When Alicia Boler Davis accepts the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) in the nation’s capital February, she will be the sixth woman to receive this award.
BEYA winners include Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Wanda Austin, former president and CEO of Aerospace Corporation, Lydia W. Thomas, former president and CEO of Mitretek Systems (now Noblis), and Stephanie C. Hill, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin Corporation.
The conference has impacted thousands of American students since 1995.
Aligned with the mission of BEYA, which promotes careers and opportunity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Boler Davis, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing, General Motors, provides inspiration for middle school girls, GM employees, and college students. Boler Davis serves as Executive Liaison for GM Women.
Alicia Boler Davis was named executive vice president, GM Global Manufacturing in June 2016. Her responsibilities include manufacturing engineering and labor relations. She is a member of the GM Senior Leadership Team and the GM Korea Board of Directors. She reports to GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra.
Boler Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Indiana University. She also serves on the board of directors at General Mills and McCormick Advisory Council and is a board trustee of the Care House of Oakland County.
In 2012, Boler Davis was appointed U.S. vice president, Customer Experience at GM. Later that year, her role was expanded to vice president, Global Quality, and Customer Experience. Under her leadership, GM improved vehicle quality and redefined customer care and its interaction with customers through social media channels and Customer Engagement Centers. More recently, Boler Davis was senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience where she led the company’s connected customer activities, including infotainment, OnStar, and GM’s Urban Active personal mobility initiatives.
Previously, Boler Davis was the Plant Manager of the Michigan Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping facilities, as well as vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer, North America Small Cars; positions she held until January 2012. Prior to that, she was plant manager at the Lansing, Mich., Consolidated Operations and Arlington Assembly in Texas, where she was the first black woman to be a plant manager at a GM vehicle manufacturing plant.
Boler Davis began her GM career in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer at the Midsize/Luxury Car Division in Warren, Mich. She has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing, Engineering and Product Development.
As the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year nominee, Boler Davis is recognized as a global ambassador of goodwill for underrepresented minorities in science and technology, and for women in STEM.
She will keynote the 2018 Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities meeting at one of the historically black colleges and universities with ABET-accredited engineering schools.
US Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE) magazine’s BEYA STEM Conference will recognize Alicia Boler Davis with the Black Engineer of the Year Award on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Washington, DC.
Black Engineer’s BEYA STEM Conference has been held during Black History Month for more than 30 years to honor innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Published by Career Communications Group, a leading media company, Black Engineer is devoted to promoting career opportunities in STEM.
Sponsors of the BEYA STEM Conference include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Aerotek, and the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, co-host of the 32nd annual BEYA STEM Conference and producers of more than 33 percent of black engineers in the United States.