"I appreciate [this opportunity] to take charge [of this partnership]...because I'm going to continue - not just once, not just twice - to be a partner and to be a volunteer and...to do all I can to make sure that Girl Talk is making an impact, empowering young ladies to be strong, confident, servant leaders. I will make it my business...so they can continue on their awesome mission and vision."
- MADELENE LOPES,
Senior Client Solutions Executive,
Inventory Solutions | Inventory Management, Manheim
Since partnering with Girl Talk in the summer of 2017, Manheim, a branch of Cox Automotive, has made an incredible impact on the Girl Talk community, and its team became involved, personally and professionally, on almost every level - from the Board of Directors to Girl Talk Camp.
The Manheim team in the Southeastern United States jumped in immediately and began raising funds and awareness in a number of new and creative ways, encouraging its employees to get involved with company bake sales, raffles, and pie-in-the-face fundraisers and competing with other regions to raise the most money for Girl Talk!
In recognition of the whirlwind summer fundraiser that blew Girl Talk away, Manheim was awarded the 2017 Board's Best Award by the Girl Talk Board of Directors at the Closing Ceremony of Girl Talk Camp 2017. Later, in January 2018, Cox Automotive Director of Dealer Sales Roger Teate joined the Girl Talk Board of Directors.
What's more, the women of Cox Automotive have been amazing supporters, volunteers, and role models for our young leaders.
In February 2018, the Girl Talk Teen Advisory Board had the opportunity to hear from a panel of women leaders at Cox Automotive, who gave them wonderful advice and life lessons about school, work, perfectionism, and passion.
And, in preparation for Girl Talk Camp 2018, Manheim's employee resource group Women With Drive held an incredible supply drive with the participation of Manheim women from all over the country.
One of Girl Talk's main advocates at Manheim, Madelene Lopes, even sent her nieces to camp! Here's what she had to say...
Thanks to the leadership of Roger Teate, Madelene Lopes, and Amy Carerra, the summer of 2018 brought with it another successful Manheim fundraiser, and there is more to come from this exciting partnership. We have been amazed by how quickly the Manheim team has made an impact on our organization, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work together to empower even more girls throughout 2018 and beyond!