Mary Barra | 2020 Hall of Fame Honoree

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company

Mary Barra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. She was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors on January 4, 2016, and has served as CEO of GM since January 15, 2014. Under Mary’s leadership, GM envisions a world with zero crashes, to save lives; zero emissions, so future generations can inherit a healthier planet; and zero congestion, so customers get back a precious commodity – time. She is focused on improving the customer experience and strengthening GM’s core vehicle and services business, while also working to lead the transformation of personal mobility through advanced technologies like connectivity, electrification and autonomous driving.

Prior to becoming CEO, Mary served as executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as senior vice president, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, Mary and her teams were responsible for the design, engineering and quality of GM vehicle launches worldwide. Previously, she served as vice president, Global Human Resources; vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; and in several other executive engineering and staff positions.

Mary began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990. Mary serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company, the Duke University Board of Trustees and the Detroit Economic Club. Additionally, she serves as the Chair and founding member of GM’s Inclusion Advisory Board. She is also a member of The Business Council and an At-Large Board Member of the Business Roundtable, where she also serves as the Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee.

Fatma Samoura | 2020 Hall of Fame Honoree

Secretary General, FIFA

Having spent 21 years working on high level United Nations (UN) programmes in Italy, the Republic of Djibouti, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Niger, Madagascar, Nigeria, Central America and Central West Asia, Fatma Samoura is well known for her commitment to furthering humanitarian causes. It was this commitment and tenacity that led to her being chosen as FIFA’s Secretary General in May 2016.
 
As the first Muslim African woman to hold the position of FIFA Secretary General, Samoura is a trailblazer for diversity and gender equality. Since her appointment at FIFA the number of women employed by the organisation has increased across the board including in senior management roles. She also played an integral part in the success of the record-breaking FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and the highly successful eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
 
In addition to her role as FIFA Secretary General, she was appointed by FIFA and CAF as the FIFA General Delegate for Africa for six months (1 August 2019 to 31 January 2020), to help accelerate the implementation of CAF’s reform process which focused on good governance, organisation of competitions and the growth and development of African football. Fatma Samoura is committed to using the unique power of football to support, encourage and empower people around the world.

Gina Adams | Women Who Make a Difference

Senior Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs, FedEx Corporation

Gina Adams is the Senior Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs at FedEx Corporation. She shapes and promotes the interests of all FedEx Corporation operating companies, including FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, in the political and policy arenas. As a lawyer and the company’s top lobbyist, she works with Administration officials, members of Congress, the diplomatic community and industry associations on domestic and international commerce, infrastructure and transportation issues. 

Gina also oversees one of the largest corporate PACs in the United states for FedEx, which serves more than 220 countries and territories and has over 500,000 employees. She joined FedEx in 1992 and is a four-time recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, the company’s highest employee achievement award. 

Gina also participates in a variety of activities in the non-profit and corporate arenas: she is Vice Chair of the American University Board of Governors, serves on the Howard University School of Law Board of Visitors, as well as the boards of the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreational Campus and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is also a board member of the Economic Club of Washington, the French-American Foundation and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Gina has an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Trinity University, Washington D.C., and is a past chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce, a participant at the Aspen Institute’s Family Prosperity Innovation Community and a member of the American Funds Board.

Wendy Cukier | Women Who Make a Difference

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and the Academic Director of the Diversity Institute, Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM)

