Patrice Banks, former auto airhead and founder of Girls Auto Clinic (GAC), is disrupting the automotive industry by “educating and empowering woman through their cars.” An engineer and automotive technician, she aims to change the relationship women have with cars. GAC offers automotive buying and repair resources, products, and services based on trust, education, inclusion, and empowerment.
Whether delivering a car care workshop, giving a TEDx talk, publishing an OP-ed or appearing on TV, Patrice reaches millions across America with her passion for closing the gender gap in the automotive industry. Her story has appeared in publications such as O Magazine, Huffington Post, ABC Today, and Black Enterprise.
In 2016, Patrice opened Girls Auto Clinic, a full service auto repair shop that caters to women and serves female mechanics. The shop includes Clutch Beauty Bar, an on-site nail and blow out bar on site with a beautiful lounged tailored to women waiting for their cars. GAC and Clutch form a clubhouse for today’s #sheCANic!
Before GAC, Patrice worked for more than 12 years as an engineer, manager, and leader at DuPont, a science and technology company. She is the author of The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide, set for release by Touchstone Books in September 2017.