Here at Spiffy, the work we do lies at the intersection of the automotive and tech fields. Part of our ongoing journey involves breaking down the gender bias and inequality between both industries, which have traditionally been male-dominated. We strive to achieve this by hiring a team focused on cooperation and innovation, rather than only what’s considered “tried and true.”
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re eager to highlight the diverse and talented female voices who are helping Spiffy grow to new heights - from out in the field to the heart of our headquarters in Durham, NC!
Casey Garrett, Denver Supervisor
We have a large market of male technicians, especially here in Denver. A lot of the time, when we’re going through training, there’s a lot of “Let me get that for you,” or “Oh, that’s too heavy,” or “You can’t do that.” The only way to overcome it is to just say, “Watch me.” It's just a lot of calling it out when the guys do it, even if it’s not on purpose. It’s just kind of a habit for them to take all the dirty or heavy work from us, and our answer is always “Just stand back and watch me.”
What more should be done to support women in the automotive industry?
It just comes down to a culture of treating everybody as if they’re the same as the next person walking through the door. All anybody’s looking for is equality. They don’t want to be babied, left behind, or shoved to the background. So it just comes down to starting with equality from the moment everyone comes in for that first day. Everybody talks to each other the same way, everybody treats each other the same way. It’s the same tools, the same jobs, and everyone is trusted to do the same tasks.
What change would you like to see for women in the workplace in the next ten years?
It gets kind of tricky, especially in the workplace. A lot of the guys don't necessarily think that they do things that could be harmful to their female co-workers, or that they're in the wrong when they're doing something that could potentially be harmful to a company’s culture. So it comes down to leadership taking control of that, understanding that everybody is an equal, and having more training or, for lack of a better word, seminars on how to treat each other in the workplace, regardless of sex.
Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to women considering pursuing a career in your field?
Put your head down and work. It's all worth it in the end. They'll believe it when they see it, so show them.
What is something that you’re passionate about outside of work?
Project cars! I just bought a 1988 Bronco yesterday, so all of my spare time and money has been put into that. I love making cars as ridiculous as possible. My original goal was to buy a Miata and try to fit a Cummins engine into it. Just make a little diesel car that’s fun and stupid. With the Bronco, I want to throw a single turbo Coyote engine in it and give it a five-inch lift, then have a little race truck.
Laura Morales, Account Manager, Franchise Sales
Lindsay Cross, Digital Marketing Specialist
Maggie Pinner, Spiffy Customer Care Manager
Severnia Wynn, Orlando Supervisor
Nicole Haight, VP of HR
A huge shout-out to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts on breaking the gender bias in the workplace, and every woman here at Spiffy. We're made stronger by what we're able to achieve together, and International Women's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our cooperative accomplishments.
If you’re interested in finding your place here at Spiffy, don’t hesitate to check out our latest career listings and apply for a position that suits your skill set!