Throughout the next month our Women in the Driver’s Seat series will feature a new female team member from within our global organization, highlighting their professional achievements, how they have overcome challenges in their careers and the advice they would give to women considering a career in the automotive industry.
This week we are pleased to introduce Yamile Woods!
MEET THIS WEEK’S TEAM MEMBER:YAMILE WOODS, GENERAL SALES MANAGER FOR ROUND ROCK HONDA.
“YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT; DON’T BE SCARED TO DRIVE!”
What attracted you to the automotive industry?
I have always loved cars. At 16 years old I was changing the oil in my ‘98 Isuzu Trooper.
What was your first job in the automotive industry?
I helped manage a custom body shop in Houston, Texas.
What is your proudest professional achievement?
I am very proud of the balance I have found – it’s not easy. I have a team to make proud and to influence, and little eyes watching my every move at home. So, being able to get to where I am today and working to become the best version of myself while raising a family.
What motivates you every morning?
My family, my team, and seeing positive results. I love to win! I am very competitive.
How have you overcome challenges in your career?
It’s easy to get discouraged by individual events or actions, or even personal performance. I am hard on myself sometimes, but I focus on the business and the people. By keeping the big picture in mind, that usually grounds me and gives me the motivation I need to overcome whatever I am going through.
Looking back on the last decade, how have you seen the automotive industry landscape change and evolve to engage more women?
Women have definitely made not only an entrance but a positive impact within the industry. The automotive industry is a people business, and we have a great ability to cultivate, lead and influence people. There are a lot more female leaders in the organization and more female technicians – it’s truly inspiring.
What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the auto industry?
Do it! Stop thinking about it and just go for it. Give it all you got, be honest, work hard and watch: this industry will change your life! You will find a version of you that you didn’t even know existed.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I love to work out (weight lift), and I love to be outdoors with my family. I’m also love a chill night at home, watching movies with my husband and kids. I have an 8-year-old daughter named Eileen and a 7-year-old boy named Dalton. I have been married to my husband for 12 years; we were high school sweethearts, we have been together for 15 years.