Attracting, developing and retaining talent are some of the greatest challenges facing the technology industries today, and this is especially true in the microelectronics industry, where the talent gap is widely acknowledged to be growing. Studies have clearly shown that supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce can achieve increases in innovation, profitability, valuations, thought diversity, and employee morale. One such study is the annual 'Women in the Workplace' study by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org. By participating, companies can lay the foundation for a more flexible and equitable workplace in the long-term.
Research shows clear imbalances in the workplace and describes common barriers that make it difficult to reach leadership positions for women, black, indigenous and people of color. These barriers often stem from unconscious bias and a lack of formal support.
There is no single person or company that can take on the lack of diversity in our industry alone. But each passionate person can inspire others and their organizations to commit to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
There is no one size fits all approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry. While that can make things challenging, it also makes things exciting. Companies must be sure to think broadly and be open to a variety of possibilities, especially in the screening and interview processes which impact hiring and leadership.
SEMI challenges everyone to start changing the narrative.
Things that you can do right now — this moment, tomorrow, and this week.
- Know your data and use it to make change
- Encourage your company to participate in the 'Women in the Workplace' study
- Be a change agent within your company by becoming a mentor, a sponsor, an ally
- Have the crucial conversations
- Begin the work of being more conscious of others
- Sign up to be a SEMI Mentor and foster the next generation of innovators
- Find more opportunities for diversity such as your supply chain
- Make your company more Veteran-friendly
- Nominate someone for the Spotlight on SEMI Women to establish pathways and heroes for girls and boys looking for role models
We hope you will join us as we tackle this opportunity together!
Spotlight on SEMI Women recognizes and celebrates the many accomplished women who work in our global microelectronics industry. We want to put the spotlight on the fact that this industry welcomes, includes, honors and promotes women. To shine the light on the amazing women who work in our SEMI member companies, please nominate one or more stars from your workplace. Nominees in our quarterly spotlight will include women who are beacons of knowledge, leaders of organizations and initiatives, hidden heroes and innovators in our industry. They are volunteers, protectors, intellectual disruptors and activists.
Manufacturing Ownership Diversity Program
Led by SEMI members Applied Materials, Lam Research, TEL, and Intel, the Manufacturing Ownership Diversity (MOD) program works to increase the available diverse suppliers within the electronics industry. The group works to develop common best practices to define and promote the benefits of supplier diversity within the industry.
MOD supports public panels at SEMICONs and holds regular meetings. The group is open to all SEMI Members. Learn More