From reader nominations, DBusiness selected eight professional women who are driving growth in Michigan, the nation, and the world.
Profiles by Ronald Ahrens, Tom Murray, Gary Witzenburg, Ilene Wolff
Patti Poppe, President and CEO • CMS Energy, Consumers Energy
Employees: 7,822 • Revenue: $6.8B
As president and CEO of Jackson- based CMS Energy and Consumers Energy, the largest energy company in Michigan, Patti Poppe readily explains she’s never been happier in her career — a state of contentment best described by one of her favorite Japanese terms, ikigai.
As a leader in technology and a top employer of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent, Booz Allen understands that diversity – of background, experience and thought - is essential to maintaining the excellence of the work that is delivered. Through these efforts, Booz Allen has established a long history of supporting women in the workplace, and is proud to announce that it has be named on Forbes' inaugural Best Employers for Women List, placing #21 out of 300 awardees.
LOS ANGELES, August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The National Diversity Council announces the 2018 Top 50 Women in Entertainment, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting the entertainment industry. These women have reached the top of their profession and are effective leaders within their organization. They drive change, contribute to business growth, and inspire others to succeed.
NEW YORK, August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ - the Tri-State Diversity Council will be hosting the 2018 Diversity and Leadership Conference on August 23, 2018, at the New Yorker Hotel. The conference will feature multiple speakers presenting on a variety of topics regarding the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, top business leaders will be recognized with a series of awards highlighting their commitment to effective and progressive leadership. This year’s theme is “Inclusion: The Source of Innovation.”
The nation’s top employers for women know that cultivating a culture that’s beneficial to women is an ongoing process. Even Hallmark—where 83% of employees, 40% of senior managers and 75% of board members are women—must work at it every day.
Once upon a time, the concept of “purpose” was de rigueur at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It was threaded through just about every conversation, panel and presentation. Increasingly, that required conversation has shifted to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. That doesn’t mean that purpose has taken a back seat, but the discussion around purpose has been modified and when it’s discussed, the examples appear more meaningful, transparent, and true to an organization’s DNA.
Ebony Thomas embodies the concept that the status quo is made to be broken. Thomas, a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, exhibits a commitment to reach for higher goals. The Network Journal took notice as they named her to the 2018 List of “40 Under Forty” Dynamic Achievers.
Creates network of partners to launch the UPS Women Exporter Program which will provide capacity, expertise and funding to women entrepreneurs
ATLANTA, July 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS), announced it will award over $10 million in grants to advance diversity and inclusion programs this year. The grants will be awarded to 44 different organizations. They will help support programs focused on economic empowerment, education/scholarships, work training, and social and gender equality.
DALLAS, July 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The Texas Diversity Council is proud to announce the 2018 Dallas Power 50 Awardees, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting various industries in Corporate America.
“The 2018 Power 50 Award highlights the most extraordinary female leaders in the Dallas area,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “We are honored to recognize such distinguished women who exemplify business excellence and prove that women deserve a seat at the table.”