Group Makes a Difference for Women at Cummins

Jill Cook, Vice President -- Human Resources, participates in a panel discussion sponsored as part of the Women's Affinity Group of Southern Indiana's 10th anniversary in 2011.

When Tina Vujovich was asked to sponsor Cummins’ first Women’s Affinity Group in 2001, she wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

“I found several women who were dedicated to helping one another,” said Vujovich, retired Vice President of Marketing and Environmental Policy at the Company.

“We put together a team that instinctively set about surveying the broad population of women at Cummins to learn what it was that they were looking for from the affinity group. Suddenly, we knew what we needed to do.”

The result: More than 270 employees showed up for the first meeting. Today, the Women’s Affinity Group (WAG) of Southern Indiana is one of Cummins’ oldest affinity groups, closely tied to the needs of its target audience and providing assistance in key areas such as career development, business enhancement, recruiting and retention.

The WAG, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011, is one of more than 40 affinity groups at Cummins located across the world. These groups are organized around a variety of dimensions of diversity: gender, race, ethnicity, special needs, veteran status and country of origin.

“Career development and networking have been long-standing initiatives throughout our existence,” said Amy Liimatta, a member of the group since its inception who also served a stint as its leader. “It’s something women very clearly wanted from the group.”

Mentoring circles, for example, have been a very successful initiative offered by the group, bringing together successful women at Cummins and newcomers to the Company. In a mentoring circle, the protégés are paired with one male and one female mentor, allowing more women to have access to company leaders than with one-on-one mentoring.

“The inner workings are left to each circle to decide what will work best for their group,” said Jessica Kuehner, Co-Leader of the affinity group now. “WAG provides guidelines to the circles on how to decide their topics, meeting agendas for the first few meetings to get the circles started and feedback gathered from past sessions on what works well and is popular.”

Mentoring circles, however, are just one of many projects undertaken by the group. The WAG’s Executive Speakers Series enables top executives at Cummins to share career advice with others. The WAG also developed Discover Cummins, an event to help new employees learn more about the Company by visiting booths sponsored by various functions within Cummins.

Today, Discover Cummins is hosted by LAUNCH – Leaders Advancing Uniting and Networking Cummins Hires, an affinity group that focuses on helping employees who have been with Cummins for less than five years.

The WAG has also successfully campaigned for rooms in many Cummins facilities for nursing mothers.

Finally, the group frequently works with women’s groups at other Cummins facilities around the world to help them launch their own affinity group and share ideas for programs.

Now, the affinity group’s Co-Leaders Jamie Freeman and Kuehner are planning for the future and the issues the WAG will champion for the next 10 years.

“With strong leadership in place, and a large, active membership,” they say, “the Southern Indiana WAG will continue to champion women for years to come.”

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Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]


A snapshot of my first 90 days as Cummins' CEO

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90 days - what a whirlwind and the start of an incredible journey. I recently shared with employees some of my key takeaways from the first three months as Cummins' CEO.

A focus on purpose, people and impact has shaped my career and will influence how I lead. From what I have seen and experienced in just these three months, I am certain that this moment of truth for our planet and society is our moment to shine. We have the opportunity and responsibility to leverage our expertise to develop sustainable solutions that enable our customers' success, positively impact our communities and protect our planet for future generations. And we are doing just that. 


The work we do individually and collectively matters and has purpose. We power some of the world's most demanding and economically important applications and we play a critical role in the broader transition to a clean economy. 

We have a unique opportunity to do something no one else can do: help our diverse customers succeed as the energy transition happens because of our broad portfolio of power solutions, global service, expertise, and understanding and ability to optimize performance of our customers' applications and lessen our impact on the planet. And we have an opportunity to continue to grow our business as we do that. 

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Transitioning our employees and customers to the future is critical for our continued success and matters greatly to me. This is an incredible opportunity and powerful purpose. It's awesome to see this work in action. I had the opportunity to attend the recent IAA trade show in Hanover, Germany. In the remarks I shared at the event and in my conversations with customers, our dual path approach of advancing both engine-based technologies as well as alternative solutions that can reach zero-emissions was well received and recognized - from our fuel agnostic platform, next generation diesel lineup and hydrogen internal combustion engine to our newest battery and fuel cell offerings. 


Connecting our people to our purpose and creating inclusive environments are key to driving innovation and delivering solutions for our stakeholders. 

