Stephanie's Open Road


    Technicians Roadtrip


Senior Coordinator, OEM & Product Development
SEMA Garage

“If a woman can follow her passion, do it, be successful in it, and live her dream, that’s success.”


Engineering Technology


Acceptance Perseverance Determination Fulfillment Societal Pressures Negativity Struggle Choices Opportunity Goals Confidence Transitions Hard Work Exploration


Accomplishing Goals


  • Currently serving as the Senior Coordinator at the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, CA where she is in charge of overall logistics.
  • Originally wanted to become a cosmetologist, but after getting pregnant at a young age, she felt she needed a more steady paycheck.
  • She started out by bouncing around different companies in their customer service departments, until she eventually landed a job at Yokohama Tires.
  • With that job, she says she “fell” into the auto industry—worked her way up at Yokohama for the next ten years learning everything she could about cars.
  • Encountered a lot of gender bias early on; for one interview, she was blindfolded and tested on whether she could identify tires by their tread, which was not something they did to male applicants.
  • Viewed it as a personal challenge to see if she could do it—ended up feeling empowered by the fact that she was the only woman in her department.
  • Says that first impressions have often worked against her—she constantly struggles to gain people’s trust and prove that she does know what she’s talking about.
  • Believes that women interested in going into the auto industry are lucky because they have the benefit of a growing pool of women who are genuinely interested in helping you succeed.

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