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Leadership workshop for women Oct. 27

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Women are good at getting things done, yet often find it difficult to see themselves as leaders, said Leanne Meyer, of Naridus International, a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm that focuses on helping people develop leadership skills.

Meyer will be in Grand Junction Thursday, Oct. 27, to present Strong Leaders/Strong Stories a workshop for women who want to explore and learn about what it means to see ones self as a leader.

Sponsored by the Western Colorado Community Foundation and Third Sector Innovations, the seminar will be held from 8 to 11:30 am at The Irons, at Tiara Rado Golf Course, 2057 S. Broadway.

The workshop is for women in the workplace, of any age, including those who perhaps do not have good leadership role models or find themselves lacking the passion they once had for their job, Meyer said.

We will focus on answering questions of who are you?, what are you about and what do you want? Meyer said. The problem today in the corporate environment women are happy helpers but very few see themselves as leaders.

Participants will explore the unique challenges women face in developing their careers. Meyer will talk about what it means to see and understand ones self as leader; the importance of allies, networking, and developing executive presence; and negotiating individual and organizational obstacles in the management of a career.

The name of Meyers company – Naridus – comes from three different words: Narrative, identity and us (community).

We find identity by using the process of narrative, Meyer said. Women learn to tell the story of who they are with the goal of building community.

The interactive workshop will include action planning, one-on-one conversation and group work, Meyer said.

Meyer is originally from South Africa where she earned a Masters degree in industrial psychology from the University of Johannesburg. Shes worked with companies such as Daimler Chrysler and Commercial Union, lectured and been an adjunct faculty member and Professional Leadership Advisory Board member at Pittsburghs Duquesne University, Carlow University, Chatham College and Robert Morris University.

Cost of the Strong Leaders/Strong Stories workshop is $45 and includes breakfast, coffee break, materials and a special gift. People are asked to register by Monday, Oct. 24, by calling Third Sector Innovations at 970-241-1139, or contact suzanne_keith@msn.com.

Meyer will be keynote speaker the day before at an all-day seminar titled Reaching New Heights Together in Montrose, Wednesday, Oct. 26. Geared for both men and women, the Montrose leadership event will include speakers Kelvin Kent, author of Principles and Attributes of Great Leaders, and former Navy SEAL John Brown who will give a presentation titled Developing Values-Based Leaders.

For more information about the Montrose event, visit the Montrose Community Foundation website at www.montrosecf.org or call 970-901-6574.

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Seven Major Automakers Agree to a Universal Charging System For Electric Cars

A pretty basic fear of the oncoming electric car boom is a concern that charging will be similar to the old cellphone-charger fiasco. Will the owner of a 2017 Mazda Thundersnake have to find particular Mazda charging stations, or will they be able to pull up behind a Chrysler EnFuego? Those fears can be allayed, mostly: seven major automakers have all agreed to adopt a single, universal charging system.

In a press release, Ford announced that it, as well as Audi, BWM, Daimler Chrysler, GM, Porsche, and Volkswagen, have agreed on a single integrated charging system for all electric cars in North America. Theyll be using a single-port charging system for all configurations, from small home chargers to big public rigs on the sides of highways. They also announced support for HomePlug Green PHY, which despite its silly name is a pretty cool idea: it allows you to link your car to the smart grid using Powerline, which allows all kinds of useful goodies like diagnostic system checks.

The new solution will be backwards compatible with the current industry standards in both the US and Europe, so your current Nissan Leaf will be able to use it. Though theres a conspicuous lack of Japanese and Korean participation in this largely American-German alliance, its in everyones best interest to have a unified charging solution, so we hope Nissan, Toyota, Honda, and the rest join in. Maybe Nissan was just too distracted with their crazy 10-minute chargers.

[via New Scientist]

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Mercedes sacks U.S. boss Ernst Lieb

In a surprising move, Mercedes has upset its apple cart in America by sacking its CEO, Ernst Lieb.

It’s hard to work out why Leib has been given the heave-ho, especially considering Mercedes USA is riding high at the moment on the back of strong sales and well-received models in the US

Under Lieb’s leadership Mercedes has enjoyed sales up 10.4 per cent for this year, a performance that is outstripping the market as a whole. Not only that, but Mercedes has overtaken Lexus as the most popular luxury brand in the US.

