Inforum Sets Annual Auto Show Breakfast: The argument to increase the automotive industry’s share of female talent is persuasive. One thing is certain: a different approach to recruitment, retention and advancement is needed. The next generation of female talent has a lot to say about the jobs to which they aspire and the changes they would like to see in auto industry culture. What they have to say might surprise you. Join Inforum’s AutomotiveNext initiative leaders and executives from Automotive News’ 2010 list of the top women in the industry for a lively, candid discussion Jan. 13 about what it will take to really change representation of women in the industry. This event will feature special messages from automotive CEOs Dan Akerson (GM), Sergio Marchionne (Chrysler) and Alan Mulally (Ford), along with a line-up of speakers prepared to provide diverse insights about the future role of women in the automotive industry and what it will really take to make the sector a more attractive place for our daughters and granddaughters to spend their careers. Featured speakers will include Cathy Benko, vice chairman and chief talent officer, Deloitte; Susan Brennan, vice president, manufacturing, Nissan North America; Mary Sue Coleman, president, University of Michigan; and Barb Samardzich, vice president, global product programs, Ford Motor Co. The event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Location: Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center, 400 W. Renaissance Drive, Detroit.The cost is $45 Inforum members; $55 for non-members; $500 for a table of 10. More at

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