FORD VICE PRESIDENT SUSAN CISCHKE TO RECEIVE TOP HONORS FROM WOMEN'S AUTOMOTIVE ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL

BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN - The Women's Automotive Association International (WAAI) will present the prestigious Professional Achievement Award to Ford Motor Company Group Vice President Susan Cischke during its annual awards dinner at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, according to a recent announcement by Lorraine Schultz, WAAI founder and CEO.

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes professional women for their commitment, professionalism and success in the automotive industry. "Sue has had a distinguished career and is most worthy of recognition," noted Schultz. "She has been a leader in business and her community throughout her career, and we are privileged to honor her many achievements."

As group vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering, Cischke is responsible for establishing Ford's long-range sustainability strategy and environmental policy. She also serves as Ford's chief liaison with global organizations seeking solutions to the challenges of sustainability, environmental stewardship and energy independence.

Cischke was previously vice president of vehicle certification, compliance and safety affairs at Chrysler Corporation. Thrice named one of Automotive News 100 Leading Women in the Industry-most recently in September 2010-Cischke received the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2008.

"Given her stature and career accomplishments, we are honored to recognize Sue Cischke," stated Marcela Fink, WAAI president and president of Choice Technology Inc. "The Automotive Hall of Fame is an ideal setting for our awards dinner and we appreciate the support we've received in planning for this event."

The 13th annual WAAI awards reception and dinner will take place on October 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other highlights include a keynote presentation by Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com and noted expert on marketing to women. Also on tap: a special guest appearance by professional race car driver and motivational speaker Dr. Audrey Zavodsky. Individual event tickets are $85 for members, $100 for nonmembers and $25 for students.

WAAI centers its efforts on recognizing the achievements of women in the automotive industry, providing networking and relationship-building opportunities, and encouraging growth through mentoring, educational endeavors and scholarships.

For additional information on the WAAI Professional Achievement Awards Dinner, including sponsorship and advertising opportunities, visit the association's website, www.waai.com. Or call 248.646.5250; email: info@lhswaai.com. Mail checks to WAAI, P.O. Box 2535, Birmingham, MI 48012.