General Motors has been noticing a trend; it has more female employees in leadership and management roles.

Shenetra Moses knew at a fairly early age that she wanted to be an engineer. At 12, Moses laid down her future career plans.

“She said, ‘Mom, I think I want to be an engineer,’ ” Sandra Potts, her mother, recalled. “I said: ‘Do you even know what that is?’ ”

If Moses, an only child, had had any doubt about her career path, it ended before she finished elementary school. Now 33, the southside Chicago native grew up with an affinity for taking things apart, a kid who favored math and science classes and a woman who stumbled into auto manufacturing while on a college internship at a General Motors Co. stamping plant in Delta Township, Mich. She’d thought she wanted to work on cellphone towers.

Moses is now the general assembly launch manager at GM’s Lansing Grand River plant, where she helped lead the rollout of the redesigned Cadillac CTS sedan last year.

Moses is being recognized locally as an up-and-coming leader in what is still a male-dominated industry that only recently named its first female CEO at a major automaker.

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