Mary Barra

Mary Barra

Mary Barra, CEO and Chairperson of General Motors. She is the first female CEO of a major global automaker. 

"In many industries, including ours, we see women removing themselves from opportunities too early. Stay in the game. One of my early pivotal assignments was when I was the assistant to our chairman and vice chairman. I was learning a lot and being exposed to new areas of the business. During this time, I had a young child at home and was pregnant with my daughter. It was a challenge, but if I had decided not to take the job because I was starting a family, I would have missed that invaluable opportunity."

"I once shared with a manager my struggle with balancing professional and personal commitments. Her reply perfectly crystallized the issue: 'Commitments are commitments, and honoring them demonstrates discipline.’  It’s one reason I always encourage my team—women and men—to make time for their families or their personal interests. It’s all about setting priorities, and family has and always will be a priority for me.” 

WSJ, Photograph via Fortune 

Sharon Price John

Sharon Price John

Eileen Collins

Eileen Collins