All those times Buick LaCrosse made a cameo in film and you kind of gasped

The internet is amazing – granted – but when we set out to research the Buick LaCrosse in film or TV, we didn’t anticipate finding a populated find-your-car-in-media database. Or did we?

Internet Movie Cars Database is the go-to site if you’re curious about which movies or TV shows feature your vehicle.

The Buick LaCrosse, which entered the market in 2004, is featured 95 times in media, according to the IMCD collection.

IMCD categorizes scenes with a star ranking: One star means the vehicle appears in the background; five starts means the vehicle is part of the film or show.

The LaCrosse’s highest star ranking is for the 2012 movie “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington. IMCD rated it with four stars, meaning the car is used a lot by a main character or for a long time in the movie.


Airplane Captain William “Whip” Whitaker

Denzel Washington, my hero!!!

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That’s airplane captain William “Whip” Whitaker in “Flight.”

The movie received best writing in original screenplay and best performance by leading actor Academy Award nominations; it also has a 78 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Buick Lacrosse also appeared in an episode of “Desperate Housewives.” You know, that show about wildly imaginative scenarios illustrating the competitive, oftentimes overwhelming lifestyles of four upper middle class women and their families.


LaCrosse on Desperate Housewives

IMCD visitors often provide context to the scenes.

“I think this is the car that Gabriel Solis [that’s Eva Longoria’s character] models for in the Fairview Mall (Season 1), in the episode where Tom and Lynette Scavo are buying a water heater in the mall,” IMCD commenter tsmith14 typed.

“Yes, it is that one,” IMCD commenter antp responded.

Fact, checked.

The 2010 Buick Lacrosse was featured on the CBS political drama “The Good Wife,” also receiving a four star ranking for that appearance.

Both “Desperate Housewives” and “The Good Wife” are available to stream on Netflix. See if you can spot the LaCrosse.


The Good Wife on Netflix

Wooow this is really asome #thegoodwife #aliciaflorrik #juliannamargulies #cbs #netflix #lawers

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Women in STEM: 10 quotes by GM’s Alicia Boler-Davis

Alicia Boler-Davis was named senior vice president of Global Connected Customer Experience at General Motors last month.

We curated Boler-Davis interviews and speeches on YouTube, and here are 10 direct quotes from the mind making the connection between GM and you. Number one is ridiculously inspiring.

Let’s start with the basics. Boler-Davis recently – and by recently we mean earlier this month – told Fortune Magazine how she discovered her potential in engineering. She wasn’t born a VP, you know.

“In our house, if something broke, they always called me.”

“And in fact, I used to break things, so I could put them back together”

Her mind was ready. But, here’s how she put two and two together and realized her drive to break-and-fix and fix-and-break was called engineering.

“I like math and science, but I like to fix things; and someone said, ‘Oh, engineers do that,’ and I had no idea what an engineer did, and I was in middle school.”

“I remember walking around telling people ‘I’m going to be an engineer,’ but I didn’t really know what that meant.”

Boler-Davis has two young boys now. She said she’s noticed something in their classrooms: Girls are just as math inclined as boys at the elementary level.

“I don’t know what happens in middle school that we get discouraged or we dumb ourselves down to where we don’t believe we can do it, but I think that’s the critical point in middle school: encouraging girls that this is still good.”

Watch the full video below.


Fortune Magazine: Alicia Boler-Davis

Boler-Davis has been at GM since 1994. In these 20 years, her roles have included manufacturing engineer; plant manager – She’s the first black woman to hold this title at GM; vehicle chief engineer; VP of customer experience; and her current title.

She spoke to students at the University of California, Berkley Haas School of Business last year.

The topic was leadership. She said challenging the status quo is an important aspect of a leader.

“I’m not in this role to sit at the table and agree with everyone.”

“Driving change takes a lot of courage, and it takes the willingness to challenge an organization regardless of how big it is.”

It gets better.

“The easy thing to do is to keep doing what’s always been done, but challenging the status quo can show you things you didn’t know were possible.”

Almost there.

“When you do that, you’ll gain respect. You’ll gain respect from your team, from yours peers, and from your leaders because you’re operating on a value basis, to what’s important to you on principle.”

“I operate in principles, on ‘what’s the right thing to do,’ and if it’s not right, I’m not going to do it. If it’s not going to help us get better, then I’m not going to agree to it.”

Leadership: learn it.

Watch the full video below.


UC Berkeley Haas School of Business: Alicia Boler-Davis