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General Motors executive recognized with 2017 Alumnae Award

Award honors Alicia Boler Davis, the highest-ranking African American executive in the global automotive industry

boler davis2Alicia Boler Davis, executive vice president of General Motors Global Manufacturing, will receive The Alumnae of Northwestern University’s 2017 Alumnae Award at a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 9.

Boler Davis, a 1991 graduate of the McCormick School of Engineering, is the highest-ranking African American executive in the global automotive industry. She helped steer General Motors through the recession and now oversees 165,000 employees in 20 countries.

“Northwestern helped foster in me the idea of doing things that you may not think are possible,” she told Northwestern Magazine in 2016. “I remember when I chose to study chemical engineering, I chose that because it was challenging.”

Boler Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from McCormick and also holds a master’s degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Indiana University.

The Alumnae Award ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1818 Maple Ave. in Evanston.

Established in 1976, The Alumnae Award recognizes women who have made significant impacts in their fields. Previous honorees include educators, journalists, doctors and artists.

Read more about Boler Davis and previous award recipients on The Alumnae website.