J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders

Established in 1999 and previously named WEC/BREED Award for Women's Leadership, the J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders is designed to recognize a woman active in the mobility industry who has achieved the best balance of life by outstanding performance or significant contributions in two or more of the following areas:

  • Exhibits outstanding service to her company and community.
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership as a supervisor, manager, or in team environments.
  • Displays innovation and uniqueness in achieving corporate and personal goals.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills.
  • Provides important engineering or technical contributions to the mobility industry.
  • Overcomes adversity.
  • Participates in and is involved with SAE activities.

This award was established by the SAE Women Engineers Committee to recognize the role of women in the mobility industry by the contributions they make both professionally and personally. The recipient shall be selected based primarily on her excellence in creatively dealing with the challenges professional women are faced with in the mobility industry.

The award consists of an engraved award, a $2000 honorarium and is presented at the Awards Ceremony at a major SAE conference.

Year

Name

Employer

2018

Jennifer Daneshgari

General Motors

2017

Denise M. Rizzo, Ph.D.

U.S. Army TARDEC

2016

Linda Duschl

Boeing Co.

2015

Laura Hitchcock

Boeing Co.

2014

Cynthia Svestka

General Motors

2013

Myra Blanco, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech

2012

Marie Pace Planchard

DS Solidworks Corp.

2011

Helene Cornils

Eaton

2010

Sandra Postel

Boeing Commercial Airplanes

2009

Esther Faingold

Plasticos Mueller SA

2008

Carol Sturman

Sturman Industries

2007

Margaret S. Wooldridge

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2006

Kim De Groh

NASA John Glenn Research Center

2005

Pamela Strong

Boeing Space & Defense Systems

2004

Charlotte Wiley

Cummins Power Generation

2003

Dr. Nadine Levick

Harlem Hospital Center

2002

Dr. Lori M. Fussell

 

2001

Jeya Padmanaban

JP Research Inc.

2000

Janine M. Bay

Ford Motor Co.

Nomination Deadline: Extended to Aug. 1

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