Tuesday, 08 September 2020 14:54

AWAF Hosts Training, Awards Scholarships and Continues to Inspire Despite COVID

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Although in-person meetings are on hiatus due to the threat of COVID-19, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) has not allowed the chaos of 2020 to prevent them from inspiring and enlightening members.

From increasing the number of virtual professional development offerings to awarding scholarships and more, AWAF refuses to let any global pandemic stop these motivated ladies from carrying out their mission.


Educational content has been coordinated with the current situation in mind.


“Faced with an invisible enemy and a temporarily diminished automotive marketplace, working remotely or being furloughed can play havoc with our daily lives, and each programmed session has been specially selected to address stressors and ease transition to the ‘new normal’ brought on by COVID-19,” said AWAF Professional Development Committee Co-Chair Corinne Smereka.


“Tapping into our talented membership expertise and experience, AWAF has provided and will continue to provide a series of free, virtual, one-hour sessions via Zoom technology. These sessions are designed to explore new perspectives, gain new skills and promote networking opportunities during these challenging times,” Smereka continued.


The first session in AWAF’s series, held in May, was “Clarity in the Midst of a Crisis: How to Find Your New Normal” with Dr. Priscilla Archangel, president of Archangel and Associates, LLC, followed by “Difficult Conversations: Open Heart, Open Mind,” presented June 4 by Diane Morrison and Marian Morlock, co-creators of Expanding Leadership Capabilities.


On June 25, Linda Taliaferro, founder and CEO of The TEE---The Extra Effort, LLC, discussed “Turning Career Trauma into Career Triumph,” sharing six tips: find your voice and use it, know your worth, relationships are everything, focus on being, establish your unique persona (your brand) and be authentic.

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