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Some of the most in-demand, highest paying and fastest growing careers are in the STEM fields, however, according to the National Science Board, fewer than 50% of minorities are in the STEM labor force. 

As a global power technology leader, Cummins Inc. is working to increase the exposure of STEM careers to minorities and women across the world through various programs and initiatives. In fact, through the CARE initiative, the company held a special STEM activity at multiple sites in the U.S. during the month of November to celebrate National STEM Day.

CARE sponsored Lego engine builds for local high school students in Atlanta and Detroit, and has STEM activities scheduled for students in other CARE cities in 2023. The participating youth built Cummins engines out of Lego bricks; for many, this was their first exposure to the world of science, technology, engineering and math.

“To celebrate National STEM Day we wanted to introduce and support students on their STEM journey in our targeted CARE communities,” said Delilah Morgan, Cummins Director of External Diversity Initiatives. “The data is clear; minorities are underrepresented in STEM fields, and we know a large reason is lack of exposure to STEM careers. A core value of Cummins is diversity and inclusion, and our company believes our diversity of thought helps position us as a global technology leader. We believe investing in our youth today is a direct deposit into the planet’s future.” 

The international comparisons fueled discussion of U.S. education and workforce needs. The bipartisan congressional STEM Education Caucus noted: “Our knowledge-based economy is driven by constant innovation. The foundation of innovation lies in a dynamic, motivated and well-educated workforce equipped with STEM skills.”

National STEM Day began as a result of studies in the early 2000s revealed U.S. students were not achieving in the STEM disciplines at the same rates as students in other countries. The report predicted dire consequences if the U.S. could not compete in the global economy due to a poorly prepared workforce. Thus, educators focused on science, math, and technology research, on economic policy and on education. U.S. prosperity seemed to depend on it.

Growth in America’s STEM jobs in the first decade of the 21st century tripled the rate of growth in non-STEM jobs. However, racial and gender gaps remained a problem. Employers continue to struggle with the need for qualified STEM workers. 

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Antonio once heard the story of John F. Kennedy’s tour of NASA headquarters in 1962; during his visit, JFK encountered a janitor carrying a broom down the hallway. The President then casually asked the janitor what he did for NASA, and the janitor replied, “Mr. President, I'm helping put a man on the moon.”

In his daily work as a Digital Product Manager for the Engine Business Unit at Cummins, this story speaks to Antonio, who understands how everyone contributes to the company’s strategic goals.

“We tend to focus on the trees and lose sight of the forest,” he says. “I am lucky that my job allows me to see the forest and connect my work to bigger goals.”

Antonio — who has been with Cummins for 14 years — spends his days solving problems that align with company initiatives and goals. 

“We identify a business need or opportunity, create a case, and then build a digital product with a clear roadmap,” he says. “It’s like going onto Shark Tank (the show). We do a market discovery, present our findings, and if it gets approved, we get the resources to develop the solution. Every day is like playing in a sandbox. We get our different tools out and say, here’s a problem; let’s solve it.” 

Antonio loves how collaborative, creative, and agile his team is. He attributes that creative energy to the variety of perspectives and functions of his team members. 

One of his business cases in the early stages of market discovery involves a government program to support school districts transitioning their bus fleets from diesel-based vehicles to electric. School districts and private fleet operators have committed to converting 10,000 diesel school buses to electric over the next five years, which would have a major impact on addressing climate change.

His team is trying to build a digital product to create the best user experience for the end users — the school districts. They do this by asking questions like:

  • What problem are we trying to solve? For whom? And why is important?
  • What are the challenges, needs, and pain points for the different types of user personas?
  • What kind of analytics do school districts need to support their decision-making?

His team makes sure that the Cummins product satisfies those needs.

In addition to accomplishing company goals, Antonio connects his work to personal goals, which are tied to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Antonio leads the Talent Development Committee for GOAL, the Latino employee resource group (ERG) at Cummins. He also attends Great Minds in STEM and the Society of Women Engineers conferences every year to scout talent for Cummins. He credits the Cummins culture of embracing diverse opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds for what makes it competitive for job seekers and a great workplace.

When scouting talents, Antonio sees himself in many young Latino applicants.

“Latinos are not well represented in technology,” he says. “The national average of Hispanic/Latinos in the tech industry in the US is 8%. At Cummins, we are working hard to get to that number. It’s rewarding to be part of the change.”

One of the reasons he loves scouting talent at conferences is because it allows him to talk to and learn from young people. “I listen and find out what motivates them. What are their interests? I try to bring that information back to Cummins and say, hey, this is what we need to do to continue attracting this kind of talent.”

