In Intel's journey to be the most inclusive workplace on the planet, we strive to create a space where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential and deliver their best work. We aspire to a culture where there's no bar set for inclusion—because we continue to raise it.
"What really influenced me to stay at Intel has been the culture. A lot of companies state diversity is important, but I would say to women out there that I've personally witnessed the commitment here," said Nnennaya Udochu, an Analog Engineer.
Nnennaya started her career at Intel as an intern seven years ago. As the only woman in many of her engineering classes, Nnennaya became accustomed to the discomfort of feeling out of place or not being seen.
"To be very honest, when I came, there weren't really a lot of Black women engineers," she said. "There's not enough yet. But I can tell you right now that I see more. I see Intel pushing the goals for diversity. I feel very supported and seen."
Embracing uncomfortable conversations
Platform Architect Aline Sadate also cites Intel's authenticity in diversity and inclusion as why she finds fulfillment in her career at Intel.
"When we talk about inclusivity and diversity, I love what Intel is doing. When the events around George Floyd's murder happened, my manager called me and wanted to have a conversation around if I was okay," said Aline.
"Intel's upper-level management had a meeting to talk about what was going on and say, 'We see you. We hear you. We may not completely understand, but we empathize with you,'" she continued.
Aline spoke with several family members and friends whose companies never checked on how they were doing with the racial injustice on the daily news. At Intel, though, conversations like these demonstrate the ways we bring our core values to life. One Intel means appreciating, respecting, and trusting one another because we're stronger together— and we're fearless in this pursuit.
"I feel really fortunate that people are not hiding from those conversations here because these are tough conversations to have. But they bring us together. It makes you feel seen, and that's a motivation to come back and give your best to the company," she said.
Established groups where you can be yourself
Additionally, Intel encourages employee involvement in a variety of employee resource groups, including the Women at Intel Network (WIN), which connects a diverse group of women and allies across job functions and organizations at Intel. This network helps create a supportive environment where women can thrive and achieve their full potential. The group provides resources and events for professional development and community impact, and opportunities for networking, collaboration, and support.
"There is this mentee-mentor relationship, so it's a good place to meet other women who could really push you, support you, challenge you to do more. I feel very inspired by them," said Nnennaya. "I feel like One Intel, Being Fearless; those are really the two values that I've felt from their presence and interacting with each of them."
How do we foster a true culture of belonging and togetherness? By unequivocally living our values. Knowing it makes us better. We welcome differences.
Nnennaya said it best. "There is this sense of togetherness within the company. You hear people's different experiences, and it is important because it brings us together. As a woman of Nigerian descent, it is important for me to inspire other women. I would tell other women out there, specifically women of color, Intel is a great place to work."
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