Donna Grant Dorsey currently serves as EVP, Chief People and Culture Officer for Navistar, Inc. Navistar is a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines with over 8 billion dollars in revenue employing over 16,000 employees globally. As a senior leader for the company, she is responsible for all aspects of Human Resource strategy. Working with the organizations senior leaders and the Board of Directors, Donna drives results by providing strategic business and human capital leadership to drive change and innovation during the company’s turnaround and now as the company is on a growth trajectory. Prior to this role she led the strategic HR direction of all business operations while overseeing the team of HR Business Partners at Navistar. She worked closely with the business leaders to determine the best approaches to leadership and organization development, succession planning, talent development, staffing, total rewards and strategic HR issues. She previously held roles within Navistar with increasing levels of responsibility including the leadership of Navistar’s Integrated Product Development organization.
Prior to joining Navistar, Dorsey was senior manager, human resources at Sears, Roebuck & Company (now Sears Holding) where she was instrumental at leading the development of people strategies for corporate functions and serving as a leader for diversity initiatives across the enterprise.
As a leader in both her community and profession, Donna is a board member for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, Junior Achievement of Chicago, Allen Robinsons Beyond Reach and board member/former President of the Board of Directors for the national non-profit organization HealthConnect One. She has received numerous honors including Crains Chicago Notable Women in Manufacturing, Eminence Award for Corporate Leadership and Community Empowerment, Illinois Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award and Diversity MBA Magazine Top 50 under 50. In addition, she is a member of the National Urban League, the American Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association. She has been a speaker on topics ranging from Diversity & Inclusion in Corporate America, Building Effective People Strategies and Driving Talent Reviews During a Turnaround to The Power of Women of Color.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law with a certification in labor and employment law. While in law school, she was president of Black Law Students Association. She holds a Paralegal certificate and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).