Diversity Equity, & Inclusion Commitment: Share your organizations commitment to DEI, including local or national diversity commitments/pledges, links to public content outlining your strategy, and current representation in leadership and the general workforce.:
At DTE, we believe an inclusive culture that embraces diverse people, ideas and experiences will create growth and prosperity for our company, the communities we serve and the employees who engage in our success. Below are ways in which we approach outreach to our employees, our customers, and our community:
Our company embraces an inclusive culture that celebrates and leverages diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our company ensures diverse representation among our workforce by attracting and retaining a diverse talent pool, creating opportunities for employee inclusiveness and development and offering D&I learning opportunities.
We actively recruit minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to ensure we continue to expand opportunities across different populations. We offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants.
Our company values each employee's individual strengths and opinions, regardless of background. At our company, we strive to understand and embrace the unique differences, talents and perspectives of all employees. One of many examples is our interfaith meditation room located in 15 SB at our Detroit headquarters complex, which may be used by all employees who would like a private and quiet space to pray or meditate during breaks.
We all play a part in creating a diverse and inclusive culture.
We work hard to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of all of our valued customers through initiatives like our I Can Help Program, our Gatekeeper Program and other outreach programs to diverse communities, consistently striving to deliver "Plus One" experiences.
Much like our employee base, every customer brings a unique perspective that helps us to strengthen our own diversity and inclusion focus. Our company demonstrates this commitment to our customers by:
- Educating our employees about the needs of our diverse customer base to drive exceptional customer service
- Having programs available to serve customers of different economic backgrounds
- Ensuring all customers are aware of available options
- Seeking to build effective working relationships with a diverse array of customers
We believe that we have a responsibility to be a force for growth in the diverse communities where we live and serve. That's why we put a strong focus on giving back to the community through a variety of multicultural programs and charitable organizations.
Our company's ability to positively impact economic growth in our regions - through programs to help under-represented groups get better access to education and training, or partnerships with government and community organizations and academic institutions - is directly linked to our success and reputation as a valued corporate citizen.
The DTE Energy Foundation is at the heart of our commitment to strengthening our communities and serving our customers. Through the Foundation, we are able to foster our pledge to diversity and inclusion by addressing the needs of our communities and providing support to our partners in various areas, including economic development.
Furthermore, our company and its employees take part in a host of efforts including lending support to The Heat and Warmth (THAW) Fund, Project Search, United Way, Re-energize Detroit, Meals on Wheels, Women in STEM and Women of Color in STEM, among others.
Our company is proud to support the following programs:
- National Black MBA Conference
- Local National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) outreach at the colleges
- Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. (LASED), SER METRO, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (hired 10 Hispanic summer students from this partnership)
- Local Society of Women Engineers (SWE) outreach at colleges
- Women of Color in STEM Conference
- Society of Hispanic Engineers Conference
- Outreach Programs Targeting Middle & High School Students
Our company is involved with various high schools to increase energy career awareness and help students develop necessary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and professional skills required for positions in the Industry.
- FIRST Robotics
- FIRST Tech
- Project Search
- Detroit Area Pre-college and Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
- Community Outreach by Leaders and Employees
We strengthen our presence in the community through active involvement by our leaders and employees. Our team takes a proactive role in the community, serving on various boards and as mentors and tutors in educationally focused programs aimed at women and minorities in the Detroit area (e.g., Boys Hope, Girls Hope and the Mercy Education Project).
We continue to focus on hiring diverse individuals into our co-op program through local universities. We also conduct the STEP (Summer Talent Exposure Program) For interns.
Skilled Trades Hiring
We work with such organizations as Detroit Urban League, SER METRO, LASED, Focus Hope, Detroit Development Workforce, JVS and Michigan Works. The Workforce Planning and Workforce Development teams include diversity as a component of their plans for hiring in the critical positions and leveraging our partnerships with the Center for Workforce Development (CEWD) and Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC).
Employees can also seek out and take advantage of a variety of volunteer opportunities via our Care Force site.
In mid-June, Jerry mobilized an Executive Steering Committee (ESC) to align our company's business decisions with diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and priorities. The committee - a small group of nine leaders selected by Jerry to serve as counselors and activators - will accelerate our DEI progress.
In 2020, an Executive Steering Committee (ESC) was established to align our company's business decisions with diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and priorities. The committee - a small group of nine leaders selected by Jerry to serve as counselors and activators - will accelerate our DEI progress. Members of the ESC are:
Jerry Norcia, chairperson
Diane Antishin, vice president of Human Resources and chief diversity officer
JoAnn Chavez, senior vice president and chief legal officer
Hank Campbell, director, Call Center Operations
Ben Felton, senior vice president, Fossil Generation
Joi Harris, senior vice president, MEP
Chris HooSang, director, Corporate Human Resources
Yvette Johnson, director, Major Account Services
Trevor Lauer, president, DTE Electric
Rhonda Salazar, director, GRMI Operations
Below are links to public content outlining our DEI strategy, representation in leadership and the general workforce: