Whitney’s Chevrolet in Montesano will host a free networking event this week focused on Harbor businesswomen.
Heels & Wheels will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the dealership’s showroom.
The event is meant to to encourage the empowerment of women by creating a safe space to support one another, swap resources and build relationships that enrich the community, according to Whitney’s new co-owner, Michelle Glick. She and Luke Brogan have taken over the business from her now semi-retired father, longtime local businessman Stormy Glick.
Michelle Glick’s new role puts her among the just 7 percent of top dealership jobs in the U.S. that are held by women, according to the Detroit Free Press. The vast majority of dealerships are run by men despite the fact that about 85 percent of all car-buying decisions are influenced by women, according to a 2015 report by market research firm CDK Global.
During Heels & Wheels, Glick will introduce the “power woman” behind Whitney’s — which has been in business since 1922. She will talk about her “Go Giver” philosophy and share stories while meeting new friends and other female business owners. There will be complimentary wine, sweet treats, light bites, swag bags and giveaways from co-sponsors — mostly other local female business owners.
The event is co-sponsored by a number of the Harbor’s women-owned businesses, including main sponsor Kathi Hoder, the third-generation female owner of the Hoquiam Licensing Bureau.
Other participating partners include Gina Pleszko of the Parkway Tavern, Brooke Hoiness of Bulldog Lanes, Tami Dragoo of Party Shoots to Go, Stephanie Lewis of Just Dizzerts, Ann Galland of Pick-Rite Thriftway, and many others.
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