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A quick look: Five things MPC's diversity team does

Once a year, all the Team Leads from Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC's) 14 diversity teams come together as a group in the spring to share best practices and learn from one another. This year’s gathering in Findlay was kicked off by Human Resources & Administrative Services Senior Vice President Rod Nichols, who reinforced his view of the importance of the ongoing work done by all of the teams.

Led by Senior Diversity Consultant George Stoll, the subsequent two days included a conversation with Supply, Transportation & Marketing Executive Vice President Don Templin, who shared his vision of diversity and inclusion as well as his own unique experiences as the son of missionary parents. The team leads also participated in a panel discussion with a group of MPC gay and lesbian employees and heard updates from all the teams on the ways they are working to promote diversity inclusion with their individual organizations and/or locations.

“As always, we packed a lot into the two days,” adds Stoll. “Everyone returns from this with a fresh set of ideas. Sometimes being diversity and inclusion champions is not easy, and hearing from other teams gives everyone a renewed perspective and determination about the work that they do.”

What exactly are Diversity Teams up to? Here’s a quick glimpse…

  1. With a whopping 40 members, the Garyville, La., Diversity Team represents every department at the MPC refinery there. Through a variety of events, including training, social and community events, the team involves 95 percent of Garyville employees in its D&I activities.
  2. The Transportation and Logistics Diversity Team continues to be instrumental in facilitating the rollout of MPC’s corporate-wide diversity training, “The Roles We Play, in Five Acts.”
  3. The small-but-mighty Administrative Services Diversity Team is taking on issues related to race by participating in the “6 Word Challenge” (see the and pulling their employees together with international lunch themes.
  4. The Robinson, Ill., Diversity Team partners on workforce representation issues, assisting with developing and recruiting diverse engineering candidates. The Robinson refinery leadership also sponsors contractor lunches during turnarounds to promote inclusion.
  5. The Catlettsburg, Ky., twice-yearly Kaleidoscope  diversity and inclusion newsletter is nothing short of a great read, focusing on personal interest stories and helping people really get to know one another at the refinery.


2015 Diversity Team Leads representation:

  • Administrative Services: Dawn Rospert
  • Canton, Ohio: Michelle Miller
  • Catlettsburg: Byron Shropshire, Katie McKnight, Amanda Collins
  • Detroit: Emily Rockwell
  • Findlay, Ohio: Brittney Bickers
  • Garyville: Aspen Steib, Don Schwenn, Tiffany Gaston
  • IT: Tania Hartman
  • Law: Heidi Kiffmeyer, Marland Turner
  • Marketing and Transportation Engineering: Vickie Kramer
  • Marketing: Scott Akers
  • Robinson: Chase Keffer
  • Speedway: Dulce Hurst, Brittany Cousineau
  • Texas City, Texas: Mitch Cramer
  • Transportation and Logistics: James Fontaine