The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) proudly presents its first Women in Semiconductor Hardware Conference, WISH, on September 14 – 15, 2021. WISH aims to recognize and demonstrate women’s technical prowess in the semiconductor ecosystem and learn about their innovative leadership and contributions to the industry. The two half-day sessions will feature industry visionaries, technology leaders and entrepreneurial futurists. WISH will be held at Marvell’s Santa Clara headquarters and live streamed for those unable to attend in person.
A conference for innovative women
On the opening day of WISH, GSA WLI will present Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO, AMD with its inaugural Woman of Innovation Award. This award recognizes an industry veteran who has dedicated her career to making exceptional contributions to drive the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities for the semiconductor industry.
“Lisa is an icon in our industry and the epitome of what successful leadership can mean to transforming a company and an industry. She is one of the most respected leaders in technology today and an inspiration to women who want to pursue careers that design solutions to positively impact the world. Her success is a bellwether for women in technology,” said Jodi Shelton, CEO of GSA.
“Working with Lisa as Chair of GSA and on the WLI Women’s Leadership Council has been one of honors of my career and recognizing her – at this first ever conference committed to providing a platform for future technologists – as our first ‘Woman of Innovation’ recipient is a thrill,” Shelton continued. “I want this conference to be a catalyst for the young women joining our industry and our program to see others like them, to emulate their careers after them and to someday become a leader, like Lisa.”
Women honored at the conference
In addition to the Woman of Innovation Award, GSA WLI will also present two additional awards at WISH. These are the Female Up and Comer and Designing the Difference awards
The Female Up and Comer Award recognizes and profiles the next generation of young women in the semiconductor industry. Nominating companies were encouraged to identify women with a technical background and education within their organization who have been in the industry five years or less and have made exceptional contributions toward the development, innovation, growth and success in her short time in the industry. The Female Up and Comer Award nominees are:
- Lindsey Kostas, Staff Machine Learning Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
- Xin Lan, Senior Process Integration Engineer, Micron Technology
- Judith Suter, Senior Researcher, Quantum Research, Microsoft Copenhagen
- Yiling Zhang, MCU Product Marketing Manager, NXP Semiconductors
The Designing the Difference Award is sponsored by Accenture. It recognizes companies who are making a significant and measurable impact on advancing the industry through diversity and inclusion. The award nominees are:
“We had an incredible number of submissions for our newly added awards,” stated Shelton. “I have never been prouder to be part of the semiconductor industry and excited for what the future holds for us. Between the young women nominees and the incredible efforts for inclusion and parity so many of our members are working towards, our trajectory is boundless.”
WISH is made possible thanks to the generous support of the event sponsors including:
- Title Sponsor, AMD
- Host Sponsor, Marvell
- Platinum Sponsor, Micron
- Gold Sponsor, Advantest
- Health & Safety Sponsor and Lanyard Sponsor, Synopsys
- Booklet Sponsor, Cisco
- VIP Dinner Sponsor, NI
WISH takes place September 14-15. Networking begins at 9 a.m. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. (All times listed are Pacific US.) WISH will be livestreamed and complimentary registration is available for GSA members, as well as university students and faculty. Interested students/faculty can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for their registration code. The fee for GSA guests is $100. Registration can be completed online at https://community.gsaglobal.org/2021wish.
“Although WISH is part of GSA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, it is our hope that all people will join us to hear our amazing speakers,” concluded Shelton.
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