During the first few weeks following the announcement, I shared my excitement about our purpose and future by joining several employee town halls, and visited Meritor to welcome them to this great company. Since then, I've met with customers, engaged with community, government and other business leaders, visited our sites and connected with more of you during my travels. At every opportunity, I make sure to reinforce our commitment to keeping people at the center of technology transition and continuing to invest in developing the incredible talent across the company, providing opportunities to grow careers and increase impact. 

To mark International Day of the Girl just a few weeks ago, I was delighted to meet with a group of high school female students who spent the day at our Cummins Engine Plant. I shared my story, encouraged them to continue their interest in STEM and loved the opportunity to interact with girls just a few years younger than my own daughters. 

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In early October, we held the first in-person leadership meeting in three years. It gave me the opportunity to share my story and vision with our top leaders, and for all of us to reconnect, build relationships and talk about Cummins' future. The there of the meeting: reconnect, renew and recharge, is one I'm carrying with me for the rest of this year. 


As we are working to address climate change across all aspects of Cummins - improving our operations, developing new products and closely working with our customers and suppliers - we are making an impact, growing our business and delivering strong returns.

Our Destination Zero strategy is a growth opportunity for Cummins and our entire business plays a role in that strategy. The estimated impact on the planet of progressing our dual path approach is an additional 1.4 gigatons of cumulative carbon reduction - the equivalent of removing all trucks from the road for three years. 

I spoke at a PLANET 2050 town hall in September about the progress we are making on our goals of using natural resources in the most sustainable way, including constructing solar farms at our sites to offset energy costs and usage, and eliminating steps like no longer painting some of our engines with a clear coating before they leave the plant. 

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I am so proud of the innovative thinking, collaboration and commitment to purpose that enable our company to navigate this transition from a position of strength. 

By executing our strategy and demonstrating our values, we can have tremendous impact for all of our stakeholders and society. 

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Jennifer Rumsey

Jennifer Rumsey became President and CEO of Cummins Inc., the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, on August 1, 2022.

Prior to her current role, Rumsey was President and Chief Operating Officer which she assumed in March 2021. Rumsey was Vice President and President of Components Segment, one of Cummins’ five business segments. The Components Segment consists of five businesses: Cummins Filtration, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Cummins Emission Solutions, Cummins Electronics and Fuel Systems and Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies. As the President of Components, Rumsey oversaw an organization of more than 12,000 global employees with sales of $6 billion in 2020 and customers located around the world. 

Rumsey previously served as Vice President and Chief Technical Officer where she led the global technical organization of approximately 11,000 employees responsible for research and engineering across Cummins. Rumsey’s early career focused on control systems and system engineering; initially at a fuel processing and fuel cell start-up company in Cambridge, MA. In 2000, she moved to Cummins and has worked in a variety of engineering roles across Cummins and product life cycle areas including advanced technology development, new product development, current product engineering and product quality. 

Rumsey is passionate about building high-performing, diverse teams and has dedicated her Cummins career to the development of others and to innovate for customers to power their success. 

Rumsey is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, the Purdue Engineering Advisory Committee and Women in Trucking Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tracy K leads Cummins HBCU program to new heights

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Tracy never saw herself as a “career woman.” At 18, she joined corporate America working a filing job — the beginning of a 10 -year stint working in finance for the manufacturing industry.

However, when her mother opened a restaurant, Tracy packed up her things and moved to Tennessee, where she used her experience in accounting to help her mother set up the restaurant’s bookkeeping.

While working alongside her mother to open the restaurant, Tracy knew she needed a temporary job to keep her afloat until she figured out her next move. She landed a two-week assignment at Cummins and fell in love with the company’s culture. Tracy quickly realized she wanted to stay longer than two weeks and, for Cummins, the feeling was mutual. Two years into her journey at Cummins, Tracy began working in recruitment where she nurtured a love for recruiting diverse talent and delivering top-notch employee experiences to underrepresented communities. Now, 22 years later, she couldn’t be happier to celebrate her career with Cummins.

It’s the way Cummins embraces diversity in the fact that they have strong messaging to support the education of and resource groups available to every employee,”

says Tracy when asked what made the company the right place to start her career. “It’s also how you feel daily when you interact with your colleagues. There’s this underlying community based on everyone embracing and uplifting that element of diversity and inclusion.”

