President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky to present keynote at Elevate women’s business conference

Susan Elkington

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY) has announced that Susan Elkington, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), will be the keynote speaker at this year’s elevate: Rising to New Heights women’s business conference to take place on March 7 at Bellarmine University- Frazier Hall in Louisville, KY, during International Women’s Month.

As the first woman President of TTMK, Elkington will provide her insights on the view from the top, sharing her success and journey to her current position, where she oversees a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines.

Elkington joined TMMK in January 2017 as senior vice president, overseeing the plant’s manufacturing and administrative functions. Prior to this role, she most recently served as general manager, Production Control Division at Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan. Elkington was the first woman to serve in this global production role, supporting Toyota’s 53 manufacturing plants worldwide. Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Indiana, as an assembly-engineering specialist. By 2013, she held the position of manufacturing vice president at TMMI.

With an exploding international market, more women-owned businesses, whether domestic or international, are looking for ways to standout in our global economy. There have never been more opportunities to achieve success and to help women professionals capitalize on today’s newest business prospects. The World Trade Center Kentucky has assembled an array of hot topic sessions featuring a who’s who of experts.

“We are thrilled to announce Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky’s President, Susan Elkington keynoting the Conference,” says Sherry Mulkins, vice president of Outreach at World Trade Center Kentucky. “Having Susan is such an honor.  Attendees from all over the Commonwealth and U.S. will profit from Elkington’s story and insight of becoming the first woman president of the company’s largest plant.  We are looking forward to hearing her strategies & tactics as a proven leader in Kentucky,” Mulkins adds.

In its first year, the 2019 eleVate conference will be a one-day event connecting a unique set of key decision makers and thought leaders in one place to share insights, brainstorm solutions, share experiences and provide resources and contacts for women, and help give better understanding of trade in international markets.

In addition, some of eleVate’s hot topic sessions this year include:

  • Engage in Our Global Economy – Learn strategies & tactics for potential opportunities to export goods/services from proven leaders who are successful even at a small company level in Kentucky; igniting maximization of partnerships, new connections for partnerships; exposure to several local, regional, state and international resources.
  • Communicate in Our Global Society- Our experts will provide ways enhance communications; suggestions for leveraging & expanding your network/ connections. Receive “Interculture Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival” (eBook or paper) for continued expansion of global communication.
  • Recognize your Talent: eleVate with Your Strengths – Identify your talents to eleVate your capacity for personal success and lead teams to achieve organizational goals. Session will provide an overview of the Gallup Strengths model, including evidence that this tool can be effective in improving individual and organizational emotional intelligence. Interactive activities, to include participant access to personal top 5 talents through the completion of the Gallup Strengthsfinders 2.0 assessment tool.

For an up-to-date schedule of sessions and to register for the conference visit eleVate’s website https://www.elevatewtcky.com/. Register now at early bird ticket rate, which expires on Friday, Jan. 31st, at https://www.elevatewtcky.com/register.html.