As White House Decides, BlogHer Lets YOU Talk to Ford VP Susan Cischke

9 years ago

As the White House debates helping Detroit's automakers, BlogHer is giving you the opportunity to speak directly to those involved.

This week I will be interviewing Ford Motor Company's Susan Cischke-and I want your questions.

Cischke is Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering where she is responsible for establishing Ford's "long range sustainability strategy and environmental policy."

I get the feeling that last line will peak your interest.

Yes, Susan Cischke is the woman to talk to when it comes to Ford's role in environmental stewardship, energy independence, and environmental regulations.

Hot topics in a time where it seems everywhere I turn people are calling the Big 3 "dinosaurs" and "behind the curve"- and I have no doubt many of you will be surprised at just what has been happening in Detroit.

At Ford Cischke is also responsible for influencing safety regulations-something I know many of us consider very seriously when purchasing a car.

I'd also like to think of Cischke as a powerful female in a very male dominated industry- despite what the media loves to tell us, it seems in Cischke's case cars, engineering and girls are a winning combination.

This year, the Automotive Hall Fame honored Cischke with its Distinguished Service Citation. In 1997, Cischke received the Horace H. Rackham Award for outstanding humanitarian achievements from the Engineering Society of Detroit, the first woman in the society's 102-year history to win the award. She has been twice named one of Automotive News 100 Leading Women and was chosen as one of Crain's Detroit Business Most Influential Women.

While I know I'd like to ask her about the many environmentally friendly things Ford is up too (like soy based seat cushions!) you may also want to ask her about her distinguished career.

And in this very heated debate over exactly why and if the automakers should get government loans, I have no doubt the BlogHer community has a few questions for one of Detroit's leading women.

Leave your questions in the comments of this post and I will be sure to ask them during Thursday's interview.

Erin Kotecki Vest also Queen of Spain blog

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