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Femcanic Garage Podcast

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The podcast that features women in skilled trades, automotive and Motorsports industries-- Elevating, Empowering and Evolving by smashing stereotypes and breaking down barriers for females.
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Brandy Goff is an automotive technician in Maryland. She has over 7 years of experience in the field, but her love for cars began when she was a young girl watching her father and grandfather work on their racing car projects in their garage. The world of automotive was not Brandy’s first career choice, but as she explored further, her passion pulled her in! Brandy’s dream was not immediately supported by her loved ones, but she persisted remembering that, “It’s what I wanted and it’s what makes me happy”. Join us in this episode for one of our most open and REAL conversations yet as Brandy talks about how gender roles affected her career aspirations early in life, about how she constantly juggles sexual harassment issues in the workplace, and about how societal norms contributes to it all!  Instagram: mama.tired   What is the Femcanic Garage community all about? Go check us out! You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.  
Louise Baker is in the driver seat today.  In 2016 she went from stocking supermarket shelves to launching Womanic--motor mechanics with a Feminine touch!  She has been a featured guest in the UK on radio, TV and magazines...all while running her shop full time. She is the business and the trades woman as i do all work from business and banking, to picking the customers car up and fixing it.  Enjoy the show. You can connect with Louise at: www.Womanic.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womaniclou/ Instagram: Womanic_louise   What is the Femcanic Garage community all about? Go check us out! You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
This week’s episode is a Mother’s Day Special Edition! Join us to get up-close and personal with my own family. In this episode, I let my kids get in the driver’s seat and ask ME questions about the Femcanic World. My partner and I also take on the parenting challenge of educating our children on how to break down stereotypes against women in male-dominated fields. This is one you won’t want to miss. Enjoy the ride Femcanics!
Meet Linda Ann Meck—owner of A Woman’s Worth Paint & Body Shop in Tucson, Arizona and “jill of all trades”. Linda restores classic cars for a living with focus on body work, paint, and interiors. Join me in this episode as Linda shares her audacious journey into the automotive industry. She talks about being the “go-fer” for her older sister who worked on cars when she was a little girl and how she not only became the owner of a classic restoration shop, but a master in life restoration. Her courage and wisdom are an inspiration to women across all walks of life and industries from single mothers to CEOs.   What is the Femcanic Garage community all about? Go check us out! You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
JoAnn Bortles is the owner of Crazy Horse Painting—a motorcycle, bicycle, and hot rod custom paint shop in Charlotte, NC. With over 40 years in the industry, her life experiences have led her to be a welder, a car builder, a business owner, a writer, and the first woman to do A LOT of things in the skilled trades and motorsports industries. To name a few, JoAnn was the first woman to own a custom paint shop in the late 70’s, the first woman to have a woman-owned chopper motorcycle on the cover of Easyriders magazine, the first woman to work as a welder in a skilled-trades shop in Connecticut, and the leader of the powertrain team on the first all-female build at SEMA in 2012. Join us on this episode as this iconic Femcanic shares how her trailblazing life was a matter of survival. For JoAnn, hearing the word “no” did not stop her, it just made her go ahead “full throttle”. You can reach JoAnn at: www.crazyhorsepainting.com  https://www.facebook.com/CrazyHorseCustomPaint/ JoAnn has written nine books on custom painting and they can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/JoAnn-Bortles/e/B001H6PWGI?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1567715324&sr=8-1   What is the Femcanic Garage community all about? Go check us out! You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Laura Salas is in the driver seat today.  She was a co-owner of a successful collision repair company for six years before becoming a professor of collision repair technology at Contra Costa College.  Not only is she a professor at Contra Costa College, she is the Automotive Department Chair.    What is the Femcanic Garage community all about? Go check us out! You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Nhu Nguyen is a Certified Silver and Classic Porsche Technician based out of Ontario, Canada. Although she is an “all-around” auto tech, her love and passion lies in classic, air cooled Porsches, especially in rebuilding their engines. As if just working on high performance sports cars isn’t badass enough, Nhu was one of North America’s first Certified Porsche Classic Technicians in turn making her the world’s first FEMALE Certified Porsche Classic Technician. Nhu has also worked as a mechanic with race teams, the Porsche Ice Driving Experience, and she’s’ had some experience with the sensational RWB Porsches. Join us on this episode as Nhu shares her witty sense of humor and how she decided “later in life” to change directions and pursue her passion!   What is the Femcanic Garage community all about? Go check us out! You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Stacey Chandler is a Porsche mechanic in the UK. She specializes in Porsche classic but also works on other models from brand new hybrids to a 356. She is such a badass at what she does that she was personally picked to join the Porsche UK classic race team as a pit stop mechanic. Stacey travelled through Europe with the race team working on their 1969 2.0L 911. While in school, Stacey explored a career in wedding planning and fashion design, but through a family car restoration project, she quickly discovered that her true passion was in tinkering with cars. Join us on this episode Femcanics as Stacey walks us through her journey!   