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Dawn Peters

Dawn Peters

Women's Leadership Council

Dawn Peters

SVP Portfolio Management
GM Financial

I joined GM Financial in 2012 and was part of the team that established the floorplan line of business for GM's then newly-established captive lender. In the last decade, I have held various leadership roles that encompass all aspects of commercial lending.

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
Commercial Lending, Credit Risk, Business Development, Operations

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Executive Management

What three keywords best describe you?
Sincere, Responsible, Humble

Personal Motto:
Kill them with competence.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about developing people and being a champion for my team.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I am passionate about developing people and being a champion for my team.

Who has been a role model for you?
I have been fortunate to have had leaders throughout my career who have been champions and mentors for me.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the relationships I have developed in my career that are built on honest communication and mutual respect.

a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Building a rapport is obviously important, and requires finding connections and full engagement from both parties. More important, though, is identifying what the goal of the mentoring relationship is, and checking in to see if those goals are being met.

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Advocate for yourself the same way you would for your team.

c. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Truly empowering your team means that sometimes they will fail. That isn't something you can or should always prevent.