Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Accepts Nominations for Impact Awards

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DETROIT — The Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement is accepting nominations for the second annual CADIA Impact Awards, which recognize achievement in diversity, equity and inclusion in the automotive sector.

The awards will be presented Nov. 17 to individuals, teams or companies that have a measurable impact on DE&I in the industry and who have worked to support CADIA’s mission to double the number of diverse leaders by 2030.

“The Impact Awards were created to recognize all the people, teams and companies working to create a more inclusive automotive industry,” Cheryl Thompson, CEO of CADIA, in a press release. “We hope that sharing these success stories will motivate other companies to start DEI work in their companies as well.”

The categories are:

  • Management commitment : A leader who has demonstrated commitment and support for DE&I in a meaningful way, modeling the behavior, values ​​and norms that promote an equitable and inclusive workplace.
  • Systemic change: A person or organization that eliminates systemic biases and addresses organizational barriers to inclusion and equity in the workplace.
  • Diverse Talent Champion: An individual or organization that elevates/develops/progresses or champions diverse talents.
  • Creating Inclusive Cultures: An individual or organization that has made progress in creating an inclusive culture where individuals can present themselves authentically in the workplace.

Organizations and individuals can self-nominate, and there is no cost to submit a nomination. Applications can be submitted via the CADIA website (Click here) until September 19. A panel of judges will determine the winners, who will be announced at an awards ceremony Nov. 17 at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan. Corporate DE&I champions and advocates, various professionals and anyone interested in supporting DE&I excellence in the automotive industry are encouraged to attend, CADIA said.

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