GM CEO Mary Barra announced a pledge of $850,000, for program that encourage young women and minorities to gain STEM skill. Four non-profits – Black Girls Code, Code.org, Digital Promise and Institute of Play – will be the recipients of this funding, with a mission to bring more girls into STEM fields and careers.
Barra holds such investments in high importance because of the evolution of certain industries. The automotive industry, for example, is being transitioned into a more tech-led field, with great advancements in electric and self-driving cars.
She believes such initiatives greatly develop students’ and teachers’ capabilities and will help ready students for futures in technical fields.
Barra wants to see young women gaining the skills they need to not just work at GM, but to “give them the opportunity to sit at the senior leadership table.”
And for young girls considering a career in STEM, Barra has a simple piece of advice: “Don’t take yourself out of the game before the game starts,” she says.