Lieb is a Mercedes man through and through, having been with the company since 1976 when he was just 21 years old. Apart from his stint as head of Mercedes in the US, Lieb also headed up Mercedes in Canada and was head of the Daimler-Chrysler Australian and Pacific Operations.

The terse statement from Mercedes gives nothing away, simply stating:

Ernst Lieb has been excused from his duties as CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), effective immediately. Daily business operations of MBUSA will be conducted by Herbert Werner (CFO and Vice President Finance, Controlling amp; IT) until further notice.

The fact that Herbert Werner has been put in charge temporarily seems to make it clear that the removal of Ernst Lieb was far from planned.

What did he do?

Source: Detroit Bureau

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Take a trip back to the fifties

The music of the Manhattan Brothers, mbaqanga and, of course, the penny whistle speak of the shebeens of the 1950s. Kwela Bafana will take the audience back to those times.

THE vibrancy of the 1950s – the era of kwela, jazz, tap dance and apartheid – is brought to life in a musical called Kwela Bafana.

Bringing the 1950s to lifeSet in a 1950s shebeen, this soulful production promises to have Joburg audiences tapping their feet and wishing they had brought along their dancing shoes. It will run at the Victory Theatre in Houghton, for three nights a week from 2 November to 10 December.

The musical is directed by Sibikwa Arts Centre founders Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, with musical direction by Themba Mkhize and dance choreographed by Todd Twala.

According to Ndaba, Kwela Bafana is about the jazz music of the Manhattan Brothers, a popular South African group, mixed with mbaqanga, that distinctive South African sound with its rural Zulu roots, which was played in the shebeens of the time.

These shebeens were places where people could gather and chat, discuss their problems and talk about the horrors of life during apartheid. There is still a lot of nostalgia for the sense of community that abounded.

Of course, no musical trip to the 1950s would be complete without the penny whistle, or “kwela”, the defining sound of the era. The name “kwela” came from the Zulu word for “get up” and the police vans were called “kwela-kwela”.

These penny whistles were used by young men on street corners to warn revellers in the shebeens of the arrival of the police. The shebeens were filled with liveliness, alcohol and music that kept people’s hopes alive, allowing them some respite from apartheid’s adversity and forced removals.

Kwela Bafana is brought to life by Boy Ngwenya, who was in the original production and Nkosana Xulu on penny whistle.

Star attraction: Singer Velephi KhumaloXulu started playing the penny whistle in 1998, after being introduced to the instrument by the late Aaron “Big Voice Jack” Lerole. He still plays with his band, Shukuma. The rest of the team is made up of award-winning performers Dumisani Mhlanga, Mduduzi Mkhethi, Andrie Mbali and Siphiwe Nkabinde.

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Musical director Mkhize is one of the country’s most respected and multi-talented musicians. He has two South African Music Awards and a Daimler Chrysler Award, given in 2001, under his belt. He arranged and composed the music for the opening ceremony of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the World Cup the following year, and has composed music for several films, including Soweto Green and Zulu Love Letter.

Twala’s musical theatre career spans nearly four decades. He has travelled the globe working on numerous major productions and brings the 1950s to life with vibrant movements. The award-winning actress, Velephi Khumalo, is one of Kwela Bafana’s main attractions.

Khumalo was involved in the Lion King production in Germany, where she provided and recorded the vocals for the album, which she sang in German. She also won the best supporting actress for her role in the television soapie, Muvhango, in 2005.

Born in 1935, Ngwenya is the elder in the production. In his time, he was a member of the four-person harmony group, the Woody Woodpeckers.

The performers will be supported by the Kwela Bafana band: led by Ngwenya on keyboards, Lunga Mgcina on saxophone, Sabelo Masondo on bass, Wandile Molefe on piano, and Siphiwe Kubheka on drums.

The Sibikwa Players will perform a preview show at the Diepkloof Hall in Soweto on 26 October at 12pm. Entrance for the preview is free of charge but Sibikwa has asked for donations of clothing for adults and children to be made for patients at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital burn and high care unit.

