Mayowa Alonge has his eyes set on the future

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Mayowa Alonge has his eyes set on the future. A native Nigerian, Mayowa realized early the role human exploration can play in impacting the environment. “I was looking to contribute, to create a movement, to make progress in that area, and I dedicated my life, my career to making advancement safer for future generations,” he said.

In college, Alonge gained research experience developing an eco-friendly battery. That research landed him a six-month internship with Cummins Inc., which he knew of from their office in Lagos, Nigeria. What impressed Alonge most about Cummins was “their foresight to transition almost all of their products into renewable energy,” he says. “This aligned with my personal and career goals.”

Cummins recruited Alonge at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) conference in 2019 during his Master’s degree program. He was offered a full-time position in their New Power segment in Talent, Oregon, where he currently works as a Systems Engineer in battery development.

In addition to their sustainability efforts, the community Cummins builds has also resonated with Alonge. He has found Cummins to be an environment where everyone looks out for each other’s safety, as well as the safety of the end-user of the products. This is important to him; as is the company’s focus on work-life balance, diversity, team bonding and coming to work happy.

“I joined the team in the middle of a pandemic and moved from Texas to Oregon,” he says. “I felt welcomed. The team bonding was seamless. I think this is the best group of people I have ever worked with in my life.”

He points out that when he joined Cummins’ team in Talent, he was the only Black person in the building, “And I felt welcomed, like, literally,” he says. “Now we have four Black people on the team. The culture of acceptance is there, from the top down. They respect people regardless of color, sexual orientation, or anything. I’ve never seen any company as diverse as Cummins since being in the U.S. You know you are welcome.”

What makes Alonge happiest at work, however, is the freedom to think creatively and explore new tools. The lack of rigidity around doing work a certain way inspires him to bring his A-game to work every day.

“The leadership team I work with trusts me with the responsibility of coming up with design experiments for different products to test and validate the components to be sure that product is good for use,” he says. “Even with me joining the team recently and being a new employee, their trust gives me a lot of confidence to explore so many things in terms of ‘how do we do this in a better way? What do we need to do?’” With that confidence, Alonge has helped launch products that are already on the market, plus several more that are on the way.

Next, he has his sights set on the advent of lithium iron phosphates, or lithium metals. He believes that battery technology is the future and that if we can reduce the thermal runaway in batteries, they will become an invaluable resource for protecting tomorrow.

In his own little way, he says he’s trying to contribute to the reduction in pollution, which makes him feel accomplished as a person every day.

“People my age realize that the future is right in front of us, and if we don’t take drastic measures to prevent pollution, a lot of us would be sick,” he says. “You must be in that space where you’re working with companies that see the future and actually want to prevent bad things. People who have kids–and one day, I‘ll have kids–we don’t want to put them in an environment where they ask us, ‘Why didn’t you do something about it?’”

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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.

Building Inclusive Communities with Sign Language

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Sign languages have the power to unite us. Did you know that there are more than 70 million deaf or hard-of-hearing people worldwide that collectively use more than 300 different sign languages*? International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL), celebrated every September 23, was designated as a day to raise awareness about the global importance of all the many different sign languages - a mode of communication for the deaf. IDSL was first celebrated in 2018 as part of International Week of the Deaf, which has now evolved into a global movement of unity and advocacy to shed light on the issues deaf people face every day.

The observance of IDSL presents a distinct opportunity to support and highlight the richly diverse linguistic landscapes and culture of the deaf community along with others who use sign language to communicate. Through understanding the intersectionality of the deaf community, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us to create more inclusive work environments and the communities in which we live. 

At Cummins Inc., inclusive environments enable us to operate better across cultures, functions and languages to solve challenges and gain opportunities globally. One way we can foster more inclusive environments is by increasing accessibility for our employees. In order for Cummins to continue creating inclusive policies and ensuring accessibility adjustments, it is beneficial to know the magnitude of need. Voluntary self-identification (where applicable), is vital for providing us this data on the composition of our workforce for those with disabilities and other dimensions of diversity. 

