Leading women in tech are honored at annual Intel Women’s Achievement Awards

On Wednesday 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 to #BeBoldForChange and called on people to help forge a better working world, a more inclusive, gender equal world.

Intel employees are pictured at the Women in technology awards evening

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 third time the Intel Women’s Achievement Awards.

The presentation of these awards took place at a special ceremony held in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth where employees from across Intel in Ireland came together for an evening of celebration in which 9 awards were presented to the 2017 recipients. 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 awards are sponsored by the Women at Intel network whose mission is to empower women to deliver significant business impact with expanded connections, valued skill development, increased representation, and directed support.

Each of the awards was presented on the evening by an Intel Department Manager who spoke about the individual achievements of each of the recipients and shared how their unique contributions had delivered an impact to Intel.

The nine women receiving the awards came from all areas of Intel’s business operations in Ireland and were recognised as leaders and role models. Among the recipients was a manufacturing technician who does her role so flawlessly it was described as more of a craft than a skill, a group leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership of her team over the past year, and an environmental engineer whose solutions have been implemented all across Intel’s worldwide network.

The 2017 award recipients were;

  • Grainne Mulligan from Intel’s Fab 24 group
  • Mairead Fallon from Intel’s Fab 24 Group
  • Nuala Shelly from Intel’s Fab 24 Group
  • Joanna Cahill from Intel’s Fab 24 Group
  • Ruth Kell from Intel’s Fab 24 Group
  • Valentina Rigo from the Intel Wearables Group
  • Karen Kavanagh from Intel’s Finance Department
  • Emma Foley from the Data Center Network Solutions Group in Shannon
  • Teresa O’Brien from Intel’s Corporate Services Group

The awards form part of 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”.

Earlier this month Intel released its 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Annual 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. Intel exceeded the 2016 hiring target with 45.1 percent diverse hiring and is committed to surpassing this in 2017. Positive gains were also made in the overall representation of women, which rose 2.3 points since 2014 to 25.8 percent. We hit our year-end goal of achieving 100 percent pay parity for both women and underrepresented minorities and achieved promotion parity for females and underrepresented minorities as well.

We met our overall diverse retention goal, retaining diverse employees better than parity, which means that we retained the overall diverse population at a higher rate than the counterpart majority. Read more about the report and Intel’s diversity progress in a blog by Chief Diversity Officer Danielle Brown.


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