Patrice Banks, former auto airhead and founder of Girls Auto Clinic (GAC), is disrupting the automotive industry with her inspiring and energetic message of “educating and empowering woman through their cars!” Patrice, an engineer and automotive technician, created a movement that inspires women, the #1 customer in the auto industry, to change the relationship they have with their car. GAC offers automotive buying and repair resources, products, and services based on trust, education, inclusion, and empowerment.
Whether she is delivering a car care workshop, giving a TEDx talk, writing an op-ed in the Washington Post, appearing on numerous TV shows including CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, and The FABLife, or working on your car, Patrice has reached millions across America with her passion and commitment for educating women and closing the gender gap in the automotive industry. Her story has been told in numerous print and online publications such as O Magazine, Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, Elite Daily, ABC Today, and Black Enterprise, just to name a few.
Prior to establishing GAC, Patrice worked for more than 12 years as an engineer, manager, and leader at DuPont, a science and technology company. Patrice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from Lehigh University and an Automotive Technology Diploma from Delaware Technical Community College. She is the author of the book, The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide, and opening a full-service auto repair shop catering to women in the summer of 2016.