Jessica Mattis
Shift Leader - Body Production Flint Assembly 
General Motors 

Detroit, MI

“Take a variety of classes for a strong technical platform since you need an understanding of general concepts in various types of engineering and system approach. It’s a fast pace environment, so develop and refine the skill of problem solving. Processes are critical, so understand how to create or modify/improve them.”

Jessica is one of the youngest shift leaders in General Motors and one of the few female shift leaders in her plant. She coaches her team to solve issues at a fast pace in a lean environment using her technical and manufacturing knowledge. As a result, they’ve shown great improvements in quality and while in Paint set multiple records for shift throughput. Throughout her various roles in the organization, Jessica has had the chance to tune her conflict management, timely decision making, and relationship-building skills.

She credits her involvement with Society of Women Engineers (SWE), at least in part, for developing her leadership and soft skills. She embraces an inclusive leadership style that emphasizes coaching, listening to her employees, and team recognition. She has held offices in the SWE organization that required her to demonstrate excellent project and financial management, as well as the ability to develop strategic relationships.  

Jessica has received many awards and scholarships for her work and community leadership throughout her career. She is a 2013 Distinguished New Engineer for SWE.   In 2009, she was SWE’s top nominee for the New Faces of Engineering program where she was published on the E-week website with top society nominees. Her pursuit in becoming a ‘better version of herself” and helping others do the same is the source of energy for her community and SWE involvement, and visible on the job as well.

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