WLI Newsletter | Designing The Difference | Volume 1

Read the first official copy of Designing The Difference, the Women’s Leadership Initiative newsletter.

Designing the Difference
The latest news & updates from GSA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative

Maryam Rofougaran | Movandi
Take a walk through Maryam’s life and how she got to where she is today. A true leader and inspiration to all.

Sandra Rivera | Intel
Human behavior in response to a crisis can vary widely from person to person. While adversity builds character, it also reveals it.

Tali Chen| DSP Group
Thoughts about business development, marketing, sales and everything in between.

Just over one year ago, GSA launched its Women’s Leadership Initiative seeking to significantly increase the number of women entering the semiconductor market, as well as elevating their participation on both boards and leadership positions – and what a year it has been!
With the help of our council and committee members, we have achieved a host of accomplishments. We worked with Accenture to write and conduct a global survey, GSA: Women in the Semiconductor Industry, which aided in determining benchmark metrics. We created a Women’s Directory, a Venture Capital (VC) Directory and began collecting names of women who are available to speak at events.
We also developed and launched an Internship/New Hire portal that is sure to become the premier resource for finding opportunities with semiconductor companies and began an Entrepreneur Blog to spotlight women achieving success with their own companies!

To amplify the image of the industry, we initiated a social media campaign showcasing women who are new to the industry and those who are role models. We share these on LinkedinWomen’s Leadership InitiativeFacebookBe Inspired and Instagram | @designingthedifference. We would love for you to join us by submitting your photo and caption for the campaign. 

Our second year will be bigger and better as we prepare:

—  a full-fledged semiconductor image campaign
—  a west coast Women’s Technology Conference
—  our annual Women in the Semiconductor Industry survey
—  our university programs with UCLA and MIT
—  a best practices playbook and CEO pledge
—  a repository of information for female entrepreneurs
—  & much more!
I also want to personally thank each and every one of our sponsors. It is with the support from our member companies that we are able to achieve greatness and move forward Designing the Difference!


It’s been an exciting time for WLI. We have many accomplishments to be proud of, including:

Formation of Women’s Leadership Council
—  Creating communication and WLI committees
—  Women’s Leadership Directory (Add your name here!)
—  Internship/New Hires Portal
—  VC Directory (Let us know if you’re a VC that funds semi companies & has programs for female entrepreneurs)
—  GSA: Women in Semiconductor Survey (second year, woo!)
—  Social Media Campaign (Make sure to follow us)


We want to recognize our amazing sponsors! Thank you for your generous contributions and full support as WLI continues to grow. We appreciate your commitment to help us increase diversity, which helps our industry flourish and create products that improve lives, increase productivity and drive economic growth. View more details about our sponsors here.

GSA Awards 2020

Women Spotlight

We have been highlighting women in the semiconductor industry who are designing the difference and impacting the future. Whether you are an intern, an entry level position just starting out, working your way up to the top, or even the CEO of your company (heck ya!) we want to celebrate you. 

Send us a picture, caption and your social media handles & you could be our next spotlight!
Email us at: marketing@gsaglobal.org

—  What does the picture need to be? A picture of you – it can be your headshot, a fun picture, working in the industry – whatever shows us who YOU are!

—  What is my caption about? Tell us a quick version of your story – how you got to be where you are today in the work world! How did you get involved in the semiconductor industry? We want to highlight YOU and YOUR success!

—  We will post on LinkedIn, Instagram & Facebook – have one of these platforms? Send us your handle & make sure to give us a follow!


LADIES, it’s a giveaway! Be one of the first 10 people to send in a picture and caption for our social media campaign & you’ll win one of our brand new WLI bags (maybe with a little surprise inside!) Send to 


GSA is now accepting nominations for individuals to be considered for the 2020 Rising Women of Influence Award. Please visit our Awards page to complete a nomination form for an individual who you feel is worthy of this prestigious award. The deadline to submit is August 14, 2020.

We have mentioned our social a lot, but we wanted to chat about it again since it’s just another way to engage with YOU! Make sure to give us a follow, send us a ‘Hello!’ and help us make a great experience for our followers (YOU!)
Like this newsletter & want more? Let us know you want to be put on the subscription list. Forward this newsletter to your female co-workers and friends if you think they would enjoy!






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