Two Ross Alums Join the Largest CEO-driven Push to Address Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
DTE Energy CEO Gerard Anderson, MBA ‘88, and Masco President and CEO Keith J. Allman, MBA ‘91, are two of the more than 170 corporate executives who joined C.E.O. Action for Diversity and Inclusion, an initiative designed for the business community to work collectively in addressing issues around race and gender in the workplace.
The group launched ceoaction.com, which features a guide of diversity and inclusion efforts developed and implemented by organizations, including mentor programs for women of color, LGBTQ inclusion programs, paid leave programs, and inclusion programs for veterans. One of DTE Energy’s efforts is Summer Employment and Skilled Trades Training, to help drive youth employment in Detroit and increase the pipeline of diverse talent in business. The company creates summer job opportunities in their headquarters, professional areas, and skilled trades programs, providing job preparation courses and partnering with local high schools and community colleges to recruit candidates.
As part of the initiative, the executives from some of the world’s largest and leading companies signed a pledge to support and implement practices that cultivate inclusive workplaces. For companies that have already started these efforts, they pledge to encourage and support other companies to do the same. Other companies that have signed on include American Express, General Mills, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Kellogg, and PwC.
The initiative stems from the business community’s awareness of the racial, ethnic, and gender inequities in the country, the need to address these issues, and the increasing role of diversity in the U.S economy. According to ceoaction.com, nearly a majority of all U.S. workers are women, minorities make up 37 percent of the U.S. population, and 10 million U.S. adults identify as LGBTQ.