GM Diversity: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

“I take pride in the long history of commitment that GM has displayed to the Latino community through the years. This is a time to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to our society and it is a privilege to work for a company that is doing the right thing for our Latino employees, suppliers, dealers and consumers. The impact of Latinos on the automotive industry is undeniable. Today, we can celebrate the fact that Hispanics are in our boardrooms and in our leadership."
- Joe Ponce, executive director of global operations quality

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Joe Ponce, Grace Lieblein and other GM employees welcomed some of the nation’s top Hispanic journalists to the GM Hispanic Media Immersion Summit. The summit focused on ways to engage with Hispanic audiences and gave attendees the chance to hear GM’s Hispanic and diversity leaders speak, attend the annual Woodward Dream Cruise and tour the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

GM also celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month this year by recognizing key employees within GM who work to drive programs and resource groups forward.

Tony Argote – A Hispanic Great Mind in STEM

Tony Argote works at the GM Proving Ground in Milford, Mich., as a technical specialist for Charging Controls. Though he wears many more hats outside of his day job. This year, he co-founded a cross-functional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) committee that works with executives to promote collaboration on STEM initiatives. His community involvement has also led him to working with Green Place Detroit – a non-profit program for Hispanic students in the city. The students’ excitement is what keeps Argote inspired.

Most recently, he received the “Most Promising Engineering Award – Masters” from Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), a non-profit organization that focuses on STEM educational awareness programs for students.

“Tony is an exceptional engineer and community leader,” said Ken Barrett, GM chief diversity officer. “Being recognized as the ‘Most Promising Engineer’ is a testament to his focus, dedication and technical prowess. He truly is one of GM's rising stars.”

GM recently nominated Argote for his leadership within GM’s Global Electrification Engineering team and for his proactive involvement with Detroit’s Hispanic community and STEM initiatives.

Raul Villarreal and the Texas chapter of HIT

The road to Texas has been an exciting and successful one. This year, the Hispanic Initiative Team (HIT) Texas participated in the Latina Style Business Series in Dallas and was present at the MANA annual conference in Houston during Hispanic Heritage Month. At the conference, Raul Villareal, GM paint area manager, led a STEM workshop.

In less than a year, HIT Texas is already leaving its mark of collaboration and active participation with organizations focused on education and community engagement. HIT Texas continues to grow its mission of supporting corporate objectives through diversity by being the face of GM in the Hispanic community, a role it accepts with pride and enthusiasm.

We salute Tony Argote, Raul Villarreal and the HIT Texas Chapter for all their hard work and dedication to the Hispanic community.