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May 1, 2023

women in workplace

Bridging the Gender Gap Through Allyship

The WiS committee has wrapped up another successful Women in Semiconductor with record attendance. The 2023 in-person programs was an interactive exploration and discussion of promoting and strengthening women in management and leadership roles. The program addressed the importance of allyship, mentorship, overcoming biases and creating a culture of support and belonging so that more women can grow and succeed within the semiconductor industry. Click HERE to review the keynote panel recording.

Information about our 2024 program, co-chaired by Applied Materials and Brooks Instrument, will be posted on this site.

In the meantime, if you have questions about WiS activities, sponsorship and/or other SEMI Foundation initiatives, please email


1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Saratoga Ballroom - Saratoga Hilton
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY
United States

women in workplace

In areas such as engineering and product management, the representation of women lags at every level. Per Zippia, women hold 5% of the leadership job in the technology sector. Women only hold 32% of director positions, 28% of supervising jobs, and 32% of individual contributor roles in the tech industry. Recent studies indicate a lack of female role models in the field (42%), gender bias in the workplace (39%), unequal growth opportunities compared to men (36%), and unequal pay for the same skills (35%).

In addition to allies and role models, a key factor to women entering and staying in the microelectronics are mentorship and sponsorship, by both women and men. This critical component begins in school and continues throughout a woman’s career. These crucial relationships which provide guidance and growth opportunities which are necessary to succeed. 

Whether you are a student or work in academia, hold a technical or non-technical role, an individual contributor or a member of the senior management team, you will find value in the fresh thinking, open discussion and networking opportunities that the Women in Semiconductors (WIS) program is known for.

Who attends WiS?  Company leaders, managers, team members, HR professionals, those responsible for developing internal programs to support women, and everyone interested in creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive industry. 



WiS 2023 schedule

1:00 pm


1:30 pm
WiS 2023
Committee Co-chairs
Marie Le Guilly - WiS co-chair
Marie LeGuilly
Director of Procurement
Garima Gautam
Garima Gautam
Engineering Manager, FSM Productivity
Intel Corporation

Welcome and Introduction

1:35 pm
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams-Vaden (moderator)
Deputy Director
SEMI Foundation

Introduction - Keynote Panel

1:35 pm
Energetiq, Entegris, Intel, Onto Innovation

Keynote Panel: Bridging the Gender Gap through Allyship

2:35 pm

Networking Break

3:05 pm
Rita Allen
Rita B. Allen
Founder & President
Rita B. Allen Associates

Strategies for Navigating Gender Bias

4:20 pm
Attendees will select Mentor or Mentee role via survey (in advance of session)

Interactive Group Mentoring Session

Attendees may participate in the following topics
- Addressing Bias
- Building the relationships
- Cultivating Confidence
- Knowing your brand
- Self-Care

5:30 pm

Closing remarks

Committee Co-chairs (Garima Gautam and Marie Le Guilly)

6:00 pm

ASMC 2023 Welcome Reception


Axcelis 170by65
EMD Electronics
Energetiq Technology
Intel logo
Lam Research
Nikon Precision
Onto 170x65

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