Great Minds in STEM, an organization that recognizes the achievements and contributions of America’s top engineers and scientists within the Hispanic community, has recognized General Motors vice president Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, Grace Lieblein, as the 2014 Engineer of the Year. The award was given during the 26th Annual HENAAC Conference, “The Quest for Competitive Greatness.”
“Grace is one of the highest-ranking women in the automotive industry – an amazing Latina who has also become one of the most respected engineers globally,” said GM senior vice president Human Resources, John Quattrone, who presented the award to Lieblein.
Lieblein began her career in 1978 as a co-op student at General Motors Assembly Division in Los Angeles. She progressed through a number of positions within GM, including becoming the first woman president and managing director of GM de Mexico, and president and managing director of GM do Brasil. Lieblein currently is responsible for GM’s purchasing activities and supply chain and logistics operations worldwide.
“I am fortunate to work for GM, a company that has allowed me to create an amazing career path that has led me to be here tonight, as a very proud Latina, a very proud woman, and, most of all, a very proud engineer,” Lieblein said.
General Motors is a founding sponsor of HENAAC, which has a long history of supporting Hispanic education and encouraging students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.
“Grace Lieblein is a role model and an inspiration for young Hispanics who are interested in pursuing a STEM career,” said GM Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett. “A robust talent pipeline is critical to the automotive industry and her achievements will encourage our youth as we support HENAAC in its ongoing quest to increase the number of Hispanics in our nation’s technical workforce.”