Tracy’s work ethic propelled her upward through Cummins’ ranks, with new opportunities coming to her naturally. Every time one came along that sounded fun and challenging, she never hesitated to take it on.

When leadership came to Tracy and asked if she would be interested in leading the company’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program, she immediately said yes. While she didn’t attend an HBCU herself, Tracy’s daughter received her master's degree from Tennessee State University, giving her first-hand knowledge of the power and value of partnering with these institutions.

Working with HBCU is nothing new at Cummins. However, the new HBCU initiative helmed by Tracy seeks to transform the company’s partnerships and usher in a new way of engaging younger talent.

“One of the most unique things about HBCUs is the family and community element,” says Tracy. “There are a lot of companies trying to get in with HBCUs, but we’ve already been there. We’re already partners of theirs, so having this dedicated program allows us to be intentional about those relationships.”

Tracy provides students with resources beyond the classroom and scholarships. She does her best to provide a safe space for students to seek guidance, and solutions for things like housing or even receive motherly advice on how to overcome homesickness.

Tracy and her team of volunteers take a multi-faceted approach to expand upon the work the campus recruitment teams are doing. One of their efforts is the Intern Program. Tracy seeks to bolster the intern experience for her cohorts of HBCU students by offering professional opportunities and social activities that allow the students to network with each other and learn about the industry. She wants them to develop personally, not just professionally. To facilitate this, Tracy provides what she calls Safe Space Sessions twice a month. These can range from motivational guest speakers to mental health meditation sessions.

During one all-intern visit to Cummins’ Columbus, Indiana, campus, Tracy decided to organize professional headshots for the members of her HBCU cohort. She recalls fondly how one first-generation student told her excitedly about how he bought a suit for the first time ever so he could “look the part” for this photo. “That moment made me realize that, yes, this program matters to me and matters to Cummins as a whole,” says Tracy. “That’s the real value of investing in programs like this.”

But Tracy’s work doesn’t end with internships. The HBCU Program also aims to ease the transition for new Cummins employees who are fresh out of college and are still in the early stages of their careers.

“We want to make sure we’re providing an environment where they can thrive, not just survive,” says Tracy. “By having this program, we can take a more holistic approach to our work by bringing together those elements of community, development and retention.”

Tracy puts these ideas into action by pairing new HBCU hires with another HBCU graduate that works at Cummins to help them adjust and settle into their new work environment. These mentors don’t just focus on success at work, though — they also help new hires with the more personal aspects of the transition.

“Some new employees come from environments that are entirely different from the corporate world and require a different approach to engagement so that any barriers to success are removed,” states Tracy. “So, we’re not just showing them how to do their job. We’re also helping them figure out how you move from a major city to a small town in some cases.”

Tracy’s approach has proven successful. Since developing the program, Cummins has seen a 38% increase in the recruitment of HBCU students. Not only that, but Tracy has also grown her team of volunteers to 90 in just one year. She attributes this growth to intentionality, saying, “I take the time to learn what their goals are so I can identify roles and responsibilities that are connected to their passions. As a result, we have people who are truly engaged because they want to be.”

The volunteers, she says, are often as impacted by the experience as the students. One guest speaker who presented to students reached out to Tracy after the session to thank her and say, “You made me feel so special,” to which Tracy replied, “You are special. You are a North Star providing representation for these students.”.

This effort to foster an environment of inclusion where every student, employee and volunteer feels heard sits at the heart of Tracy’s approach to work. “You have to listen and work as a team and collaborate,” she says. “It’s not about Tracy being right. It's about us getting it right.”

Tracy’s enthusiasm for diverse experiences and tackling new challenges extends outside of Cummins, where she spends her free time cooking and traveling. Her travel bug has taken her to almost all 50 states. She hopes to soon visit the mountains, jungles and seas of Peru. There, she will no doubt make an impact, because even on vacation, Tracy dedicates time to volunteering and outreach. On a recent trip to Jamaica, she organized a community event to provide food and school supplies for the locals.

Professionally, her biggest hope for the HBCU Program is to one day not need an HBCU Program. Instead, her work strives to weave diversity and inclusion even deeper into the Cummins fabric.

“Ultimately, diversity and inclusion, and the work we do in the HBCU Program, should be an unspoken part of who you are and the work we do together,” says Tracy. “We’ve got a way to go, but we’re making progress day by day, and that is what I’m most proud of about my work here at Cummins.”