Dr. Wendy Cukier is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and the Academic Director of the Diversity Institute at the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM). She recently completed a successful five-year term as Ryerson’s Vice-President of Research and Innovation. During her tenure at VPRI, she increased overall research funding by 60% and expanded research and partnerships, driving an increase in external funding by more than 60% over 5 years. Dr. Cukier led the development of large institutional projects and proposals, including the Centre for Cloud and Context Aware Computing (RC4) ($2 million); Canadian Accelerator and Incubator (CAIP) partnership on Digital Media and Gaming ($10.5 million); Maytree Global Diversity Exchange ($2.5 million); Social Enterprise Development Fund and McConnell RECODE Program ($1m); RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Program ($1.7 million); and Advanced Digital and Professional Training ($1.5 million). Dr. Wendy Cukier created new innovative partnerships which led to the creation of the $10.7 million funding I-INC network, the $1.2 million Campus Linked Accelerator Program (CLA) and the $7.4 million Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, which is now Canada’s largest business school. Dr. Wendy Cukier has successfully led many large-scale action-research projects around diversity, entrepreneurship, innovation and future skills. She is one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes and diversity and is co-author of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park.” She currently, serves on a host of boards in the private and non-profit sectors and has received many awards and honors.

Chan Heng Chee | Women Who Make a Difference

Ambassador-at-Large, Singapore Foreign Ministry

Chan Heng Chee is Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry. She chairs the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design. In November 2019, she took up position as Chairman of the ISEAS (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)-Yusof Ishak Institute. She is Deputy Chairman of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a Member of the Science of Cities Committee, National Research Foundation (NRF) and a Member of the Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data, Ministry of Communications and Information. She is also a Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. Chan is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore and a Member of the Yale-NUS Governing Board. She was elected the Global Co-Chair of the Asia Society in December 2017 and is a Council Member of the Asia Society Policy Institute. Previously, she was Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States and Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico. Chan received a number of awards including The Public Administration Medal (Gold); The Meritorious Service Medal; The Distinguished Service Order; Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters from the University of Newcastle, Australia and the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom); and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom). When Chan left Washington at the end of her appointment, she received the Inaugural Asia Society Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award, the inaugural Foreign Policy Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award 2012 and the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Chan holds a B.Soc.Sc (Hons) First Class from the National University of Singapore, an M.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D from the University of Singapore.

Silvia Fesquet | Women Who Make a Difference

General Deputy Secretary, Diario Clarín Newsroom

Silvia Fesquet is General Deputy Secretary of the Diario Clarín Newsroom, in charge of the daily edition and the cover of the newspaper. She has participated and lectured in conferences and seminars, in Argentina and in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Africa, organized by Freedom Forum, Inter-American Press Association (SIP), International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), UN Women, American Leadership Network, Vital Voices, AMJA (Association of Women Judges of Argentina), Konrad Adenauer Foundation, WAN- IFRA, Global Foundation, Women's Democracy Network, Forum International de la Femme Saharienne, ODEMA (Organization of Mutual Entities of the Americas), among others. Silvia is currently Vice-President of the Argentine chapter of the International Women's Forum (IWF), which she presided over for two consecutive terms (2012-2016). She is also a founding member of the organization.

Tatiana Guiloff | Women Who Make a Difference

Journalist and Founder, MGC

Tatiana Guiloff is a 41-year-old journalist and founder of MGC, one of the most important communications companies in Chile, with more than 100 collaborators, who advise on strategic communication to about 50 national and multinational clients. Tatiana founded her company 15 years ago, after working in national media such as TVN, Canal 13 and Iberoamericana Radio. Today she divides her time between her company - which represents clients such as Disney, Playstation, Emirates and Codelco - and her participation as a mentor and speaker in various organizations around female leadership. In addition, she is also permanently participating in national and international instances in the area of marketing and advertising, where she has been a juror for festivals such as WINA (World Independent Advertising Awards), Eikon, Effie Awards and others. Tatiana is a member of IWF Chile.

Lyda Hill | Women Who Make a Difference

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Lyda Hill is a Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is one of the few women to make the 2013 Philanthropy list of most generous donors and Forbes’ 2014 list of top 15 entrepreneurs who give back to the community. She is chairman of both LH Capital, a private investment firm, and the Lyda Hill Philanthropies. Through her for-profit and not-for-profit investments, Lyda is committed to funding game-changing advances in science and nature, to empowering nonprofit organizations and to improving the local communities of greatest importance to her, Texas and Colorado Springs.