Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Quarterly DEI Workshops

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a crucial, transformational element in the workplace as well as within our society.

As the Association representing the largest industry in Michigan, it is incumbent upon us all to address the importance of equal treatment of all people. There is no room for hatred, racism, or intolerance in the manufacturing industry. We are committed to standing by our members and the communities where they operate to advance solutions that will embrace all people and build a brighter and better tomorrow.

The long-term competitiveness and success of Michigan’s manufacturing industry is contingent upon a strong and diverse talent pool. In turn, the ability to attract, engage and retain a strong workforce requires inclusive workplaces and continuous improvement.

As noted in the Manufacturing Institute’s Diversity + Inclusion Benchmarking in Manufacturing report, manufacturers “acknowledge the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce and are working to close the gap between intent and execution of practices that would support such a workforce in the long term.”

MMA is committed to standing by our industry and the communities where we operate to advance solutions that will build a brighter and better tomorrow — for our people and for our industry. These resources have been curated in partnership with trusted and respected advisors with the intent of supporting the growth, education and competitiveness of Michigan’s manufacturing sector.

Organizations with Inclusive Culture are...


as likely to meet or exceed financial targets


as likely to be high-performing


more likely to be innovative and agile


more likely to achieve better business outcomes

Source: Eight truths about diversity and inclusion at work | Deloitte Insights


of CEOs say Diversity & Inclusion has helped them compete in new industries or geographies


of CEOs who have invested in Diversity & Inclusion progams saw enhanced business performance

Source: 18th Annual Global CEO Survey: A marketplace without boundaries? Responding to disruption

Company Success
Company Productivity & Retention

MMA has partnered with the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA) to offer workshops for industry members working to integrate DEI strategies that will support their business goals. These quarterly interactive virtual sessions are free to MMA members and will help identify tactics and resources needed to launch meaningful initiatives or support existing efforts.

The first three workshops are available on-demand to members. Login to access above.
  • Foundation Elements of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Unconscious Bias Workshop: Rev up Your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative
  • Becoming a Better Ally: Identifying and Addressing Micro-Inequities
Save the date and pre-register for the final quarterly webinar:

Watch the DEI panel discussion from the 2022 MFG Operations Conference with panelists BorgWarner’s Jennifer Gudgel, Nexteer Automotive’s Kym K. Reeves and CEO Action for Racial Equity’s Jennifer A. Wyatt. Hear from Michigan manufacturers in a lively discussion about how — and why — they’re using data-driven insights and a human-centered approach to create avenues of success for people of all diversity dimensions and meet their business goals.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Partner with MMA to advance DEI solutions to build a brighter and better tomorrow.

Thank you to our foundational sponsors:

MFG DEI Sponsorships

Dow Chemical CompanyGallagherBlue Cross Blue Shield MetLife

Contact Ashley Wakefield

Ashley WakefieldDirector of Membership, Marketing & Events
Call 517-487-8523