Later this week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be inducted into the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Hall of Fame at the organization’s World Leadership Conference. Inductees are recognized for “significant contributions to industry, diplomacy and society,” the IWF said.
“Women throughout the world have noticed and are inspired by the bold and visionary leadership of Mary Barra,” said IWF CEO Stephanie O’Keefe. “She is not only leading transformation in the global auto industry at a time of crisis and light-speed change, she is showing the world that tapping human potential across all genders, races and cultures is great business.”
Per a recent post from Detroit Free Press, General Motors CEO Barra will be inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame alongside the secretary general of FIFA, Fatma Samoura, and the executive chairman of IBM, Ginni Rometty.
Barra first joined GM in 1980 at the age of 18 as a co-op student at the General Motors Institute (now known as Kettering University). She graduated in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering, and in 1990, she received her Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
In 2008, Barra became vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, later becoming vice president of Global Human Resources. In 2011, she became executive vice president of Global Product Development, taking on Global Purchasing and Supply Chain responsibilities in 2013.
Barra was named General Motors CEO in 2014, becoming the first woman to head an international automobile manufacturer. Barra was elected chairman of the board in 2016, and now works to transform GM into an all-electric automaker.
“As an IWF member myself, it’s so inspiring to see Mary’s leadership, especially during these challenging times, recognized by this prestigious organization of some of the most accomplished women in the world,” said GM global marketing officer, Deborah Wahl. “Mary has not only changed the automotive industry as a whole for women, but GM from the inside out.”