Here’s to the women who are empowering, inspiring, and leading others!
As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we’re taking another moment to recognize each of the #WomenofBMW chosen by their colleagues! We thank them for sharing their inspirational stories and thoughtful reflections on being women leaders in the automotive industry. Now more than ever, we need to celebrate those making exceptional positive impacts on their workplaces and communities. Thank you to the Women of BMW for all that you do!
How can public space be used better in a metropolis like Los Angeles? What incentives should be created to further increase the adoption of electric vehicles in communities in California? And how can we further improve and ease mobility by better coordinating public transportation services and the availability of on-demand mobility? City administrations, researchers, companies and citizens cannot answer questions like these on their own. They must advise and act together so that urban decision-makers can set the right course in good time.
This past January, the BMW Group Mobility Lab in Los Angeles, California brought together approximately one-hundred scientists, visionaries and decision-makers to discuss how to make the ‘city of angels’ more agile, sustainable and livable, as well as, exchange ideas in an all-day “thinking and discussion laboratory” about the future urban mobility.
“Until now, traffic routes have mostly been designed for cars, but they should above all be available to people,” explains Lisa Errion Saums, Vice President of Government and External Affairs for the Americas Region at the BMW Group. “Mobility and quality of life in urban areas must not be a contradiction in terms. We want to find solutions for this,” said Saums at the beginning of the event. She emphasized: “The BMW Group is committed to sustainability and wants to play a leading role in this.”
The Mobility Lab featured four workshops that dealt with different approaches to public transportation, electromobility, the scarce commodity of urban space and urban autonomous driving, and discussed, to what extent, the gap between private vehicle traffic and local public transportation can be closed by car-sharing approaches or (app-driven) shared rides.
Other topics included: how to implement efficiently – and in a socially equitable manner – a road pricing system in Los Angeles, how increasing digitalization can better interlink transportation options and services, and how the search for parking spaces could be organized much more intelligently.
Overall, participants were convinced that more accessible mobility options can impact urban development positively and can help reach social, economic, and environmental targets. However, the complex system of different offerings and operators require the commitment and willingness to adapt of all involved.
At the BMW Group we are truly inspired by the drive and innovative power of the stakeholder community in LA and aim to contribute transportation expertise and technologies to collectively help build an (even) better Los Angeles.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) marked an important step in the global challenge to fight climate change and the development of creative and innovative solutions. This year, Glenn Schmidt, Vice President of Government and External Affairs at the BMW Group, provided opening remarks at the 10thAnnual Sustainable Innovation Forum. Through his remarks, Schmidt affirmed the BMW Group’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, highlighted the importance of a global shift to a low-carbon society, and provided the audience with a preview of future mobility as we scale production of electrified vehicles.
Additionally, Schmidt took part in the Forum’s Climate Leader Interviews, where he provided details on the BMW Group’s innovative sustainability approach, the importance of collaboration in long-lasting solutions, and trends seen in future EV production. The interview highlighted the BMW Group’s key sustainability strategies and included how the BMW Group is supporting the global shift towards a low-carbon society.
At the BMW Group, we rely on a diverse and inspired
workforce to collaborate on the creative and future-focused solutions that
drive innovation. That’s why, in celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re
honoring the Women of BMW who make important contributions to our company, our
customers and our communities.
These women, who are members of BMW Group teams across the United States and come from various backgrounds and fields of expertise, are valuable teammates and leaders in their roles within our organization.
We sat down with the first-annual Women of BMW honorees to
find out about their careers, insights and what drives them each day. We invite
you to take a moment and learn about these dedicated women and congratulate
them with kudos on Twitter with #WomenOfBMW.