Title: Executive Vehicle Chief Designer, General Motors Design Center
Company: General Motors
B.F.A., Industrial Design, University of Michigan College of Art and Design
Executive Development Program, University of Illinois, School of Business Administration
Center for Creative Studies
Parsons School of Design
First automotive job: Technical Illustrator for heavy-duty trucks, 1983 summer intern, General Motors Truck and Bus Group
Proudest achievement: 'Becoming the first female Vehicle Chief Designer in General Motors' history.'
On being successful: 'Choose a career that gets you excited - one that you have a passion for doing day in and day out. Surround yourself with talented and enthusiastic people. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and enthusiastic people in the business. Besides my own passion, dedication and hard work, I owe much of my success to them.'
On being a woman in the industry: 'When I started in this industry 17 years ago I definitely stood out among the crowd of men. I didn't see this as a disadvantage but rather an opportunity to prove that I was willing to take on the challenge. The men I have had the privilege of working with have been my teachers, my mentors, and my biggest supporters. Their high expectations of me guided me to push myself to heights I never thought I would achieve.'
Other positions at General Motors include:
1997-99 Vehicle Chief Designer, Buick Rendezvous, GM Design Center
1995-97 Lead Designer, Cadillac DeVille and Concours
1993-95 Assistant Chief Designer for all Cadillac Interior Designs, Cadillac Design Studio