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MILPITAS, Calif.  — March 6, 2018 — Underscoring the importance of workplace diversity as the global semiconductor industry endeavors to grow its talent pipeline, the Women in Semiconductors (WiS) program returns to the SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2018) April 30 – May 3 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Back by popular demand, WiS continues to connect more women in the semiconductor manufacturing industry while driving critical discussions across genders. The April 30 WiS program runs in conjunction with ASMC 2018.

"Workplace diversity is an ethically sound principle and a business strategy that inherently produces better results,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI President and CEO.  “As part of a comprehensive SEMI workforce development plan, we have doubled down on our strategy to share best practices, facilitate networking, expand mentoring opportunities and increase the number of women working in the semiconductor industry.  The Women in Semiconductors event at ASMC is an important component of this plan.”

WiS builds on the strength of the last two years’ programs with themes including leadership skills, the power of talk and why promoting diversity in the workplace benefits everyone. The event is sponsored by Axcelis, Applied Materials, IBM, Nanotronics, Thermo Fisher Scientific and TEL.  Registration is complimentary to ASMC attendees and is now open

Women in Semiconductor bannerThe WiS 2018 keynote on #dontsettle will be delivered by:

  • Mary Puma, CEO, Axcelis

A panel and subsequent interactive discussion will focus on:

  • Moving into management
  • Work/life balance
  • Mechanics of mentoring

The panel, moderated by Leslie Tugman of the SEMI Foundation, includes:

  • Sanchali Bhattacharjee, Intel Corporation
  • Larry Clevenger, IBM Research
  • Dan Griffiths, Parson’s Environmental Engineering
  • Jennifer Pickering, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Margaret Schmitt, Ansys, Inc.

The program is co-chaired by Carrie Gann, Nikon Precision, and Cathy Scholze, Vacuum Engineering & Materials

For program details contact Margaret Kindling at or phone 1.202.393.5552. Qualified members of the media should contact Michael Hall (SEMI Public Relations) at for media registration information.


About SEMI

SEMI® connects over 2,000 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members prosper, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Association Contact

Michael Hall/SEMI
Phone: 1.408.943.7988