By Jody DeVere
President, WAAI, AskPatty.com
At GM's Saturn group, someone who possesses the true spirit of leadership is Jill Lajdziak, a woman who has taken on the tough times at GM and pushed her division and company ahead in the process.
The Women’s Automotive Association International will honor Jill Lajdziak with a ‘Spirit of Leadership’ award on Feb. 3, 2007, during the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention 2007, for her inspiring role model to those women reaching for positions in the top ranks of the automotive industry.
As women professionals, we are leaders, we are visible, we are accountable, and we are determined. People inside - and outside - of the automotive industry observe under a microscope what women executives say and do.
Jill strives each day to meet the expectations of family, employers, suppliers and employees. Through the quality of her leadership, words, objectives, and her commitment, she continually maintains the respect and trust of those around her. Her service and support to charity programs and the communities surrounding Saturn dealerships is remarkable.
Jill said: “It's all about giving back to the community, and at the end of the day doing what is right." She adds, "It's a part of being a Saturn retailer. We want to give back to the community. It's certainly about selling cars, servicing cars, and taking care of owners through their lifetime experience with their Saturn vehicles, but it's also giving back to the community and Saturn retailers do that in many ways."
Jill has sparkle, a winning smile, enthusiasm and a presence that lights up a room. She has the power to make you “feel” what the Saturn brand is all about. She keeps close to the pulse beat of Saturn customers by communicating personally with Saturn customers every day. Her refreshing customer-centric style is revitalizing the Saturn brand, especially with women consumers. The refinements to the Saturn 2007 vehicle line up of classy, comfortable, enjoyable, yet affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles speaks volumes to women consumers and her ability to listen and deliver what women want.
Congratulations, Jill, on this well-deserved tribute to your accomplishments. You have my total admiration and respect.