Celebrating 20 Years of Multicultural Women in STEM Fields, Guest Blog by Angela Thompkins

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Angela Thompkins, Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Although girls are taking higher level science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at comparable rates to boys during K-12 education, rates begin to shift upon entering college. The largest unrepresented group in these fields is minority women due to the unique challenges they face.  This is both a problem and an opportunity.

With the demand for STEM talent high and supply low, we are committed to recruiting and retaining diverse STEM talent to ensure we have the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the dynamic needs of our customers now and in the future.

To support our initiative, we are co-hosting the Women of Color STEM Conference, celebrating 20 years of multicultural women in STEM fields, on Oct. 15 to Oct. 17. The conference will bridge professional women and students with employers from across the nation for professional development and networking. With the help of Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DACEP), we have sponsored students to attend the conference to inspire a passion for STEM in schools.  Join the #stemisagirlthing conversation on Twitter and click to learn more about the Women of Color STEM Conference.

The Women of Color STEM Conference reflects Consumers Energy’s ongoing commitment toward diversity and inclusion. Through our development of the Generation Genius Project and support of Michigan FIRST robotics, we are working to have Michigan lead the way in developing the next generation of STEM talent.

Apply to join our team at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/careers.

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