The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) today unveiled its Women’s
Leadership Initiative (WLI), seeking to significantly increase the
number of women entering the semiconductor market, as well as elevating
their participation as founders, leaders and board members. As part of
this initiative, the GSA has established the WLI
Council that will create and implement programs and projects towards
meeting the WLI objectives.
“The WLI Council is passionate about increasing the number of women in
leadership positions in this industry, the number of women running
companies and the number of women entering the industry and we plan on
monitoring and benchmarking our efforts. The semiconductor industry
needs a highly talented, diverse and educated workforce and women are
simply not adequately represented so we are missing a huge opportunity.
We have the full commitment of the GSA leadership including the Board of
Directors which is a who’s who of semiconductor leaders.” Jodi Shelton,
The WLI vision is to “Apply the spirit of Moore’s Law, which
catapulted innovation by doubling the performance of electronics, to
significantly increase the number of women in leadership roles in the
industry, the capital dedicated to women-led start-ups and the number of
STEM-focused female candidates joining the industry.”
Co-chaired by Vicki Mealer-Burke, Chief Diversity Officer and VP, Human
Resources, Qualcomm Incorporated, and Debora Shoquist, Executive VP,
Operations, NVIDIA, the WLI Council harnesses the leadership of women
who have risen to the top ranks of the semiconductor industry. Utilizing
their experiences, these women provide inspiration for and sponsorship
of the next generation of female leaders.
Women today comprise 47% of the overall workforce; however, only 15%
choose engineering.* With such small participation in the semiconductor
industry, the first priority of the WLI Council focuses on elevating the
visibility of women already making an impact in the industry. The group
will establish best practices for companies to better nurture, network,
mentor, and promote women.
GSA led efforts through internships, conferences, and
university/industry connections, help create great awareness about
opportunities for women entering the semiconductor industry. In addition
to elevate women’s participation in the semiconductor industry the GSA
will develop programs to support women entrepreneurs.
The GSA’s Chair, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su, has joined the
Council and helped guide the establishment of the initiative. “The WLI
Council is an impressive group of women who will provide inspiration and
sponsorship for a rising generation of industry leaders,” said Dr. Su.
“Women are under-represented in the semiconductor industry and efforts
to strengthen and grow this important talent pool are critical to the
long-term competitiveness of our industry.”
Last year as a part of the GSA Annual Awards dinner, hosted in Silicon
Valley, the GSA inaugurated the Rising
Women of Influence award. This award recognizes and profiles the
next generation of women leaders in the semiconductor industry. The
award winner highlights women that have made exceptional contributions
toward the development, innovation, growth, and success of the company,
resulting in her being one of the top leaders at their company in the
next three years. These women, as well as others making a leadership
impact within the semiconductor industry, will be featured throughout
the year providing guidance and mentoring for those entering and those
already participating in the field.
Current participants in the Women’s Leadership Council include:
Vicki Mealer-Burke – Chief Diversity Officer & VP, Human
Resources: Qualcomm Incorporated
- Tali Chen – CMO: DSP Group
- Weili Dai – Co-Founder, President & Vice Chairwoman: FLC Global
- Mouna Elkhatib – CEO & Co-Founder: AONdevices, Inc.
- Ritu Favre – CEO: NEXT Biometrics
- Jean Hu – CFO: Marvell Technology
Ann Kelleher – SVP & GM of the Manufacturing & Operations
Group: Intel Corporation
- Lori Knowlton – SVP and Chief People Officer: Silicon Labs
Jane Li – High Tech Industry GM & COO and Private Equity
Operating Partner, Board Member: Semtech, Knowles
- Xiaotong Lin – CEO: Coolstar Technology, Inc.
- Maria Marced – President: TSMC Europe
Jennie Raubacher – Managing Director, Global Head of
Semiconductor, CleanTech & Auto Tech Investment Banking: Wells Fargo
- Maryam Rofougaran – Co-Founder & Co-CEO: Movandi Corporation
- Jodi Shelton – President: GSA
- Debora Shoquist – Executive VP, Operations: NVIDIA
Lisa Su – CEO, President & Board member: Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (AMD)
Dipti Vachani – SVP & GM, Automotive and IoT Line of Business:
More information on the Women’s Leadership Initiative may be found at https://www.gsaglobal.org/womens-leadership/
*National Girls Collaborative Product, March 2018
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and sustainable semiconductor and high technology global ecosystem
encompassing semiconductors, software, solutions, systems and services.
It is a leading industry organization that provides a unique neutral
platform for collaboration, where global executives interface and
innovate with peers, partners and customers to accelerate industry
growth and maximize return on invested and intellectual capital.
The GSA has an impressive global footprint representing over 30
countries and 300 corporate members. The global membership ranges from
the most exciting emerging companies, to industry stalwarts and
technology leaders. Membership in the GSA represents 75% of the $400B+
semiconductor industry and continues to grow.
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thought-leadership across a broad array of semiconductor technologies
and markets through curated regional and global executive and technical
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