General Motors CEO Mary Barra has been recognized by the Women Business Collaborative (WBC) with a WBC 2021 Excellence in Gender and Diversity CEO Award, which honors top business leaders promoting gender and diversity equity.
“WBC’s 2021 Excellence in Gender and Diversity CEO Award recognizes top officials in major companies for their efforts to diversify their companies and increase opportunities for women in business roles,” WBC states.
GM CEO Mary Barra is among eight recipients of this year’s awards. The WBC also recognized David Taylor from P&G, Ronald P. O-Hanley from State Street Corporation, Doug McMillon from Walmart, Jim Fitterling from Dow, Laurence D. Fink from BlackRock, Tricia Griffith from Progressive Insurance, and Barbara Humpton from Siemens Corporation.
The awardees were honored at the WBC Virtual Annual Summit: Empowering Through Gender and Diversity held earlier this week.
“I appreciate WBC’s work to highlight gender and diversity equity and for including me among these influential leaders making a difference across industries,” Mary Barra said. “At General Motors, we are committed to true accountability in diversity, equity and inclusion and are committed to doing our part to make our company and our world a better place.”
Mary Barra has served as General Motors CEO since January of 2014, succeeding Daniel Akerson. She is the first female CEO of the Big Three Detroit automakers . Prior to servicing as CEO, Barra worked as GM’s executive vice president of global product development, purchasing, and supply chain.
Mary Barra graduated from the General Motors Institute (now known as Kettering University) in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. She later attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business on a GM fellowship and earned a Masters in Business Administration.
Barra’s career at GM began in 1980 as a co-op student at the age of 18, checking fender panels and inspecting hoods. She later held numerous engineering and administrative positions at GM, including management of the Detroit-Hamtramck production facility, now known as Factory Zero.