Profile: Mary Barra

GM CEO Mary Barra names “inclusion” team in a bid to act on social equality commitment.

In response to the social justice marches and calls to action inspired by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is stepping up her commitment.

Now is the time, Barra says, she announced to her employees in an internal memo that the company has created a 12-member "inclusion advisory board" to guide the global automaker in its effort to improve diversity and inclusion in its ranks.

Barra, the first woman to lead a car company with a female chief financial officer by her side, has been recognized nationally for her commitment to diversifying the workplace and her board of directors.

The task force includes two of Detroit's most accomplished young Black leaders: Tonya Allen, CEO of the Skillman Foundation, and entrepreneur Dennis Archer Jr. 

Allen has established herself as someone who not only provides a voice for Detroit children but also helped to provide philanthropic dollars when so many organizations abandoned the city and gave up.

At the top of the internal announcement letter, Barra wrote: "Our Work Continues."