Women at SWE are Out of this World!

Note from the editor: Remember Lisa from a few weeks ago? She’s guest blogging for us again today on her SWE experience!

I can’t believe I first wrote to you a few weeks ago about SWE and here I am, post-SWE, still buzzing from all of the energy from the conference! I said it once, and I’ll say it again, SWE is THE conference to go to if you’re looking for career development, networking with really cool and smart people and for the latest and greatest in technology. I’m jazzed about next year in Baltimore, and you should be too! What’s getting me so excited? Well, let me share my SWE experience with you…

SWE Day 1 – Insights from the SWE Conference

What a tremendous day the first day was. The conference kicked off with an awesome keynote presentation from Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a physicist and astronaut at NASA. And I really do mean AWE-some. She shared photos and videos of her time on space shuttles and at the international space station. To witness science in action like that was truly amazing. Seeing collaboration on such a national—and international—scale; testing biology, physiology, and technology in space to understand how properties may work back on Earth; seeing images of our planet as the backdrop of photos of the space station—breathtaking. And where else but at an engineering conference do you hear someone talk about a sunrise, saying “it happens pretty quickly when you’re traveling at 5 miles per second”?!?!? (BTW, if you just had an instinct to see how fast that was in miles per hour…you might be an engineer.)  :-)

After the inspiring keynote, we broke off into workshop sessions. I had the opportunity to present, with my infectious colleague Renee Defeo, about Intel’s amazing Intel Education Service Corp program and the impact we had teaching computer literacy in remote parts of the world, exposing children to technology. We spoke about Intel’s commitment to education and how others can (re-)ignite their passion for community outreach in a corporate environment. We also heard other great “Lightening Sessions” from women at MWV, on process efficiency, and an instructor from Louisiana State University who highlighted her school’s innovative and progressive international engineering program where students spend 5 weeks exploring how engineering is done in a foreign country (Germany).

At lunch, some of us Intel-ers sat with Roz, from Dow. A phenomenal woman with a Masters in ChemE and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, she is the mother of 8 year old triplets. And she started graduate school AFTER she had her babies! Talk about an inspiration. We had a fabulous discussion about how moms and dads make family and work work. Whatever your solution—day care, part-time, stay-at-home parent, nanny, in-law help—we all agree it takes a village to get it done. Key takeaway: it’s okay to ask for and accept help. Do what it takes to make it work and still feel passionately inspired to remain a woman in technology!

My afternoon was just as busy and engaging. I chose to attend the session about how (and when and why) to say “No!”—something so many of us working professionals could use a lesson in. Fascinating to see data from both employees and managers saying it’s okay—in fact preferred—to say no when appropriate. Focus on what’s most important and succeed at that (rather than do a mediocre job at everything, and not bring your best to any of it). I also loved the idea of a “To Do” List…and a “Stop Doing” List. Focus on what brings the most value, and let other “opportunities” go.

After lunch, I moved into teacher mode again, presenting to 150+ women (and men) about Communicating Effectively in a Data-Driven Workplace. It was an amazing opportunity—I could just feel I was channeling my mentor Marne at one point. In fact, it was very empowering, sharing 15 years of Intel stories, bringing the best of what I’d learned from the influencers and experiences in my life, to help others learn and grow. One thing I love so much about this conference and engaging with others in the industry is seeing just how much we have in common. How various experiences transcend age, gender, degree, and corporate job focus. How people can relate to the concept, if not the specific circumstance.

Whether an electrical engineer designing chips in the semiconductor industry, a chemical engineer improving products at Kimberly-Clark, a mechanical engineer designing tires for Goodyear, or a physicist reaching new heights (literally!) at NASA, the concepts of integrity, hard work, effective communication, focused feedback, and re-igniting your passion impact us all. And thanks to Day 1, we’re all better equipped to go out and make a substantial difference at our companies and our communities.

