Mar 03, 2024

Question of the Day [Women's History Month]: Match these CEOs with the S&P 500 companies they lead

Match these CEOs with the company they currently lead:
Mary Barra                     Gap
Sonia Syngal                  Best Buy
Corie Barry                     Advanced Micro Devices
Lisa Su                             General Motors



Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors

Sonia Syngal, CEO of Gap

Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy

Lisa Su, CEO of Advanced Micro Devices



  • What are the skills that you need to lead a large company?
  • Which of these four companies are you familiar with?
  • If you had the chance to interview these CEOs, what is one question that you would ask them?

Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the names ( 

Mary Barra

"First in our list of female CEOs is Mary Barra is the chairman and CEO of General Motors. She started serving as CEO on January 15, 2014, and as chairman of the company’s board of directors on January 4, 2016.

Before becoming General Motors’ CEO, Barra served as the company’s executive vice president (EVP) for its global product development, purchasing and supply chain division, a position she held from August 2013. Before that, she was the senior vice president (SVP) of global product development from February 2011."


Sonia Syngal

"Sonia Syngal has been the CEO, president, and director at Gap, Inc. since March 2020. She also has a set on the board of The Gap Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Prior to her becoming Gap’s CEO, she used to be co-president and co-CEO at Old Navy LLC. Under her leadership, Old Navy was named as a Great Place to Work from 2016 to 2018. She also worked at Sun Microsystems as director for procurement strategy."


Corie Barry

"Corie Barry is the CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., a position she has held since June 2019. Before becoming the company’s top executive, Barry has also held other executive roles. Most recently, she served as Best Buy’s chief financial and strategic transformation officer.

Barry became part of Best Buy in 1999 and has since assumed various positions in operations and finance. Among her previous titles are chief financial officer (CFO), chief strategic growth officer, and senior vice president of domestic finance."


Lisa Su

"Lisa Su is the president and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), titles she has held since October 2014. She is also one of the company’s board of directors. Before becoming CEO, she served as the company’s COO, overseeing the integration of its various units from July to October 2014. Dr. Su joined the company in January 2012, assuming the role of senior vice president (SVP) and general manager for global business units."



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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

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