism, motorsport, purchasing and retail, vehicle development and design, or 'other'.

You will then be prompted to insert your details, and the details of the nominee.

You can cast your nominations for women in motoring HERE.

Claire Cobbledick, Director of Gumtree South Africa, said: "This is the first and only event celebrating women in the autos space, and the fact that the Festival of Motoring is both focusing on Women in Motorsport and being held during Women's Month made this an excellent fit for us."

Professionals in the automotive space will also have the opportunity to nominate their peers for special recognition at the event by voting online.

Awards of recognition will be given to individuals across a variety of specialities, including journalism, motorsport, design, marketing and engineering. 

Several learners from surrounding schools will also be invited to join.

"We want to give young ladies much-needed exposure to the automotive industry, to peak their interest in pursuing careers in this field and to gain some inspiration from the women who have found success in the motoring world," says Cobbledick. 

The Festival of Motoring will take place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from August 22-25.

The Women in Autos Conference takes place on the 23rd. Parties interested in attending can send an email here

You can cast your nominations for women in motoring HERE.

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