Leading females in tech are honored at inaugural Intel Women’s Achievement Awards

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH – On Sunday March 8th the world celebrated International Women’s Day with thousands of diverse events taking place across the globe to inspire women and celebrate achievements. The specific theme for this year’s activities was ‘Make it Happen’, a rallying call to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women.

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Broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey addresses Intel employees


Inspired by this ‘Make it Happen’ theme, Intel in Ireland took this global celebration as an opportunity to recognise and to celebrate local women by hosting the first ever Intel Women’s Achievement Awards. The awards were part of a series of activities hosted across Intel sites in Ireland in celebration of International Women’s Day. The inaugural presentation of these awards took place today at a special ceremony held at Intel’s campus in Leixlip where broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey joined Intel’s Fab 24 Factory Manager Ann-Marie Holmes to present the recognitions to a group of 7 women. The awards were designed to acknowledge women working at Intel for a variety of outstanding achievements that have delivered a significant impact to Intel’s business. 

The ceremony began with an audience address from Norah Casey who spoke to the assembled group about the importance of gender diversity and in particular in achieving better representation in areas such as women in government and on boards, areas in which Ireland particularly lags and areas which, without any dedicated focus, will take another 80 years to reach 30% female representation. In speaking about the opportunity, Norah spoke of former Irish President Mary McAleese who had described how “Ireland is like a country flying on only one wing – how effective we could be if we could fly with both”.

Norah went on to talk about female values, blue ocean thinking and the power of each individual before talking briefly about the Intel Women’s Achievement awards, something which she described as an important way to hold people up and recognise and celebrate their achievements.


Intel’s Ann-Marie Holmes then invited a number of Intel leaders to join her to present the series of awards to the assembled recipients. 7 awards were presented in total to females from across Intel’s business operations in Ireland;

  • Jessica McCarthy from Intel Labs received an award for her significant contribution to a project named Atlantic Ridge which an Internet of Things gateway solution.
  • Vanessa Fitzsimons from Intel’s IT group was recognised for her significant contribution in chartering and leading Intel IT’s introduction to Wearables in the workplace and her leadership in defining a Mobile Applications Enablement Framework.
  • Paula Howard from Intel’s Customer Fulfillment, Planning and Logistics Group was recognised for her contribution to Lean methodologies.
  • Amy Rudd from Intel’s Corporate Services organisation received an award for her significant contribution as a lead and facilitator to key taskforce projects and for her role modelling of model based problem solving.
  • Clare Beatty from Intel’s Sort group, which is a part of our manufacturing organisation, was recognised for her exemplary demonstration of core values and her flexibility in supporting key factory output projects.
  • Anita Earley from Intel’s Fab 24 group received an award for her significant contribution in role-modelling behaviours and attributes and playing an important role in the delivery of the group’s latest technology project.
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  • Triona Grennan from Intel’s Fab 24 organisation was recognised for her significant contribution in building strong relationship with Intel’s global technology development team and exceeding expectations of technical up-skilling.

These awards are part of a broader strategy to support the attraction, growth and development of Intel’s diverse talent that makes our business thrive. On January 6, 2015, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the Diversity in Technology Initiative which includes a bold new hiring and retention goal to achieve full representation of women and underrepresented minorities at Intel by 2020. Intel also committed to spend $300M over five years in support of that goal. In speaking about diversity Krzanich said “We believe that creating a fully diverse and inclusive workplace is fundamental to how we deliver business results. As technology and markets continue to evolve, building and growing a workforce that is fully representative of the customers we serve and communities in which we operate is paramount to our success”.

The award recipient’s join a long list of Irish females making their mark in Intel which includes the first Irish female Vice President Ann Kelleher, who is now a corporate vice president in the Technology and Manufacturing Group and general manager of the Fab/Sort Manufacturing organisation, Cork born Margaret Burgraff who is also an Intel vice president and general manager of Quality, Certification, Tools and Validation and Ann-Marie Holmes who has been the Fab24 Factory Manager since 2012.

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Norah Casey is pictured at the inaugural Intel Women’s Achievement awards
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Attendees and award winners are pictured with Norah Casey and Intel’s Ann-Marie Homes at the award ceremony
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Jessica McCarthy from Intel Labs is pictured receiving her award from Norah Casey and Intel’s Brian Quinn
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Vanessa Fitzsimons from Intel’s IT group receives her award from Norah Casey and Intel’s Mary Connaire
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Clare Beatty from Intel’s Sort group is pictured receiving her award from Norah Casey and Intel’s Ann-Marie Holmes
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Anita Earley from Intel’s Fab 24 group receives her award from Norah Casey and Intel’s Ann-Marie Holmes
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Triona Grennan from Intel’s Fab 24 organisationis pictured receiving her award from Norah Casey and Intel’s Ann-Marie Holmes

Further images can be found here: Intel Women’s Achievement awards – an album on Flickr


Further Information

Intel Global Diversity and Inclusion

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