On Tuesday 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 #PledgeForParity, a rallying call to encourage everyone – men and women – to pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their
ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias.
Inspired by International Women’s Day, Intel in Ireland took this global celebration as an opportunity to recognise and to celebrate local women by hosting for the second time the Intel Women’s Achievement Awards. The presentation of these awards took place today at a special ceremony held at Intel’s campus in Leixlip where broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan joined with Intel’s Fab 24 Factory Manager and Vice President of the Technology Manufacturing Group Ann-Marie Holmes, renowned Irish jockey Katie Walsh and Director of CPL Recruitment Peter Cosgrove to participate in a panel discussion and to present the recognitions to a group of 8 women. The Women’s Achievement 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 Miriam O’Callaghan who spoke to the assembled group about her own experiences and career path since first qualifying as a solicitor before beginning her career as a broadcaster. Miriam talked about her perspectives on maintaining a motivational mindset and shared her thoughts on the lessons that have been important to her “In your life you can be whatever you want to be – I believe in working hard and always being very kind”.
Miriam went on to talk about the importance of staying grounded, remembering where you have come from and who you are. Treating people with implacable courtesy and not allowing yourself to expend pointless worry on others were additional pieces of advice that Miriam shared with the audience before going on to introduce the guests for the panel discussion which included Intel’s Fab 24 Factory Manager and Vice President of the Technology Manufacturing Group Ann-Marie Holmes, renowned Irish jockey Katie Walsh and Director of CPL Recruitment Peter Cosgrove.
Miriam then led a lively and diverse panel session talking about a number of topics from how each of the panelists deal with challenging situations to how they prepare for important events and advice that each would give to their younger selves.
Following the panel discussion a number of Intel leaders were invited onstage to present the series of awards to the assembled recipients. 8 awards were presented in total to females from across Intel’s business operations in Ireland;
• Maura O’Connor from Intel’s Construction Group received an award for her technical mastery, uncompromising professionalism and her “can do” attitude which was a pivotal force in delivering the latest construction project in Ireland.
• Ann-Marie Brooks from Intel’s Talent Acquisition Group received an award for her innovation, dedication and results orientation which was instrumental in enabling the business to meet their hiring needs throughout 2014 and 2015.
• Maryam Tahhan from Intel Shannon received an award for her leadership in the acceleration of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) adoption through strong engagement with the external industry Open Source communities and Standards bodies.
• Judith Rogers from Intel’s Manufacturing Development Organisation was recognised for role modeling customer orientation, personal ownership, innovation and cross organisational leadership which delivered outstanding contributions to operational excellence within the group.
• Alice Brennan from Intel’s Education Group received an award for her significant international market development in Iberia and Latin America. Through Alice’s strong partnerships and strong plans she achieved the first revenue earning implementation in the world in the SEK private schools in Madrid.
• Aine Munroe from Intel’s Fab 24 group received an award for her demonstration of technical mastery of her craft through delivering Best in Class operational results in her process area. Her strong leadership and mentoring skills delivered a strong 7×24 capability in the area.
• Patricia McLoughlin from Intel’s Fab 24 organisation was recognised for consistently setting Best in Class operational results through successive technologies. Patricia is recognised as a technical leader who is sought out by others for her expertise and problem solving skills.
• Aoife Tierney from Intel’s Fab 24 group received an award for her technical mastery in both maintenance and process tasks. As a key mentor and leader within her shift group Aoife has demonstrated exemplary personal ownership and accountability.
These awards are part of a broader strategy to support the attraction, growth and development of our diverse talent that makes our business thrive. In January 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”.
In February this year Intel released its 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Report which shows the progress the company has made toward its goal of reaching full workforce representation of women and underrepresented minorities in its U.S. workforce. In 2015, Intel exceeded its annual hiring goal, achieving 43 percent diverse hiring, and reached 100 percent gender pay parity across U.S. job types and levels. Read more about the report and Intel’s diversity progress in a letter by Chief Diversity Officer Danielle Brown.
The award recipient’s join a long line 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 Vice President of the Software and Services Group (SSG) and Co-General Manager of the Intel Services Division (ISD) at Intel Corporation and just last month Ireland based Ann-Marie Holmes who is the Fab 24 Factory Manager, was named Vice President of Intel’s Technology Manufacturing Group.
In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2016 Intel’s Bernadette Andrietti, VP Marketing EMEA at Intel and Chair of Intel EMEA’s Diversity and Inclusion Board, took part in an interview highlighting how diversity is critical for business growth – Click here to read more.
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