Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) Announces 2023 Leadership Conference Keynote, Featured Workshop Speakers

April 3, 2023
By Zoi' Holloway

BETHESDA, Md. – April 3, 2023 – The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), an under-40 community of the Auto Care Association, today announced Brett Culp as the keynote for the 2023 YANG Leadership Conference and Arika Pierce as the featured workshop speaker. The conference will take place May 23-24, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Fla. The YANG Leadership Conference is part of Auto Care Connect, the Auto Care Association's largest industry gathering that brings together four conferences in one location to maximize networking, collaboration, and educational opportunities for enhanced industry connections. 

The YANG Leadership Conference is tailored to young professionals in the auto care industry to facilitate building connections with peers, learning from industry experts and coming together as one collective industry by sharing the best of ideas and solutions for today’s automotive aftermarket industry challenges. This in-person event provides unique and industry-focused programming opportunities to enhance leadership skills and knowledge of the industry. 

Keynote Speaker 
Tuesday will kick-off with Brett Culp delivering the opening keynote, “Superhero Leadership in Uncertain Times.” Culp is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of the nonprofit, The Rising Heroes Project. His work has been featured in USA Today, WIRED, The LA Times, Entertainment Tonight, and many more. His opening keynote will focus on leading during times of change and how everyone has the capacity to embrace everyday leadership and make a positive impact. His insights will help attendees realize their personal and business potential, renew their collective sense of hope for the future and belief that our efforts can make an impact. 

Workshop Speaker  
Wednesday will feature an engaging workshop entitled, “Up Your Game: A Leadership Jam Session with Arika Pierce.” Arika Pierce, CEO and founder of Piercing Strategies, is a leadership development coach and expert with a passion for creating forward-thinking leaders. She is also an attorney, author, speaker, and has over 15 years of corporate leadership experience. In her interactive workshop, Arika will share five key leadership shifts that are key for young professionals’ growth.  Attendees will work through a leadership challenge and unpack the use of competencies, like planning and organizing, problem-solving, decision-making, teamwork, communication and managing conflict and influence. 

More information, including the full conference agenda, can be found on the YANG webpage. To register for the 2023 YANG Leadership Conference, visit

Contact Mary Ieng, YANG community liaison, at for any questions.