Femcanic Garage Podcast

Femcanic Garage Podcast

The podcast that features women in skilled trades, automotive and Motorsports industries-- Elevating, Empowering and Evolving by smashing stereotypes and breaking down barriers for females.

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May 18, 2022 59 min
Jaime Hjelm co-owns and operates Wicked Wrench Co. — an automotive repair shop located in South Elgin, Illinois. She built her first transmission at age 17 by reading a manual, and has built hundreds of transmissions since. She also teaches free Automotive Basics classes through local libraries and has partnered with local community college for auto students to job shadow for a 6-week interval. Jaime’s modeled for several automotiv...

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Rachael Alfonso is a children's book author and the Director Of Operations of Exotic Car Hacks. She wrote What Cars Says — the World’s First and Only children’s book that features 21 sounds from real cars! She started to get interested in cars at an early age. Her interest in cars grew into passion and later on into a career. Rachael persevered her way into the car world in South Florida where she started working in car dealers...

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Emma McIndoe manages not one, but two of their family businesses, AA Recycling Pty Ltd and Pick-A-Part — an Auto & Metal Recycling business founded by her parents in 1986. Growing up, Emma used to play and spend her time in their factory, that is when she started to get immersed in their business. Prior to joining the Automotive Industry, Emma used to work in the Financial Services Industry for over 20 years. Now, Emma is using...

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Louise Azzopardi is an entrepreneur, trainer, and an experienced heavy vehicle mechanic. Her business focus is on training and developing individuals in the skilled-trades; however, since she was a child, Louise knew she was meant to wrench. At 15 years old, right out of high school, Louise got into an apprenticeship for heavy vehicle mechanics and since then she has never looked back! Join us in this episode to hear all about how ...

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Courtney Casale is a go-getter! Currently, she is a diesel mechanic for the Army National Guard and she is a full-time college student pursuing a degree in marine biology. Courtney has also worked in vinyl wrap shops as an installer and a detailer and she is pursuing a career in racing. As if that wasn’t enough, Courtney is also an influencer and content creator on Instagram and YouTube where she documents her progress building her...

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Rachel James is a financial advisor, but not just ANY financial advisor. Not only does Rachel show up to her meetings with a half-sleeve and an Edelbrock shirt, Rachel’s clients are blue collar workers—from preppers to owners. Coming from a blue-collar family herself and a long career in the automotive field, Rachel’s passion as a financial advisor has become to help her clients find financial success. Don’t miss this episode! Rach...

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Nushrat is a recent high school graduate who was just accepted to the “pit program” at NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina. Nushrat’s dream is to become a race car engineer. Her interest in cars started out of curiosity when she enrolled in an automotive class her junior year in high school, but her passion was ignited when she started driving, especially her 2007 Ford Mustang GT she affectionately calls “Mufa...

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EP. 90: Trish Horstman—“YOU Are a Part of This Just as Much as the Boys Are!”

Trish Horstman is the co-founder of Throttle Gals magazine—a printed publication that features women who build, ride, and work on cars, bikes, trucks and anything else with an engine. Not only is Trish one of the leading bad asses at Throttle Gals, but she is also an artist and a wrencher at heart. Trish has loved cars and bikes since she was a young girl...

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Episode 89: Ana Kraft— “Turn Frustration into Creativity and Do Something About the Things You Don’t Like!”

Ana Kraft is the owner and co-founder of Xena Workwear—a company that designs stylish safety shoes and functional work apparel just for women. Ana envisioned Xena Workwear after years of having to wear clunky men’s safety boots throughout her career in international project engineering. Originally from Kazakhstan and raised i...

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Mercedes Lilienthal is an Oregon-based freelance photojournalist who contributes to The New York Times and several automotive outlets like Car and Driver, Forbes Wheels, Autoblog, and more. Additionally, she is the Editor-At-Large of TREAD Magazine and Feature Editor of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks. Mercedes focuses her work on the automotive industry with particular interest in vehicular adventure travel and inspiring women within...

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Rebecca is a professional monster truck driver with Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live. Rebecca doesn’t just drive any monster truck, though, she drives the iconic Big Foot! Rebecca has loved trucks since she was a little girl, but her career as a monster truck driver began after touring and working in the pits with her husband (who’s also a monster truck driver) and realizing this is where her passion truly lies. In 2020, while gettin...

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EP86: Bethaney Bowman – “Learn as Much as You Can About What You Want to Do. Then Be the Best at It!”

Bethaney is a certified auto technician with over 16 years of experience in the automotive field. Her love for cars began with weekend trips to the race track where her mother and father drag raced and continued through high school and college where she pursued her auto mechanics education. Presently, Bethaney co-owns a mobile repa...

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Angelina Alcantar is a seasoned automotive instructor at Riverside City College in California. She brings over 8 years of experience as an auto technician in dealerships, shops, and hot rod/performance shops. Her passion lies in learning as much as possible about the automotive field and then sharing it with her students so they can be successful wherever they choose to be in the industry. Join us in this episode as Angelina shares...

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Dorian is an automotive glass technician based out of New Mexico. Dorian stumbled into the automotive industry while job searching during a time in his life when he just needed a job. Since then, he has grown to love what he does. Recently, as one of the few transgender men at his company, Dorian was chosen to be a part of the first ever Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Council at his job. Like Dorian said, he may not know a lot ...
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Dorian is an automotive glass technician based out of New Mexico. Dorian stumbled into the automotive industry while job searching during a time in his life when he just needed a job. Since then, he has grown to love what he does. Recently, as one of the few transgender men at his company, Dorian was chosen to be a part of the first ever Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Council at his job. Like Dorian said, he may not know a lot ...
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Pam Jeffords is a Senior Partner at Sapient Insights Group where she leads the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice. She has over 25 years of experience advising companies and organizations on how to break the status quo and drive progress with their diversity, inclusion, and engagement goals. She is also a limited partner for the Jump Fund—an angel fund that invests women’s capital in women-led companies that have the potenti...

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Lacey Truett is a car and motorcycle SSCA female racer based in Alabama. She’s also a track manager and she coaches racing clinics for women and teens. Lacey is the first female racer in her family, but her drive for independence started with her father who insisted she learn how to drive “stick shift” and learn how to change the oil and tires on her first car. Lacey began working in the trades and automotive industry as a service ...

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Martina Kwan is the world's only Chinese/German FIA licensed race car driver. After earning two master's degrees, leading a successful career in finance and accounting with major firms in NYC, and starting two highly awarded and recognized businesses, Martina decided to start a career in racing! The only thing more impressive than her long list of accolades is the fact that she decided to do this at the age of 50. Join us i...

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Brionna Lynch is a total Femcanic badass! Not only is she a professional stunt driver, she is also a self-taught mechanic, AND a savvy business woman. At only 24 years old, she is known as the best African American female stunt driver in Hollywood. She has over 50 films and TV credits for stunt driving including the TV shows Preacher and Blue Bloods and the movies Black Panther, Fate of the Furious: In the Family, and Proud Mary. W...

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On International Women's Day, Driven Brands featured five amazing women from their CARSTAR and Maaco franchises. Jayme had the opportunity to learn more about CARSTAR and Maaco’s high-quality collision repairs and excellent customer service from the stories shared by these amazing everyday heroes. Working as technicians, painters, detailers, estimators, customer service representatives and store managers, they are on the front ...

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