Guest post by Peg Tallet, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Women’s Foundation

For more than thirty years, the mission of Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF) has been to transform our state to achieve equality and empowerment for women and girls.

Focused on accelerating women’s entrepreneurship, MWF works to eliminate barriers to economic and social equality by providing access to capital and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem for women starting and growing businesses. More than 100 investments of $1.9 million in women owned businesses have resulted in $7 million of follow-on funding and $14 million in revenue for clients who were previously denied access to traditional banking.

MWF develops the next generation of women leaders by fostering social change and empowering middle and high school girls through impactful experiences focused on barrier-free opportunities for college & career, self-esteem, financial literacy and social responsibility. Our STEM, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and leadership camps, classes and experiences help middle and high school girls in both Southeast and West Michigan prepare for success in college and career

We also identify issues disproportionately affecting women and girls and develop a collective change agenda to ensure that equality is a reality in Michigan. Our Enough SAID (Sexual Assault in Michigan) campaign has generated nearly $1.9 million of private donations that have leveraged $8 million from the federal, state, county and city governments, to test, investigate and prosecute cases resulting from the backlog of 11,341 rape kits in Detroit.

We are grateful for those who make our work possible! Each year thousands of corporations, foundations, individuals and families provide financial donations and volunteered time.

The DTE Energy Foundation has been a long-time supporter, most recently as a founding sponsor of our new Women’s Volunteer Network. This grant allowed us to recruit 460 women (and a few good men) who are willing to share their experience and expertise with our clients, volunteering 9,700 hours in just the first 12 months. Our new network enables us to access extraordinary talent every day!

Volunteers have always been the “secret sauce” that allows our staff of 20 to serve thousands of women and girls each year. And, because volunteering is also very much at the heart of DTE Energy’s commitment to serve the communities where it does business, the Women of DTE are now part of our network, recently providing “Speed Mentoring” to high school girls at our Campus Moxie program at University of Detroit Mercy.

Michigan Women’s Foundation and DTE Energy… Empowering Michigan together!

For more information about the MWF and how you can get involved to help empower women entrepreneurs and young women leaders, visit


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