Katie, Mary, CEO discussed on Back to Biz with Katie and Boz


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She is the CEO of General Motors one of the Big Three Detroit automakers. Has One of the largest and historically important companies, so the American economy and I mean talk about male dominated. You can't get more of a swaggering boys club than the car industry that's for sure. And when Mary was appointed bows and two thousand fourteen, only twenty of the fortune, five hundred chief execs were women, and now we're up to thirty seven, which we should note is still impossibly infuriatingly small, but is more women. Take over those executive positions. We really have to thank leaders like Mary Barra. Barra absolutely, She's incredible, and it was such a pleasure to meet her over zoom and have this meaty wonderful conversation you know. She shared her path to leadership, and how she was able to make such a massive company like GM act nimbly in a time of crisis, but of course we had to start in the here and now we have to talk about this letter. She wrote toward nearly two hundred thousand employees in response to our current racial unrest. I've to tell you Katie. I was. Really impressed, you know the company let her express some fiery sentiments that I really haven't heard seen presented by mini. CEO's at all and a lot of people. Hopefully, bose will follow suit and I've got a quote from that letter. She says she is impatient and disgusted. By the fact, that is a nation. We seem to be placated by the passive discussion of why we wanted to know where her head was that when she wrote that letter, and how she plans on turning those words into action, so we started there. Yup let's get into it. I think. There was this sense of sadness and frustration that I had as I learned what was happening and processed it and a human level. It was just unconscionable of what happened. And I'm an engineer. By degree and so I, I'm a problem solver. You know I think we just became very clear to me. There's been to many others that we can't just know talk about why and then you know something else replaces the news cycle in nothing gets done became really important to me that we do something that we find solutions, and we drive for lasting change and I'm really A. Week I'm just passionate about. Really making changes in stop talking. Let's start doing. That is that's a that's so true and refreshing to hear I know that your letter also announced the formation of an advisory board. As you said which has the intention of making GM and more inclusive company in the world What do you think that the company and perhaps like? Yourself and the others who are leading the company How do you actually get their account? You make it a more inclusive company. Because that's really the operative word here you're diversity is one thing. Certainly you know, we can have people of all types of backgrounds and cultures MRIs etc.. but inclusion is what actually makes it. Workable. It's what creates the success. So what? What is it that you intend to do by creating this advisory board? Why can't we been talking about for a while? Now that we WANNA have a culture in an environment where everybody can bring their true selves to work, because if you can be your true south, you can be at your best, and so that's been our goal. We recognize. We have more work to do and so with the. Inclusion Advisory Board. One of the first things we know we need to do is listen. Because we don't have all the answers, and so actually I'm excited because this evening we have one of our first listening sessions with several members of the senior leader team, and we believe we need to listen. We need to talk. We need to learn together. you know as I said in in no? You know listening and talking will lead to the dialog that will lead to change and so. That's one of the areas we need to work on I'm also personally very pleased. That I get to be a part of the Bart a group that is going to work on four areas of the area of from a finance perspective, healthcare perspective, education workforce, which is the committee I chair and Ben Criminal Justice because I. do think we need systemic change, and when you a company like General Motors. We feel a responsibility to drive change within our environment and what we can do, with our dealers and our suppliers we, we have a pretty wide footprint, but then in addition to working with the Business Roundtable and all of those companies I think together we can. Really we can really start to dismantle and change. Systems for the better so again. We have much work to do to build on things that we've already done. We have much more work to do, and we're going to be working both as a company, and then as a collection of companies, it seems to me that we've reached this new era where it's not really. To stay silent on some of these issues. We've seen people like you. Mary, speaking out Jeff's. Basically, told the customer from Amazon that if he didn't like it, you know he could lump it and he didn't mind losing him as a customer, which is a real shift for Jeff Bezos and we see you know people like Ken Frazier the CEO of Merck saying George Floyd could have been him and. I think that that we're hearing from these corporate leaders in a much.

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