Jessica Robinson: What Does Mobility Mean to You?

Jessica Robinson speaks at 2018 MICHauto SummitJessica Robinson, director of City Solutions for Ford Smart Mobility, knows firsthand that the importance of moving people and goods efficiently is critical for the city and region’s long-term success. Kicking off her Automobility Forum town hall discussion at the MICHauto Summit, Robinson asked attendees what mobility means to them.

Sticking with the theme of her talk, “Detroit: Live, Work, Play, Move the World,” Robinson shared her professional journey and how a degree in anthropology led to a fulfilling career in automotive. Prior to joining Ford Motor Company, Robinson served as market launch manager for Zipcar, a Massachusetts-based car-sharing company. After traveling the country, Robinson said she was drawn to Detroit and the innovative spirit its residents embody.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mobility is the most interesting industry to be in, it is part of everything.
  • No matter your age, you don’t have to have your life figured out; it is important to continue to learn.
  • Find a company whose vision and mission align with your goals, it will motivate you to work harder.
  • Be engaged in your community and find a way to give back.

Robinson closed her session by emphasizing that to be successful in the automotive and mobility industry, young talent must continue to bring innovative ideas about local problems to the table, learn from others and create solutions. Robinson’s session was sponsored by Phoenix Contact E-Mobility.