WLI Newsletter | Designing The Difference | Volume 14
With the 2023 year coming to an end, the Women’s Leadership Initiative would like to share some of the exciting programs and events we hosted, and those that are upcoming as we look forward to next year! We’d also like to take this chance to thank Credo for being the Newsletter Sponsor!
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Women in Leadership Speaker Series: Micron | November 16th, 2023 | Virtual | Learn More
GSA Annual Awards Celebration | December 7th, 2023 | Santa Clara Convention Center | Learn More
Design the Solution Conference | February 6th, 2024 | MIT
The Rising Women of Influence Award celebrates and highlights emerging female leaders in the semiconductor industry. Companies were encouraged to pinpoint women with a strong technical foundation and educational background within their organization whom they anticipate will become integral corporate executives in the coming three to four years.
Congratulations to this year’s nominees! Join us on December 7th for the GSA Annual Awards Celebration to see who will be the 2023 distinguished recipient.
What a turnout we had at this year’s Women in Semiconductor Hardware (WISH) Conference! It’s truly humbling to see so many women and men come together for such an empowering event within our industry promoting diversity and inclusivity for the semiconductor ecosystem and beyond.
Congratulations again to our WISH award winners!
2023 Dr. Lisa Su Woman of Innovation Award Recipient:
Rani Borkar, Corporate Vice President for Azure Hardware Systems & Infrastructure
(AHSI) at Microsoft
You can now access event recordings and presentations here as well as view and download photos here.
On September 27th, GSA Women’s Leadership Initiative presented the first personal branding webinar featuring Barbara Lisei of STMicroelectronics – a seasoned professional from the world of communications. In this engaging session, Barbara delved into the importance of building a strong personal brand and provided strategies to take control of your professional trajectory. She covered how to effectively communicate your unique value proposition, enhance your professional image, and seize opportunities for growth and development.
You can watch the recording here!
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Careers in Semiconductors: A Women in Leadership Speaker Series
The webinar series is open to anyone and everyone, and is designed to empower and equip industry professionals and university students with the essential skills and mindset to become outstanding leaders. This series brings together visionary thinkers, accomplished professionals, and renowned experts to share their invaluable insights and experiences. The series will offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most influential thought leaders who have successfully navigated the complexities of leadership in diverse industries. Each speaker brings their unique perspective, drawing from their personal triumphs and challenges, to deliver thought-provoking talks that challenge conventional thinking and ignite a passion for leadership excellence.
Learn more and register for our next webinar below, featuring Micron:
Design the Solution Conference: Navigate Your Way To A Career In Semiconductors
On August 29th, WLI hosted the Design the Solution Conference at UT Austin, to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the pivotal role of the semiconductor industry within the technology sector and the full spectrum of diverse career paths available in the field.
In the new year, on February 6th, the Design the Solution Conference will take place at MIT. Industry professionals will share their personal career journeys and highlight the importance of diversity of both thought and experience in driving innovation. Representatives from several companies will also be in attendance to provide students with information on the wide range of opportunities and careers they can explore.
If you’re interested in participating in upcoming university events or would like to become a sponsor, contact email@example.com.
On August 30th, WLI hosted a Lunch and Learn at Accenture’s offices in Austin and welcomed women in the industry to hear from our keynote presenter Susan Schmitt Winchester, SVP CHRO at Applied Materials, and author of, Healing at Work: A Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve, a mental wellness book that focuses on Adult Survivors of Damaged Pasts in the workplace. In her “Heal at Work” presentation, Susan spoke to the fragility that comes with past trauma and offered advice on how to recognize connected workspace behaviors.
The Keynote Presentation was followed by a panel entitled “Pathways to Success” where speakers shared their stories and insights on key themes including the importance of:
Creating a culture of diversity and inclusion
Building relationships and networks for sponsorship and visibility
Stepping into one’s power with confidence
Being a lifelong learner and evolving and strengthening skills
Adapting leadership styles as roles/responsibilities grow and change
The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) invited HR and DEI professionals, along with other industry leaders to participate in a roundtable discussion entitled “Driving Diversity and Inclusion in the Semiconductor Industry: Empowering Talent and Embracing Change.” They discussed what it takes to foster an inclusive culture within the semiconductor sector, promote diversity and empower talent at all levels.
Gayden Pack, from META, delivered an impactful keynote presentation: “Unlocking the Power of Diversity: Building an Inclusive Semiconductor Industry.”
Each table leader facilitated discussion on key topics in DEI: Allyship, Authenticity, Cultural Diversity, Intentional Inclusion, Sponsorship, and Unconscious Bias!
If you have attended any GSA Women’s Leadership Initiative events you’ve no doubt heard some conversation around mentors and sponsors. More recently, if you had the opportunity to experience the Women in Hardware Mentoring program, you know having a support network to guide career advancement is extremely valuable to women navigating the semiconductor industry. In this article we’ll look at the different roles a mentor and a sponsor can play in your career growth.
Women increasingly look beyond their own teams for advocacy and help to step into leadership roles and activities beyond their day-to-day jobs.
Inclusion networks are a way for many companies to allow any employee to raise
their hand and try on new roles. At Marvell, Women@Marvell is our first-ever inclusion network, or what many refer to as an Employee Resource Group (ERG). But why women first?