For Diane Antishin, DTE Energy’s vice president, Human Resources Operations and chief diversity & inclusion officer, building an inclusive culture and creating a safe environment where all employees feel a sense of belonging is the focus of her team’s daily work. Antishin was appointed to chief diversity & inclusion officer in April 2018, after Sandy Ennis, former vice president, Diversity & Inclusion, retired from the company.
“We’ve been peeling back the layers to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to create an inclusive environment and a sense of belonging for all employees,” said Antishin. “We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes us a better company – with unique perspectives and insights that enhance our ability to be creative, solve problems and better understand and serve our customers.”
DTE’s Diversity & Inclusion accomplishments include:
- Creating eight employee-led ‘Energy Groups’, which provide environments, platforms and forums for affiliate diversity groups within the company
- Making Diversity Inc.’s list of top five utility companies for diversity in 2016, 2017 and 2018
- Being named a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
- DTE’s CEO Gerry Anderson making a nationwide commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace by signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge
According to Antishin, DTE’s continued work to infuse diversity and inclusion into its everyday culture will be focused on having conversations with employees that deepen our understanding of conscious and unconscious bias, instill a growth mindset and encourage diversity of thought. Diane’s advice to other employers and leaders? “Be willing to listen and recognize that if you have a brain, you have biases. So if you aren’t consciously taking action to be more inclusive, you are likely excluding others unconsciously.”
To learn more about DTE’s diverse and inclusive culture, visit our website at dteenergy.com.