The Original Blog of the NISSAN Whistleblower 

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NISSAN- I’m “tough” but finally last night I broke down and cried.  This was after hearing that the NISSAN Good Ole Boys hired the former DA of Williamson County to “go after me” and that he was going to “request” to be a special prosecutor, At the expense of NISSAN   ???  Which I don’t understand since it’s the State vs. Sharyn & to say you’re going to have a “special prosecutor for a misdemeanor is ridicules” & he also said that more warrants would be issued against me.  I was terrified and called both Willaimson County police and the Franklin police and NO warrents.  Then I went to the court &  what terrified me (the most) was when I picked up a copy of the original warrant the facts were “wrong”.  


America, I’m smart enough to know you can’t fight city hall & some are way too connected to outgoing NISSAN Good Ole Boys.  It’s SCARY.    



For YEARS I was considered one of the top relocation consultants in Tennessee.   NISSAN never would have hired me to work for Mr. Tavares had I not been respected.  Then when I questioned poor use of taxpayer money and told Mr. Tavares of problems the treatment I received was horrible those that did "bad" things feared me and they retaliated. 

Mr. Tavares at anytime could have done what HR wanted and replaced me. Yet, Mr. Tavares kept me as his relocation person EVEN after his HR requested he use someone else. 


HR got very nervous when I had a few one on one meetings with the Chairman of the America’s that were an hour +.   They had a “filter” system to ensure he gets information they “deem” he should have. 

What happened was I became a
conduit to Mr. Tavares and those employee’s that were “not” on a list to succeed.  When I emailed Mr. Tavares about women being “dismissed” and the internal statistics proved a 30% reduction in women in management after the Good Ole Boys took over againg "after" the move to Tennessee they got scared and sent me a letter telling me NOT to interact with NISSAN employees.     Women in management in CA was almost 21% in Tennessee it went from 14% to 10%  which "overall" is even worse that the 30% I talked about. 


Even with his HR telling him "things"  Mr. Tavares kept working with me and emailed me.   That man does NOT meet with anyone he does not want to.  One saturday in May I met with the leader and we talked for a few hours and that "freaked" out HR.  

Yes, I knew that he wanted “change”  was open minded and I was willing to wait for change.   Never could I have known that it would take this much time.   I was told that when Mr. Tavares was “done” with me my emails would “bounce back”.  

On this website you’ve seen a "few" of my “thoughts” that were emialed addressed "please forward to marketing"  or whoever.   My "thoughts" were on NISSAN making cars that women and Americans would want.  Knowing that people wanted Mr. Tavares to fail I was determined that he get "good data".   I’m sure his assistant read them and too many coincidences of “my thoughts” are happening NOW at NISSAN.


FYI-My battle was of human decency started when NISSAN HR did not help me with my references in April and May after I told Mr. Tavares of problems.   This website started June 4th and when “more” people knew that I had the courage to “speak” and that Mr. Tavares respected my opinion they told me more.  


Last night it was obvious “change” in the culture in TN and I had scared some very prominent people in the community.  Last night I

I even called the FBI who deals with white collar crime to find out my “options”   After a good conversation I learned that for my protection and my child’s the local police department was who I needed to talk to.  It was difficult calling the people that had “taken me away” and had document the situation incorrectly on the form that I had picked up earlier in the day.  Yet, I have no choice.  I must trust the local police.  After a long talk with Bruce Bateman of the Franklin police department I believe that those working day to day to patrol our streets are good hard working officers that simply do what their told.   People in Franklin were unaware of the “Internal Battle of Control” at NISSAN and they do not know that MAJOR management change is happening.    A lot because “I told Tavares”.  The problems at NISSAN were REAL.


About 30 minutes ago I called and left a message with the assistant of Mr. Bateman that I will file reports needed to state my “issues”.  I hope to hear from him shortly.  America, if that is the process that I need to do to fight for my rights as an American I will file the reports about my treatment in the Williamson County Jail and watching the police get bullied by NISSAN legal.   What happened to me was wrong.  


