ASME virtual event shows DEI in action: success and opportunity for women in industry

SOUTHFIELD—The Metro Detroit Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will host a virtual event, “DEI in Action! A Current Day Story of Success and Opportunity for Women in Industry,” on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.

The event will feature a presentation by Melinda Gray, special projects manager for General Motors Global Design.

Gray has been with GM for more than 25 years. She started her career as an entry level engineer in 2000 and has worked her way up to her current role in the GM management team. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from from Michigan State University, and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Currently, Gray is engaged with the following women’s promotional organizations:

  • A lead in the GM Women Employee Resource Group
  • DEI departmental lead and a member of the Design DEI Focus Group headed up by the Global Design Business Operations Executive within GM

Gray is a key promoter of the DEI philosophy within her work environment. In 2019 she received the Women of Color Technology All-Star award, which is a testament to her commitment to STEM and serving her community as well.

Highlights of the presentation will include developing a career roadmap, DEI reflections, DEI at GM, how to foster inclusivity in the workplace, and career advice for the professional woman forging a path to success, and providing DEI with appropriate momentum.

Currently on a special assignment supporting the construction of a new design studio at GM’s center in Warren, Gray has been actively supporting the cultural evolution of DEI, within her sphere of influence.

To register for this event, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeobvfLMqXl_zcZmsV1_C6C4mVJOtYj2wL1kyK_mMvZQU1WA/viewform

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