Favorite Quotes from Day 1:

“We were traveling 17,500 miles per hour.” – Dr. Ellen Ochoa

“Yeah, she’s pretty much a bad ass.” – Senior Intel Engineering Manager, referring to astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa

“Oh, great! She’s texting me in Japanese! I wonder if there’s a translator on this thing.” – Speaker, Engineering and Commodity Manager at Intel

“I was like ‘Daaaaad! Just help me find the answer. I want to go outside and play!” – Akron, OH Mechanical Engineering student, lovingly sharing a story about her dad helping her with her homework as a kid

“Saying ‘No’ is a bit like getting your legs waxed. It feels very uncomfortable for a short period of time, but the long-term is really worth it.” – (Referenced in a presentation) Heather McGregor, Author

“Who says you can’t be five feet and model? I do it all day long…in Excel!” – Industrial Engineering Graduate

Key Takeaways / Things to Remember on Day 1:

[On Stress] Differentiate between beneficial challenges and unnecessary stress. Make a “Stop Doing” List.

[On Giving and Receiving Feedback] Listen! Listen! Listen! / Seek first to understand. / Assume positive intent.

[On Developing Yourself and Your Teams] Leveraging your strengths leads to higher engagement which leads to passion. And that leads to great results.

[On Communicating] Have confidence in yourself, your knowledge, and your data / Questions show a sign of interest, not disagreement.

[On Fueling Passion] To love what you do and know that it matters…. How could anything be more fun?


SWE Day 2 – More Insights from the SWE Conference

I started Day 2 attending the plenary (which I’ve discovered is a fancy word for “panel discussion”) titled “Women Leaders in Emerging Technologies.” There I heard from tremendous senior women leaders including McAfee’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Endpoint Security, Candace Worley. Candace spoke about needing a corporate culture where taking risks is accepted, and how her aspiration is for her team to challenge her. Hearing direct, open, and honest engagement from senior leaders was very inspiring. Not only did it help from a career development perspective, gaining insight, it tore down that perception of senior leaders as untouchable and far removed from a new hire or mid-career person’s day-to-day experiences. The approachable and seasoned panelists made recommendations about navigating in the real world and determining when it was time for a change. They gave advice like “do pilots,” which tend to be non-threatening even to those most deeply entrenched in their ways; focus on the skills that transcend technical experience, like accountability, authenticity, innovation, and caring; and be resilient—remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Hearing first-hand, personal accounts (including shortcomings & mis-steps) from senior leaders who’ve been through the ranks in corporate America was simultaneously inspiring, humbling, and very empowering.

Later that day, I attended a class about white men as full diversity partners exploring one large engineering company’s efforts to build a culture of full inclusion that supports and retains talented women. I was impressed by how they started the dialogue from the male’s perspective. One leader spoke about how he initially thought women would come talk to him and tell him what he was doing wrong, then he realized he was the one who needed to change, seeing the environment through other people’s eyes. The men and women on the panel talked about the importance of seeing the unseen, recognizing blind spots, and taking advantage of moments when we DO see gaps, to do something about them. It reinforced for me that everyone is constantly growing and developing, we all have opportunities to learn and grow, and creating a culture of inclusion for all people is an on-going, iterative process. One panelist asserted: “We don’t have to get it right. We just have to make it better.”

Lunchtime took me to the career fair where I was fabulously inspired by Intel’s booth and the people there. Front center was the Intel booth showcasing our tremendous leadership in technology and the passion we have for innovation. Recruiters were talking to students and professionals alike, answering questions about our company, our products, and opportunities to be a technical professional at Intel Corporation. A 15 year veteran, I myself learned something new from the fabulous Intel staff. Katie from AZ informed me about the many Intel fabs at locations around the world and how you can determine the location by last digit of the number of the fab (ends in a 2—Arizona; ends in a 4—Ireland; ends in an 8—Israel (usually, anyway…), and Fab 11x is in New Mexico).

