The Wright Museum

Meet the Scientist Saturday

Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 2 - 4 PM

Do you know a curious student, a young George Washington Carver, or future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology!

Meet the Scientist Saturday is free and open to the public.


This month's special guest is Talona Johnson, Project Manager for General Motors.

As a Cross Vehicle Line Project Manager for General Motors, Talona Johnson leads initiatives that support vehicle development. She has led many projects and cross-functional teams to successfully meet business imperatives and develop new technical solutions.

Johnson began her career with Saturn Corporation in 1995 in Spring Hill, Tennessee.  While spending 13 years in Manufacturing Engineering, Quality and Operations, Johnson gained extensive experience managing projects, building effective teams and optimizing production and administrative processes. She held a variety of roles including Body Shop Tooling Integration Engineer, Initial Response Quality Engineer, Operations Leader, and Body Shop Business Manager.

In 2008, Johnson transfer to Global Product Development within Side Closures as cross-functional developmental assignment. While in Side Closures she assisted with the launch of the Chevrolet Traverse in Spring Hill, Tennessee and supported problem solving and continuous improvement of common crossover products in Lansing, Michigan. In 2011 she was appointed the Initial Response Team (IRT) co-chair for the re-designed Chevrolet Impala and later transitioned into the Side Closures lead integration engineering role. As the business architect of Front and Rear Closures, Johnson led financial, continuous improvement and innovation activities.

Johnson is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. In addition, she is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence with the American Society of Quality, a Project Management Professional with the Program Management Institute and holds a Design for Six Sigma Black Belt.

Active in the community, Johnson has led United Negro College Fund fundraising efforts for GM’s Global Product Development; volunteered with the Society of Automotive Engineers “A World in Motion” promoting STEM careers and is lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association.