GROW (Generating Real Opportunities for Women) is an all-new network created by MotoNovo Finance to support dealer and broker partners, to increase female representation at all levels across motor retailing, launched on 6 April.
Open to everyone GROW has been created to increase understanding in areas such as unconscious bias, to challenge, support, and encourage meaningful discussions about gender issues in motor retailing when it comes to career development. Above all, it is about encouraging everyone to appreciate the value of providing career opportunities for women at all levels as part of a broader move to embrace diversity and inclusion.
Leading the initiative is MotoNovo MD Karl Werner as an active member of The Automotive 30% Club, whose ’30 by 30′ strategy aims to see at least 30% of key leadership positions held by talented women by 2030.
It is a goal that MotoNovo has already exceeded with a 50/50 gender structure in place across the business’ Senior Leaders team.
Werner said: “We want to play our part in creating a fairer society and have taken big strides to ‘raise our own bar’ as an employer. Broadening this out to support and encourage people and businesses across the motor retailing sector to adopt similar change and feel the benefits, we see as a natural extension.
“As an active member of The Automotive 30% Club, I am delighted to be the sponsor of our Women’s Network and look forward to playing my part in championing it as a platform for positive change.”
“To this end, we’re opening a dialogue around how to employ, retain and nurture more women within the automotive industry, providing them with the best opportunities to grow in their careers.
Julia Muir, founder of the Automotive 30% Club, said: “There’s strong evidence that women’s networks with a goal of inspiring, developing and supporting women have a significant positive impact on women’s progression. Something special happens when women see that they are not alone.
“A company serious about being gender balanced should establish a network that is inclusive for both sexes like GROW is. The purpose is to share perspectives, find common ground and work together on solutions that are fed back to senior leadership for action.
“Male members learn that they’re the other half of the gender balance and that they will also benefit from changes. Involvement should be encouraged and led from the top as Karl Werner is doing. I hope many more of our members will establish inclusion networks like GROW.”