“There are so many incredibly talented women in the industry, and there is strong interest when people are given an opportunity like this to learn,” Lateiner said in a statement. “It is wonderful to work with Volvo Cars to make this build not only a reality but also a concrete example of what the power of women working together can make possible.”
That’s a message Volvo can get behind. The company is working to increase the number of female service technicians it employs and has also made a “50/50 Gender Neutral Leadership Commitment” for recruiting and promoting employees to leadership positions.
“As we look toward the next decade, the automotive industry will see new technologies, embrace electrification, transform its approach to manufacturing and find innovative ways to connect with customers,” said Volvo Car USA president and CEO Anders Gustafsson in a statement. “With these advancements, one of our biggest challenges will be developing a strong, diverse talent pipeline and an inclusive culture to support this transformation. Investing in programs that grow female and minority representation in automotive is critical to the future of our business at Volvo Cars and the future of the automotive industry at large.”
Lateiner, the host of All Girls Garage on MotorTrend TV, and a group of female mechanics brought a 1957 Chevrolet pickup to the SEMA Show in 2017.