WHAT DRIVES HER LUNCHEON & PANEL AT THE 2017 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
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For years now, we've covered The Chicago Auto Show here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows. Tomorrow we're thrilled to be partnering up with She Buys Cars on a sponsored post, Facebook live feed, and luncheon recap. We'll also be giving our readers a first look at the show this Thursday during the press preview. The largest auto show in the nation has come a long way from featuring women as glorified hood ornaments, booth bimbos, and eye candy to taking us seriously as THE major automotive purchasing force in the nation.
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For 2017, The Chicago Auto Show has teamed with Female Factor, Women in Automotive Conference and She Buys Cars to co-host its first networking reception, luncheon and award ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Bridget Brennan, author of "Why She Buys" and CEO of Female Factor, a Chicago-based consulting and training firm, will moderate the event that will honor and celebrate women with integral roles in the automotive industry.
“The Chicago Auto Show is the place to connect with consumers, particularly females who are driving the vehicle purchase decision,” said Jennifer Morand, Chicago Auto Show director of PR and social media. “Foresight Research reports an upward tick in Chicago Auto Show female attendance year-over-year which has now become equal to male attendance – closing the gender gap. We're proud to report that nearly half of our show attendees are females.”
Honing in on the automotive world, women make up a greater percentage of primary buyers of cars than ever and account for 85 percent of the purchase decision. Yet, females make up a very small portion of auto executives – a field traditionally dominated by males.
“Women are the engine of the consumer economy, and they are critically important to the automotive industry as both consumers and workforce talent,” according to Brennan.
During the What Drives Her event, attendees will hear insights from Brennan's international best-seller book such as the need for marketers and salespeople to understand women's beliefs, values and sensitivities.
According to She Buys Cars Co-founder Scotty Reiss: “Women fall in love with the needs that they have and they search to have those needs filled. They look for economy, they look for comfort, for their second- and third-row passengers. They look for charging capabilities for devices in the second and third row. You don't see that advertised on Sunday football.”
To kick it all off, Facebook will host a 30-minute mimosa networking reception for audience members that will blend automakers, dealers, suppliers, industry media and social media influencers. Panelists include Jody Hall, Steel Market Development Institute vice president, automotive market; and Kathy Gilbert, CDK Global director of sales and business development; and Candice Crane, vice president of dealer solutions, at Hireology. Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producer of the Chicago Auto Show, Director Kelly Webb Roberts will open the discussion and introduce Bridget Brennan.
The What Drives Her luncheon will be held on Feb. 8 at McCormick Place, immediately prior to the Concept & Technology Garage. The Chicago Auto Show will stream the event via Facebook Live.
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Disclosure: I have been compensated for sharing this event with my readers. As always, all opinions are my own.