Dedicated ladies who are working to educate and empower the women of automotive.
Faye Hadley is an ASE certified automobile technician, and the owner of Pistons & PixieDust: mobile automotive repair and education by women, for women. Faye also teaches a series of popular, hands-on workshops for women in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas several times a month, with topics ranging from “How to buy and sell a car and not get screwed” to Engine Building Basics.
Since childhood, Faye has been fascinated by machinery and vehicles, but her interest in becoming a mechanic was cemented by a 2007 cross-country road trip in a VW Rabbit that she converted to run on waste vegetable oil. After her return to the Northeast, Faye completed her education at Harvard University, graduating with a degree in Psychology in 2010. While working full-time as a therapist, she apprenticed in her off-hours with a mechanic in Providence, RI, where she was taught basic skills in exchange for taking care of shop tasks like cleaning, ordering parts, and disassembling junk cars.
When she was ready to pursue her dream full-time, she moved to Portland, OR where she returned to school to learn the automotive trade, working evenings at a local independent garage to pay the bills. After completing several classes at the local community college, she was offered a job at a nearby Toyota dealership where she continued her education: receiving several certifications through Toyota. From there, she was recruited by a well-known independent shop, which specialized in older vehicles but was expanding to include Toyota and hybrid repair. Hoping to widen her knowledge base and experience, she accepted the job, and found that many loyal customers followed her there; they appreciated her enthusiasm and the way she included them in the process, empowering them to understand more about the way their cars operated. Their interest and encouragement led her to teach automotive classes after hours, which is now an integral part of her business.
Faye also has a YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/fayehadley), where she frequently posts simple, detailed, automotive tutorial videos, as well as projects such as the Chevy Montage All-Female build, the various repairs to her old daily driver VW, and responses to the #WomanAndMachine challenge questions.
Alexis Dabilis is a drifter from New Hampshire. She has loved working on cars since the age of 19, when she bought a 1979 Mazda Rx7 with a 12A rotary engine.
Alexis is currently a welder and machinist at Granite State Hydraulics. She previously worked as a Toyota technician at Toyota of Nashua to learn more about engines, which is the part of automotive which fascinates her the most.
Alexis began Drift Kitchen with Taylor Whitmore in November of 2017. Drift Kitchen hosts drift clinics for women in an encouraging, safe environment.
In her free time, Alexis enjoys playing music and working on her home in Lubec, Maine. She also loves working on drift car projects and documenting her life on YouTube and social media outlets.
Each of the women behind Woman And Machine have their own businesses that they are constantly working on. Their business are designed to spotlight, educate, and empower women who are interested in automotive as well.