A Tribute to the Women of Intel Malaysia – Jayanti Kandayah

Unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. These words are synonymous with Women’s History Month. Occurring this year in March, the month is a worldwide occasion celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Today, we’d like you to meet three women leaders of Intel Malaysia’s Global Talent Acquisition (GTA) team.

 Jayanti Kandayah

 

During weekends, Jay works a “second job” supporting and helping the young, especially girls from broken homes. Her teenage daughter is equally passionate about community work and follows along wherever possible. A University Science Malaysia graduate in social development and administration, Jay’s greatest passion lies in serving people. She’s a strong advocate for education. “It liberates them from poverty and gives them a platform to be successful—otherwise, the chain continues.”

The director of GTA for Greater Asia Region, Jayanthi attributes her feistiness and passion for advancing women’s rights to her early schooling days. She loved sports and once aspired to be a national hockey player. The only catch: there were not many girls into the sport, so she mostly had to train with boys. “It was really tough—they wouldn’t pass, no one wanted me on their team and I often felt alone. I fought to prove myself by putting more hours into training.” She was a state player at the age of 14, made it to the national junior hockey team at 16, and represented the country in the senior women’s team when she was 17.

Jay finds encouragement and inspiration as more women take up leadership roles at Intel, but she acknowledges there’s still much to do. “We need to continue to strive and provide the support system to ensure women are able to excel in their career and lives.”

“Amplification can be a powerful tool in combatting unconscious bias at work. When you hear a woman being talked over or interrupted, or worse—call out and let the person speak. Another way one can do this is to be an advocate by helping connect them to substantive opportunities and networks.”

 Are you a “go-getter” like Jay? Click here to discover more about our vacancies in Intel Malaysia today.

 Want to read more about Intel GTA women’s story? Check out Hou Mi Mi and Joanne Kan’s stories.

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