NADA Talks Car Biz Diversity But

SITUATION:
The National Auto Dealers Association is really not diverse.
But seems to recognize the organization’s opportunity & need to act.
Now claims new awareness of imbalance & inequity is an “awakening”.
Says it makes sense” to do something” about racial & gender imbalance.
But still there are only 3 women yet 32 men on NADA Staff & Executive Committee.

SIGNIFICANCE:
Outgoing CEO says NADA should be leader in auto industry work force diversity.
NADA leadership again saying right words with proclamations & good intentions.
Board seeks to fix problem by expanding the Board, not major org or culture change.
Such resolved talk & no real action has been prevalent from NADA for years.
Complete overhaul  of franchising, culture, organization, & NADA charter needed for change.

SOLUTIONS:
NADA Board passed a series of resolutions to foster diversity of leadership.
But all that was really done was to add one woman & one minority male to Board.
CEO seeks lead staff & Board out of imbalance & inequity at NADA & dealerships.
Seems It’s about money. Males own nearly all dealerships so no real change will occur.

SEZ:
“Racism and discrimination has no place in car business or America”-  “We must root it out together.” – Peter Welch – CEO, NADA
“We want to reflect both communities & our customer base.” “People need to be treated equally.  We want Equality.” – Myra Dandridge, NADA External Affairs.

STATS:
16,000 NADA dealer members
40% of U.S. population are minorities [or car buying market)
1,243 minority owned dealerships of 16.000

THE REAL SITUATION WITH NADA BOARD & STAFF DIVERSITY:
NADA Staff;  18 members – 2 Women (HR & Legislative) [Black & Latina]

NADA Executive Committee – 17 Members but only one is a Woman.
Or 32 males & 3 women total on Board & Executive Committee.

SOURCE:

Automotive News, Nov 2 issue – “NADA Widens Diversity & Inclusion Efforts”  –

KEY PEOPLE WHO CAN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN:
Claudia Knopf , NADA Inclusiveness Committee [hrdept@nada.org]
Eight members of NADA Inclusiveness Committee
Desmond Roberts,  President of Advantage Chevrolet
Peter Welch, Outgoing CEO of NADA
Myra Dandridge, NADA Director of External Affairs
Matt Pesky,  Automotive News Contributor
Rhett Rickert, President of NADA

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