Photo - Panel discussion with (from left) Johan Merican, CEO, TalentCorp Malaysia; Rosalind Hudnell, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of HR, Intel Corporation; Juwita Suwito, Founding Director, Forty Four Records; and moderator Abdul Rahman, Director, Public Affairs, Intel Malaysia.
Semiconductor firm Intel's global initiative for achieving full representation by 2020 in the workplace of women and underrepresented minorities has been marked by at the company's inaugural Women's Week in Malaysia.
Intel corporate vice president and Malaysia managing director, Robin Martin said women, despite making up 70 percent of public university enrolment, continue to be underrepresented in the Malaysian workplace at professional and managerial levels.
"At Intel Malaysia, we are stepping up our efforts on diversity and inclusion, with a special focus on retaining, progressing and advancing women in our workforce."
"Intel recognises that women play a significant role in an organisation's future, and that it is important to take a bold stand in creating the right inclusive environment for them. We respect, value and celebrate the unique points of view and opportunities that comes with diversity and are committed to further develop and retain our diverse workforce," Martin said.
He said current statistics show that that the ratio of female employees at Intel Malaysia decreases in the leadership categories. Intel's Malaysia's Women's Progression and Advancement Forum will foster workplace practices to allow women to thrive in their careers at Intel.
"We do this through hiring, integrating and developing their careers through programmes such as the inaugural Intel Malaysia Women's Week," said Martin.
The programme's events offer a platform for employees, both male and female, to discover the value of gender diversity, and openly discuss the specific challenges in women's progression, said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel's chief diversity officer and vice president of human resources, who led the conversation at the event, which included participation from TalentCorp Malaysia and diversity advocates in the hi-tech industry.
"Intel and the technology industry overall have diversity challenges," said Hudnell. "Despite our own investments and transparency in this area, we still have work to do. We need the support of all, to have the best, most capable and engaged workforce to win in the marketplace."
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