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Recognizing and remembering our veterans


This note was authored by Earl Newsome, Cummins Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Executive Sponsor, Cummins Veterans Employee Resource Group; and was distributed to employees. 

Today on Veterans Day and Global Day of Remembrance, we shine a light on all veterans who have served, those who continue to serve and those who paid the ultimate price in their service. On this day, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Australia recognize veterans by pausing for a moment of silence on the eleventh hour on November 11. I think we can all adopt this practice wherever we may be in the world, as a way of saying thank you to our brave veterans.  

As a fellow veteran, I began my career serving in the U.S. Army, and I often reflect on how much that experience shaped me. Serving my country helped me understand my leadership purpose of inspiring the people around me. To borrow the words of Jane Goodall, I believe that the service of our veterans reminds us that, “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”  This is the very nature of a Soldier.  I’m reminded of the fact that we serve to ensure everyone enjoys the freedoms enabled by all those who serve and support those who serve – it is indeed a pleasure to have served. 

We hold firmly to the value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging because it allows us to build a culture of psychological safety where all our people, including many who are veterans, feel seen and are happy to contribute. I am proud that the company has once again earned recognition as a 2023 Military Friendly® Employer (Bronze level), as well as Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity and Brand designations for our efforts in creating sustainable and meaningful career paths, community outreach, brand enthusiasm, and enduring partnerships. Cummins is proud to be a strong veteran supporter and understands the advantages and benefits of hiring veterans, like myself and many others.

Below are some ways we can all remember and honor our veteran workforce on November 11. 

  • Wear a poppy 
  • Observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m.  
  • Volunteer with local veteran organizations 
  • Support veteran-owned businesses 
  • Talk to your families/children about veterans
  • Just say “Thank you for your service” to those who have served

Earl Newsome 
Executive Sponsor, Cummins Veterans Employee Resource Group 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

CEO recognized for her leadership achievements

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Cummins Inc. new Chief Executive Officer makes Fortune 2022 Most Powerful Women in Business list

Fortune magazine just released its prestigious Most Powerful Women in Business list, and Cummins is proud to see our very own CEO, Jennifer Rumsey, amongst the 50 accomplished women recognized this year. 

“I am truly honored to be included alongside these powerful women leaders,” says Rumsey. “My life and career have been shaped by instrumental people who helped me see my potential, created an environment that allowed me to be who I am at work, cared about me and enabled me to achieve my aspirations.” 

To reflect the global nature of business today, 2022 is the first time the Fortune list was not separated by international and domestic candidates. With Rumsey’s selection, Fortune highlighted her two decades of experience at Cummins, noting how she has led the company through supply-chain shortages, helped drive 21% year-over-year revenue growth to $24 billion in 2021, and laid the foundation for the developing technologies for hybrid and electric engines. 

“This recognition is a reflection of the impact a strong support system, encouraging mentors and an inclusive environment can have,” reflects Rumsey. “My thanks to Fortune for the recognition and our Cummins Inc. employees who make this company and my job simply incredible.” 

2022 marks the 25th year of the Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business list. A recurring theme for this year’s selections is the fact that several of the top-ranked CEO’s selected are in the middle of transforming their companies. In 1998, when Fortune published its first list, only two women ran Fortune 500 companies. Today, 46 women occupy Fortune 500 corner offices. 

Rumsey began her career at Cummins Inc. working in Research and Technology, primarily focused on advancing technology to reduce criteria pollutants from diesel engines. Since then, she has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and impact, including bringing new platforms and technologies to market, driving improvement in product quality, and developing the capability of global teams. Rumsey became Cummins Inc. CEO in August 2022, the seventh CEO and first woman to lead the company since it was founded in 1919. 

In case you missed it, learn more about Jennifer Rumsey.

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Tamra Knudsen

Tamra Knudsen is a Brand Journalist for Cummins with extensive experience in the Capital Goods sector, serving over 20 years in various corporate communications roles. She began her career in accounting, moving into numerous positions within finance, marketing and administration, until she discovered her niche in the field of communications. Her passion is to create transparent and meaningful content that educates, informs and engages readers on a variety of topics for both external and internal audiences. 

Tamra graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, with a BS in Business Administration and Management.

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