Toyota understands the importance of emphasizing and promoting inclusive STEM workforce opportunities — careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields — especially when it comes to women.
In 2018, the National Science Board reported that women remain underrepresented in STEM fields. Toyota is helping to broaden awareness and continue to close the representation gap. By cultivating a talent pipeline rich with diversity, supporting organizations that work to help educate and empower more women in STEM and recognizing the incredible contributions made by women in STEM, Toyota is working to make a difference.
Toyota-supported organizations, like the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), are working to close the gap. Sumega Mandadi, a wheel engineer in chassis design at one of Toyota’s research and development facilities in Michigan, says becoming a part of SWE helped her discover the right path through the right connections.
“I was always good at math and physics but also knew it was a male-dominated field — so, I looked for D+I organizations and looked for people like me to make connections and build support to pursue my career in STEM.”
Through her experience with SWE in college, Sumega was able to establish relationships with leaders in the industry and network with other females along a similar path. This inspired Sumega to open the door for others. Sumega now pays it forward by actively seeking community outreach programs through Toyota to help get more women and people of color involved. She promotes STEM through her participation with business partnering groups (BPGs) at Toyota and focuses on encouraging local youth to get involved with STEM, especially young females of color.
“Volunteering through Young Professionals and WIIT BPGs for events like National Lab Day helps kids in our community understand that engineering is a career possibility.”