As we strive to become an employer of choice for people with disabilities and impact communities by removing barriers to employment, there are a number of simple ways in which you can support this observance by educating yourself to become a better colleague, friend and/or ally. Together, we can spread awareness on the significant impact of sign languages and build stronger communities that are respectful and inclusive of all deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

*Statistic provided by United Nations and World Federation of the Deaf
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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.

Cummins and Grammer Industries recognize National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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The following article was authored by Amy R. Boerger, Cummins Vice President, Sales, Engine Segment and Shorty Whittington, Founder, Grammer Industries; Former Chairman of the American Trucking Association (ATA) and Executive Committee of the Board of Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA).


Sept. 11 – 17 is designated as National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The trucking industry and its workers are critical to the U.S. economy. Nearly 8 million people are employed in trucking-related careers, including 3.6 million professional drivers. Most goods consumed in the U.S. are put on a truck at some point. In fact, the trucking industry hauled 70% of all freight transported in the United States in 2020, equating to 11.84 billion tons. 80% of communities – cities and towns large and small, across the United States receive all their goods from trucks. 

Before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic, professional truck drivers take on a heroic role by delivering the essential goods to our country. The sacrifices that professional drivers continue to make to help carry the nation through the pandemic must never be understated. 

On behalf of Cummins Inc., the global leader in power technology solutions, and Grammer Industries, a leading fleet and innovator in the trucking industry; we want to thank each truck driver for their commitment to one of the most demanding and important careers to our U.S. economy. Make sure you are appreciating their contributions as you walk through the grocery store, sit at your local restaurant or use supplies at your workplace. Nearly all these items you are accessing were transported there in a truck. We depend on truck drivers every day.

We are joining companies like ours to make every effort to appreciate and recognize truck drivers each day, not just this week. We are doing this by continuing to make technological and safety advancements, creating better work environments (including work-life balance), and providing drivers with the tools to help them perform their jobs more safely, effectively, efficiently, comfortably, and successfully. 

We need more drivers to help businesses like ours succeed and move the economy forward.  According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), there is a shortage of more than 80,000 drivers, and that number is expected to reach 175,000 by 2024, and 1.1 million new drivers will need to be hired in the next decade to keep up with the current industry demand. Cummins recognizes the importance of this issue, which is why we have been working with the ATA and other groups to address the driver shortage. For the U.S., a truck driver shortage could negatively impact consumers from higher costs associated with product delivery, to longer delays in receiving products to your home, local grocery or pharmacy.

We can all help by highlighting the innovations in today’s trucks and in the truck driving profession. From the engine and transmission, to the seats and sleepers, today’s trucks are state-of-the-art vehicles meeting stringent emissions and fuel economy standards, while still providing an enjoyable experience for drivers. We continue to move to automated transmissions in heavy-duty trucks, delivering improved fuel efficiency, performance and uptime. 

We also are focused on comfort and safety for our drivers, with technologies in production like adaptive cruise control, lane departure technologies, forward and backward facing cameras, and additional improvements to make it easier for the drivers to do their work each day. We are also working to expand the ability for drivers to identify open parking spots to ensure they can plan and execute their hours of service. For example, on highways like Interstate 65, you will see signs that show available parking spots within the next 30-60 miles. We are committed to developing and implementing new technologies to improve the ability of our truck drivers to work and stay safe and comfortable while doing so. 

On behalf of Cummins and Grammer Industries, we want to say thanks to all drivers for the work they do each day, and their immeasurable contributions to our lives and the economy. They are our daily heroes who keep America moving forward. Truck drivers enable us to have access to the everyday items each of us rely on and their contributions should not be overlooked but recognized and praised publicly. 

 

Amy Boerger

Amy Boerger is the Vice President of Sales, Engine Business at Cummins Inc., the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world. In this role, she leads the North America sales team and manages our relationship with many critical OEMs. During her tenure at Cummins which began in 1984, she has worked in sales and service in the field, engineering, marketing communications, the Emissions Solutions business and has led sales regionally within the company.

