Van Horn Awards Brenna Prieto With Dale Carnegie Scholarship

March 22nd, 2024 by

Van Horn Automotive Group recently awarded Brenna Prieto with a scholarship to attend the Dale Carnegie Women’s Leadership Academy. Brenna, who works as a Training and Development Specialist in the Service Business Development Center, was selected by the She Owns It committee from a pool of applicants as the winner. She has been with the company for four years, starting as an entry-level employee and working her way up.

“She Owns It” is a women’s business resource group that operates within the Van Horn Automotive Group. The group aims to connect women who work in various departments within the company and provide them with a platform to share their experiences, brainstorm new initiatives, and foster professional connections. This initiative is in line with Van Horn’s core values of being a lifelong learner and continuously growing and developing oneself.

The Dale Carnegie Women’s Leadership Academy empowers women leaders by honing their innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration skills across different fields, fostering organizational success. Participants graduate as confident leaders with strong communication, relationship-building abilities, and the capacity to drive business outcomes.

When asked about her goals for the Dale Carnegie program, Brenna expressed, “I want to focus on growing my leadership skills, so that I can find my leadership style and hone in on that and apply it.” She continued by explaining, “If you are going to build yourself up, you should bring people with you. I hope to do that. I care about everyone I work with and on my team.”

Van Horn is a company that is deeply committed to helping its employees achieve a healthy work-life balance. They recognize the importance of setting clear career goals and providing vital support and mentorship to help their employees reach their full potential. Their dedication to supporting their female employees is unwavering, and they understand the distinct challenges that women face in male-dominated industries. Van Horn is determined to help their female employees overcome these challenges and become successful leaders in their fields.

“We ultimately selected Brenna because of the work she is already doing to advance professional women in the Automotive Industry and the exemplary example she sets for others,” stated Jeri Johnson, the Executive Director of Human Resources. “She consistently demonstrates the positive impact professional women can have in our industry. We want to ensure she has all the tools and skills at her disposal to continue having a positive influence on our entire organization.”

Brenna’s journey is a testament to the importance of supporting and empowering women in the workplace. Initiatives like She Owns It play a crucial role in creating a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment where women can thrive, lead, and excel in their careers. By celebrating her achievements, Van Horn reaffirms its commitment to promoting gender equality, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for all individuals.

As Van Horn continues to champion diversity, inclusion, and leadership in the automotive industry, it invites everyone to join them in supporting and uplifting women in their professional endeavors. Together, we can all create a brighter, more equitable future where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and make a positive impact. If you are interested in joining the Van Horn Automotive Group, you can see available career options at

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