Women powering Cummins | Soujanya Veguru

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Soujanya Veguru, General Manager - Corporate Responsibility Cummins India

Soujanya Veguru

 

Could you tell us something about your professional achievements and career progression?  

I started my professional career with Cummins 15 years back, in production immediately after my graduation in Mechanical Engineering. I have transitioned from supply chain and moved to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) about seven years back and I am now leading the environmental vertical and strategic initiatives - Cummins Powers Women and Monsoon Resilient Maharashtra. I feel fortunate for the opportunities given by Cummins to take up varied and diverse roles and providing an environment that enabled me to bring my best to each role.

Some of my professional achievements include the Star Performer Award 2009, 2010, Cummins’ sponsored MBA program - IIM 2012-13, Cummins Women’s Achievers’ Award 2017, and multiple global and Chairman’s Impact Awards for the community projects since 2016. 

What are the attributes that helped you to reach where you are in your career?

Throughout my career, I have strongly held onto my attributes of being dependable, caring, creative, and committed. 

How far have you succeeded in challenging the stereotypes?

Being one of the first women engineers on the shop floor in an all-men manufacturing facility at Daman, I would say I was able to successfully challenge the stereotype that “women can’t lead in manufacturing” or “women cannot handle high-pressure situations.”

In both essential and digital functions, women suffered the repercussions of the economic and social effects of the pandemic. Your comments.

Being part of the Corporate Social Responsibility space, I have been exposed to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on girls and women. Be it in the space of education where fewer girls than boys have access to digital devices to attend online classes since schools were shut. Child marriage, loss of income/jobs have pushed families to get their girls married earlier, increased instances of child marriages have also been reported. Due to lack of opportunities and income loss, women have been pressured to take up caring for families and household chores due to lockdowns at the cost of their jobs, with very few returning to work. According to the World Economic Forum, the pandemic has pushed gender parity by a generation.

Cummins is committed to building more prosperous communities during the pandemic, and Cummins India is supporting local hospitals; through our CSR initiatives, we endeavor to address the challenges faced by our communities through: 

  • Bolstering income generation and economic resilience of women through Self Help Groups (SHGs) initiatives across villages and urban areas
  • Employee volunteering to ensure children don’t experience learning gaps by conducting weekend online classes 
  • Working through our Cummins Powers Women program to enable NGO leaders to advocate for a larger change in laws and policies to impact the lives of millions of girls and women in the space of education, health, gender-based violence, and economic empowerment among others

What’s the message you want to send to young working women? 

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal.” This line from Churchill’s quote particularly resonates with me. My message to young women is to have this approach - don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from trying new things and exploring different ways of working.

Statement from Tom Linebarger and Carolyn Butler Lee on tragic events in Buffalo

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We are sad and angry that another racist gunman committed a mass shooting over the weekend in Buffalo, New York, targeting the Black community. While we will learn more over the days and weeks to come, officials have confirmed that the shooting that killed 10 people and injured three others was racially motivated and constituted a shocking act of domestic terrorism.  

As you may know, Cummins has a distributor located in Buffalo and we have confirmed that all our employees there are safe. Thank you to those who have expressed concern.  

Race-based hate crimes are often perpetrated against those who are marginalized in some way, and it’s frustrating that communities which are attacked most frequently are those most disadvantaged by our systems and processes. This heinous crime appears to be motivated by a disturbingly offensive extremist theory, which has no place at Cummins, in our communities or in our nation. No member of our society should live in fear based on the color of their skin. 

Almost two years ago, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, and a national reckoning on race intensified. Sadly, racism in the U.S. continues to threaten our communities and our democratic norms and that is why we are resolute in our commitment to speak out against hate and replace it with a deep and abiding appreciation for diversity, equity and inclusion. 

We are committed to not only speak, but also act to create equitable, inclusive, and safe workplaces and communities, consistent with Cummins core values. We have and will continue to invest in extensive training and resources to support meaningful dialogue about race to ensure our employees fully understand the deep roots of systemic racism in the U.S. and how it affects perceptions and actions today. Through initiatives like Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE), Cummins has taken a leading role in undoing systemic discrimination against the Black community in the U.S., both to address racial inequities and eliminate racism.  We’re working on police reform, criminal justice reform, economic empowerment, and social justice reform in healthcare, housing, workforce development and civil rights, including voting rights and education. We are relentlessly committed to change, and the tragedy in Buffalo has us again looking at where we can do more or engage differently. 

We all have a role to play in advancing equity and inclusion. You can help by: 

  • Share and listen to the experiences of your colleagues, friends and neighbors. Understand if someone doesn’t have the emotional capacity to engage. 
  • Speak up and speak out against bigotry and hate in our communities. 

The tragic loss of life has become too common in the U.S. We also want to recognize that there was a series of other violent events over the weekend across the country, including killings that impacted communities from the West Coast to the South to the Midwest. The violence must stop. 

Please join us as we stand together for a more inclusive future.

 

Tom Linebarger

Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. 

 

Carolyn Butler-Lee                    

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Cummins Inc. 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins is revving up for the 2022 NASCAR season

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Let’s go racing! Revving up for the 2022 season, global power leader Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is back with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team. 

