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Role Model Dinner

2018 Role Model Dinner

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

5:30 pm

Cobo Center – Grand Riverview Ballroom

Role Model Dinner Co-Chairs: Faye Nelson and Pam Rodgers


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Honoring the 2018 Role Models:

Alicia Boler Davis
Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, General Motors Company

Alicia Boler Davis was named executive vice president, General Motors Global Manufacturing in June 2016. Her responsibilities include manufacturing engineering and labor relations. She is a member of the GM Senior Leadership Team and the GM Korea Board of Directors. She reports to GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra. Prior to this assignment, Boler Davis was senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience since December 2014, where she led the company’s connected customer activities, including infotainment, OnStar, and GM’s Urban Active personal mobility initiatives. In February 2012, Boler Davis was appointed U.S. vice president, Customer Experience. Previously, Boler Davis was simultaneously plant manager of the Michigan Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping facilities, as well as vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer, North America Small Cars, positions she held until January 2012. Boler Davis began her GM career in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer at the Midsize/Luxury Car Division in Warren, Mich. She serves on the board of directors at General Mills, is a member of the Northwestern University McCormick Advisory Council and a board trustee of the Care House of Oakland County. Boler Davis has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Indiana University.


Deborah LaBelle
Partner, Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle

Deborah LaBelle is an attorney and writer whose advocacy focuses on the human rights of people in detention, the intersection of race and gender, and the rights of children in the criminal justice and education systems in the United States.  In addition to her private practice, LaBelle is the Director of the Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative for the ACLU of Michigan and Coordinator of Michigan’s Juvenile Mitigation Access Committee.  She has been lead counsel in over a dozen class actions that have successfully challenged policies affecting the treatment and sentencing of incarcerated men, women and children, utilizing a human rights framework.  She has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and in international forums with an integrated model for reform utilizing concurrent litigation, documentation and advocacy strategies. LaBelle is a Senior Soros Justice Fellow and was the first American recognized by Human Rights Watch as a Human Rights Monitor, for her work on behalf of incarcerated women and girls.  Her publications include Basic Decency:  Protecting the human rights of children (2012); Ensuring Rights for All:  Realizing Human Rights for Prisoners in Bringing Human Rights Home (Praeger Press, 2008); and Bringing Human Rights Home to the World of Detention (Columbia Human Rights Law Review Article, Vol. 40.1, Fall 2008); Second Chances:  Juveniles serving life without parole in Michigan prisons (2004); Women at the Margins, Neglect, Punishment and Resistance (Haworth, 2002).


Monica L. Martinez
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Michigan, and National Director of Hispanic Business Development, Comerica Bank

Monica L. Martinez is Senior Vice President, External Affairs for Comerica Bank, which includes the dual roles of managing the corporate contributions function for the Michigan market as well as overseeing all aspects of the bank’s involvement of Hispanic Business Development nationally. Martinez oversees charitable contributions budgets in addition to all corporate philanthropic giving including day-to-day program management of Comerica’s charitable foundation and sponsorship programs in the State of Michigan. In the capacity of National Hispanic Business Developer, Martinez serves as the liaison for the bank within the Hispanic community, directing Comerica’s Hispanic business and community outreach in the bank’s primary markets, which are comprised of Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, and Michigan. In addition, she helps direct the bank’s Hispanic Business Initiative teams and Hispanic Employee Resource groups. Martinez joined Comerica in 2006 in support of the bank’s ongoing commitment to building strong relationships with Hispanic business owners, entrepreneurs, and communities. Fluent in Spanish and English, Martinez holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, where she majored in International Business with a focus in Marketing. For her graduate work, she studied Interdisciplinary Technology with a concentration in Business Management at Eastern Michigan University. She has also earned certificates in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and Corporate Community Relations Management from Boston College. Martinez is also a graduate of the prestigious SMU Management program and is certified in Diversity Management from Cornell University. Martinez actively serves on the board of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber, SER Jobs for Progress National, New Detroit, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and is the chairperson of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan Hispanic Advisory committee.


Sponsorship Opportunites

Sponsorships offer many benefits. For more details, please see this sponsorship opportunities packet or contact Alexandria Armstrong at (313) 361-4000 etx 223 or


We salute our 2018 sponsors:

(as of 1/18/2018)



DTE Energy Foundation



PVS Chemicals



Beaumont Hospital

Piston Group


Argent International

Corporate FACTS

General Motors

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions

The Skillman Foundation

Special D Events

Willis Towers Watson



Michigan First Credit Union

University of Michigan Credit Union


Design Sponsor:

Union AdWorks


Magazine Sponsor:

Hour Detroit

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