During a meeting of Detroit’s Workforce Development Board, a group of civic leaders appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan to address inequities and barriers to employment for Detroiters, co-chairman Dave Meador cited a statistic: “More than 80% of adults in Detroit with a disability are unemployed.”
My first response was shock, followed by disbelief and finally guilt. I decided long ago that guilt is a useless emotion unless it is used to inspire change. And that day, I was inspired.
I believe in the adage of aspiration: “Talent is distributed evenly; opportunity is not.” Like so many others, I fight for equity every day. My company reaches into the city and intentionally recruits Black and brown people into the clean-energy industry, where they are woefully underrepresented. I also help position women, particularly Black women, for nontraditional positions and opportunities for which they are often overlooked.
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