10 team members from Cox Automotive’s Women with Drive (WWD) initiative are preparing to climb Kenya’s Mount Kilimanjaro next February. The WWD programme aims to support women in the automotive industry.
The group has held five WWD events, featuring guest speakers, including Nathalie McGloin, the UK’s first spinal cord-injured female Porsche racing car driver; Jo Salter, Britain’s first female Tornado fighter pilot; and Natalia Cohen, who was part of the six-woman ‘Coxless Crew’, which successfully rowed across the Pacific Ocean in 2015-16.The fifth WWD event, held on 7th July, featured two motivational speakers: Maria Soklis, President of Cox Automotive Canada, who told her story of overcoming obstacles to reach the top, and Claire Lomas, MBE, who spoke about the life-changing accident that left her paralysed from the chest down.
Alison Fisher, Group HR Director at Cox Automotive, chose the event to revealed the 10 selected women to take the Kilimanjaro challenge. Alison said: “I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved with Women with Drive so far – and we’re only going to go from strength to strength. As someone who’s passionate about helping women dream big and reach their goals, it’s amazing to see so much engagement and positivity from all genders. I’m excited to see what this team of 10 will achieve over the next few months, and I look forward to congratulating them as they return victorious from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.”
Women with Drive is welcoming women from the wider UK automotive sector to join the team and take on Kilimanjaro in spring 2018. More info at womenwithdrive.co.uk.
Aneliese Platts, who has been chosen for the climb, said: “I’m lost for words to be included in such an amazing experience – I was shocked when Alison called my name, but now I’m excited to get started with training and fundraising. Bring on the challenge!”