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WIN Conference Kicks Off in Atlanta

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The sixth annual Women’s Industry Network (WIN) Conference kicked off Monday morning in Atlanta with more than 200 women from all segments of the collision repair industry in attendance.

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The first day included a keynote address on, “Extreme Change: Adapt, Overcome & WIN as One” by Robyn Benincasa, world champion adventure racer, San Diego city firefighter and founder of World Class Teams and the Project Athena Foundation.

Dr. Linda Gravett of Gravett and Associates inspired conference attendees with her strategies for managing stress and maintaining inner peace utilizing exercises borrowed from tai chi, yoga and tae kwon do. The afternoon session included an update on vehicle design and collision avoidance technology and its impact on the industry presented by Kim Hazelbaker, senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute.

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The day included recognition of the nine conference scholarship winners, including six students, one instructor and two collision repair facility employees: 

• Nicolette Col
• Le’Trina Ervin
• Tiffany Owen
• Leslie Mendoza
• Jennifer Watkins
• Kinsey Simmons
• Greg Brink
• Deborah O’Kean
• Jessica Gauthier

Margaret Knell was awarded this year’s Cornerstone Award, given each year to a board member who exemplifies the values and ideals of WIN. Also recognized were WIN’s 2012 Corporate Sponsors: AkzoNobel; DuPont; Allstate; ASE; BASF; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; State Farm Insurance; Hertz; 3M; LKQ; Sterling Autobody Centers; GEICO; Fix Auto; CARSTAR; PPG; ABRA Auto Body & Glass; CAPA; Finishmaster; Symphony Advisors; Sherwin Williams; Mitchell; CCC Information Services; Insurance Auto Auctions; Audatex; and Car-Part.com.

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“We want to thank every one of our sponsors for their support of WIN," said Victoria Jankowski, WIN’s chair. "Their commitments are essential to achieving our mission of engaging women in the collision repair industry." 


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