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Bridging the gender gap through allyship


The vital importance of workplace inclusion and diversity to the growth of the global semiconductor industry will take center stage as the Women in Semiconductors (WiS) program returns in-person on May 1 in conjunction with the SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2023) in Saratoga Springs, New York.

WiS 2023 continues to connect more women in the semiconductor manufacturing industry while driving critical discussions across genders. WiS registration is complimentary for ASMC registrants and students.

WiS 2023 will highlight the importance of allyship, mentorship, overcoming biases, and creating a culture of support and belonging to enable more women to grow and succeed in the semiconductor industry.

WiS 2023 builds on the strength of past events with its focus on the critical role of promoting gender diversity in the workplace. Industry stakeholders ranging from company leaders, team members and developers of internal programs supporting women will benefit from expert insights, open discussion and networking at the event.

The program will feature the workshop Strategies for Navigating Gender Bias, led by Rita B. Allen, President and Founder of Rita B. Allen Associates, and a keynote panel moderated by Michelle Williams-Vaden, Deputy Director of the SEMI Foundation. Panelists will include:

• Debbie Gustafson, CEO, Energetiq Technology

• Dann Woodland, Ph.D., SVP and President, Advanced Planarization Solutions, Entegris

• Gary Patton, Ph.D., Corporate VP and GM, Intel

• Priya Mukundhan, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Onto Innovation

WiS 2023 will also include an interactive group mentoring session focused on the following topics:

• Addressing bias

• Building relationships

• Cultivating confidence

• Knowing your brand

The program is co-chaired by Garima Gautam, Engineering Manager, Fab Sort Manufacturing Productivity at Intel, and Marie LeGuilly, Director of Procurement at Entegris, with support from the WiS organizing committee, more than 70 women dedicated to promoting the success and advancement of women in the semiconductor industry.

WiS 2023 is sponsored by Athinia, Axcelis, EMD Electronics, Energetiq Technology, IBM, Intel, Nikon Precision, Onto Innovation and TEL.

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