Serving her community nets one DTE employee a surprise honor

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When Karissa Holmes, senior attorney for DTE Energy found out she had won a spot on Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40, she was truly surprised.

Along with the surprise comes the opportunity for Holmes to take a step back and enjoy the progress she has made.

“I have so many goals that I want to achieve, it feels amazing to get recognition while on the path. This award is definitely an opportunity to celebrate all that I’ve accomplished so far and get even more energized about my plans for the future,” she says.

She credits DTE for being a catalyst for her career and service to the community because of the opportunities she has been given to learn and grow. It also helps that she has been able to participate in many community outreach activities through DTE, such as co-chairing an event for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

A self-described type A personality, Holmes has done a lot professionally for DTE Energy in her almost five years with the company. She is very involved in the community as well, serving as a board member for Detroit Young Professionals among other activities. So, what is her advice for people who want to make a big impact in their communities?

“Impact comes in many different packages. You can be a fundraiser raising thousands of dollars for an organization or a mentor that makes a difference in the life of one child; both have big impacts. It’s most important that you find a means of giving back that is true to who you are and plays off your strengths,” advises Holmes.