According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Hispanics today comprise 15% of the workforce, but only 6.5% in the STEM field.
Earlier this month, two Latina professionals from General Motors were named 2016 HENAAC Award Winners by Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) and will be honored at the 28th Annual HENAAC Conference, "Excellence through Diversity," in Anaheim, CA, October 5 through October 9, 2016.
A few details about the two honorees:
Alba Colón – Program Manager for Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Club for General Motors.
Winner of the HENAAC Pioneer Award, Colón started out at GM in 1994 as the data acquisition engineer for the Oval Track Group for NASCAR. Since then Colón has become the top female engineer in NASCAR racing, amassing over 250 wins for Chevrolet.
Olga Carbajal– Manager of Unified Communications, Engineering and Operating Services for General Motors.
Representing GM as the 2016 HENAAC Luminary Honoree, Carbajal began at GM in 2013 as a lead engineer for Unified Communications. Her incredible work has resulted in making GM's global workforce more productive through the Work Smarter campaign.
The HENAAC conference has recognized achievements of Hispanic engineers and scientists for 27 years. Recipients of the HENAAC awards are professionals in academia, government, military and corporate America. According to GMiS, the HENAAC awards prove that the Hispanic community is capable of growing and fostering leaders within the STEM fields.