Alicia Boler Davis is an engineer and businesswoman who has shattered glass ceilings and made history throughout her remarkable career. As a first-generation college student, Boler Davis completed her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Northwestern University. Inspired by her sister’s journey, she would continue her studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning a master’s in engineering science and a master’s in business administration from Indiana University.
Starting at General Motors as a manufacturing engineer, she quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the first black woman to become a plant manager. Her dedication to excellence and innovation led to her appointment as Vice President of Customer Experience at General Motors before being promoted to Senior Vice President for Global Customer Experience in 2013.
In 2016, Boler Davis was appointed Executive Vice President of global manufacturing, where she led a team of 180,000 employees. Forbes recognized her expertise and leadership as one of the Most Powerful Women Next Gen at their summit in 2014. She has also been a champion for women in the automotive industry, serving as the Executive Liaison for the GM WOMEN leadership board.
In 2019, Boler Davis joined Amazon as Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment, where she played a crucial role in the company’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her leadership and strategic thinking helped to double the fulfillment network, overhaul over 150 warehouses, and hire 275,000 people, making her one of Amazon’s most high-profile executives.
Boler Davis has taken on a new challenge as CEO of Alto Pharmacy, a digital pharmacy startup with about $1 billion in revenue and 1,200 employees. Her decision to turn down offers to run Fortune 500 companies to lead the digital telehealth startup is a testament to her commitment to making a difference in people’s lives.
Throughout her career, Boler Davis has been a trendsetter, breaking down barriers and inspiring others to follow in her footsteps. Her dedication to excellence, innovation, and leadership has earned her numerous accolades, including being named the sixth woman to be named Black Engineer of the Year in 2018. She is a true inspiration to all those who aspire to make a difference in the world.