What is the Femcanic Garage community all about? Go check us out! You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Kathreen had this to say, "After returning to my roots I decided to step out of my father and brothers shadows and try my hand with interior work. I have had experience with sewing clothes and such, my mother and I made my prom dress. I also made a few dresses and blankets on my own. So I thought upholstery is just thicker material and bigger machines, I was pretty right on that. I acquired a 1953 Pfaff industrial sewing machine and scrap boat materials, I then dove head first into the sewing." Want to learn more about what this Femcanic Garage community is all about?  Go check us out at: You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Patrice Banks is the CEO of Girls Auto Clinic (GAC). GAC offers automotive buying and repair resources, products, and services to women based on trust, education, inclusion, and empowerment. Patrice got into the automotive field not by being an expert in automotive mechanics or repair, but by being an expert in the EXPERIENCE of a woman in the automotive industry. Motivated by this experience, Patrice set off to change this for women in the U.S. and all around the world. By being unapologetic about her passion and values and speaking her truth to any and all in the automotive industry, Patrice has earned a spotlight on various media platforms from NPR to TIME magazine to TED talks. Join us on this episode as we dive deep and Patrice shares her passionate views about how women can work together to transform the automotive industry into one that works for all!  You can out more about Patrice and her company by visiting: http://girlsautoclinic.com/ https://www.patricebanks.com/  By searching for Girls Auto Clinic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram   Want to learn more about what this Femcanic Garage community is all about?  Go check us out at: You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Jeanette is the founder and CEO of Car Chix, the premier motorsports organization for women.  She dropped out of high school and was told by many that she wouldn’t amount to anything and become a statistic.  She did not become a statistic and she went on to start and grow two successful businesses.  Her company has stood the test of time and is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary in 2020.  When I asked her what her proudest career accomplishment was from a very impressive list, “Seeing the happiness and success from two of my female racers debut in the first ever NHRA Car Chix Grudge match at a NHRA National event.” You can find Car Chix at: https://carchix.com/wp/ https://www.facebook.com/CarChix/     Want to learn more about what this Femcanic Garage community is all about?  Go check us out at: You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
This multi-faceted woman is known as a legend in the motorcycle world and beyond! She has been on two wheels since she was 10 years old from dirt bikes to mopeds to her current Harley.  She is a musician, an artist, an athlete, a stunt-woman, a community leader; but mostly important to her, she is a friend, a partner, a sister, and a daughter. Gevin has been featured on the Turner Broadcasting Documentary called, "Biker Women", where she and other women motorcyclists rode their bikes across the country and she has been featured on Rolling Stones, People, Time, and various magazines all over Europe. Join us in this episode for an intimate look at Gevin Fax  as we get to know each other and she shares all about the inspiration for her amazing life.  You can learn more about Gevin and her projects by visiting: https://gevinfax.com/ https://www.aquestcalledtribe.com/   Want to learn more about what this Femcanic Garage community is all about?  Go check us out at: You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Brenda Stredwick is the owner of Iron Maiden Welding LLC. She is a self-taught welder who has turned a living into her passion. She started welding at age 8 along her father to help him fix things around the house, she then continued welding in shop class in high school, and then doing odd jobs in her community. After a brief stint in trade school, necessity pulled her back into welding and she became the go-to welder in her hometown. As life progressed for Brenda, she also became a “junk picker” collecting items others left behind and bringing them back to life by transforming them into welded masterpieces. This is an episode you don't want to miss! Not only does Brenda share her artistic techniques, but she also dives into parenting--what it’s like to balance motherhood while pursuing your dreams and how to change gender-based stereotypes by simply showing your children what you can do as a woman. You learn more about Brenda's classes by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/ironmaidenwelding/   Want to learn more about what this Femcanic Garage community is all about?  Go check us out at: You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Jill brings a wealth of experience to the Femcanic Garage community with over 25 years in the industry in various roles ranging from auto repair technician to service manager to shop owner.  Currently, Jill is the Vice President of Industry and Sales at Repair Pal—the largest auto repair consumer website. In 2017, she was awarded the “Woman of Excellence” Award by Women in Auto Care for which she also serves as a board member. Join us as Jill gives us advice on how to get equal pay if your confronted with a gender-based discrepancy at your job. How she’s turned the uniqueness of being a woman in the automotive industry into her “super power” and now she dominates. https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwrenchgal/ https://www.facebook.com/gwrenchgal Jilltrotta.com    Want to learn more about what this Femcanic Garage community is all about?  Go check us out at: You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Hilary Noack is one of the most respected entrepreneurs in Canada. She is the owner of Ink N Iron Automotive in Ontario, Canada and the founder of Auto Body Gals--a Women-Only Facebook group that strives to support and encourage any and all women in the industry. She has been an auto body repair technician since age 17 when she was part of a co-op program in high school. Since then she has worked as the first woman in the largest collision shop in North America, she has taught both hobbyist and college-level auto body repair courses, and she has co-hosted and appeared on several auto industry podcasts. Don’t miss Hilary’s story about how she pursued her passion, became a business owner by opening her own shop, and how day by day she strives to inspire other women to do the same! 
