MEMA’s Julie Fream Delivered Keynote Address at Michigan Tech’s 2023 Spring Commencement
(Southfield, Mich, May 5, 2023) – Julie Fream, president and CEO of MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers, delivered the keynote address at Michigan Tech’s undergraduate and graduate 2023 Spring commencement. Fream, an alumna of Michigan Tech’s class of 1983, shared her career journey and the importance of collaboration and adaptation to change.
During her keynote, she highlighted the critical role that emotional intelligence has played in her career, encouraging graduates to focus on developing their EQ along with their IQ.
Fream advised graduates to embrace ambiguity as it opens the door to critical and creative thinking. She also shared three suggestions for life after graduation: learn to live in the gray, write down your goals, and give back.
“Each of us has the desire to be seen and heard. At every opportunity, strive to give the person in front of you your complete attention,” Fream said when explaining that giving back does not have to be complex. “Let them know they matter and are appreciated. People remember how you made them feel. That is a lasting impact.”
‘Fream’s speech was especially meaningful as it was the 40th anniversary of her graduation from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Her inspiring words left a lasting impression on the graduates as they embark on their journey after graduation.
Fream was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in recognition for her long-standing commitment to Michigan Tech.
A recording of the commencement can be viewed here.
MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association, is the leading trade association in North America for vehicle suppliers, parts manufacturers, and remanufacturers. It has been the voice of the vehicle supplier industry since 1904. Its more than 1,000 members are Strong by Association .
Companies join MEMA via two membership groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers and MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers. Automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers are the largest manufacturing sector in the United States and lead the way in new vehicle innovations.
Members conceive, design, and manufacture the OE systems and technologies that make up two-thirds of the value of every vehicle and supply the aftermarket with the parts that keep millions of vehicles on the road, fueling international commerce and meeting society’s transportation needs. MEMA members are committed to safety and sustainability.
MEMA has offices in Southfield, Mich.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Washington, D.C. Learn more at MEMA.org.