As Fab 24 factory manager at Intel, Ann-Marie Holmes oversees about 4,500 employees, though only a slim percentage of those are female. However, Holmes – as well as Intel, globally – is working to improve those numbers until parity between male and female employees in this high-tech landscape can be reached.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has pledged US$300m <> to further the company’s diversity and, as far as ensuring there are more women working in Intel, Holmes explains how there are four key strategies at play.
First, the company needs to encourage more young women and girls to study STEM at school, and then there’s getting graduate recruitment to match – or better – the diversity of the available talent pool.
Thirdly, Intel offers networking and mentorship to women, opening up a dialogue intended to keep women on the payroll, while the final challenge involves supporting women to reach higher positions within the company.
Intel is a sponsor of Inspirefest 2015 <> , Silicon Republic’s international event running 18-20 June in Dublin. Inspirefest will connect sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM with fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity.