General Motors Diversity Staff
Leslie M. Gordon is senior manager of General Motors Diversity Communications leading communications efforts for African American, Hispanic, Asian American, LGBT, women and military consumer segments. She has more than twenty years of strategic communications and stakeholder relationship management experience and is the published author of Dare to Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons from African American Fathers.
Before joining General Motors, Ms. Gordon managed a successful communications consulting business, LeslieWrites, LLC, serving as a public relations and brand strategist for Commonground Marketing and Burrell Communications. Prior, Ms. Gordon led the external affairs practice for the Chicago Urban League as senior vice president. She also served as vice president and group director for Burrell Communications developing creative, strategic programs for such blue chip brands as McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Allstate and Walt Disney World.
Always a creative and critical thinker, Ms. Gordon served as executive director of communications & creative services for the University of Chicago’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations where she was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive marketing, PR and alumni relations strategies for the university’s $2 billion capital campaign and critical fund-raising initiatives. She also served as vice president and account director of Edelman Worldwide managing the Bayer Health and Korbel Champagne/Brown-Forman accounts.
Ms. Gordon earned a Master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois. She is a proud member of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, Ed Gordon, and together they have three amazing children.
Margarita Bauzá leads Hispanic Communications at General Motors through the Axis Agency, where she is a Group Manager. A native of Puerto Rico with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University, she was an award winning print journalist from 1993 to 2008, reporting for daily newspapers including the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Her syndicated work has appeared in papers across the country including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and Teaching Tolerance Magazine, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. As a journalist, she covered a wide range of beats, including education, health care, business and transportation. Margarita began her public relations career at the University of Michigan Health System, where, among other things, she led communications for the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Since 2015, Margarita has led Hispanic communications for GM brands such as Chevrolet, Buick and GMC.
Margarita served 13 years as an officer in the U.S. Army. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Lester Booker Jr.
Lester A. Booker Jr. joined the Diversity Communications team at General Motors in June 2016 and leads diversity communications programs with brand teams (Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC), providing strategic counsel on messaging and key insights into leveraging critical media relationships and reaching diverse consumer segments.
Prior to joining GM, Booker served as Production Manager for Buick at Jack Morton Worldwide and Account Executive at Campbell Marketing and Communications, where he developed, executed and managed event logistics, public relations, marketing and community initiatives for a variety clients, including: Ford Motor Company Fund, NASCAR and Team Detroit. Prior thereto, Booker held multiple positions with the NBA Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock at Palace Sports and Entertainment, where he severed as a member of internal work stoppage strategy team that was responsible for developing a staying relevant campaign during 2011 NBA Lockout.
In 2015, Booker was named “CMU 10 Within 10”, which recognizes young alumni that bring honor to Central Michigan University through their work in their career and community. Booker also received employee of the year in 2010 from the Detroit Pistons for his outstanding contribution to the success of Palace Sports and Entertainment.
A Detroit native, Booker holds a Master of Science in Administration degree, with a sports concentration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast and cinematic arts both from Central Michigan University.
Tyler Lehner is an assistant account executive at Weber Shandwick working out of the Detroit office. He works on the General Motors Diversity Communications team, supporting multicultural markets through a number of PR, marketing and communications functions. He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University, where he also studied Arabic, Spanish and marketing. Prior to working at Weber Shandwick, Tyler has worked in the consumer, public affairs, and health care spheres at several PR/marketing firms in the Grand Rapids and Detroit areas including Lambert Edwards & Associates, Truscott Rossman and 834 Design & Marketing.
He is a proud member of the LGBT community and an advocate for global social equality, justice and change. He is fluent in English and Arabic and speaks conversational Spanish and Hindi/Urdu.
Raeven Henry is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a concentration in Public Relations. Following graduation, she moved to Detroit for a summer internship in Manufacturing Communications for General Motors and was then offered full-time employment from the company. She is now in a three-year rotational program within GM's Communications function. In her first rotation, she is gaining an in-depth experience in Corporate Communications by working with Global Workplace Safety and Diversity Communications.
Trevor Thompkins is a communications coordinator for GMC and a participant in General Motors’ TRACK rotational development program. Originally from Olympia Fields, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, he is the younger of two sons. Trevor began his career at GM as an intern in the summer of 2016 after studying strategic communications and minoring in marketing at The Ohio State University. In college, he gained public relations experience managing communications for the Ohio State EcoCAR team. Trevor has had a passion for cars for as long as he can remember, and is proud to represent the bold, capable line-up of trucks and SUVs that make up GMC.
Currently living in Midtown, Trevor has been impressed by everything the city of Detroit has to offer and is glad to call it home.