Whether you’re a robotics aficionado excited to share your knowledge about sync packets, a process engineer with in-depth experience on Intel fabs, an electrical-engineer-now-biz-ops-manager who loves to teach and inspire new generations to find their passion, or a senior VP leading the way on endpoint security, there are so many ways to be an engineer. And all of these opportunities are available and encouraged both in the industry and at our amazing company. I couldn’t be prouder to be a technical female at Intel.

Speaking of women at Intel, day 2 wrapped up with an awards banquet honoring four phenomenal Intel females—all recipients of SWE’s Emerging Leader Award. Sincerest congratulations go out to Deborah, Divya, Kimberly, and Suzi for your tremendous accomplishments. You inspire us all.

Day 2 Quotes

“At the point where you’re comfortable, you’re likely not growing.” – Candace Worley, Senior VP & GM of Endpoint Security, McAfee

“I don’t control the perceptions others have. But I do control what I do and what I say to influence getting them to the awareness I truly believe is reality.” – “Women Leaders in Emerging Technologies” panelist

“The day we’re not paying attention is the day we fail our customers.” – Candace Worley, Senior VP & GM of Endpoint Security, McAfee

“Often when I see a surprise, I’ve bumped into an assumption I didn’t know I had.” – Moderator, “White Males as Full Diversity Partners” session

Key Takeaways / Things to Remember on Day 2:

[On Professional Growth] Reach out beyond your functional team.  Leverage the skills of others. Take risks.

[On Engaging Students in Science] Leverage resources at for parent-child activities for K-5 students.  / Older students gravitate toward college students because they connect the dots on how doing science activities applies to a job one day.

[On Progressing to Goals] We measure what we treasure.

For those who didn’t have the opportunity to experience these amazing courses, events, and ceremonies in person, check out SWE’s website for more information. Mark your calendars for WE’13 in Baltimore, Oct. 24-26, 2013. And, in the interim, get engaged with your local SWE chapter. Opportunities abound all around us to get engaged, ask questions, and support phenomenal career- and personal growth for women in technology.

In the words of Intel co-founder Robert Noyce: “Go off and do something wonderful.” SWE was that wonderful for me, and it could be for you too!

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SHPE Names Intel 2012 Company of the Year

Note from the editor: Intel takes a strong stance when it comes to encouraging and empowering people to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career. One of the ways we do that is through our Global Diversity, Education and External Relations team. Our guest blogger today comes from that team and wants to share a recent honor Intel received. Ernesto is the Diversity Education Manager for Intel. In this role, one of his responsibilities is to work with external organizations in the community, like SHPE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, to drive programs and efforts that will increase the technical pipeline in our diverse communities. He’s been working with SHPE since 2006 and is extremely proud of how much our partnership has grown—but even he wasn’t expecting this phone call…  



There I was, starting my day like I always do—in the café getting my morning green tea when I received a call. But not just any call, this was THE call. My caller ID indicated a number I didn’t recognize with a Los Angeles area code. I almost didn’t answer it; who could be calling me this early (before 7:30am) from the west coast?! But curiosity got the best of me and as I filled my cup, I answered my phone. It was Pilar Montoya, the CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). As we exchanged good mornings, I wondered what was on Pilar’s mind. She had just been at the Intel facility in Folsom the week before to meet with small team of Intel employees and an Intel Computer Clubhouse Network employee, so my initial thought went to what we had discussed the previous week. I was wrong.

Pilar said she had some good news for me. “SHPE has selected Intel as our company of the year!” It really didn’t register at first. The only word that came out of my mouth was “Great!…Uh, can you tell me what this means?”Pilar kept talking but my mind was still wondering how we got selected—I knew we hadn’t applied for this award What I did know was that we had really worked hard with SHPE this past year, but we had worked hard in years past too. In 2011 we partnered with SHPE to launch the first ever Latina Track, a day of workshops focused on women engineers. We have also sponsored the President’s Breakfast, Pre-college Symposium and the Dean’s Summit. And I can’t forget that we hired over 30 diverse engineers as a result of our 2011 recruiting efforts at SHPE. With all these thoughts racing in my brain, the conversation ended. I was happy, I even told a few people in the café that Intel had been identified as SHPE’s company of the year, and I made my way back to my desk.

