“The best advice I ever received came from my parents, who encouraged me to work hard and pursue my early love of math,” General Motors CEO Mary Barra writes on LinkedIn. “This was great advice for two reasons.”

“First, it led me to do something I really loved. In my experience, in work and in life, there are lots of smart, talented people out there. But talent alone is never enough,” Barra writes.  The second reason was that it steered her to a career in engineering at a time few women were in STEM fields.

That has changed, she argues, and “the opportunities for today’s STEM grads are tremendous. And for women, Hispanics and African-Americans, they are even better” because America faces a shortage of engineers and other STEM-field experts.

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