I aspire to be a leader with a big platform to support the people joining Cummins after me,"

he says. Some of the programs he and his Talent Development Committee team are working on include:

  • Mentorship Program
    • This is Antonio’s baby. It has grown 100% in the last two years into 66 mentor-mentee one-on-one relationships. “That’s 132 people from 15 different states in the US, plus Colombia, Mexico, India, and the UK. Mentors and mentees meet on a regular basis,” he says. He points to the pandemic as a catalyst for this growth since it allowed colleagues to meet virtually and communicate with people whom they might not have been able to otherwise because of distance.
  • Lunch-and-Learns
    • GOAL members are surveyed on topics they’d like to learn more about, and senior leaders are invited to talk about the topic during lunch. The most recent lunch-and-learn covered the best practices to build a personal brand.
  • Speed Networking 
    • These meetings are designed for junior professionals to meet and talk to Cummins leaders for 30 minutes. Antonio’s team coaches the juniors on how to make the most of the meeting in such a short timeframe.
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP) Workshops
    • Workshops are organized to help employees write a career statement, define objectives, and create a self-development plan.
  • Talent Development Program
    • This program tries to find a six-month project in the area of interest for employees who want to gain visibility, develop new skills, or change career functions. A project sponsor works with the employee and Antonio’s team facilitates that engagement.

When asked what his biggest remaining goal is, Antonio thinks of others first. He says he’d like to use the skills he’s learned at Cummins leading programs to partner with companies and governments — specifically in Mexico, where he is from. He’d love to form and support programs for children from disadvantaged households in his home country.

“I would like to use my network and connections and create a team to teach kids how to code to solve problems,” he says. “And then I’d love to ask companies like Cummins if they would offer small summer projects to these kids and give them opportunities in a corporate environment to automate a process, build a portal, or something. That would be a way for me to give back to the community and to society.”

By mentoring young professionals, Antonio is planting seeds for a future forest of strong, minority leaders.

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Let’s all join forces to honor and further Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a better future.

In the United States, the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK Day is observed annually on the third Monday of January and is also known as a National Day of Service to strengthen communities. MLK Day is a defining moment each year when Americans across the country step up to make communities more equitable and take action to create the “Beloved Community” of Dr. King’s dream.

Today, we remember Dr. King’s resiliency and peaceful leadership in the fight against injustice and inequality. While he believed his dream of creating the Beloved Community was possible, he acknowledged and fought for systematic change. His example is our call to action.

Former Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., J. Irwin Miller was an early and passionate advocate for diversity and took pride in recognizing that call to action. While also leading Cummins, Miller served as the first lay president of the National Council of Churches from 1960 to 1963. Under his leadership, the Council undertook several risky, especially at that point in history, civil rights initiatives and co-sponsored Dr. King's historic 1963 March on Washington. During Miller’s tenure, Cummins established six key corporate values: Corporate Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, Delivering Superior Results, and, a true testament to what Cummins stands for today, Global Involvement and Diversity.

Together, we can strengthen ties to our communities and one another while we address critical issues that divide us. “The time is always right to do what is right,” a famous quote from Dr. King’s address in Washington.

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we pause to reflect on his life, legacy and innumerable lessons. We invite you to read and reflect on the piece below that was written and performed by Immanuel Umoren. 

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If it is true that we are our ancestors’ wildest dreams come to life, then, in the boardrooms, on our teams and in our communities, we are the manifestation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

We are the torchbearers, who continue working towards a world with more justice and more equity. Not only for ourselves, but for all people everywhere; because our destinies are interwoven in the shared tapestry of our humanity. 

This is generational work, for generations present and those yet to be born. 

In this moment when division feels rampant, join us to remind the world that our differences make us stronger and that we go farther together. Join us to foster a culture that remains committed to giving everyone a fair chance to succeed. Join us to continue serving our communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream; we, have a mission.

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Cummins Inc. bestowed STAR AWARD by SHPE for changing lives of Hispanic students in STEM 

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is the nation’s largest association dedicated to fostering Hispanic leadership in the STEM field, and Cummins has been a strategic partner of this respected organization since 2007. SHPE National Convention 2022, with over 170 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees, took place early November in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the company’s participation held a strong presence with 40 Talent Ambassadors, Talent Acquisition Staff and Leadership in attendance, eagerly interacting with students and sharing insights about career aspirations. 

“This year’s convention was spectacular with 1,126 registered applications submitted by students aspiring to work at Cummins,” said Diego Souza, Executive Director, Cummins Chief Information Security and Executive Sponsor for Cummins SHPE Strategic Partnership. “The opportunity was meaningful for both the future of the students and Cummins.” The Cummins team met with over 800 applicants, held a productive workshop, participated in a panel discussion, and topped off the event with taking home SHPE’s STAR Award for Company of the Year.  

A potentially life-changing experience for attendees, students had the opportunity to submit applications for internships with companies that recognize their talent and want to build a future with them. SHPE’s mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and impact the world through STEM awareness, access support and development. Marry that with Cummins’ cultural belief of Powering Your Potential by having the flexibility to explore your passions while making an impact through meaningful work within your inclusive workforce, makes for a winning partnership in supporting future leaders aspiring to be innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.  

