Cheryl Thompson

CEO and Founder of Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement

Cheryl Thompson is the founder of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA). CADIA supports Diversity and inclusion for the automotive industry by providing professional development for individuals, along with resources, programs and tools that drive organizational evolution. A veteran of the automotive industry, Thompson has over 30 years of experience at Ford Motor Company and American Axle and Manufacturing in positions ranging from skilled trades, operations, engineering and global leadership.

She is trained in diversity and inclusion, career and leadership coaching and is Six Sigma trained and certified as a Black Belt. Thompson has been recognized as a 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing Honoree, a 2019 Corp Magazine Salute to Diversity award winner and is the recipient of two Diversity and Inclusion Awards from Ford Motor Company. A sought-after voice and speaker in the automotive, manufacturing and aerospace and defense industries, she has performed keynote addresses, workshops and breakout sessions for a number of companies and events, including TEDx Windsor, Women in Manufacturing (WiM), the American Automotive Summit and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).