The 34th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference, held in February in Washington, D.C., brought together diverse students and professionals from the nation’s top technology companies, while honoring leadership in the engineering field.
During the conference, HR Dive interviewed three General Motors executives: Gerald Johnson, executive vice president of global manufacturing; Marcos Purty, executive director of global manufacturing strategy and planning; and David Albritton, president of GM Defense LLC. The industry trailblazers discussed topics including leadership, management styles, continual learning and why diversity and inclusion matter. Each profile offers insight into their unique career journeys.
"In my career, I looked left and looked right, and there were not a lot of people who looked like me," Albritton said. "I truly believe when you have people from different backgrounds who look differently and have different experiences, you have a better outcome."