Stop Diagnosing What Is Wrong. Start Doing What Is Right.

Mary Barra

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"There comes a time when we are compelled to stop diagnosing what is wrong and to start doing what is right."

Mary Barra (1961-) is an American businesswoman who has been the chair and CEO of General Motors Company since 2014. She is the first female CEO of a major automaker.

Barra was listed as 35th on Forbes Most Powerful Women list, in 2013, rising in rank to second most powerful, in 2018. She was first in Fortune's Most Powerful Women list in 2015 and 2017. In 2014, Barra was featured on the cover of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World." In 2018, she was awarded the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute's Legend in Leadership Award.

Following the Black Lives Matter protests, she released a statement, urging leaders to move from the passive discussion of the causes of racism, and written statements denouncing it, to driving immediate, active change by asking not “why" but “what are we going to do?”

Read Barra's full statement about how GM is going to combat racism.

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! My name is Nikol and I look after the Laidlaw Scholars Network.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

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