3 Reasons Why GMs "Head Chick" Mary Barra Is A Winner

3 Reasons Why GMs "Head Chick" Mary Barra Is A Winner
Photo courtesy of Stuart Isett

by Dawgelene Sangster- In November, I went on a road trip mission with the Six Brown Chicks to General Motors in Detroit. I met and interviewed some amazing women leaders for a project called, “Chicks of GM”.  Over the course of 2 days, top female design executives, engineers and GM Foundation executives talked about the value women bring to the workplace and their leadership potential; why mentoring women in the workplace is important, ways to mentor women, and the importance of community giving.

The Chicks with Connie Burke at Coach Insignia Restaurant Tour

The Chicks with Connie Burke at Coach Insignia Restaurant Tour

GM (General Motors) made history this week when appointing Mary Barra as the first female CEO of the global organization. It was a huge win on many fronts because:

(1) It provides hope for women in leadership roles in the workforce and says that determination; hard work and great skills pay off.

(2) It gives women a great example of a role model and mentor that many people have said is an exceptional leader.

(3) It further shows that GM has raised the bar and isn’t looking back when it comes to doing something different to take its organization to and its employees to the next level.

The trip was a wonderful learning experience but means even more now knowing that we celebrate with the “Chicks of GM” the advancement of an amazing woman to the “Head Chick” leadership role in the company.

Kudos to GMs “Head Chick” Mary Barra, and the amazing “Chicks of GM” that we sat down with to include, Jocelyn K. Allen, Suzy Cody, Angela Barbee-Hatter, Ven K. Lai, Ke “Coco” Zhang-Miske, Vivian Pickard, Crystal Windham, Connie Burke, Laine Mungall and Reverend Gloria Pruett.

Ke "Coco" Zhang-Miske, Engineering Business Manager for GM Global Infotainment and OnStar Engineering

Ke "Coco" Zhang-Miske, Engineering Business Manager for GM Global Infotainment and OnStar Engineering

Jocelyn K Allen, GM Communications

Jocelyn K Allen, GM Communications

Ven K. Lai, Lead Creative Designer Buick, Creative Design

Ven K. Lai, Lead Creative Designer Buick, Creative Design

Angela Barbee-Hatter, Director, GLobal Design Business Operations

Angela Barbee-Hatter, Director, Global Design Business Operations

Suzy Cody, Performance Engineer- Aero Development

Suzy Cody, Performance Engineer- Aero Development

Vivian Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation

Vivian Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation

Crystal Windham, Director of Design, GM North American Passenger Car Interiors

Crystal Windham, Director of Design, GM North American Passenger Car Interiors

The Chicks with two of Detroit's Finest Police Officers

The Chicks with two of Detroit's Finest Police Officers

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