Introducing the 2014 Technologist of the Year: Alicia Boler-Davis
GM’s own Alicia Boler-Davis was recently awarded the 2014 Technologist of the Year distinction by Women of Color magazine. Boler-Davis has built an incredible career within General Motors. Back in 2007, she became the first African-American plant manager at GM, and today she works as the Senior Vice President of Global Quality and Customer Experience.
It’s hard to believe that such a successful woman was at one time discouraged by her high school teacher to pursue an engineering career. Thankfully, she disregarded the advice and chased her dreams of math and science to become a chemical engineer.
“Alicia pioneered a path of many firsts through her career and is one of the highest-ranking African-American woman in the global auto industry,” said John Quattrone, GM senior vice president, Global Human Resources.
The 2014 Technologist of the Year award was bestowed upon Alicia Boler-Davis at the 19th Annual Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference Gala held over the weekend, on Saturday, October 25th. It was the highest honor given out that night.
“We can never overestimate the impact we can have on young people considering STEM careers,” Boler-Davis said in her speech to an audience that included over 1,500 students, scientists, and technologists. “While many companies here are fierce competitors in the marketplace, the advancement of STEM education is one area where we are best served by working together.”
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