The Victory Theatre is located in Houghton on 105 Louis Botha Avenue, Houghton Estate. Tickets are available from Computicket or by calling the Victory Theatre on 011 728 9603.

Prices range from R95 to R223 excluding a meal, and from R175 to R300 including a meal. Pensioner and student tickets are R60, and there is a 10 percent discount for block bookings of 10 or more people.

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Job Losses in Stratford

Friday, August 12, 2011
Job Losses in Stratford
Stratford

by Peter Jackson

Over 300 people in Stratford will be thrown out of work with the closure of the citys Honeywell automotive filter plant.

Employees were given the news Thursdaythat the Romeo Street South facility will be shut down in phases.

The last remaining employees will finish their final shifts next June.

The Honeywell plant has operated since 1953 and current customers include Daimler Chrysler, John Deere, Jiffy and Pennzoil.

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BorgWarner Honors Employees for Innovation

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 5, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — BorgWarner presented Innovation Awards to over 70 employees from its worldwide operations. The awards recognize exceptional contributions in product development, customer excellence, operational excellence and collaboration.

At BorgWarner, we are passionate about innovation, collaboration and the pursuit of excellence. Our can-do attitude and entrepreneurial spirit propel us forward, pushing technology to new limits, anticipating the needs of markets around the world, and delivering fuel efficient and environmentally friendly solutions, said Timothy M. Manganello,#xA0;Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. Im very proud of the dedication, collaboration and creativity of our Innovation Award winners.

About BorgWarner

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 59 locations in 19 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com. #xA0;

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CAR- Big Shots Spill Their Beans in Travis City – Management Briefing Seminars …

Marchionne is known for
his crew neck sweaters and lack of pretension. His demeanor as well
projected an air of relaxed confidence without arrogance. Even at the later
press conference he answered questions without apparent caution or reserve.

And he is a mighty smart and well-educated guy. Not only was his
speech peppered with classic literary references, his depth of knowledge,
not just of the auto business, is obvious. He did not hesitate to share
information and opinions freely.

Marchionne talked about the challenges of combining the cultures of
two disparate companies, a process that became a millstone around the neck
of those trying to incorporate different cultures to form Daimler-Chrysler.
He insists that his approach is not so much a merger as the making a
mosaic, insuring that the unique identities of the companies, the people
and the brands are not homogenized. The goal, he said, is to make sure that
both entities have unfettered access to each others
technology, platforms, processes and everything else they need. He expects
no barriers between them.

Marchionne sees last weeks agreement on new CAFE standards
as a great thing for the industry like walking into a toy
store, he says, where everything is possible. Like most pundits
within the industry he believes it would be a big mistake to make rules
that would favor any technology over another. This way, with just a goal
set, any route there is in play.

Chrysler does not plan to invest heavily in electrification.
Theyll have an electric Fiat 500 available, but theyll put
most of their resources into improving conventional powertrains, including
natural gas capability. In fact theyre coming out now with a new
Chrysler 300 featuring a powerful V6 mated to an 8-speed ZF transmission (a
transmission that Chrysler will soon make themselves in Indiana under
license with ZF) that gets 31 miles/gallon on the highway. Thats an
amazing accomplishment for a full-size, rear-wheel drive luxury sedan.

Marchionne downplayed the speculation that an IPO might be in the
offing for Chrysler in the next couple of years. Hes concentrating
on structuring the company with the right administrative balance to build
value.

He gave plenty of hope to the folks at the Toledo Jeep plant by
talking about what a great brand Jeep, particularly Wrangler, is now and
what potential it has world wide. He insisted that the Wrangler is not a
vehicle that could be easily made in other markets so Toledo should feel
secure. Wrangler will even be a good product for China where they are not
yet securely established. Their first Chinese partnership did not go well
but he said a new partnership there shows great promise.

One of the biggest upcoming challenges for the industry, Marchionne
says, is the coming confrontation with China. He later
clarified that to mean that China will be an ever-stronger competitor in
the world market, not just in their own.

