Patrice Banks is a highly engaging, intelligent, funny, candid, and trusted leader. She is shaking up the male-dominated automotive industry with her inspiring story of going from auto airhead to creating a business whose mission is to educate and empower women through their cars.
Women are the #1 customer in the auto industry, and Patrice is inspiring them to become #SHECANICS, confident, educated drivers, and smart consumers!
Banks once dreaded both car buying and repairs. Unhappy with her experiences and unable to find any solutions to her car problems, she left her career as an engineer, enrolled in automotive technology school, and created a unique business model - auto repair catering to women.
Patrice Banks and Girls Auto Clinic have been recognized by numerous media outlets such as NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Washington Post, TIME, Good Morning America, Glamour, Car & Driver just to name a few. She graces the cover of People Magazine and Ratchet and Wrench. Patrice has partnered with Ford, Dell, Honda, Girls Scouts, is a TEDx speaker, and was featured in a national commercial with Lean Cuisine. She is a founding member of Women of Color Automotive Network.
Banks graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Materials Engineering, where she was a Varsity Rower. She was recently awarded with Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lehigh University Alumni Association in 2019. She is the author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide. Patrice is working as a producer with Warner Bros and Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Production to create a scripted comedy series about Girls Auto Clinic.