Meet Telva McGruder: How one of GM’s most prominent electrical engineers is helping inspire girls

Telva McGruder is a Girl Scouts board chair member

DETROIT – March is Women’s History Month.

It’s a time to highlight the contributions of women in history and celebrate women who are shattering glass ceilings in contemporary society.

Telva McGruder is the Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for General Motors. She is one of GM’s most prominent electrical engineers and oversees operations around the world. McGruder is also a Girl Scouts board chair member.

McGruder has spent her life encouraging other women to be themselves and reach new heights.

“I really want women to understand that they bring something that is so unique, so different,” McGruder said.

McGruder has often been one of the only women in a space where decisions are made.

“The thing that has made me so successful is not accommodating how someone else wants me to think, not accommodating how someone else wants me to behave when it comes to how I demonstrate my technical ability,” McGruder said.

After graduating from Purdue, McGruder began working at NASA.


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