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GM's Alicia Boler-Davis Selected 2018 Black Engineer of the Year

The General Motors executive will be the sixth woman in the 32-year history of the scientific and technical awards to be named Black Engineer of the Year.

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US Black Engineer (USBE) magazine's annual BEYA STEM Conference will recognize Alicia Boler-Davis, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing at GM (No. 42 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) with the Black Engineer of the Year Award on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the BEYA Gala in Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.


Aligned with the mission of USBE, one of the oldest diversity magazines for scientific and technical careers, and USBE's BEYA STEM Conference that promotes achievement and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Ms. Boler-Davis is active in providing inspiration and motivation for middle school girls who like math and science, mentoring at General Motors, and speaking to college students on leadership, and driving change.

Numerous organizations and publications have recognized Boler Davis for her community service. She serves on the board of directors at General Mills, is a member of the Northwestern University McCormick Advisory Council and a board trustee of the Care House of Oakland County. Boler Davis also serves as Executive Liaison for the GM WOMEN leadership board.

Alicia Boler Davis was named executive vice president, General Motors Global Manufacturing in June 2016. Her responsibilities include manufacturing engineering and labor relations. She is a member of the GM Senior Leadership Team and the GM Korea Board of Directors. She reports to GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra.

Prior to this assignment, Boler Davis was senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience since December 2014, where she led the company's connected customer activities, including infotainment, OnStar and GM's Urban Active personal mobility initiatives.

In February 2012, Boler Davis was appointed U.S. vice president, Customer Experience. Later that year, her role was expanded to vice president, Global Quality, and U.S. Customer Experience. Under her leadership, GM improved vehicle quality and fundamentally redefined customer care and its interaction with customers through social media channels and Customer Engagement Centers.

Previously, Boler Davis was simultaneously the Plant manager of the Michigan Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping facilities, as well as vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer, North America Small Cars, positions she held until January 2012. Prior to that, she was plant manager at the Lansing, Mich., Consolidated Operations and Arlington Assembly in Texas, where she was the first African-American woman to be a plant manager at a GM vehicle manufacturing plant.

Boler Davis began her GM career in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer at the Midsize/Luxury Car Division in Warren, Mich. During her career, she has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing, Engineering and Product Development.

Boler Davis has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a master's degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Indiana University.

When Boler Davis accepts the torch as the thirty-second Black Engineer of the Year in the nation's capital February 2018, she will be the sixth woman to receive this award from the Council of Engineering Deans of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which graduate more than 33 percent of all black engineers in the United States.

The list includes Shirley Ann Jackson, president of hzsj Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Wanda Austin, former president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, Lydia W. Thomas, former president and CEO of Mitretek Systems (now Noblis), and Stephanie C. Hill, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin Corporation, a longtime corporate supporter of the annual BEYA STEM Conference.

As the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year nominee, Boler-Davis is recognized as a global ambassador of goodwill for underrepresented minorities in science and technology, and for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She will keynote the 2018 Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities meeting at one of the historically black colleges and universities with ABET-accreditation.

General Motors Is Building an eBike and Wants You to Name It

Crowdsourcing campaign seeks awesome ideas from consumers around the globe.

Originally Published by General Motors.

Since committing to an all-electric future, General Motors is developing revolutionary, flexible electrification technologies that will enable our team to dream beyond the traditional vehicle and give our customers the freedom of movement that they seek. Today our team brought one of those dreams to life when we revealed two innovative, integrated and connected eBikes – one folding and one compact – without a brand.

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GM Breaks New Ground with the Industry's First True, Optional Extended Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

"One of the best things about buying a new vehicle is the peace of mind that comes with the warranty."

Originally Published by General Motors.

Effective immediately, people buying new General Motors vehicles will have the opportunity to purchase a true, extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty resulting in five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) for Chevrolet and GMC customers, and six years or 70,000 miles for Buick and Cadillac customers. No other brand offers customers a true extended warranty.

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GM Builds Winning Culture With Diversity

Diversity & Inclusion Report highlights key initiatives that spur innovation and inclusion.

Originally Published by General Motors.

Culture is everything in today's agile business climate. General Motors outlines in its latest Diversity & Inclusion Report (www.gm.com/diversity) how it leverages diversity to build an industry-leading workplace of choice that drives business results.

