Intel Hits Diversity Goal

Published On November 2, 2018 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

Computer chip maker Intel announced it has hit its diversity goals aheads of the self imposed 2020 dead line. Intel, the largest chip maker in the U.S., released its annual diversity report on Wednesday.

Intel established its diversity goals in 2015 and dedicated $300 million to the objective of  “improving diversity and inclusion in the entire technology industry.” The company invested in programs that expanded access to science, technology, engineering and math or STEM education and opportunities in underserved populations. The company also invested heavily in internal programs, it said.

According to the report women now account for 27% of Intel’s U.S. workforce, with nearly 24% in technical roles. Underrepresented minorities accounted for 14.6% of Intel’s U.S. employees, led by African-Americans, who now comprise 4.6% of its U.S. workforce.

Diversity in the technology sector has become a hot button issue with legislators threatening to punish companies that do not improve their diversity.

Barbara Whye, Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer said, “We are proud of our progress but not satisfied,” in a posting on Intel’s website.

According to Whye Intel prioritizes diversity as a business goal to drive innovation and future growth. Diverse teams with different perspectives, experience, and ideas are more creative and innovative, said Intel.

Whye added, “Diversity and inclusion cannot be treated as an add-on. It has to be integrated into everything we do, and this is just the beginning.”

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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