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Women in Semiconductors: A Rising Tide Will Lift All Boats

Women in Semiconductors: A Rising Tide Will Lift All Boats

Like most career women, balancing work and family life is a juggling act, leaving precious little time for hobbies. However, I’ve recently acquired quite a knack for managing NFL fantasy football teams. Despite being a first-time fantasy football manager and the only woman on the team, I was thrilled to win the championship at my workplace! In fantasy football, we assemble a virtual team of play... »

A Non-Techie SemiSister Tackles The Elusive Semiconductor Language

A Non-Techie SemiSister Tackles The Elusive Semiconductor Language

Not all SemiSisters are engineers. In fact, many of us joined this industry from a variety of career backgrounds with non-STEM educations including financial, business management, market research, marketing communications, journalism, and even liberal arts. For us, one of the greatest hurdles to overcome was learning a whole new lexicon of terms that get tossed about every day. In this humorous po... »

Be a Champion for Change – Highlights from the First SEMI Diversity and Inclusion Forum

Be a Champion for Change – Highlights from the First SEMI Diversity and Inclusion Forum

Everyone found their seat as SEMI President and CEO, Ajit Manocha, took the stage to kick off the first SEMI Diversity and Inclusion Forum. Ajit has a lifelong passion for diversity and inclusion. He shared his backstory and the importance of these initiatives to a room full of executives and Human Resources professionals from across the electronics manufacturing industry. Teamwork Makes the Dream... »

SemiSister Success Stories: Lena Nicolaides Turns Adversity into Opportunity

SemiSister Success Stories: Lena Nicolaides Turns Adversity into Opportunity

I first met Lena Nicolaides on a tour of KLA’s manufacturing area in 2015, just before the launch of the CIRCL™-AP. She had recently been promoted to vice president and general manager of the company’s LS-SWIFT Division. We spent some time picking each other’s brains about the industry and where advanced packaging was going, and I immediately felt a kinship. I knew she was a SemiSister. Th... »

How Do We Entice Young Women to Pursue Careers in Microelectronics & Packaging?

How Do We Entice Young Women to Pursue Careers in Microelectronics & Packaging?

If what is expressed during ongoing discussions on gender diversity and inclusion at semiconductor and packaging industry events is true, then the overarching belief is that women are drawn to careers that help people. In science, they want to be doctors or researchers to find cures for cancer. It’s also been noted that the younger generation, in general, is interested in the societal benefits o... »

Advice on Gender Diversity and Inclusion from the Trenches

Advice on Gender Diversity and Inclusion from the Trenches

From the semiconductor industry panels on gender diversity and inclusion and networking receptions to casual lunches and one-on-one interviews, I’ve been listening to women of all levels of experience talk about what brought them to pursue careers in microelectronics and semiconductors. The stories are as varied as the women telling them. In this two-part series, we hear from three women in lead... »

How Do We Improve Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Semiconductor Industry?

How Do We Improve Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Semiconductor Industry?

In 2018, gender diversity and inclusion (D&I) ranked right up there with artificial intelligence, autonomous cars, and panel-level packaging as a hot-button topic for panel discussions at most of the semiconductor industry and advanced packaging events I attended (as well as those I didn’t). ECTC 2018 featured its annual women’s panel and reception, and IMAPS International hosted an inform... »

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to Keep Rozalia Beica From Success

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to Keep Rozalia Beica From Success

“Driven” doesn’t even begin to describe Romanian-born Rozalia Beica, global director, strategic marketing, DowDupont. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor whizzing bullets overhead can keep this SemiSister from achieving her goals. Her journey to success in the semiconductor industry spanned countries and continents and survived communist dictatorship, mandatory military service, a revolution, and a... »

Research Scientist, Maaike M. Visser Taklo, Rises to Her Own Challenge

Research Scientist, Maaike M. Visser Taklo, Rises to Her Own Challenge

Throughout my years of writing about the semiconductor industry, I’ve met women from all over the world. I’ve often wondered what or who encouraged them to pursue careers in this male-centric environment? How much of their motivation is inspired by the culture of where they grew up?  Can success be quantified? The answers are as varied as the women whose stories we want to tell. Our goal with... »

How Jessica Gomez Short-Circuited Her Way to CEO: A SemiSister Success Story

How Jessica Gomez Short-Circuited Her Way to CEO: A SemiSister Success Story

The number is sobering: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor of Statistics, 16.9% of chemical engineers and 12.3% of electrical/electronics engineers in the US are women. For racial diversity, the situation is even worse. These grave statistics came to light during a recent panel discussion during SEMICON West, in its Workforce Pavilion. Here, Jessica Gomez, co-founder and CEO of Rogue Valley Mic... »