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Culture

At MISO, Diversity and Inclusion is key to addressing the challenges facing both the company and the industry. MISO values the unique perspective that each employee brings to the table. By recognizing our similarities and embracing our differences we create a culture that thrives. The three main focuses of the Diversity and Inclusion plan are workforce, workplace and community. The three of these initiatives together build a strong foundation for our culture and are essential to the attraction and retention of talent, while creating a destination company - a place people choose to come and choose to stay.

As noted below, MISO employees and its Board of Directors are more diverse than the energy industry as a whole. This is not because there are quotas to be met or an elaborate algorithm, but because the opportunities provided appeal to and attracts a more diverse talent pool. 

                    

Community Impact Report

Every day MISO's employees provide their talents and expertise so that affordable and reliable power is delivered to over 50 million people in the MISO footprint. Yet, there is another part of the MISO story that remains less visible: the power of our people. MISO has been working hard over the last few years to invest even more in our people and in the communities we serve resulting in more diversity, more development and more community service opportunities. The inaugural MISO Community Impact Report spotlights successes that can't be achieved by technology and process alone. It requires our most important asset: the people of MISO. 

Employee Resource Groups

MISO has four employee led and organized resource groups. Our resource groups are helping us move the needle by improving understanding of our similarities and differences. 

Mission

Develop MISO's next generation of employees by connecting, growing and embracing modern professionals

Goals

  • Build a community to help acclimate modern professionals to MISO and act as a continuous resource during their employment
  • Increase university campus presence to recruit modern professionals from a diverse set of majors, backgrounds and locations
  • Assist MISO in improving brand awareness across the footprint that will generate more interest amongst modern professionals
  • Assist with expanding training programs to enhance the development of modern professionals in the organization

Mission 

To bring MISO employees together to serve the communities where we work through leadership and participation by volunteering.

Goals

  • 4-3-2-1 Challenge:  Employees will use 10% of MISO's allotted  Community Service hours in 2019
  • Tap into skills, experiences, and talents beyond every day normal MISO work duties by encouraging employees to use their monthly four (4) hours of MISO's allotted Community Service time to volunteer in our communities
  • Facilitate the annual MISO Month of Service
  • Build teamwork and time-management skills, foster stronger relationships with colleagues, and support professional networking
  • Impact communities that MISO serves

Mission

Create a more culturally aware organization by providing insight, advice and recommendations on African-American workplace, workforce and community subjects

Goals

  • Support MISO’s efforts of a diverse workforce representative of the communities and markets we serve by developing strategic recruitment partnerships with Historically Black Colleges Universities (HBCU’s)
  • Serve as a resource to strengthen the D&I Council’s goal of creating a more culturally aware work place by focusing on African-American employees
  • Leverage existing relationships to enhance our community partnerships

Mission

Enable a sustainable talent infrastructure and to ensure professional development of women through mentoring, growing and retaining women at MISO and to address issues of concern to women at MISO by sharing ideas and experiences.

Goals

  • Facilitate an internal network for coaching and mentoring and create a forum to engage in conversations on the following topics (e.g., time allocation,  conflict management,  negotiating, perceptions, problem solving, generational diversity implications)
  • Provide education and bring awareness to the Women's Resource Group and to MISO's overall Diversity and Inclusion initiative exploring topics such as biases, dispelling perceptions, and understanding communication styles
  • Employ communication strategies that engage and connect employees and increase employee engagement throughout all levels of the organization
  • Seek opportunities for MISO employees to engage in community involvement opportunities that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to young women
  • Identify and participate in external networking groups while working cooperatively to promote MISO and build professional relationships