As a part of DTE Energy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we again partnered with organizations such as Consumers Energy, General Motors (GM) and Quicken Loans, to recognize Women of Color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

This year’s conference, “Reset to Rise: The World is Counting on Us,” marks 25 years of promoting women’s achievements in STEM and will take place virtually from Thursday, October 8 through Saturday, October 10.
We celebrate DTE’s sixteen Women of Color awardees being recognized and applauded for their work in our company’s engineering and computer science endeavors.

DTE Energy is proudly sponsoring the Women of Color Technology Luncheon, at which this year’s awardees’ significant contributions in STEM for a variety of industries ranging from automotive to energy to IT will be shared.

Of the group, Inderpal Deol, director of engineering for DTE Fossil Generation, will receive special national recognition at this week’s virtual conference.

“It is a privilege to be counted among so many accomplished women of color and serves as inspiration for me to continue mentoring our younger generations to pursue STEM-focused study.”

Alpana Bajpayee and Sherea Brown – both senior engineers supporting DTE’s Fossil Generation efforts—were named Technology Rising Stars, a distinction given to women beginning their careers and helping to shape technology for the future.

“Putting my engineering to work at our power plants makes me feel that I positively impact DTE and our company’s customers,” said Alpana Bajpayee. “I’m honored to be recognized as a Women of Color Rising Star, which will inspire and motivate my work in the future.”

Since 1995, the Women of Color annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference has recognized women’s contributions to the STEM fields. In addition, the conference offers networking and mentoring opportunities to women at all points across their careers.

Frenae Smith, a 2020 Women of Color Technology All-Star Award recipient and manager of Gas Codes and Standards at DTE, shared how connecting with fellow professionals supports her continued career growth.

“For me, the Women of Color in Technology and STEM Conference provides opportunities to find mentorship where I connect with women from many industries to gain diverse opinions on the topics that are important to my career.”

Another twelve DTE women will be recognized as Technology All- Stars at this week’s conference: Demita Beard, Cynthia Brown, Olufemi Gaffar, Latha Jacob, Elaine Harvell, Mary Lynn Holmes, Yvette Johnson, Angela Lipscomb, Syeda Mallick, Tanzania Tetteh, Rhonda Salazar and Natosha Tolbert.

Join us in celebrating DTE Energy’s 2020 Women of Color awardees, who you can “meet” in the video below.