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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Intel Announces Their Plan to Hire More Women and Minorities in High Tech Jobs

Intel Announces Their Plan to Hire More Women and Minorities in High Tech Jobs
 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, high-tech jobs have grown substantially over the past decade and represent jobs that not only pay well but are also "key in the changing economy of the 21st Century." But women and minorities represent only a small portion of the workforce. One technology company, Intel, wants to change that and is putting their money where their mouth is.

Intel's plan

Like many technology companies, Intel also has a high percentage of white males employed than women. But they recently announced their plan to change that by investing $300 million to support more representation of women and minorities in technology and in gaming development. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich plans to set the example for other technology companies to do the right thing and create more opportunities in these technology fields for women and minorities.

Step in the right direction

Krzanich's plan is a step in the right direction in creating more diversity in technology fields. The CEO's announcement came about the same time that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came under attack for his comment that women should simply have "faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along." Unfortunately, his comment was interpreted as a suggestion that women should not ask for raises.

Intel's plan is to increase the hiring and retention and progression of women and minorities to reach full representation by the year 2020. As Krzanich explained it, "This isn't just good business," he said. "This is the right thing to do."

Read more at www.cnet.com/news/intel-pledges-300m-to-build-a-more-diverse-work-force/
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