This is America.   Tennessee is part of the “club”.   Still I cried last night because change is not happening and I want my child raised to believe she can be anything she wants to be live in a society where discrimination does not happen.  It was relayed to me yesterday that this new “harassment” started immediately after Tokyo took a week long holiday.   They said the Good Ole Boys knew that and their “timing” was simply to intimidate me.   That said:   My child has suffered and for that I want this to end. 


IF one of the assistants to Mr. Tavares reads this please tell the “busy” executive that “knows” my website will come down when he tells me to take it down.   Please tell him that “It’s Time”


Now I’m waiting to hear back from Mr. Bateman and while I wait I just googled NISSAN and look what I found ….  Wow!!!!


Susan Brennan I met you at a birthday party and was so impressed with your “can do” attitude.  You inspire me    Thank you for leading the next generation of women into the auto industry.   J J  Sharyn




Southern Automotive Women's Forum sets conference

By BILL POOVEY (AP) – 2 hours ago

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — the organizer of the new Southern Automotive Women's Forum has a message that men in the South can understand: "We're on the 1 yard line here and we've got 99 more to go."

Nissan's vice president for manufacturing, Susan Brennan, is leading the new women's automotive group with a conference set Thursday in Nashville. More than 120 people from across the South — and as far away as Arizona — are registered.

The forum's primary goal is to promote advancement of women in the region that includes automotive assembly and support plants, Volkswagen's new $1 billion plant that will start production next year at Chattanooga and Nissan's national headquarters in Franklin.

Scheduled conference speakers include Ford Motor Co.'s land development corporation chairman and CEO, Donna Inch and Indy 500 driver Lyn St. James.

Brennan said the forum plans to provide "network" support and offer college scholarships and wants to develop an outreach program that shows younger students how math and science learning opens doors to automotive career opportunities.

Brennan serves as a member of the Troy, Mich.-based Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation board and decided to use it as a model after several women asked for a Southern regional women's group.

She said the forum also wants to assist women with careers at dealerships, in marketing and "all the support functions."

"The possibilities are endless," she said.

The foundation's president, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based RDAS Group marketing research executive Kim Ziomek, said the count of women working in the automotive industry, particularly in top executive spots, is "scary small."

"I think there's momentum to change that," said Ziomek, who has automotive clients.

"There are opportunities in the automotive industry for women at every level," Ziomek said. "There are still good old boy barriers but some of the barriers are also yourself."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of about 690,000 automotive and parts manufacturing workers nationwide in June, about 178,000, or about 26 percent, were women. That percentage has been fairly constant since the industry in 2000 reported more than 1.3 million employees.

Ziomek said young girls need encouragement toward automotive careers "to get them interested in it."

She said her father worked for Ford Motor Co. and encouraged her studies. She also grew up tinkering with cars.

"He got me excited about math and science," she said. "I was just geeked about cars. I loved horsepower."

Lorraine Schultz, who started Women's Automotive Association International in 1995, said women have had a tough time reaching the top in the auto industry.

"We still have a glass ceiling," she said. "Why is it? That's a good question."

Schultz said "more American women are being hired by the foreign companies than five or six years ago. They are coming along."

Mohammed Omar, director of the automotive engineering graduate program at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, said there are about nine women among about the program's 65 students. He said there have been a couple of women among about two dozen graduates since the program started in 2006.

Omar said the percentage of women in the graduate automotive program reflects the percentages of women in mechanical engineering and related fields when it started.

"I think the main difficulty is the perception," he said. "Most people perceive the automotive industry to be an industry dominated by men, with heavy machinery and heavy work."

Omar said the industry also has opportunities for design, physics and electrical engineering backgrounds.

He sees another reason for automotive companies to cross gender lines in hirings and promotions: "At the end of the day there are both men and women buying the car."

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