Breaking barriers with Corporate Responsibility Financial Analysis Manager ZeNai Brooks

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ZeNai Brooks is not your average accountant. Yes, the former Ernst & Young auditor works with numbers and puts together reports. She even calls herself “a little nerdy.” But that’s where the accountant stereotype ends.

An author, blogger, mentor, pastor’s wife, volunteer, crossfitter and spartan racer, Brooks is more than a master of spreadsheets. And in June of 2021, she added one more title to her list of monikers — Cummins Inc. employee.

“Initially, I was like, no, I don't really want to work for a manufacturing company,” she says. “But then I fell in love with the corporate responsibility side and the foundation work. I was also attracted to the buzz around the Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE) and other racial equity initiatives.”

As she learned more about working with the Corporate Responsibility team and the Cummins Foundation, her conversations with current employees confirmed that Cummins had a great reputation not only externally, but internally as well.

Today, as the Financial Analysis Manager, Corporate Responsibility, and the Treasurer of the Cummins Foundation, she revels in seeing how Cummins gifts and grants are making a difference around the world.

“It is the most rewarding part of my work and a way for me to connect my accounting job — which isn't always the most exciting — to helping not-for-profit organizations,” she says. 

Giving back has always been a passion for Brooks. In addition to being a pastor with her husband, she is a mentor and a board member for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), the Indiana CPA Society, Leadership Indianapolis and is involved in several other community organizations.

She’s also giving back at work by getting more engaged with CARE and the Cummins Black Network. She’s thrilled to be a panel speaker for the Cummins Finance Diversity Group, “Because there's not a lot of diversity in the accounting finance profession, especially here in the U.S.,” she says.

Brooks considers it her personal mission to make others feel happy and supported. “Lift as we climb, you know? I try to save the world, but I also understand that's a big ask,” she says. “But if I can affect people in my immediate circle and community, I feel like that's impactful.”

One way she’s making an impact is through motivational messages and leadership advice. She has a blog called Lady Z Speaks and has written a book titled FINISH!, leveraging career, sport, faith and failure that documents her journey to getting her CPA license.

“The focus [of the book] is perseverance, discipline and accomplishing goals,” she says. “So while it’s about me getting my CPA license, it could be applicable to anyone who might want to start a business, go back to school or need help finishing anything. I’m just trying to share whatever information that I have learned with others.”

Through her writing and her mentoring, she encourages people to speak up and take on new assignments or projects.

“Have confidence that you can figure it out,” she says. “Don’t shy away from it because you don't feel qualified.” Taking on new projects is especially important for women and people of color, Brooks says, because “It’s important that all perspectives are heard so there’s a reduction in bias and barriers.”

So far in her role, she has been very impressed with the way Cummins leadership has been intentional about helping to break those biases and barriers.

“They don’t just sponsor internal Cummins resource groups, they take an active role and join them,” she says. “And they make a concerted effort to reach out to diverse populations through external organizations, like NABA (empowering Black Business Leaders, formerly the National Association of Black Accountants), Ascend (the largest Pan-Asian business professional membership organization in North America) and ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America).”

Like a true accountant, she’s quick to point out that the intention comes with metrics.

“I don't know if everybody knows, but part of our quarterly reports to the Board and to Tom [Linebarger, Chairman of the Board of Cummins] includes a diversity slide of how diverse each team is. Tracking these metrics set us apart from other organizations doing the same kind of thing. That, and the sincere intention around the corporate responsibility of making sure that when we’re recruiting and hiring, we have a diverse slate.”

For Brooks intentionality is what drives her, both personally and professionally. “I feel like the role I’m in now has helped me encompass that, too,” she says. “It’s not just accounting, there’s granting, data, volunteerism — it’s many things, so it embodies who I am as a person.” All of which come together to add one more title to the multi-hyphenates list of monikers: successful.

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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.

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