Com­mit­ted to Sus­tain­able di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion

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i ntel has long been an ad­vo­cate for di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion (d&i) as a core busi­ness prac­tice, but its $300 mil­lion five-year com­mit­ment an­nounced in 2015 is unique. the fo­cus ex­tends be­yond the com­pany to in­clude all of in­tel’s cur­rent busi­ness part­ners and or­ga­ni­za­tions pre­par­ing the peo­ple and ser­vices in­tel will need in the fu­ture. “our se­nior lead­er­ship sup­ports our di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion ini­tia­tives in word and ac­tion,” says Bar­bara Whye, in­tel’s Hu­man re­sources vice Pres­i­dent and chief di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion of­fi­cer.

Build­ing Work­force di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion

the goal of in­tel’s 2020 com­mit­ment is to reach full mar­ket rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women and un­der­rep­re­sented mi­nori­ties in its u.s. work­force. “We have al­ready nar­rowed the gap by 84%, and we will reach our goal by the end of this year, two years ahead of sched­ule,” re­ports Whye.

Over­com­ing Hur­dles to Suc­cess

the crit­i­cal com­po­nent of ma­ture d&i strat­egy work is re­ten­tion. in­tel’s ini­tia­tives ad­dress that hur­dle through its high-touch and per­son­al­ized Warm­line ser­vice. em­ploy­ees make con­tact con­fi­den­tially. Hr and d&i staff then work dis­creetly to iden­tify road­blocks and re­move them. since 2015, the Warm­line has re­ceived over 10,000 re­quests, and close to 90% of em­ploy­ees who made re­quests de­cided to re­main at in­tel. “our fo­cus is on build­ing and sus­tain­ing a work en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one has the op­por­tu­nity to achieve their full po­ten­tial,” ex­plains Whye.

de­vel­op­ing a di­verse Pipe­line

in­tel knows its fu­ture re­quires an ev­er­grow­ing pool of women and stu­dents of color with tech­nol­ogy de­grees. as a re­sult, the $300 mil­lion com­mit­ment in­cludes more than $20 mil­lion for schol­ar­ships, the de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive cur­ric­ula and train­ing to en­cour­age women and stu­dents of color to pur­sue tech­nol­ogy de­grees. a 3-year-old part­ner­ship with two

Oak­land uni­fied School district high schools to de­velop and im­prove com­puter science and en­gi­neer­ing cour­ses is reg­is­ter­ing im­pres­sive re­sults. Pro­grams in­clude work-based learn­ing, men­tor­ing and in­tern­ships, ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness for par­ents, and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment sup­port for teach­ers.

at mc­clymonds High school, for ex­am­ple, in­tel helped launch a new en­gi­neer­ing path­way pro­gram for stu­dents, en­cour­ag­ing them to pur­sue fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math (stem) fields. the col­lab­o­ra­tion reached a ma­jor mile­stone this year with 31 out of 62 grad­u­at­ing se­niors com­plet­ing the en­gi­neer­ing path­way pro­gram and at­tend­ing col­lege.

the in­tel HBCu Grant Pro­gram part­ners with six HBcus (his­tor­i­cally black col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties — Howard, mor­gan state, Prairie view, tuskegee, north carolina a&t and flor­ida a&m) to sup­port de­vel­op­ing their stem cur­ric­ula with schol­ar­ships, stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ences and in­tel-hosted work­shops. tech­nol­ogy Path­ways ini­tia­tive part­ners in­tel with three sil­i­con val­ley uni­ver­si­ties — san fran­cisco state, san Jose state and uc Berke­ley — to de­sign a new de­gree pro­gram that in­te­grates com­put­ing ed­u­ca­tion with other ma­jor fields of study pop­u­lar with women. in­tel schol­ar­ships are awarded to stu­dents through a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions, i.e., the amer­i­can in­dian science and en­gi­neer­ing so­ci­ety, Ge­or­gia tech, Gem and His­panic foun­da­tion sil­i­con val­ley. in­tel is also im­ple­ment­ing a com­pre­hen­sive SteM

ed­u­ca­tional trans­for­ma­tion in two navajo na­tion high schools.

Spend­ing and de­vel­op­ment through Sup­plier di­ver­sity

in­tel is on track to spend $1 bil­lion an­nu­ally on sup­pli­ers owned by women and peo­ple of color by 2020. to en­sure the pool of suc­cess­ful di­verse sup­pli­ers con­tin­ues grow­ing, the in­tel

Cap­i­tal di­ver­sity ini­tia­tive com­mit­ted to in­vest $125 mil­lion in women- and mi­nor­ity-owned star­tups. that goal was sur­passed in just three years.

“in­tel’s di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion goals are in­tel’s busi­ness goals,” con­tin­ues Whye. “We want to shape the fu­ture of tech­nol­ogy, but in or­der to do that we must be rep­re­sen­ta­tive of that fu­ture.”

Bar­bara Whye Chief Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion Of­fi­cer and VP of Hu­man Re­sources for the Tech­nol­ogy, Sys­tems Ar­chi­tec­ture and Client Group, In­tel

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