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2023 WIAC Leadership Conference – Speaker Mentorship Program Application

Thank you for your interest in submitting an application for the Women in Auto Care Speaker Mentorship Program. For more information on the program and how to apply, please see below.

BACK FOR THE 2023 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE! Women in Auto Care is continuing it's successful speaker mentorship program for the 2023 conference. The aim is to help support Women in Auto Care community professionals translate their skills, knowledge, and expertise into an engaging presentation to share with the community at the annual Women in Auto Care Leadership Conference.

The Women in Auto Care Committee invites you to submit an application for the speaker mentorship program, where the selected Women in Auto Care professional will present an up to 30-minute session on a topic of their choice at the 2023 Women in Auto Care Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, CA from February 27th - March 1st, 2023. The annual leadership conference is designed to foster both personal and professional development and includes educational programming, tools and resources for career growth and networking with like-minded peers.

The committee encourages applicants to submit session ideas addressing key industry issues, professional development and personal growth topics impacting Women in Auto Care professionals.

Through the speaker mentorship program, the selected applicant will receive mentorship support in developing and creating an up to 30-minute presentation for the conference. This will include at least two virtual mentoring sessions to help the presenter craft their presentation, including things like a presentation outline, their slide deck, best practices for presenting to an audience, etc. The presenter will also participate in at least one practice run-through of their presentation where they will receive support in final session preparation from their mentor and select members of the Women in Auto Care committee.

Program Details
  • The selected applicant’s session will be held at the 2023 Women in Auto Care Leadership Conference in Palm Springs on either Tuesday, February 28th or Wednesday, March 1st, 2023. Applicants must be available during these dates to implement their session.
  • The selected applicant should also be able to participate virtually in at least two speaker mentoring session and at least one practice run-through of their presentation.
  • The session will be presented as part of the general session/main stage program and be up to 30 minutes in length.
  • The selected applicant is responsible for covering their own travel and accommodations for the event. They will receive one (1) complimentary registration for the conference.
  • To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a member of Women in Auto Care. Priority will be given to those applicants who are presenting at an industry event for the first time and/or applicants where this is their first presentation to an audience of 50 people or more.

Why You Should Apply
This is a great opportunity to grow your skills and experience as a speaker! The selected applicant will receive customized support and mentorship in developing their skills as a speaker. They will walk away with a curated speaker bio, professionals photos of them presenting and additional speaker materials to add to their portfolio (such as social media assets highlighting their role as a speaker for the event). Additionally, the selected applicant will receive a complimentary registration for the event.

Session Selection
Women in Auto Care is looking to select up to one (1) applicant for this year’s speaker mentorship program. The application review and selection process will be conducted by the Women in Auto Care Executive Committee and include review of submitted applications as well as a follow-up interviews for those selected as finalists.  Applications will be evaluated bases on the program details criteria identified above as well as topic relevance to the Women in Auto Care community and presenter’s knowledge of the proposed topic.

Key dates:
  • Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
  • Review period: Friday, December 16th, 2022 - Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
  • Final selection will be announced by Friday, January 13th, 2023 

How to Apply
To apply, please press the "Next" button below. This will launch the application form.

Applicants may begin their form and return to it for completion at a later date. At the top of each application page, there is a tool bar with a button that reads "Save and continue later" in the top right-hand corner. Upon clicking this button, applicants will be prompted to enter their email address, verify their email address, and select "save." This action will prompt an email to be sent to the email address provided  containing instructions on how to re-access the partially completed application. If you have any questions or do not receive an email following this process, please contact Amanda Bischoping at for assistance. 

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 15th, 2022

Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Bischoping at or Missy Stephens at