Cummins will serve as a sponsor for the No. 14 Ford Mustang of driver Chase Briscoe. 

The partnership with SHR began in 2018 with Clint Bowyer and the No. 14 team. Since then, we have been proud to work alongside SHR, which shares a deep commitment to innovation and success.

But, that’s not the company’s only history with racing. Cummins has a motorsports lineage dating back to the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 when company founder Clessie Cummins was on the pit crew of the race-winning Marmon Wasp of driver Ray Harroun.

Cummins will make its debut as a primary sponsor of the No. 14 Ford Mustang during the AdventHealth 400 race weekend May 14-15 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Following Kansas, the No 14 Cummins Ford Mustang will race again:

  • July 10-11 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 
  • July 30-31 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Sept. 24-25 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
Chase Briscoe talking

Briscoe is a third-generation racer whose career began on dirt tracks in and around his home state of Indiana. It’s a lineage that makes Briscoe a natural fit for SHR, as the team is co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, a native of Columbus, Indiana, the global headquarters for Cummins. 

Get more updates from the 2022 racing season by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn @Cummins. 

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Morgan Donnelly

Morgan Donnelly is a Digital Brand Reputation Senior Specialist. She joined the company in 2018 after earning her Bachelor of Art degrees in Strategic Communication and Professional Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

World Autism Awareness Day 2022

World Autism Awareness Day 2022

Authored by Mahesh Narang

Mahesh is Vice President and President of Components, Cummins Inc. and the executive sponsor of Cummins' global Disability Inclusion Employee Resource Group network

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) when we promote equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society, for people with autism.  

Autism, a form of neurodiversity, is a spectrum of developmental differences that can affect the way people communicate and experience the world around them.  It is estimated about 1% of the world population has autism and that 85% of working age people with autism are underemployed or unemployed.

At Cummins, we aspire to eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities – including autistic people – in our workplaces and in our communities. As the Executive Sponsor of Cummins global Disability Inclusion Employee Resource Group (ERG) network, I am excited to share that we have recently launched the first part of a planned series of neurodivergent talent pilots.

In this first pilot, the Cummins project team, working with our external partner, Specialisterne, will place individuals in roles with Cummins Electronics and Fuel Systems. Following several months of thoughtful planning and preparation, we initiated the pilot process in February 2022 and the team will be working through phases to wrap-up in early September 2022.

The neurodivergent talent pilots build upon ongoing disability hiring initiatives at Cummins Emissions Solutions sites in the United States, Mexico and India, positioning Cummins to attract, retain and fully leverage a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities in which we operate. Increasing the representation of persons with disabilities employed at Cummins is a priority focus area under our Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Strategy and is critical to our ability to win in the global marketplace. 

I hope that you too will act on the opportunity to learn more about autism. There are many ways to get involved and further a more inclusive culture wherever you work. You can help your company launch a site/organization-focused initiative; join/start your own disability employee resource group; participate on a disability-specific community involvement project; and join Cummins in practicing our Five DE&I Actions: 

  • Grow your circle
  • Use inclusive language
  • Facilitate an environment where everyone feels welcome
  • Get involved
  • Commit to growing

Thank you and take care.

Mahesh Narang

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy

"Reach" is a spoken word created by Poet Derrick Christian in support of Cummins celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On January 17, the United States will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as an American civil rights leader. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day serves as a national day to recognize strengthening our communities and continually working to solve social issues. Dr. King is globally recognized for his fight for many victims of injustice and for inspiring millions with his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. 

At Cummins, we share in Dr. King's vision by making room for everyone to succeed and by responding with empathy. And like Dr. King, we believe everyone has a role in creating an inclusive environment.

To celebrate and reflect on Dr. King’s principles, Derrick Christian, innovative leader, artist and entrepreneur combined his education and entertainment through spoken word poetry to write an original poem, titled REACH. We challenge you to reflect on what you are doing to create a fair and inclusive environment as you read and watch "Reach" below. 

REACH

We The People
Have been misguided to the think that difference divides us
But it makes us equal

Equally equipped with an individual set of gifts
To get success in our collective grip
If we let go of the grift
That difference divides us
So ‘We The People’ must decide to shift

To the next gear
Engineer our minds with ingenuity
Dedicate ourselves to idea of inclusiveness, exclusively
Purposely promote winning with the power of difference in perpetuity
We can alphabetize a list of what makes us different, but you still need you and I, you and I, U-N-I to create UNITY

So, in continuity
With the spirit of MLK Day and all that this dreamer had to teach
Let us
Reach

Reach past low-hanging, quotable fruit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s past ‘”I Have A Dream Speech”
Dig deep
With what he encouraged us to sow and reap
If equality was his dream in 1963, then the 2022 reality is the next leg of the legacy he preached
And we must not do the bare minimum now that our collective consciousness of racial injustice has reached this historic new peak

We cannot continue to bite the fruit and choose to only chew the part that’s sweet
Then when tasting the bitter litter the remains at our feet while protests glitter the street
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” 
And the cost of injustice where we work is too steep

Corporations can incorporate at its core
How it wants to see the world be more

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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