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Glenda Gill Executive Director Rainbow/PUSH Los Angeles to Join the Advisory Panel of Ask Patty

Published Aug 25th 2006, 10:09pm by

Glenda Gill, Executive Director of Rainbow/PUSH Los Angeles Bureau, will join Ask Patty as a member of the automotive advisory panel of industry-expert women on Ask Patty.Com, Inc.

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) August 25, 2006 –- Ask Patty.Com, Inc., announced today that Glenda Gill, Executive Director of Rainbow/PUSH Los Angeles, will join the automotive advisory panel of industry-expert women for their new woman’s portal, Ask Patty. The enterprise version of the Ask Patty website at http://www.askpatty.com launched August 21, 2006, and provides a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics online.

Glenda Gill has vast experience in several areas of work including public affairs, public relations, community relations, public involvement, marketing, public events and management of special projects. She also served as a partner in a firm as a public involvement and public awareness consultant for the Detroit Water and Sewage Department Projects - CSO Basin and Water Works Park.

She began her career at Xerox Corporation and spent over 14 years in retail management, with Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor and others.

Gill left the retail industry to become immersed in national politics by joining Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s 1988 Presidential campaign as assistant director of fundraising. After the campaign, Ms. Gill worked in various capacities for other presidential and senatorial candidates national and a stint as a union organizer for AFL-CIO. These positions fueled her ascent to fund development director of the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta.

Glenda Gill is currently the Executive Director of the Rainbow/PUSH Los Angeles (http://www.rainbowpush.org), formerly the Director of the Rainbow/PUSH Detroit Bureau. Gill’s current responsibility has been the day-to-day bureau operations, management, and leading the effort to promote diversity of minorities and women among the global automotive community. The bureau has focused on building strategic partnerships within the industry in an effort to promote, increase, and sustain diversity participation at every level. The work has been invaluable to the transformation of the automotive manufacturing industry – leading to increased minority participation from the boardroom to the assembly line.

In her new capacity, Gill added to her plate the entertainment industry. The effort will be to forge new relationships in the entertainment industry and have goals that are similar to automotive. Advocacy, education, building strong relationships, strategic partnerships and expanding minority opportunities behind the scenes as well as in front of the screen will be the chief focus in entertainment.

Gill sees herself as a change agent along with having a drive and passion to the commitment of economic empowerment for people of color.

In her automotive advisory role, Gill will respond to questions from consumer women on automotive related topics via the website. The Ask Patty interactive advice blog launched May 22, 2006.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be involved with Ask Patty. Over the years I have seen the barriers that exist for women and minorities in the automotive industry. Ask Patty is an excellent tool to give women consumers a resource to make more informed decisions as well as providing current automotive trends,” states Glenda Gill. "Ask Patty is what consumer women have been waiting for, a safe online place to get advice before they visit their local car dealerships. I am pleased to join the Ask Patty team of expert automotive advisers and believe my experience and industry knowledge will help consumer women make educated decisions about their automotive needs and enable them to have a better experience with local car dealerships."

“We are delighted that Glenda Gill has decided to become a part of our advisory board of automotive experts,” says Jody DeVere, President of Ask Patty. DeVere continues, “She brings with her an incredibly diverse background of initiatives and projects. Having her on board will surely enrich our entire panel.” According to DeVere, Ask Patty provides the safe environment for women to get advice and information needed to feel empowered and confident when they go to their local dealership for car service, repairs, maintenance and to negotiate and purchase a new or used vehicle.

Peter Martin, President of CarsMagazine.com added, “Glenda Gill is an asset to Ask Patty and all the women consumers who come to Ask Patty for advice and direction. With her knowledge of women’s issues, Gill will be a great guide for these women seeking advice.”

About AskPatty.com, Inc.
Ask Patty provides women consumers an opportunity to send questions about car buying, selling, repair and maintenance to a panel of expert automotive women and is a safe online place to share and discuss their car buying experiences. Women can submit posts directly to the Ask Patty website by going to the http://www.askpatty.com. The Ask Patty advisory panel of automotive expert women is headed up by Deborah Renshaw -- professional NASCAR driver, and is comprised of women who hold various leadership positions in the automotive industry.

Women purchase over 50 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States each year and influence 85 percent of the buying decisions, spending over $80 billion. Yet, shopping for and buying a car can be a challenge for women who are first time car buyers or for women who had a bad experience in the past with a car salesman or dealership.

Ask Patty is a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics. Women can Ask Patty for automotive advice on the Ask Patty "Get Advice" blog by clicking here: Ask Patty Blog; Patty will typically reply back to you the same day. Selected questions and answers will be answered by the panel of automotive women experts for the benefit of all women.

Properly armed with the right tools and training your dealerships can increase its share of the largest and fastest growing demographic of new vehicle buyers in the US -- Women Consumers. The Ask Patty Certified Dealer program was designed specifically for car dealerships to attract, sell, retain and keep loyal women consumers.

AskPatty.com is endorsed and in partnership with CarsMagazine.com, (http://carsmagazine.com), a member and 2006 corporate sponsor of the Women's Automotive Association International based in Detroit, MI, (http://www.waai.com), on the Women's Board of the Car Care Council, (http://carcare.org), a SEMA member (http://www.SEMA.org) and a member of the SEMA Business Women's Networking Group.




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