GM Hispanic Initiative Team (GM HIT) has a mission is to attract, develop and retain Hispanic employees; grow our relationships with the Hispanic community; and promote growth of our Hispanic market share. GM HIT strategizes to harness growing Hispanic disposable income with its commitment to develop every level of the talent pipeline from elementary, middle and high school STEM engagement activities through new and active employee mentor programs and the use of executive management development programs. Latina Style has recognized GM HIT for the last two years with its Top 5 ERG of the Year Award.
In 2015, GM HIT members actively engaged in a number of service-oriented activities designed to raise the quality of Hispanic talent available to enter the job market and build brand loyalty. For example, members volunteered across the U.S. to support National STEM Week by speaking to schools about the role of STEM in everyday activities. Members also provided plant tours to students, while discussing the important role of technology integration in the workplace.
GM PLUS is the ERG for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and their allies, with a vision that all GM employees feel safe, respected, valued and supported in their workplace. In 2015, GM PLUS launched a mentor program for LGBT and ally employees in order to provide our rising talent with targeted support for achieving their individual and professional development goals. We believe mentoring is a key enabler for developing GM Workplace of Choice focus areas of recruitment, retention, and personal and professional growth.
GM WOMEN aims to assist women with professional development, establishing GM as a workplace of choice, creating leadership opportunities for women and impacting GM’s ability to connect with the female consumer. GM has 22 women’s councils globally. These strategic groups are integral to connecting directly with female populations in local automotive markets.
In 2015, we focused on connecting women’s councils across the globe to share best practices and to leverage key learnings on supporting women inside and outside the organization. As part of this effort, we held our first-ever Global Women’s Leadership Summit, bringing together 100 women from 27 different countries that represented all functions and levels in the business. Held at our global headquarters in Detroit, the event allowed for the in-person exchange of ideas and brainstorming with fellow female colleagues – women who would have otherwise never connected – and the sharing of innovative best practices being implemented in their respective countries.
JumpStart is an ERG focused on connecting, engaging, developing and retaining the newest employees at GM. Our goal is to create lifelong ambassadors for GM. With operations ranging globally, JumpStart provides opportunities for networking, professional development, leadership exposure and community service. JumpStart also gives new employees the opportunity to recruit the next generation of employees.
JumpStart an Executive is a program that aims to connect senior leaders with new employees through a one-on-one reverse mentoring partnership. Through this mutually beneficial program, participants act in both mentor and mentee capacities to learn from each other’s experiences, communication styles and workplace behaviors. New employees gain knowledge of the company and our products, as well as valuable career advice from senior leaders. In parallel, this program allows senior leaders a view of the company through the eyes of a new employee, resulting in a better understanding of the unique generational challenges and issues facing new employees. Participants meet once per quarter and develop initiatives to close a gap in the company by the end of the year-long partnership. Through 2015, JumpStart had partnered individually with 30 of the most senior leaders at GM.