SAE 2014 World Congress & Exhibition

April 8-10, 2014

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cobo Center

Young Professional Activities at Congress

In response to overwhelming positive customer feedback, an SAE Young Professional's (YP) Strategic Leadership Council has been formed to support Young Professional activities associated with the SAE World Congress.

The exciting programs and activities for Young Professionals at World Congress are designed to inform, encourage and motivate the leaders of tomorrow. This initiative will provide solid leadership principles that they can carry throughout their career. These activities also provide a valuable opportunity to learn from and network with executives from major corporations.

As technology continues to change and critical issues arise, these skills are more important now than ever.

Lead Your Future! If you see yourself as a leader driving the decisions of tomorrow, you won't want to miss this program.

Meet the SAE Young Professional Strategic Leadership Council

Benefits of Attending

  • successfully transition into & manage your career
  • learn the fundamentals of effective leadership
  • find out the traits employers are seeking in a leader
  • hear industry leadership's perspective on young professionals
  • mentoring opportunities with executives
  • peer-to-peer networking

Young Professional Activities

All Young Professional activities are included in Congress registration.

Speed Mentoring Speed Mentoring - "Executives Connecting with Future Leaders"
Meet the Speed Mentors!
Seating is limited, sign up today!
    This event is an opportunity for young professionals to engage with executives in an informal setting. Mentors will be stationed around the room while small groups of the Young Professional participants rotate to different stations at set time intervals. The stations will consist only of chairs facing each other creating a comfortable, level atmosphere for communication.

    Tuesday, April 81:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 912:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Thursday, April 1012:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Young Professional Activities Leadership Lessons Panel Discussion and Lunch
Sponsored by:
SPACE IS LIMITED! If you are interested in attending please reserve your seat
Tuesday, April 8, 2014   11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom (Room 360)

    Lindsay Brooke, Senior Editor, SAE International - Automotive Engineering International magazine

    Lizabeth Ardisana, CEO, ASG Renaissance
    Chris Cowland, Powertrain Director, Advanced and SRT Powertrain, Chrysler Group LLC
    Felicia Fields, Group Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Ford Motor Company Audley Brown, Director, Diesel Calibration, General Motors Company
    Jake Welland, Manager; North American Materials Development, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc.

    Developing the next generation of leaders is vital to the automotive industry. SAE Int'l recognizes the importance of providing unique settings where young professionals can learn. As part of the initiative to promote YP activity at World Congress, IAV Automotive Engineering will host the "Leadership Lessons" Young Professional Luncheon to encourage an open forum discussion for YPs to engage accomplished industry professionals. The event will provide an opportunity for a group of industry experts to answer questions like: What is your brand? How did you end up where you are today? What and/or who taught you leadership? What are current leaders looking for from YPs? What do organizations need from YPs? Other topics like volunteer history, mistakes made, and accounts of personal and professional development will also be discussed.

Young Professional Activities Your Personal Brand - Featuring Dennis Mannion, CEO of the Detroit Pistons
Sponsored by:
Pure Michigan
Wednesday, April 9, 2014   10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Room 420 A

    Speaker: Dennis Mannion, President and CEO, Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons
    Introducing speaker: Whitney Liftig, Marketing Specialist, IAV Automotive Engineering

    Do you know your personal brand? Your brand, reputation and credibility are all directly linked to your business, career, and professional path. Dennis Mannion, President and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons, is very familiar with developing a personal brand. His unique brand comes from his vast experience in the sports and entertainment industries. Mannion holds the rare distinction of having experience in all four major league sports where he has led operations during 14 postseason runs and been part of two World Series, a Major League All-Star Game, a NHL Conference Championship, a Super Bowl and two National League Championship Series. In this career development session, Mannion will share his personal brand success story and inspire you to write yours!

Young Professional Activities Navigating your Strategic Career Path
Sponsored by:
Pure Michigan
Wednesday, April 9, 2014   11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room 420 A

    Speaker: Melissa Howell, Vice President, Human Resources, General Motors Company
    Introducing Speaker: Jeremy Kearney, Global Interior IRT Co-Chair, General Motors Company

    Some people believe that employers should establish their employees' career tracks. In some ways, that makes things easier - you just follow along with what others have planned for you and hope for the best. But such a passive approach to your professional development can lead to a stagnant, unfulfilling career. If you want to be in charge of your own destiny, you need the courage and the drive to forge your own career path. During this career development session, the speakers will engage in conversation about career path, leadership and what senior leaders expect from employees.

    We are looking for YP's willing to volunteer at Congress for half a day. In appreciation for your volunteerism, a "free" day of access to the World Congress will be given to any individual who volunteers.

    Volunteer Activities Include:
  • Reading Bio's for tech session presenters
  • Showing participants around the event
  • Assisting with the AWIM Student Competitions (set-up, judging, monitoring)
  • Assisting in the AVL Technology Leadership Center
  • Assisting in the FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum
  • Volunteer Sign-up