Once I got to my desk, I had to call Pilar back: I now had questions. I called Pilar and asked her, “What criteria were used? What other companies have received this award? Does this require Intel to purchase ad space? How will Intel get recognized?” She told me that previous companies recognized were IBM, P&G, Exelon, and others. She shared that Intel will be featured in the magazine in an article and continued by saying that SHPE really valued Intel’s partnership over the years and the company’s dedication to the advancement of Hispanics in STEM as well as our work with public schools to support these efforts.. As she talked, it was becoming clear: we didn’t apply for this, this wasn’t a way to get us to provide more sponsorship, but we were being recognized for the great work that we do! THIS WAS REALLY COOL! Our hard work to advance STEM in the Hispanic community was being recognized by our long-time partner, SHPE! This was a big deal especially because Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S.—making it even more important that we enter STEM education tracks in order for the U.S. to increase the number of engineers entering the labor force. Intel’s work with SHPE has gone on for many years and this award is deserved by a cast of many who have supported Intel and the work we do with SHPE. At this year’s conference Intel is the sole sponsor of the Latina Luncheon & Track. We are co-sponsoring the technical paper competition and pre-college workshop where students will be introduced to robotics. Our cast of volunteers includes several members of the Intel Hispanic Leadership Council, Intel Black Leadership Council as well as a number of other leaders that will be delivering technical and leadership workshops at the conference. We can’t forget about our recruiting team representing various Intel business groups that will be there looking for technical talent.

We’ll be receiving the award at this year’s conference from November 14 – 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, making us even more excited for the conference this year! Why, you ask? The SHPE conference is a great place for Intel to showcase our technical talent and support of STEM in the Hispanic community. It’s also a great place to develop your technical skills by attending many of the workshops and to network with peers from other companies. You should consider attending, if not this year, next. If you plan to attend this year’s conference in Fort Worth, TX and haven’t registered, you are able to register on site. Check out some of the Intel-led sessions at this year’s conference:

  • “Retail Shopping in the Future-How Digital Signs Will Impact Your Experience” presented by Alexander Flores on Thursday, November 15 at 10am in Texas C-D
  • “Moving Forward-Cloud Computing Software Systems & Architecture” presented by John Vicente on Thursday, November 15 at 2:45pm in FWCC 203B
  • “Technical Leadership Our Own Way” presented by Lakecia Gunter and John Vicente on Friday, November 16 at 11am in FWCC 103B
  • “Designing for the Total Experience” presented by Tony Salvador on Friday, November 16 at 1:30pm in FWCC 203A

For more information on the conference visit the conference website and download the full agenda.

Don’t forget to to meet our recruiters (look out for the big Intel sign at booth #1101) at the career fair or submit your resume for consideration prior to the conference by applying to req number 624297. See you at SHPE!

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Heading to Texas for SWE 2012!

Note from the editor: We have the pleasure of featuring a guest blogger today to share her experience with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Intel is getting ready for SWE 2012 taking place in Houston, Texas from November 8 – 10, 2012. 

Hi all! My name is Lisa, and I’m a people-centric technical female at Intel with a passion for helping people achieve their personal and career- best. I started with Intel as an Intern, spent a year in the Rotational Engineering Program (REP), then spent a decade supporting successful implementation of our processor and chipset products via various Technical Marketing and Program Management roles. I am currently a Business Operations Manager in Intel’s Business Client Platforms Division, responsible for infrastructure development and support strategy. (Check out the vPro Expert Center to see what great things we’re up to!)

