Building a Sustainable Future for Your Organization with an Elevated Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy

Kristen Siemen

About the Session

  • Setting ambitious goals to support becoming the most inclusive company in the world.
  • Fostering open dialogue with your workforce through Employee Resource Groups to strengthen progress towards shared goals.
  • Best practices for creating an inclusive culture.
  • Leadership insights and lessons learned along the way while embracing the role as CSO.
  • What’s next? Exploring other challenges and opportunities GM is currently focussed on.

Track: Visionary 200 Sustainability Summit

Presentation Style: Thought Leadership

Audience Type: Sustainability, Environmental, Social, Governance, Supply Chain


Kristen Siemen
Chief Sustainability Officer
General Motors

Kristen Siemen was appointed vice president of Sustainable Workplaces and Chief Sustainability Officer in February 2021. She will help lead General Motors to a future with zero emissions as the company continues to take bold actions against climate change, including GM’s commitment to become carbon neutral in its products and operations by 2040.

In her most recent role as executive director, Global Energy Strategy, Certification, Compliance and Test Labs, Siemen led a cross-functional leadership team responsible for setting corporate energy strategies, including the introduction of fuel economy improvement technologies as well as initiatives aligned with GM’s vision of a zero-emissions future. Siemen worked closely with the Sustainability Office to develop GM’s aspiration to eliminate all tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035 as well as the development of the company’s science-based targets.

Siemen has been a member of the General Motors team for over 25 years, and for the past 10 years has held senior leadership positions in various engineering functions.

In addition to her accomplished technical career, Siemen is also passionate about promoting inclusion and gender equality. She was instrumental in creating GM’s career reentry program, “Take 2,” serves as GM’s key executive for the Society of Women Engineers and is the co-lead for the GM Women Ally Program. Her work to improve policies and practices effecting change for women earned her the National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Activist Award. Siemen also serves on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst and the Oakland University School of Engineering & Computer Science Advisory Board, where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.

A native of Warren, Michigan, she grew up around the automotive industry with her father, grandfather and grandmother all working in the field.