Meet the 2020 Women of BMW: Caryn Grun

Here’s to the women who are empowering, inspiring, and leading others!

This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating our Women of BMW! Each nominee exemplifies the pillars of movement and BMW and serves as an inspiration for the BMW family. Throughout the series, we will hear the stories and advice from women leaders who have broken stereotypes and shattered glass ceilings. We created the #WomenofBMW series to highlight the progress of women in their roles throughout the automotive industry while motivating change going forward.

Name: Caryn Grun

Division: Sales

Location: New Jersey

Q: In a few words, describe your role at BMW? 

A: I am the Experiential Manager for MINI, responsible for consumer driving events including MINI TAKES THE STATES, vehicle launches, auto shows, dealer meetings, incentive trips and the MINI motorsport program.

Q: What skills do you feel are necessary to be an effective leader in the workplace? 

A: Being decisive – not only the ability to make decisions but to do so in a timely manner.

Being inclusive – providing your team with information and direction to enable them to show their strengths and exceed expectations.

Q: How do you feel you’ve grown as a professional throughout your time at BMW? 

A: I have established effective working relationships at all levels both internally and externally. This enabled me to influence national and international stakeholders in a positive fashion. I have grown to become a confident leader who combines passion, integrity and diligence to perform in an unpredictable environment.  

Q: What advice would you give to women pursuing a career in your field? 

A: Take ownership to leave your mark on the brand.  

Be passionate without the drama. 

Be curious to learn more about yourself. If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. 

Q: What inspires you in the workplace and why? 

A: Creativity. Being able to reinvent existing programs and always looking for new opportunities have kept me motivated and engaged.   

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