Vivian Pickard is President & CEO of the Pickard Group, and former President of the General Motors Foundation.
Pickard is an accomplished Fortune 500 executive with expertise in corporate and community relations, marketing, strategic planning, public policy, health care, and philanthropy. Her depth of knowledge in developing strategy and overseeing giving efforts in the areas of education, health, human services, environment, and community development led to General Motors philanthropic leadership recognition on a national and international level. Pickard serves as a board member of Fifth Third Bank-Eastern Michigan. She has been instrumental in helping to develop strategic initiatives for improving the organization’s bottom line.
Additionally, Vivian serves on numerous boards including: Inforum, The Parade Company, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Organization, Black Women’s Agenda, and National Cares. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the International Women’s Forum, and Women Corporate Directors. She serves on the executive committee for The Links, Inc. She was appointed as one of five on the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board for the State of Michigan, which ended in April 2019. Pickard has served as president of the Black Women’s Agenda, and Board Chair of Inforum, a highly acclaimed professional women’s alliance.
Pickard earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. She also received an honorary doctorate degree from Ferris State University. Pickard is widely known and well respected for her leadership. Her accomplishments have been acknowledged by the many awards and recognitions she has received throughout her career.