With upcoming UAW negations looming, preliminary talks already
started and Bob King poised to take the stage, Marchionne talked about his
confidence that negotiations for a new contract would not be disruptive.
The classic German codetermination approach will not work for Chrysler,
said Marchionne. The union should concentrate on electing the best
leadership they can, not worry themselves about corporate representation.
It sounded to this observer like he didnt think there any sense in
having union reps on boards of directors.

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CAR- Big Shots Spill Their Beans in Travis City – Management Briefing Seminars …

Marchionne is known for
his crew neck sweaters and lack of pretension. His demeanor as well
projected an air of relaxed confidence without arrogance. Even at the later
press conference he answered questions without apparent caution or reserve.

And he is a mighty smart and well-educated guy. Not only was his
speech peppered with classic literary references, his depth of knowledge,
not just of the auto business, is obvious. He did not hesitate to share
information and opinions freely.

Marchionne talked about the challenges of combining the cultures of
two disparate companies, a process that became a millstone around the neck
of those trying to incorporate different cultures to form Daimler-Chrysler.
He insists that his approach is not so much a merger as the making a
mosaic, insuring that the unique identities of the companies, the people
and the brands are not homogenized. The goal, he said, is to make sure that
both entities have unfettered access to each others
technology, platforms, processes and everything else they need. He expects
no barriers between them.

Marchionne sees last weeks agreement on new CAFE standards
as a great thing for the industry like walking into a toy
store, he says, where everything is possible. Like most pundits
within the industry he believes it would be a big mistake to make rules
that would favor any technology over another. This way, with just a goal
set, any route there is in play.

Chrysler does not plan to invest heavily in electrification.
Theyll have an electric Fiat 500 available, but theyll put
most of their resources into improving conventional powertrains, including
natural gas capability. In fact theyre coming out now with a new
Chrysler 300 featuring a powerful V6 mated to an 8-speed ZF transmission (a
transmission that Chrysler will soon make themselves in Indiana under
license with ZF) that gets 31 miles/gallon on the highway. Thats an
amazing accomplishment for a full-size, rear-wheel drive luxury sedan.

Marchionne downplayed the speculation that an IPO might be in the
offing for Chrysler in the next couple of years. Hes concentrating
on structuring the company with the right administrative balance to build
value.

He gave plenty of hope to the folks at the Toledo Jeep plant by
talking about what a great brand Jeep, particularly Wrangler, is now and
what potential it has world wide. He insisted that the Wrangler is not a
vehicle that could be easily made in other markets so Toledo should feel
secure. Wrangler will even be a good product for China where they are not
yet securely established. Their first Chinese partnership did not go well
but he said a new partnership there shows great promise.

One of the biggest upcoming challenges for the industry, Marchionne
says, is the coming confrontation with China. He later
clarified that to mean that China will be an ever-stronger competitor in
the world market, not just in their own.

With upcoming UAW negations looming, preliminary talks already
started and Bob King poised to take the stage, Marchionne talked about his
confidence that negotiations for a new contract would not be disruptive.
The classic German codetermination approach will not work for Chrysler,
said Marchionne. The union should concentrate on electing the best
leadership they can, not worry themselves about corporate representation.
It sounded to this observer like he didnt think there any sense in
having union reps on boards of directors.

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Why Fiat-Chrysler Won’t Be A Repeat Of The Disastrous Daimler-Chrysler Merger

CEO Sergio Marchionne, on the right, in Detroit with Ron Bloom, assistant to President Obama for manufacturing policy (center) and Brian Deese, deputy director of the National Economic Council (left).

Image: Chrysler Group via flickr

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Wyndham Extends Golf Tournament Sponsorship Through 2016

Greensboro, NC — WyndhamWorldwideannounced Monday that they are extending their sponsorship of the PGA tour stop in Greensboro through 2016.

The is the second extension in two years. Last year, Wyndham agreed to carry the sponsorship through 2012. They have sponsored the tournament since 2007, when Daimler-Chrysler dropped off.

The Wyndham Championshipis the final PGA tour event prior to start of the Fed Ex Championship. It is set for August 15-21 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

Vijay Singh, David Toms, Lucas Glover are some of the big names that have already agreed to play in this years tournament.

MORE INFO: http://topics.digtriad.com/wyndham

WFMY News 2

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