The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has named Cummins Inc. the 2014 Employer of Choice for the Midwest Region.
MCCA’s Employer of Choice Award honors general counsels and their law departments for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace.
Cummins received the award due to its efforts to increase internal and external diversity, including a Six Sigma convergence process that helped ensure that law firms receiving Cummins work were reflective of Cummins’ commitment to diversity.
As a result of the 18-month convergence process, Cummins went from having no minority relationship partners to having four and from having a single female relationship partner to having three. In addition, the Cummins law department now includes more than 67 percent minorities and women, and more than 40 percent of the senior leadership team is diverse.
Sharon Barner, accompanied by several members of her legal team, accepted the award at the MCCA Diversity Gala on July 25 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker, and featured actor, producer, director and social activist Laurence Fishburne as the special guest presenter. The event also included a musical performance by Grammy winner James Ingram.