Stellantis North America leadership team earns diversity award

Executives at a ceremony award for Stellantis
Stellantis receives a 2021 CADIA Impact Award. Pictured: Mary Arraf, Continental North America Communications & Head of DE&I – Automotive Technologies; Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO of CADIA; Lottie Holland, Stellantis Director – Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement and EEO Compliance; Scott Thiele, Global Long Range Plan Coordination & Portfolio Planning, North America; Marvin Washington, Director – Modules; and Teresa Thiele, Director – Global Body & Interior and North America Operation.

The leadership team of Stellantis North America has been selected as the overall winner of the 2021 CADIA Impact Awards in the category of Leadership Commitment. 

CADIA, the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement, works to address diversity and inclusion in the industry, with the goal of doubling the number of diverse leaders in automotive by 2030. 

"Achieving breakthrough results in the corporate diversity and inclusion space begins with sound and supportive leadership that intuitively understands the strategic value of nurturing a diverse and fully engaged work culture, says Lottie Holland, director, Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement and EEO Compliance, Stellantis North America. “At Stellantis, we are blessed with leaders with the vision, purpose and commitment to place D&I at the center of our formula for success and our commitment to be a customer-centered company.”

The 2021 CADIA Impact award caps an outstanding year of diversity and inclusion achievements for the company, Stellantis says.

Stellantis previously earned a place on DiversityInc’s prestigious list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity, including earning a #8 ranking out of 1,800 companies on the publication’s list of leading supplier diversity programs.  

Stellantis also achieved places on LATINA Style’s 2022 list of Top 50 Companies for Latinas to Work, Winds of Change magazine’s 2021 list of Top 50 Workplaces supporting Indigenous STEM professionals and was a top scorer on the 2021 Disability Equality index.

Also, the company received company of the year honors from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

In addition to promoting and supporting a diverse and inclusive work culture, Stellantis pursues a range of innovative initiatives that support economic empowerment of diverse people and communities.

For instance, to commemorate Juneteenth 2021, Stellantis and the National Business League announced a national partnership to develop Black suppliers for future contracting and procurement opportunities in the pursuit of greater racial equity in the marketplace, the company says.

The Stellantis-National Business League National Black Supplier Development Program will support the development of more than 2.9 million Black businesses in the U.S. and internationally.

The pilot of this exciting program began in October with 13 businesses representing geographic diversity and a range of disciplines and commodities, with the larger program scheduled to begin in early 2022.

The CADIA Impact Awards were announced on Nov. 12 in Troy, Mich.        

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