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Vivian R. Pickard
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Vivian R. Pickard was named President of the General Motors Foundation and Director of Corporate Relations for General Motors Company in December 2010. She is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to strengthen communities across the United States through partnerships and investments in the areas of education, health and human services, environment and energy, and community development. Over the past decade, the foundation has donated more than $350 million to send students to college, keep teen drivers safe, educate parents on child passenger safety, promote diversity, and support vital non-profit organizations.

A community advocate and philanthropist, Ms. Pickard currently serves on the board for the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Friends of African and African American Art (Detroit Institute of Arts), Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, The Parade Company, New Detroit The Coalition, Fifth Third Bank - Eastern Michigan, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Council of Michigan Foundations, Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, and the Sphinx Organization. In addition, she is the Immediate Past-President for The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., Immediate Past-Board Chair of Inforum, serves as a member of The Executive Leadership Council, and is on the Executive Committee for The Links, Inc.

Ms. Pickard has been widely recognized for her dedication to serving others recently receiving the 2011 Bridge Builder Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the 2011 Alpha Award of Honor from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the 2009 Women of Excellence Award from the Michigan Chronicle. She was also a 2010 Inforum Inner Circle Honoree.

A 33-year veteran of General Motors, Ms. Pickard has also held several other key roles at the company, including administrative and management positions within the Finance, Human Resources and Public Policy functions.

Born and raised in Sturgis, Mississippi, and then moving to Flint, Michigan, Ms. Pickard earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University and a Master of Science from Central Michigan University. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, the National Black MBA Association and Leadership Detroit.

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An Investment in Education for the Next Generation of STEM Innovators Is a Smart Bet

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:57 PM

It's no secret that the cost of a college education has steadily increased over the years. As that price tag continues to rise, it becomes even more important for parents and their college-aged children to seriously consider the schools and majors they choose.

As the focus on...

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Now Is the Time to Equip the Next Generation of STEM Leaders and Innovators

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:16 PM

As graduating students begin to enter a post-recession job market, many still struggle to find employment in their desired field. However, there is one group of graduates that has a higher success rate than most.

Students pursuing degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are...

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As STEM Graduate Rates Decline, Funding and Improving STEM Education Is More Crucial Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 4:45 PM

With a new school year just around the corner, the future for students considering a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is full of bright possibilities. STEM jobs are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, and the Commerce Department...

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The STEM Crisis: The Success of Our Country Depends on Our Knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

(11) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 12:24 PM

In high school, Miami student Carmen Gil was sure she wanted to pursue a law degree; however, once her senior year began, she realized she had a true passion for math and chemistry and decided to explore those interests further upon entering college in the Fall 2010.

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