On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, we’re launching our live video conference mentorship program: Mentorship Matters.
With a monthly fireside chat-style virtual discussion, you can listen live with the opportunity to interact and ask questions.
#MentorshipMatters will feature a rotating roster of Mentors and Moderators who will discuss the challenges, pitfalls, and successes they have had in their respective motorsports roles and disciplines.
Our first guest will be Taylor Ferns, with Katie Kiel moderating. Please be sure to check out their individual bios below.
Registration is free and sessions are sure to interest motorsport professionals, as well as aspiring motorsport professionals.
Once you register for the session – by clicking the link below – you’ll receive a link to watch and participate live.
Join us for Episode 1: July 20 @ 7 PM EST | 4 PM PST
Ask Taylor a Question
Aside from some of her motorsport’s accomplishments, Taylor has gone on to pursue academia by attaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from Grand Valley State University where she graduated cum laude, a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University, and is currently enrolled at Wayne State University Law School. Since 2018, Taylor has worked at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm in an Operations role where she has dedicated her time to elevating her position by applying a lot of what was instilled in her at a young age: grit, persistence, and vivaciousness. To add, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm is the primary sponsor of her racecars.
Over the years, Taylor’s perspective of the motorsport’s world, and her placement in it, has evolved. She now recognizes the power and greater meaning behind being a female in a male-dominated trade. With that, she has made it a personal mission to give back to a sport she is so passionate about by mentoring younger girls interested in racing. Taylor is also an active member of Women in Motorsports North America and regularly takes part in professional speaking engagements regarding women in racing.
At just nine-years-old, Kiel began racing quarter midgets across the country. Just two years later, Lyn St. James invited Kiel to attend "Women in the Winner’s Circle” and driver development. For the next decade, she continued to work her way up the ranks in USAC midgets.
After racing for more than ten years, Kiel got out of the driver’s seat and in front of the camera. She graduated from Ball State University in 2013, and scored her first job in local news in Terre Haute, Ind., a city rich in motorsports history. She eventually worked her way back into motorsports as a pit reporter on NBCSN’s IndyCar series broadcasts.
Kiel has also worked as a reporter for Fox Sports Midwest in college football and basketball, the Indiana Pacers and NCAA.
ABOUT THE MENTORSHIP MATTERS PROGRAM
Beth Paretta, WIMNA Mentorship Committee Chair, introduces the WIMNA Mentorship Matters Program:
All talk and no action? Sometimes the right kind of talk IS action. Introducing the WIMNA Mentorship Matters Program.
WIMNA prides itself on the belief that sharing knowledge is a key resource for career growth. Our unique, ongoing, Mentorship Matters Program is an important resource for Motorsport professionals and those considering careers in Motorsport.
With a monthly fireside chat-style virtual discussion, you can either listen live with the opportunity to interact and ask questions or watch select sessions on-demand from our WIMNA Library.
Join us for #WIMNAWednesdays when we will feature a rotating roster of Mentors and Moderators who will discuss the challenges, pitfalls, and successes they have had in their respective motorsports roles and disciplines.
The calendar of Mentors and Moderators will be announced soon and registration will be open two weeks before each event.
Viewers will have the opportunity to #AskAMentor and submit questions in advance of the session, and as a special feature, we will also provide the opportunity to ask questions anonymously. Discussions will be frank, open, and honest, and we encourage people to tune in to the discussions in their field of interest and expertise as well as any other session. We believe a broad perspective and understanding of all roles is a critical ingredient to successful teams.
Check back for the roster of Mentors and Moderators, tune in on #WIMNAWednesdays, and watch for how you can #AskAMentor and possibly #BeAMentor!