Annually, the Create & Cultivate 100 List, presented by Chevrolet, recognizes 100 trailblazing women for their contributions across a variety of industries. This year, Chevrolet is excited to share that Telva McGruder, General Motors’ Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was honored this month.
In her role at GM, Telva leads the development and execution of strategies that ensure positive change towards a high performing, inclusive culture —painting an ambitious vision for GM to become the most inclusive company in the world. Telva is an industry leader, supporting social change through sustainability, influencing growth through teaching, and championing diversity in everything she does.
More on Telva McGruder
- Before she was GM’s Chief of DEI, Telva spent many years as an engineer and was a FIRST robotics mentor at the high school level, helping with strategy, design, and the robot’s build. She was also able to support and motivate the girls on the team, as well as help prepare them to study technical disciplines in college.
- Prior to GM, Telva was director of Workplace Engineering and Operations Solutions in the Sustainable Workplaces organization. She supported the global footprint for facility engineering, technologies, energy strategy and multiple facility management strategies
- Earlier in her career, Telva held positions of increasing responsibility and influence within manufacturing engineering where she motivated teams to rethink the possible in project execution, maintenance, quality, operations, and labor negotiations.
- Outside of General Motors, Telva holds advisory chair positions for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Oakland University School of Health Sciences, University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, and Engineering Tomorrow.
- Telva was voted Michigan’s “Female Mentor of the Year” in 2014.
We were also so happy to see more Latinas being recognized at The Create and Cultivate event like Liz Hérnandez & Ana Flores.
Photos by Dan MacMedan for Chevrolet.