Alicia Boler Davis was born in 1969, in Detroit, Michigan. In 1994 Boler Davis joined General Motors as a manufacturing engineer. She was the first black woman to become a plant manager at the Michigan Orion Assembly facility. She simultaneously led the plant at Pontiac Stamping. She was part of the Forbes Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in 2014. That year she spoke at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. She was promoted to Executive Vice President of global manufacturing in 2016 and leads 180,000 employees. In 2018 Boler Davis became the sixth woman to be named Black Engineer of the Year. She has championed and mentored women in the automotive industry, and serves as the Executive Liaison for the GM WOMEN leadership board.