The General Motors Foundation has announced plans to grant $100,000 to Leadership America — “the longest-running, national women’s development program of its kind” in the United States that, through its network of “established women leaders offers unique learning environments, as well as professional and personal development opportunities for its more than 2,200 graduate members”, according to the automaker.
The grant will assist in funding Leadership America’s studies “to explore trends that impact women across the country and shape today’s global business environment, as well as engage new members through interactive learning programs.”
What’s more, GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard will deliver the keynote speech for Leadership America 2013 — the group’s annual conference that will take place in Detroit from Septeber 22-24.
“The GM Foundation shares a common goal with Leadership America in that we both strive to empower the leaders of tomorrow,” said Pickard. “This conference will unite a diverse pool of stakeholders to share best practices and inspire change in Detroit communities and those across the country.”
According to GM, the Leadership America conference will review “collaborative solutions, including private and public partnerships that are making a difference in Detroit and cities across the U.S.”, placing a particular emphasis on “the growing influence and impact of women and men who are exercising bold leadership and making an economic difference.”
In addition to Ms. Pickard, Chris Oster — GM’s global directer of Change management and Organizational Development, will attend the conference and moderate a panel containing other GM leaders, including:
- Mary Barra – executive vice president, Global Product Development & Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
- Alicia Boler-Davis – senior vice president, Global Quality & Customer Experience
- Grace Lieblein – vice president, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
- Mary Chan – vice president, Global Connected Consumer
Attendees will also be given a tour of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, with plant manager Doneen McDowell, herself a member of the current Leadership America class, providing an overview of the plant’s history and operations.
GM Foundation’s $100,000 grant to Leadership America follows $4.2 million in scholarships as part of the Buick Achievers Scholarship program.