"At General Motors, we recognize the power of diversity and the role it plays in sparking ingenuity and creativity," said Ken Barrett, General Motors global chief diversity officer. "As we continue to face new challenges and innovate new solutions, we know the diversity among us will give the company a competitive advantage in the global marketplace."

Diverse and inclusive teams bring greater perspectives and experiences to help us address global transportation challenges. Each solution drives us closer to a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestions.

General Motors' diversity, in all its dimensions, strengthens our workplace, our products, our understanding of our customers, and is key to reaching our vision and living our values. The Diversity & Inclusion Report highlights key initiatives, strategic partners, workforce development and community engagement, including:

How We Manage Diversity –The General Motors' Senior Leadership Team, chaired by our Chairman and CEO, serves as the company's senior diversity council and six additional diversity-focused councils support key internal and external partner groups.

Engaging Workplace Diversity –Our 11 Employee Resource Groups play a key role in fostering an inclusive place to work with nearly one out of three employees belonging to an ERG. In 2017, GM's ERGs were collectively recognized as number one in the nation by PRSIM International, Inc.

Winning Culture for Women – General Motors' Take 2 program is a key initiative that provides women an opportunity to rejoin the workforce and learn technical skills through a 12-week internship.

Driving a Culture of Inclusion for People with Disabilities –This year, General Motors scored another 100 percent on the Disability Equality Index, which rates the best companies for people with disabilities.

Diversity within the Supply Chain – Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the GM Supplier Diversity program continues its unwavering commitment to the development and growth of diverse suppliers with over $100 billion spent to grow and support these important business partners.

Diversity within our Dealers – General Motors has more minority-owned dealerships than any other car company in the U.S. Today, ethnic minority and women dealerships represent more than 12 percent of the company's U.S. dealer network.

Diversity in the Community – General Motors is committed to fostering smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world. In 2017, the company supported 266 partner organizations, utilizing more than 18,500 employees to volunteer in community/partner programs, which accounted for more than 161,000 volunteer hours.

To learn more about how General Motors' leverages diversity, visit www.gm.com/diversity. To learn about some of the other ways General Motors is driving value through environmental, social and governance factors, visit www.GMSustainability.com

View the Diversity and Inclusion Report here.

General Motors Strengthens Sustainability Leadership, Earns Placement on Two Dow Jones Indices

Company maintains its ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and is the only automaker on North American Index for fourth year.

Originally Published by General Motors.

General Motors has once again been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for corporate sustainability leadership. This marks the second year the company has been selected for the World Index and its fourth consecutive year as the only automaker on the North American Index.

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97-Year-Old Black Woman Has Been an Election Day Poll Worker for 79 Years

Laura Mitnaul Wooten, honored during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual conference, urged Black people to vote in midterm elections.

Left to right: Chair of NNPA Dorothy R. Leavell; Laura Mitnaul Wooten; and NNPA President and CEO Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. / DIVERSITYINC

Laura Mitnaul Wooten plans to head to the polls on Nov. 6 to vote in the midterm elections, and to work, as she's done every Election Day for the past 79 years, consecutively. Wooten said that the right to vote, which so many suffered and even died for, is currently being taken for granted.

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GM Student Corps Celebrates 6 Years of Impacting Young Lives

The Student Corps, an extension of GM's commitment to education, hired 150 students from 15 high schools.

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By Lester Booker Jr.

In its sixth year, General Motors Student Corps matched teams of 10 high school interns with retired GM executives and college interns for life skills development and career preparation. As part of their 10-week journey, students learned the value of teamwork, leadership, goal-setting and community service.

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General Motors Employees Come Together During Part 2 of Grow Cody Week

More than 1,800 General Motors employees returned to Detroit's Cody Rouge community for Part 2 of its annual Grow Cody Week.

By Lester Booker Jr.

In preparation for the 2018 school year, volunteers rallied together at the following locations to provide a much-needed makeover before students returned to the classroom:

  • Cody High School
  • Dixon Elementary Learning Academy
  • Henderson Academy
  • Carver STEM Academy
  • Mann Learning Community School

"Education is number one," said Cristina Stamatin, cost engineer, Interior Seats and Safety. "This is my first time at Cody High School and I'm here to help improve the area around the schools with my team. Opportunities like this allow General Motors to be seen as humane and not just a big corporation. Our employees care and they give their time and money to make the community better for everyone."

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By Lester Booker Jr.

Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association concluded the third year of the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship Program with a special ceremony at General Motors World Headquarters.

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