The Women's Industry Network (WIN®) honored its 2018 Most Influential Women (MIW) and 2018 scholarship recipients on the evening of May 8 during the MIW and Scholarship Award Ceremony and Gala.
The award ceremony and gala took place at WIN's 2018 Educational Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, IN.
Newly inducted WIN Chair Michelle Sullivan welcomed attendees to the “celebration of several accomplished women” and provided a brief history of the MIW program. Then, Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Bev Rook-Twibell and Debbie Menz took the stage to announce this year’s scholarship winners: Ashley Cambern (UTI of Houston), Olivia Parker (UTI of Houston), Jennifer Clark (Lincoln College of Technology in Denver), Yanet Enriquez (Lincoln College of Technology in Denver), Celia Martinez (UTI of Houston) and Shiloh Taft (TN College of Applied Technology). They also announced the three post-secondary school scholarship winners who could not attend the conference: Tabetha Faith (Washburn Tech), Elizabeth Vickers (TN College of Applied Technology) and Shelby Winningham (TN College of Technology).
Patrice Marcil, Axalta’s director of customer experience, then joined the scholarship winners on stage to offer them free training, announcing that each winner would receive a two-day class at the Axalta facility of her choice, including accommodations.
Cambern then stepped up to the microphone to thank WIN members for the opportunity to attend the conference, where she celebrated her 21st birthday.
“Everyone we’ve met has been very empowering, influential and helpful,” she said. “I have learned so much and cannot wait to go out into the industry and show them what a girl can really do!”
Next, Brandon Eckenrode of the Collision Repair Education Foundation and Destiny Potter, graduate of Lincoln Tech and currently a customer service advisor/estimator at ABRA Auto Body & Glass, stepped forward to discuss the importance of bringing young people into the industry and supporting WIN, who promotes this endeavor as well. Explaining that CREF paid off her student loan debt a couple years ago, Potter recalled how she was bullied in high school and college for daring to go into a male-dominated industry.
“Keep going,” she said. “Don’t think you can’t make it. Don’t give up. You’re doing great.”