While in high school, a guidance counselor introduced Alicia Boler-Davis to a summer engineering program. That experience, combined with support from her family and other role models, has led her to the position of Senior Vice President of Global Quality and Customer Experience at General Motors. It also has led to being awarded 2014 Technologist of the Year from Women of Color magazine.
“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 GM senior vice president for Global Human Resources, John Quattrone.
Formally educated as a chemical engineer, Boler-Davis applied her technical background to move through numerous career-building positions at GM. She became GM’s first female African-American plant manager in 2007 and, as her leadership career progressed, has changed the face of the automotive business.
The Technologist of the Year award given to Boler-Davis was the highest honor bestowed at the 19thAnnual Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference Gala held this past Saturday.
“We can never overestimate the impact we can have on young people considering STEM careers,” Boler-Davis said in an address to an audience of more than 1,500. “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.”