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General Motors is leading the transportation revolution by delivering safer, better and more sustainable solutions ways for people to get around. Driven by 177,000 talented employess across the globe, General Motors' vision is to help create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. 

Our people are the driving force behind making this a reality. At GM all voices are heard - no matter one's identity, background or ideology, each person's perspective helps us better understand the communities we serve.  We're a company of firsts driven by innovation and bold creativity. Our Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, is the first female to lead the auto industry and our board of directors is made up of 45% women - the first of any major industrial company. Women are leadng critical areas of the business including vehicle manufacturing, vehicle electrification, finance, ride and car sharing and more. From our mentoring programs, to employee resource groups, and investing in STEM, GM is committed to providing employees with the resources and support they need to experience more from their careers with us.
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  • General Motors Mary T. Barra

    Meet a Fairygodboss at General Motors

    • Name

      Mary T. Barra

    • Position

      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company

      Detroit, MI

    Mary Barra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. She was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors on January 4, 2016, and has served as CEO of GM since January 15, 2014.

    Under Barra’s leadership, GM envisions a world with zero crashes, to save lives; zero emissions, so future generations can inherit a healthier planet; and zero congestion, so customers get back a precious commodity – time.

    She’s focused on strengthening GM’s core business of great cars, trucks and crossovers, while also working to lead the transformation of personal mobility through advanced technologies like connectivity, electrification, autonomous driving and car sharing. Barra has also established a strategic direction based on putting the customer at the center of everything the company does.

    Prior to becoming CEO, Barra served as executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as senior vice president, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, Barra and her teams were responsible for the design, engineering and quality of GM vehicle launches worldwide.

    Previously, she served as vice president, Global Human Resources; vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; and in several other executive engineering and staff positions.

    Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990.

    Barra serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company, the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the Detroit Economic Club.

    She is a member of The Business Council and an At-Large Board Member of the Business Roundtable, where she also serves on the Social Issues Committee.

    More details on Barra’s career and related activities can be found via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • General Motors Alicia Boler Davis

    Meet a Fairygodboss at General Motors

    • Name

      Alicia Boler Davis

    • Position

      Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing

      Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI

    Alicia Boler Davis is the Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing at General Motors Company (a position she has held since June 2016), responsible for manufacturing engineering and labor relations. She also serves as Executive Liason for the GM WOMEN leadership board among other capacities.

    Since joining us in 1994, Alicia has had a robust and diverse career, taking on several different roles such as Senior Vice President, Global Connected Customer Experience; Vice President, Global Qualitiy & U.S. Customer Experience; Vice President, U.S. Customer Experience; Plant Manager, Michigan Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping Facilities; Vehicle Line Director and Cheif Engineer, North America Small Cars.

    With Alicia's leadership, we've improved vehicle quality and have fundamentally redefined "service", including continuous interaction through social media channels and customer engagement centers. Contributions such as these have helped keep our company competitive in an ever-changing industry, and we look forward to the challenges and achievements ahead.

  • General Motors Ven Lai

    Meet a Fairygodboss at General Motors

    • Name

      Ven Lai

    • Position

      Lead Creative Designer

      Chevrolet Color and Trim Studio

    Growing up on the sunny Florida Coast, it would appear as though Ven Lai was destined to be a creative designer in GM’s Color and Trim studio. Instead, it was her desire to follow a different path than the demanding mathematics and science curriculum that dominated her high school years. Opting to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, this paved the way for a career in design and she’s never looked back.

    Lai excelled in her undergraduate studies and earned internships at a number of companies including The Gap; however, it was the offer from General Motors that lured the talented Fashion Design and Applied Textiles graduate into the automotive industry.

    Lai says she enjoys working on global vehicle programs and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in China, Korea, Brazil, and Australia. She is currently working on the Chevrolet portfolio, leading all global passenger cars and crossovers.

    Her influence can be seen in the 2017 Chevrolet Trax and Bolt EV.

    “These vehicles are showcases for many of the elements our Color and Trim Studio have been developing specifically for the Chevrolet brand,” says Lai.  “We design materials and colors that speak to future trends whilst sensitive to current customer needs. Materials that will be enduring, while both functional and attractive.”

What Women Should Know about Working At General Motors
We are committed to developing and supporting the career paths of women, both inside and outside of the company. That's why we offer resources such as WOMEN IN ACTION, a female-centric leadership development program that addresses some of the unique challenges faced by women at all levels in business, and GM WOMEN, an employee resource group with chapters in the U.S. and around the globe.

We've also committed more than $10 million in funding to advance and improve STEM education among girls in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation. Through initiatives with our current partner organizations (Code.org, Black Girls Code, Institute of Play and Digital Promise), our goal is to help shape the future in ways that promote equality and achievement.

Programs, initiatives, groups

    • Additional information
    • In addition to an online leadership development program (WOMEN IN ACTION), an active employee resource group (GM WOMEN), and other female-centric initiatives, we offer the Take 2 Career Re-Entry Program. This 12-week program is designed for experienced professionals who've taken a break from employment for at least two years and are interested in returning to the workforce. With company-wide networking opportunities and personalized mentoring, participants can polish their skills, acquire new ones, and restore the confidence needed for the next phase in their careers - which could be full-time roles at General Motors.
    • Unconscious bias training
    • Yes
    • Internal mentorship / sponsorship programs
    • Yes
    • Internal employee networking
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for performance evaluation
    • Yes

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • GM allows employees to work a flexible work schedule pending the approval of the respective leader. This schedule can include flextime hours, job sharing, working remotely and/or converting to part-time status.

    • Remote working
    • Yes
    • Part-time working
    • Yes

Parental Leave

    • Overview: Parental leave policies
    • GM Paid Parental Leave (GMPPL) became effective October 1, 2016. It was developed based on employee feedback, making us the first domestic automotive company to adopt such a policy. For salaried employees in the United States, the leave is immediately available upon date of hire and allows up to two weeks of paid leave to assist mothers, fathers and adoptive parents with the child-bonding process. For birth mothers, GMPPL is to be taken after the six to eight weeks of paid leave generally offered by GM for maternity purposes. Adoptive parents are eligible for GM Adoption Assistance Plan (GMAAP), which provides up to $5,000 per child to help with adoption expenses.
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes, 6-8 weeks, depending on the method of delivery
    • Unpaid maternity leave
    • Employees are able to choose to use FMLA that provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave and/or the GM Dependent Care Leave that provides up to 24 months of unpaid leave.
    • Adoptive paid leave
    • Yes
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Yes

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Lactation facilities
    • Yes
    • Phased-in post-maternity return
    • Yes

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