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John Deere | MANRRS

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MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related science careers. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities. It is a springboard for their entry into and advancement in careers where they otherwise could be lost in the sheer number and established connections of mainstream participants. For student members, MANRRS provides role models and networking opportunities. 

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Alexis, Training Development Specialist

What surprised you about relocating to the Midwest?

"I was surprised by how much Des Moines had to offer. I'm from Atlanta and I didn't expect to find a vibrant downtown culture and a community of young, black professionals. It's where I bought my first parka and ice scraper, but it's also where I watched five different fireworks shows on top of a parking deck and sat in a field, watching hot air balloons put on a light show."

- Alexis Barnes, Training Development Specialist

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Denver, Director, Ag and Turf Sales

What keeps you coming to work every day?

"The company culture and the team I work for! We are
working towards solving various problems through data
and it really feels like our team is trying to deliver the
best product to our end user. It’s always great to be
around people who are passionate about work!"

- Denver Caldwell, Director, Ag and Turf Sales

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Fabiola, Marketing Representative

How has MANRRS made an impact on you?

"MANRRS has made a huge impact on my personal and professional life. As a professional, it serves as a great developmental resource. From a personal perspective, I have built great friendships with people from all over the country. It exposes me to new cultures and perspectives, which is something I greatly appreciate."

- Fabiola, Marketing Representative

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At John Deere, Diversity & Inclusion is not just a catch phrase or temporary commitment. We are serious about our commitment, and below is a list of recent recognitions from professional organizations: 

  • Exceptional Partner Award in Sept 2018 at the NSBE Professional Development Conference
  • 2018 Society of Women Engineers Global Leadership Award
  • 2018 Society of Women Engineers Global Team Leadership Award
  • 2018 Society of Women Engineers Prism Award
  • 2018 National Society of Black Engineers, Corporate Partner of the Year
  • 2018 American Innovation Index Award Winner - John Deere earned a first place recognition for the Social Innovation Index™ seventh place recognition for overall innovation in the American Innovation Index™.
  • 2017 Company of the Year from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Top 5 Finalist in the 2017 ERG of the Year at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit
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