FORT WORTH, Texas – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Each year, the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) in Fort Worth hosts a Senior Signature Day to celebrate the acceptance of its students to the university. For the first time, GM Financial was the presenting sponsor of the event which took place at Coyote Drive-In. While the event is usually held indoors, this year’s drive-in theater setup allowed attendees to socially distance themselves and stay safe.
GM Financial began establishing a relationship with YWLA four years ago, providing program content for its financial wellness program, KEYS® by GM Financial. Since then, the company has hosted numerous college fairs, mentoring programs and professional development trainings for the school, which is an important local recruiting partner for its internship program and professional job opportunities. This year’s Senior GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) has been especially important to GM Financial, which has seen this group grow and mature from freshmen to accomplished high school graduates.
“Over the past four years, we have been both proud and fortunate to establish a relationship with this amazing school and its even more amazing students,” said Susan Sheffield, Chief Financial Officer of GM Financial. “Almost 60% of GM Financial’s workforce are women, which is why it is essential that we continue to support women in STEAM fields. Not only is YWLA of Fort Worth our downtown neighbor, they are an important talent pool for our business. I have said many times that the YWLA GEMS represent some of the best and brightest talent in Texas, and they continue to hold that belief. Our investment in them is an investment in our future.
This year’s senior class has achieved a 100% acceptance rate at a four-year college or university, and 77% will be first-generation college students. In total, the class has earned over $ 7.5 million in academic and merit scholarships.
Shunda Robinson, Global Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at GM Financial spoke at the ceremony about the importance of YWLA diversity among their students. She encouraged each of them to continue to surround themselves with different people from different backgrounds and to keep DE&I at the forefront as they begin their career search during and after college.
At the end of the ceremony, YWLA graduates learned that they would each receive a new laptop to help them better prepare for their college career. This donation was made possible by a generous donation from Dell Technologies.
“As a Texas-born company, we are very proud to contribute to YWLA’s efforts in Fort Worth, recognizing these women leaders as they prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Jessica Anderson, Director of strategic gifts, Dell Technologies. “We believe that technology and digital skills create enormous opportunities for our local communities, our economy and future generations.
General Motors Financial Company, Inc. is the wholly owned captive financial subsidiary of General Motors Company and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information visit www.gmfinancial.com.