GM continues to back female executives rise image

After making an industry first move and appoint its first female CEO, General Motors seems to see gender equality as a key aspect for growth – entrusting important models into the graceful hands of ladies.

One such example is Shenetra Moses – a 33 years old, southside Chicago native, which grew up taking things apart, favored math and science and went into GM’s roster since taking on a college internship at a General Motors stamping plant.

GM’s Lansing Grand River plant has Moses as the general assembly launch manager – with her in charge of launching such models as the award-winning Cadillac CTS sedan.

“I’m just Shenetra. I just build cars,” she said. “To a lot of people, that’s important. I have to make sure that I understand that, too — that my role could be influential to someone else, it could motivate someone else, it could encourage someone else.”

She also worked on software for hybrid vehicles and was the launch manager for the onset of the Chevrolet Volt program. While historically men occupy the top positions in the auto industry, with just 6.9% of executive chairs at 17 automakers occupied by women, GM is leading the change, with four women as board members, making around 28.6% of its supervisory board, double the national average.