Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology



August/September 2012

Diversity/Careers August/September 2012

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Diversity In Action

Intel Corporation invests in its inclusion programs

"Intel strives to provide an environment where diverse employees are valued, respected, challenged, acknowledged and rewarded," says the global diversity manager

'Intel's corporate climate welcomes diverse people because its vision is to create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth," says Pia Wilson-Body, global diversity workforce initiatives manager. "Inclusion requires intentionality. True inclusion requires maximizing our differences, not minimizing them," she says.

A commitment to maintaining an inclusive work environment has prompted Intel Corp (Santa Clara, CA) to step up its retention efforts. In 2009, the global manufacturer of integrated digital technology platforms launched a development program for mid-level African American employees and then expanded it to include Hispanic employees.

"The Blueprint for Extraordinary Performance" leadership development series is one of many internal diversity and inclusion initiatives at Intel, Wilson-Body says. "After three years, nearly 300 employees have completed this program. The leadership development content is delivered by a dynamic external consultant as well as internal senior leaders. The program is designed to give participants the tools and skillsets to successfully navigate our very fast-paced culture," she says.

Another program is "The Inclusive Manager." Its primary target audience is new managers. The training provides strategies and tools to help them develop an inclusive team and capitalize on their differences.

"Beyond developing employees, we want our managers to appreciate and understand the importance of a diverse and inclusive environment at Intel," Wilson-Body says.

Cindi Harper is Intel's Americas talent and delivery manager. "Intel values outstanding technical expertise and the ability to creatively solve problems in a team environment. We take notice when an applicant shows sincere interest in a particular position and shows us that they've done research about Intel," she emphasizes. "Knowing that they're passionate about technology and that they want to make a difference helps."

Intel has a broad range of opportunities in supply chain and operations; applied physics; engineering, including chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, safety, industrial, and mechanical; chemistry; construction management; human-computer interaction, information systems/MIS, computer and materials science; math and statistics; and mechanical and manufacturing technology, says Allen Stephens, of Intel's recruitment organization.

"The number-one role that we are hiring for this year is software engineer. We need software engineers with experience in mobile technologies for smartphones and tablets, in both Windows and Android operating systems. We are also hiring component design engineers, process engineers, manufacturing technicians and hardware engineers. We will begin to hire manufacturing technicians and engineers to staff new fabs in Arizona and Oregon," Stephens says.

This year, Intel has doubled the number of engineering internships for college students in the United States, in support of President Obama's council on jobs and competitiveness. "Our goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers to pursue careers in science and technology," he explains. Students can learn about these new internship opportunities at www.intel.com/jobs/usa/students/futureengineers.

"Intel has three diversity councils: Intel Black Leadership Council, Intel Hispanic Leadership Council and Intel Network of Executive Women. The councils are made up of senior leaders from the respective populations," says Ernesto V. Felix, diversity education manager in global diversity, education and external relations. "They focus on retention and development for junior and up-and-coming leaders. They are role models who speak at employee events and represent Intel in the community."

The company encourages employees to maximize productivity and fulfill career goals by participating in its network of employee groups. "Intel-chartered employee groups are communities of Intel employees, based primarily in the U.S.," Felix explains. There are twenty-three employee groups with 109 chapters at major Intel sites, he notes. The councils interface with the groups and ask for feedback on workforce improvement. They implement mentoring initiatives and partner closely with Intel's diversity recruiting organization. And they get involved with their local communities.

"Each site has a community manager who partners with the employee groups. We do activities like backpack drives, where we rent a school bus and make personal visits to each school to drop off the donations. And we bring STEM education to the classroom in many creative ways," Felix says.

All Intel's employee groups are inclusive and provide opportunities to learn about a wide range of cultures, races and interests. The list includes groups for Asians, African Americans, Latinos, women and Native Americans. Other employee groups include LGBT, veterans, diversely abled and recent college graduates.

"Intel strives to provide an environment where employees from diverse backgrounds are valued, respected, challenged, acknowledged and rewarded so they can maximize their productivity and fulfill their career goals," Wilson-Body says.


Intel Corp

Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA
Employees: 100,100 worldwide (55 percent in the United States)
Revenues: $54 billion
Business: Designs and manufactures integrated digital technology platforms

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