WLI Newsletter | Designing The Difference | Volume 3

Here is the third edition of Designing The Difference, the Women’s Leadership Initiative newsletter.

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

Thank you for your overwhelming support of our Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and newsletter. Amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, we’re continuing to grow and work towards making gender parity a reality in our industry, which we’d be remiss in discussing without addressing diversity, equity and inclusion, as they go hand-in-hand. There’s exceptional contributed content in this edition that encourages inner reflection and open discussion.

We hope you’ll join us in these important and continuing conversations whether on one of our committees or on future webinars. Additionally, we’re pleased to share that we now have a newsletter sponsor, Applied Materials! They’ve contributed an article to this edition about their Generation Girl™ initiative that helps girls and young women of color break down barriers, ultimately inspiring future engineers. Please feel free to share this newsletter and encourage your colleagues to get involved in the WLI. We have a subscription button to make sure you don’t miss a future edition of Designing the Difference.

— The WLI team

For more than 50 years, Applied Materials has been helping solve the semiconductor industry’s toughest challenges with their expertise in materials engineering. Their ability to consistently deliver technology breakthroughs is supported by the belief that diversity and inclusion are essential to building winning teams and driving innovation. They want the industry’s workforce to be a place where everyone is inspired and supported to do their best. READ MORE HERE. Thank you for your support, Applied Materials!
Practical ideas for organizations and leaders to take action.
Sharawn Connors, Micron
Collaboration across their diverse workforce is the key to unlocking their strength and innovation.
Intel Corporation & Lenovo
Defining diversity and inclusion in the global workplace. 
Sherry Lin|MediaTek
A reflection on embracing the semiconductor industry and being proactive.

Mouna El Khatib | CEO & Co-Founder | AONDevices, Inc.
Walk through Mouna’s life starting with her early aspirations to building a company, along with wisdom on how anyone can succeed with drive and passionRead her story here.

Maggie Qiu|CEO & Co-Founder | SemiDrive
You’ll see Maggie’s passion, energy and wit as she brings her story to life with us in this spotlight! Read her story here.

The Rising Women of Influence Award recognizes and profiles the next generation of women leaders in the semiconductor industry.  Congratulations to this year’s nominees!  Register for the Awards Virtual Ceremony to find out the 2020 winner!  Special thanks to Wells Fargo Securities for sponsoring the RWOI award!  We appreciate your support and allyship to all women!

Just this week, the GSA: Women in the Semiconductor Industry survey results were released. Regarding career advancement, about half of respondents reported 20% or more women representation in their total workforce, but less than 10% in director positions and above. To view more key findings, watch for the upcoming white paper in 2021.


We want to thank our amazing sponsors! View more details about our sponsors here.

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