Using Data to Green Your Fleet; Women in the Industry

Donlen is proud to sponsor an upcoming NAFA webinar, featuring Amy Blaine, Donlen’s Director of Strategic Consulting and Sustainability:

Using Data to Green Your Fleet
June 20, 2012
1:00PM – 2:00PM EST

Webinar Description: Data is the most powerful tool fleet managers have to develop and implement a green fleet strategy. Meaningful data can help guide fleet managers looking for the most effective solutions based on their particular fleet needs and applications. The speaker will guide you towards the data you already have, and provide best practices for setting goals in this highly informative and relevant session.

Speaker Information: Amy Blaine, Director of Strategic Consulting and Sustainability, brings more than 20 years of experience building and managing complex consulting projects. Amy and the team of Strategic Consultants work closely with Donlen’s clients to examine historical, behavioral, and fiscal trends that impact each major lifecycle cost, and recommend solutions to achieve operational efficiency. Before joining Donlen, Amy was at ComEd, where she redesigned the greenhouse gas reporting process to track emissions including the fleet, building energy, and emergency power generation areas. Amy holds an M.S. in environmental management and sustainability from IIT, an M.S. in statistics from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in statistics from the University of Michigan.

NAFA webinars are free for NAFA Members and NAFA Affiliates as an exclusive benefit of membership. Registration for non-members is $25.00.

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Recently, we interviewed Amy Blaine as the first installment of our “Meet…Women in Fleet” series. As an ongoing series, we’ll be featuring women who are working in all areas of fleet management, creating change and making a difference. Managing the Fleets for Change® program is part of Amy’s responsibilities at Donlen. Fleets for Change was recently named a 2012 Honors Laureate in IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program. We asked Amy about this honor: “We’re really proud of this one,” she said. “Computerworld looked at the technology behind the program and how that is helping to drive the larger environmental efforts. Fleets for Change is doing really unique things for the fleet management industry; this type of benchmarking data just isn’t available anywhere else. I was talking to a recent Fleets for Change member and she made a comment… she said ‘Why wouldn’t every company do this? It’s a no-brainer.’ Couldn’t have said it better myself! Seriously, though, I thought it was a great perspective. It indicates a commitment to sustainability in her organization, and she was completely on board. My goal is to get everyone I talk to about Fleets for Change to feel the same way.”

Check out the full interview with Amy here

On LinkedIn? Check out the Women in Fleet group > The Women in Fleet Management LinkedIn group is a forum of fleet professionals that support women colleagues through sharing business expertise, mentoring, and networking.

Will GM’s next CEO be a woman? Perhaps, according to current GM CEO Dan Akerson. Women currently make up 20 to 25 percent of GM’s top 50 executives, including Mary Barra, GM’s global product development chief. As one of GM’s most senior executives, Barra may be a candidate for the job. FridayFleet featured Barra back in September 2011. We’re re-running it here, as it’s a great feature that highlights the impact women are having on today’s auto industry:

Every GM vehicle on the road, anywhere in the world, has the touch of Mary Barra, the highest-ranking female executive in GM’s history. As GM’s senior vice president of global product development, Barra is responsible for the design and engineering of every GM vehicle that comes off of the assembly lines. The woman who started on GM’s assembly line at age 18 now has about 36,000 people reporting to her. When she’s not in her office on the 39th floor of GM’s headquarters or travelling around the globe, the hands-on executive is at the company’s proving ground in Milford, Mich., test-driving vehicles that are in the product pipeline. Her ultimate goal: designing cars that are significantly lighter without sacrificing performance or safety. Read more about her vision.

Ford recently earned top honors for supporting women-owned businesses. This was the first time an automaker made the Women’s Business Enterprise Council’s annual list of America’s top corporations. In 2011, Ford spent $1.06 billion with women-owned suppliers in the U.S., a 22 percent increase from $866 million in 2010. Since 2009, Ford has more than doubled its sourcing with women-owned businesses.

Toyota rewards the “Mothers of Invention” with $150,000 in grants. Presented at the annual Women in the World summit, the three grant recipients were awarded for “their use of innovation and courage in tackling some of the most pressing problems facing women.” The three innovative projects focus on critical issues including breaking the cycle of poverty with education, encouraging connections between teen entrepreneurs to achieve goals, and harnessing kinetic energy.

Driver’s Corner

We all know the old saying: the best offense is a good defense. So how does that translate when you’re behind the wheel of a car? Aol Autos published great tips for driving defensively, including taking a Zen-like approach to driving. May sound “other-worldly” but it actually makes a lot of sense: if you’re a calmer driver, you’re actually a safer driver. This and the other tips on their list helped us to understand why driving defensively really can help ensure safety behind the wheel.

And Finally…

And finally, did you vote? We did, and our choice won! We’re talking about the recent contest where average Joes (and Janes) like you and me could vote on the next concept 2013 Mustang GT to be built. So what makes this concept car different? All three entries were conceptualized by women designers, and the winning Mustang will be built and modified by women. The winning design – called High Gear from Jennifer Seely of Ford’s vehicle design group – will debut at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and then auctioned off for charity. We love it!

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on June 8, 2012

About Donlen
A wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), Donlen (, with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, is the fleet industry’s most comprehensive and integrated provider of financing and asset management solutions. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service, and their workplace excellence has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago” each year from 2009-2011, a Leader on “The Global Outsourcing 100®” list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for six of the last seven years, and a National Association for Business Resources “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” each year from 2007-2012. Donlen’s innovation has been awarded with the Computerworld “2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Opportunity,” named to “2012 InformationWeek 500” for innovative technology; the Stevie® “2012 Gold Award for Business Intelligence Solution,” the Silver Award for “2012 Front Line Customer Service Team of the Year,” and the “2011 Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year.”