Here is the fourth edition of Designing The Difference, the Women’s Leadership Initiative newsletter.

Designing the Difference
The latest news & updates from GSA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative
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NEW YEAR, SAME GREAT VIBES! We have some amazing articles in this edition. We hope you enjoy reading each one as much as we did. Thank you to all the authors who contributed and thank you to our newsletter sponsor, Applied Materials!

ALSO, we have exciting news to share. Drumroll please … We’ve been hinting on our social (shameless plug: follow & interact with us!) for a few weeks that we had big news “coming soon.” As you can see in the header above, we have an incredible NEW LOGO and beautiful refreshed color palette. We’re also giving you a sneak peek of our new image campaign website: www.designthesolution.org. This fresh approach offers new faces, engaging stories and real-life moments of how semiconductors can, and are, changing our world for the better.

Don’t forget to share this newsletter and encourage your colleagues to get involved with us. Subscribe now so you don’t miss a future edition of Designing the Difference.

— The WLI team

MUST READS OF THE MONTH ———————

BRAVERY, CONFIDENCE & PREPARATION | RESOLUTIONS & OTHER ADVICE FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO LEAD
Erika Varga McEnroe | Synopsys———————————————————————————

VISIONS OF GENDER EQUITY
Minna Holopainen, Jason Laker, Kirsti Chou | Axiado

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REBUILDING FOR INCLUSIVITY & IMPACT IN A POST-COVID WORLD
Rani Borkar | Microsoft———————————————————————————

START YOUR DAY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Serena Townsend | Silicon Labs———————————————————————————


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BUILDING A MORE DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE COMPANY
Newsletter Sponsor | Applied Materials

As a global leader, they know their differences can be their greatest strength – but just saying so isn’t enough. Instead, Applied Materials must ensure that each individual has fair and equal opportunity for career development and advancement, and that respect for diverse backgrounds and perspectives is baked into their company’s culture at every level – from strategy and policy down to the smallest everyday interactions./span>

READ MORE HERE.


EntrepreneurSpotlightn_1820737.pngAzita Yazdani | Founder & CEO | Exergy Systems, Inc.

In our latest Entrepreneur Spotlight, we had the pleasure of talking to Azita Yazdani, Founder and CEO of Exergy, a company deploying advanced technologies for circular manufacturing. Her passion for clean tech and environmental technology is truly inspiring! She starts her journey with growing up & why she joined the industry, her vision for her company, challenges being a female entrepreneur and great advice for all. Read her story here.

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We all could use some encouragement from one another! These videos are resources to current & future semiconductor industry women where relevant topics are openly and honestly addressed! Topics included are:

Work/life balance | Networking tips  | Stories on why women joined the semi industry |
Microaggressions & how to address them | Professional development | & much more!

Interested in contributing a video? We welcome women in all roles and levels to participate.

Learn more about W2W here.


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WLI is committed to promoting female leadership through the GSA Women’s Speakers Bureau. We are currently building a comprehensive database of women who can speak on business trends, market drivers and technical issues.  Interested in participating? Know someone who would like to contribute?

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— MARCH 8| International Women’s Day

We would love to celebrate with you! Please send us picture with your female coworkers (virtual screenshot, mask wearing or social distancing pictures are great) and let us know how you are acknowledging the women in your company. [email protected]

 MARCH 10 | Female Future of Tech | Virtual Event

Join us at this virtual event, with its inspiring talks and networking. We will bring together semiconductor industry women leaders and university STEM students for candid, in-depth conversations about our industry and why it’s vital to increase women representation at all levels. Click here to sign up!


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We want to thank our amazing sponsors! View more details about our sponsors here.

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