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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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

As a first step, MMA is partnering 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.

Workshop 1:
Foundation Elements of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Rev Up Your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative

Thursday, February 17, 2022 • 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Many people think they know what DEI is but may not be able to define what it means at an individual level or corporate level. Getting the basics gives everyone a common understanding and a point from which they can begin to explore ways to drive change both as an individual and within a corporate environment.

In this workshop, individuals and leadership teams will define why Diversity Equity & Inclusion are important to them personally and to the organization. They will explore the priorities and measures required to set themselves and the organization up for true transformation and sustainable success.

Join us in this workshop to:

  • Learn the history, evolution and business case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Create a personal definition of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Gain an understanding of the barriers in bringing one’s whole self to work
  • Move toward playing an advocacy role in DEI
  • Understand what DEI means at an organizational level
  • Learn why DEI is critical to the company’s bottom line

Who it is for: Individuals or teams interested in learning the foundations of DEI, and in developing a case for change, objectives and metrics.

What you get:

  • Participant Workbook
  • Conversation Guide
  • On-demand video

Save the date and pre-register for these upcoming opportunities:
    Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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

Contact Ashley Wakefield

Ashley WakefieldDirector of Development and Strategic Partnerships
Call 517-487-8523