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Focusing on the Next Generation

Our daughters, their future

April 21, 2017

Clarkston High School senior Katie Jaffke shares her “elevator speech” with fellow participants during The Our Daughters, Their Future program.

Clarkston High School senior Katie Jaffke shares her “elevator speech” with fellow participants during The Our Daughters, Their Future program.

If you were in an elevator with a top executive of a company where you worked, would you know what to say to leave a lasting impression?

Crafting an elevator pitch and developing a personal brand were among the many topics discussed when more than 150 daughters of FCA US employees were recently invited to the Company’s Auburn Hills, Mich., headquarters.

The students (grades 11-12) participated in a half-day program designed to help young women discover their strengths, interests and to prepare them to pursue a range of possible career paths.

“We hope we are able to help these young women understand how to transform their existing competencies into successful careers in an increasingly diverse and dynamic world,” said Barbara Pilarski, Head of Business Development, FCA – North America, and executive sponsor of the Women’s Forum.

  • More than 150 daughters of FCA US employees converged on the Company’s Auburn Hills, Michigan, headquarters on March 28 to participate in a half-day program designed to help young women discover their

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    High school students explored strategies for identifying their strengths and interests as they enter the professional world.

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    Nena Barlow is the owner of Barlow Adventures, which offers 4-wheel off-road enthusiasts guided Jeep adventures in some of the most rugged areas of the southwest U.S.

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    Mopar/Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett.

The event, named “Our Daughters, Their Future” was developed by the Women’s Forum, one of seven business resource groups at FCA US which represent affinity communities such as Women, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, LGBT, Native American and Veterans. These employee-directed groups pursue initiatives which enhance the FCA US work experience, including career development of members, celebrating multicultural traditions.

“We hope we are able to help these young women understand how to transform their existing competencies into successful careers in an increasingly diverse and dynamic world,” said Barbara Pilarski, Head of Business Development, FCA – North America, and executive sponsor of the Women’s Forum.

High school students heard from female employees representing a range of disciplines and experiences, who shared how the decisions they made along the way were instrumental to their career success.

Also as part of the celebration, FCA US developed tributes to two successful women who have managed to carve out unusual, yet very interesting, automotive-related careers:

  • Nena Barlow is the owner of Barlow Adventures, which offers 4-wheel off-road enthusiasts guided Jeep adventures in some of the most rugged areas of the southwest U.S. (Sedona, Ariz., and Moab, Utah). She has also competed in off-roading challenges, such as the Rebelle Rally. Learn more about that seven-day, 1200-mile navigation-only competition just for women by watching the video here.
  • Leah Pritchett, is a top NHRA Mopar Top Fuel driver, who recently claimed the top spot in the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals. See how she got started in racing here.