It has been a few months since Mary Barra assumed the CEO role at General Motors. During that time, the automaker’s (and industry’s) first female chief executive has mostly shied away from the spotlight… but that might not last for long, as Barra has recently been requested to give an oration to the next generation of graduating students at their final commencement this upcoming May. The University of Michigan quickly seized the opportunity to have Mrs. Barra when the circumstances presented themselves, attempting to send off its latest scholars into the world with a desire to reach and achieve their goals and dreams in life.
As a GM employee since age 18, Barra has shown undeniable ambition in her impressive career, and will hope to positively influence young men and women to blaze their own path in life and maybe to, one day, achieve such milestones as becoming the chief executive of a major world-wide business.
Though Barra has had an impressive career, with Fortune naming her the Most Powerful Woman in Business for the year 2014, her speech will indeed follow those of many other American notables, including Governor Rick Snyder, various honorary doctors, and even President Barack Obama. Such a renowned group of men and women will not be easy to top, but with such confidence and drive to succeed as Barra has exhibited at GM, the youthful graduates are sure to be in for a treat.
No final word has yet been released on what the oration will contain, but as the keynote speaker, Barra will have plenty of time to expound to this latest crop of UM graduates. The official speech date has been set for May 3rd, 2014 in the massive Michigan Stadium, with the attending audience being the senior class of 2014.