Cummins is also represented on the SHPE Industry Partnership Council (IPC). Comprised of more than 45 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies and multiple government agencies committed to diversity and inclusion, IPC members align with the SHPE mission by supporting year-round programs, sharing industry perspective, providing resources and development tools, and meeting recruitment and retention strategy goals. Courtney McCoy, Cummins Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Early Careers Diversity, is currently the IPC Vice-Chair and will become the IPC Chair in 2023, underscoring the relevance Cummins’ role plays in this partnership. “It’s such an honor to be part of this organization and have the opportunity for our company to help shape the future of these bright students,” says McCoy.  

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Action-packed gathering 

The Opening Ceremony was jointly sponsored by Cummins and Discover, kicking off with a keynote address by Rafael Torres, Executive Director, Cummins Engineering. A panel discussion took place on “The Leadership Amazing Race” where Judy Brunson, Vice President, Cummins Global Quality, Alex Savelli, Cummins Managing Director, Electrolyzer Business, and Rafael were panelists, followed by a workshop titled “The Pit Crew for Your Academic/Professional Race” managed by Kimberly Martinez Sequeda, Cummins Purchasing and Supply Continuity Senior Specialist, and Marian Salomon, Cummins Project Manager – Technical Sourcing Product Change Management. 

The Cummins team had the opportunity to do on-site interviews with 41 candidates and 31 offers made – a commendable 76% success rate!  A candidate engagement dinner also took place which included 83 candidates who interviewed, scheduled interviews or we wanted to get slated for interviews. And, professional headshots of candidates were even set-up to support career search activities for these aspiring professionals. 

McCoy accepted the STAR Award for Company of the Year on Cummins’ behalf. SHPE’s STAR Awards honor outstanding professionals and students for their dedication, commitment, and selfless efforts to advance Hispanics in STEM careers, recognizing company and government agencies for demonstrating significant, measureable and visible assistance to further SHPE’s programs as well as Hispanics in STEM. 

Paying it forward 

Cummins involvement with SHPE doesn’t stop there as we also support students with the Cummins for Hispanic Advancement in STEM InternSHPE program slated for the summer of 2023. Students can apply to qualify for a 10-12 week paid internship at Cummins, awarded to 10 community college students and 10 four-year institution students. After successful completion of the internship, they will receive $5,000 toward community college and $10,000 toward a four-year institution, with the scholarship renewable until graduation - a great resource in reaching the goal of increasing Hispanics in STEM fields and capturing Hispanic talent at the community college level to help in advancing to a four-year degree in STEM. 

Once scholarship winners are selected, each will receive ongoing coaching and mentorship from a Cummins mentor that starts before the internship. In addition, students will be able to participate in various career development activities to help prepare them for their internship and carry further to post-graduation careers. 

Attracting, developing and retaining a truly global workforce with the intent of bringing the right combination of perspectives, insights and skills to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow is how Cummins strives to support a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. And, Cummins partnership with SHPE helps us get there! 

If you are interested to know more about Cummins and available career opportunities, visit our careers site now.

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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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Jonathan was taught option pricing theory - a complex, probabilistic approach to assigning a value to an options contract - by a complete stranger in a bookstore.

“I was in a Barnes & Noble when a man saw me studying and said he had a background in finance,” says Jonathan. “The store wanted to kick him out because of the way he looked. I bought him a cup of coffee, and, simultaneously, I learned about option pricing theory and the importance of not judging people by their looks.”

Jonathan did not know the man’s circumstances, and never saw him again, but appreciated the lessons he gleaned from the encounter - both of them.

We can learn a lot by listening to different points of view,” affirms Jonathan.

As Manager of Global Financial Planning, Forecasting and Reporting at Cummins Business Services (CBS), Jonathan is grateful to work for a company that not only listens to varied perspectives but also values them.

Growing up in South Bend, Indiana, Jonathan was into racing go-karts and pretty much anything with an engine. He followed motorcycle racing, INDYCAR™, Formula 1™ and NASCAR®. As an undergrad majoring in Economics at the University of Notre Dame, he would sit in “the fishbowl” - the library- and read Auto Week® magazine, interested in both the economics and engineering behind it all. After Notre Dame, he gained an MBA in Finance from Clark Atlanta University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jonathan landed at Cummins three years ago through a National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) conference, where he met several members of Cummins’ Financial Leadership Team. The team started a conversation with Jonathan and there was immediate mutual interest. They valued Jonathan's professional experience in the telecommunications, automotive and banking industries. Jonathan also had experience with Meritor™, which was recently acquired by Cummins. Jonathan saw meaning in a company that clearly and boldly valued diverse perspectives and gave the self-proclaimed “gear head” a safe space to express his interest in cars and engines.

“It’s like a big-small company,” Jonathan says of Cummins. “Differences are celebrated here, and leadership doesn’t mind having difficult conversations or creating more opportunities to be inclusive.”

When the Black Lives Matter movement heightened in 2020, Jonathan says he got calls from Cummins’ leadership asking how he felt or if he wanted to talk about it. “I think they did the same for other [people of color at Cummins],” he says. “I don’t think a lot of companies have candid discussions with employees on how you’re doing and how you think the company is doing when it comes to racial equality. Here, the interest appears to be genuine. You feel like the company does care about the whole person. There appears to be a concerted effort to be a responsible corporate citizen.”

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