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Chrysler Group Executive to Receive 'Woman of Color' Award For Professional Achievement

- Lisa J. Wicker to receive top honors - A Chrysler Group 'Woman of Color' has been awarded the past eight years

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 10 -- Some of America's leading women professionals will be honored at the eighth annual "Women of Color" Technology Awards Conference on Saturday, October 11, in Atlanta. Among the honorees is Lisa J. Wicker, Chrysler Group -- Senior Executive, Diversity Strategies and Operations, who will receive the 2003 Professional Achievement Award.

In her role at Chrysler Group, Wicker is responsible for developing and recommending proactive recruitment, employment and advancement strategies for the entire corporation. Wicker has created several initiatives that foster workforce diversity and build company morale. As the secretary of the Chrysler Group Diversity Council, Wicker oversees all Corporate actions and programs that help ensure diversity in all aspects of how the company leverages diversity for a competitive advantage throughout the entire business enterprise.

"Wicker has been a positive and enthusiastic contributor to our area and to the entire workforce," said Nancy Rae, Senior Vice President -- Human Resources. "Her business knowledge and her extensive grasp of what really makes diversity initiatives successful has helped Chrysler Group remain a visible leader in the design, development and deployment of its diversity efforts."

Wicker has been a leader and a trailblazer in the field of human resources for the past 20 years. While employed with a gaming organization, she became the first African-American female to be named Vice President in the company's International Operations.

In this position, Wicker successfully orchestrated the hiring, development and training of more than 3,000 people in less than four months.

Wicker was voted "one of the most successful business women in Detroit" by The Detroit News. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University (Detroit), and serves on several local boards, including Alternative for Girls. Wicker is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber's "Leadership Detroit" Program, and a founder of Metropolitan Detroit's "101 Best Companies to Work For" Awards Program.

The "Women of Color" Technology Awards began in 1995. Since then, a woman of color at Chrysler Group has been awarded every year.

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