I have traveled the world for work, connecting with amazing individuals in Germany, China, Taiwan, Japan, Costa Rica, Kenya, and throughout the U.S. I am forever inspired by the amazing people around me and the opportunities for us all to learn and grow. I was a mentoring coordinator for the fabulously inspiring “Stay With ItTM” campaign this summer, have a passion for inspiring & mentoring youth, and regularly coach men and women inside and outside the company. Nothing makes me happier than helping others, especially in connecting with people to find their passion & achieve it.

It’s that time of the year again. No, not Halloween. Not crisp fall weather. Time for the National Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference! I get so excited this time of year because it’s the most amazing opportunity I’ve found, to connect to other women in technology. I’ve been to on-campus events, attended local professional development conferences, watched webinars, and the like, but the SWE conference is the only place I’ve ever been where I’m surrounded by 5000 other professionals. Just. Like. Me.

The first thing you notice at the conference (besides more women than you may have seen in a single place in a very long time) is the excitement. The energy. The passion for learning and growth. From speakers to workshop leaders, mentors to career booths, everyone is there to inform and support other women in technology, to achieve their career best. When I walked around last year, connecting with women from various companies, engineering disciplines, geographic areas, ages, etc.—I noticed how diverse the group was, while still appreciating the common thread that ran between us. These are ladies who are going through (or went through) similar experiences as women in technology. Being the lone female in the room, working to balance a career and kids, learning to speak up and go toe-to-toe with men in the workplace—they’ve been there and have amazing stories and advice to share. Whether you have education, motherhood, or workplace growth and development on the brain, this conference offers it all. Join us in Houston November 8-10 and see for yourself! The National SWE conference is an opportunity to interact and engage with a myriad of people all inspired to excel—and help you excel—in the field of technology, as women.

Not only is this a great personal opportunity for me, I’m proud to see my company have such a tremendous presence at this conference each year as well. In addition to corporate sponsorship and hosting a career booth (meet a recruiter and drop off a resume at booth 609! You can also submit a resume in advance by applying to req 624294), Intel sends many technical professionals to the conference to learn, share and grow. In 2011, Heather Monigan-Berger’s class “Engineering with the Customer in Mind” was tremendous, and very eye-opening.  And the panel of Intel women who’d balanced work and kids, endured breast cancer, navigated part-time employment, and climbed the career ladder was hugely inspirational. At the 2012 Conference, many Intel females are again teaching seminars. Check out Jennifer Graeber’s “Writing Effective Self-Evaluations” class on Friday at 1:30pm at GBCC in room 342or Catherine Spence’s “Possibility Thinking About Cloud Computing” Saturday at 10am in GBCC in room 342DE. Are you looking for sage advice from experts who’ve been there? Join Allison Goodman’s “Speed Mentoring” session on Thursday at 3:30pm at GBCC in room 361AB to talk to a host of experts. Excited about corporate outreach? Come meet me in person, and sit in on Renee Defeo’s and my Lightening Session Thursday at 10:30am in GBCC in room 340 where we recount our experiences teaching computer literacy in Vietnam and Kenya through the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC). Struggling with presenting to management and/or technically-minded audiences? Check out my class on “Communicating Effectively in a Data-Driven Workplace” on Thursday at 2:45pm in GBCC 320AB.  Whatever your passion and areas of interest, SWE has a broad range of tracks to serve your career development needs. Check out the conference schedule for more details!

It’s going to be an amazing and infectious three days. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet and celebrate women in engineering. From the inspiring keynote speaker, to lectures, to workshops on everything from time management to leading without authority, join the discussion. Come down and celebrate amazing things happening for women in engineering!

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Putting Things into Perspective

Editor’s Note: Lisa is a recent college graduate from the University of Arizona in the HR Pathways rotation program. her second rotation is in Global Diversity and she has been working on promoting Intel’s dedication to building awareness on the importance of education for women and girls and our involvement with an upcoming documentary, 10×10. Here, she writes about the first on-campus event held at San Jose State University on December 6, 2011. She is currently working to bring this event to a campus near you in 2012! Read more >

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