The “Biofuels Boss”, Rachel Burton, from episode 25 is back! This time with fascinating facts about biofuels from their sources, to how their produced, to where we can buy them if we convert our vehicles. She also talks about the effects of biofuels on our vehicles if we convert and the environmental and financial benefits of such on our country’s agricultural industry. If you have thought about converting to biofuels (for any reason), this episode is a good start. Don’t miss it!  
Laura Frank & Leigh Anne Best are the co-founders of Brakes for Breasts—an organization that fundraises with more than 100 independent auto repair shops across the U.S. and Canada to support research for the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. As of 2018, they have raised almost $750, 000 with the goal of reaching $1 million by the end of this year! With combined experience of over 30 years in the automotive industry, Laura and Leigh Anne have created the perfect WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN scenario where the customer, the shop, the vendor, AND the world wins! Join us on this episode to hear how these “big thinkers” are reaching their goal of “saving the world” one auto shop at a time.  You can find out how to get involved by visiting their website at https://www.brakesforbreasts.com/   Want to learn more about what this Femcanic Garage community is all about?  Go check us out at: You can visit our website at https://femcanic.com/ You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and Tik Tok by searching for Femcanic Garage. Don't forget to subscribe and rate the Femcanic Garage Podcast.
Shelby Livetsky is a heavy-duty mechanic in Manitoba, Canada and a blog collaborator/writer for “The Mechanic Doctor”—an online blog about all things wrenching. One of her most popular articles, “Should Your Daughter Be an Auto Mechanic?”, was written in collaboration with Jill Trotta from the RepairPal team. Currently, Shelby works fixing and maintaining the school buses in her local school division, but her passion for wrenching began early in childhood as she worked alongside her father. Since then, Shelby had no doubts that wrenching was what she had to do. Join us in this episode as Shelby takes us through her “pursuit of happiness” in seeking a career she loves and shares a bit about her extensive knowledge in the benefits of using propane gas for fuel in extreme cold conditions.   
Shannon Fannin is a mother, a marathon runner, a former marketing director, and a former home-schooling teacher who became a realist vehicle painter AFTER her son went away to college! Combining realism with abstract, Shannon makes cars comes to life on her canvas—so much so, you’d swear you could see your reflection in the chrome that she paints. Join us on this episode to hear Shannon’s story where she shares her painting techniques, gallery etiquette, and just some good ol’ wisdom on pursuing your passions in life. This episode isn’t just for women, though, there’s lots of goodies for men who want to learn how to encourage women too! 
Olivia Cook is a custom painter for Marine Technology Inc. aka MTI. “What is that?”, you ask, and “What does she do?”  Well, she paints high performance racing and pleasure catamaran style boats, center console vee-bottoms, and twin outboard catamarans—each paint job custom-designed to the client’s desire! What’s special about that? How is that related to automotive paint jobs? Well, just ONE of the boats she paints is like painting THREE ‘57 Cadillacs put together! The largest boat they sell is 57 feet long. Before painting boats, however, Olivia worked in the collision industry painting cars for over 10 years. Her work was so good that she was recruited to MTI. Just this year, she joined the All Girls Garage team for the 2019 SEMA build, “High Yellow”, which was revealed earlier this month. Olivia was responsible for that beautiful, bright paint job on High Yellow. Join us on this episode to learn about Olivia’s story and hear her tips on how to move ahead in the automotive/motorsports industry as a woman!
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