Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity at MEDC

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusivity

Our goal is to have a multigenerational, multiracial, and multibackground workforce with a broad range of values, beliefs, experiences, preferences, and behaviors. This includes a workforce that represents a full spectrum of similarities and differences – race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, age, socio-economic status, health status, national origin, political beliefs, family composition, marital or relationship status, viewpoints, values, and opinions. Diversity is essential to our ability to thrive and succeed.

Inclusion or inclusivity is the cultural and environmental feeling of belonging. It is the degree to which employees feel valued, respected, accepted, and encouraged to fully participate in the organization. It is the organization’s responsibility to collectively support an environment to where employees feel appreciated for unique characteristics and feel comfortable in sharing their ideas and aspects of their true authentic selves. It is an environment where opportunities in the areas of recruitment and hiring, promotional practices, leadership and professional development are defined to encourage all employees to fully engage to their fullest potential with the MEDC.

Dive Deeper with the MEDC's DEI Annual Report

The 2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Annual Report provides an overview of our initiatives, achievements, and ongoing commitments of the MEDC and our DEI team.

This report explores the work MEDC is doing to cultivate and sustain a culturally competent internal climate where employees feel empowered, as well as efforts to develop and amplify external partnerships with underserved communities to create meaningful access to opportunity.

Read the Report

Meet the Team

Aileen Bovan

Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Officer

Aileen leads strategic efforts to ensure MEDC supports a more welcoming, accepting and engaging environment for its employees and its customers.

Odessa Carson

DEI Liaison

Odessa works closely with stakeholders, community groups, not for profit organizations, and business leaders to ensure wide access to MEDC programs and services.

Mykayla Giles

DEI Coordinator/Ombudsman

Mykayla plans to get the DEI Council back off the ground and help increase employee engagement as it relates to DEI here at the MEDC.

Success Stories

Additional Resources

Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund
Microloan program for women and entrepreneurs of color in Michigan

Strategically designated business accelerators throughout the state

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Counseling and training for small businesses to support start-ups and existing business expansions.

Small Business Support Hubs
Funding is available for organizations that identify as, or intend to create, entrepreneurial hubs in support of small businesses who were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC)
Delivers a suite of services to help diversify your supply chain and connect your business to local, national, and global purchasers.

Capital Access Program
Works directly with lending institutions who in turn provide traditional financing and access to capital to small businesses.

Equity Funding Programs
(Michigan Innovate Capital Fund, Michigan Rise Pre-Seed Fund, State Small Business Credit Initiative 2.0) Partnerships with capital providers, venture capitalists, banks and other lending institutions to help your business secure loans and grants.

Developer’s Toolkit
Provides resources to emerging real estate developers.

Entrepreneurial Resources
Commercialize university technology; help high-tech startups to accelerate research, licensing, forms, and more; and find financial assistance for your startup company.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The MEDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination.  Thus, MEDC employment opportunities, programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, political persuasion, marital status, disability, genetic information, height, weight, veteran status, age or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law.