GF Celebrates International Women’s Day Around the Globe

Emma Cheer, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8. This day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also an opportunity to showcase commitment to equity, launch new initiatives, celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness, and highlight gender parity gains. This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity

GF was proud to celebrate International Women’s Day and recognize women across the company for their outstanding work.  GlobalWomen, our largest employee resource group has chapters around the globe, and every year each chapter recognizes and awards women and allies who exemplify our GF Values: Create, Embrace, Partner, and Deliver. This year, there were 10 events and over 1,000 collective attendees. Catch up on the great International Women’s Day events below! 

Our representation of women continues to grow. GF has 25% of women in our global workforce and has made tremendous strides in increasing women in executive leadership by 14% over the last 3 years. Also, our percentage of women in engineering roles has grown to over 23%. GF strives to create equitable workplaces around the globe and at every level of the organization. Learn more about our commitment to #EmbraceEquity. 

Global IWD Celebrations & Award Winners 


Congratulations to GF India’s winners including Charu Gupta, Namitha, Nimea Prasad, Monisha K. Nandeeshgowda, Mythri Nagireddy, Priya Narayanan, Vaishnavi Desai, Srujana Pillay, Shivani Agarwal, Shankari Kesavan and Renuka Munoli! 

The GF India event was marked by various activities that highlighted the importance of gender equality and women empowerment in the workplace. Speakers included Jitendra Chaddah, VP and India Country Manager who is also the GlobalWomen Site Executive Sponsor, and Swapneel Singh, Director HR Business Operations, who shared an inspiring talk about her leadership journey. She emphasized the importance of women challenging themselves to achieve their goals. She encouraged them to move forward with confidence, and not let any obstacles hinder their progress.  


A big congratulations to all winners of our 2023 Women’s Recognition Award for their outstanding support and efforts to create an equitable workplace in Singapore

GF Singapore’s winners included Alvina Seet, Ann Ann Boo, Annie Teo, Arky Lu, Bee Ling Yap, Betty Xiao, Catherine Leong, Doreen Lim, Eileen Tay, Emelie Manalo, Huey Meei Chia, Hui Ling Toh, Hwee Jun Lee, Jascelyn Thong, Jing Yan Huang, Joanne Lim, Junnie Ong, Kay Khine Pwint, Kim Hong Teo and Lawanya S. 

Santa Clara 

Congratulations to this year’s awardees in Santa Clara: Huong Duong-Tran, Scarlett Fisher, and Lynn Wang. 

At the Santa Clara, California, event, attendees learned more about International Women’s Day from the GlobalWomen West Executive Sponsor Sarah McGowan, heard from our leaders on the importance of equity, and celebrated those who go above and beyond with the GlobalWomen Recognition Awards. 


Congratulations to the 15 winners of this year’s GlobalWomen Awards in Dresden! The winners included: Anita Berthold, Carola Drescher, Carolin Siegert, Cornelia Loewe, Daniela Tschernoster, Diana Hamann, Gabriele Grimm, Katia Strangis, Kerstin Sachse, Manja Schöne, Marta Horecha, Ning-Hui Lu, Saskia Haberkorn, Sylvia Mitteldorf and Ute Nehring. 

These female colleagues were honored as role models that represent our GF company values Create, Partner, Deliver & Embrace and achieve outstanding results beyond their role at GF. 


Attendees at our Austin site learned more about International Women’s Day from the GlobalWomen Austin Core Team, heard from our leaders on the importance of equity, and celebrated those who go above and beyond with the GlobalWomen Recognition Awards. 

Congratulations to this year’s awardees in Austin: Brenda Lanza, Marlies Amberger, and Adeline Feybesse! 


IWD recognitions in Sofia, Bulgaria, opened with our GlobalWomen Site Sponsor Dobromir Gaydazhiev sharing his insights about #EmbraceEquity theme, as well as a panel discussion on “What Equity Means to You?”

Congratulations to our GlobalWomen Recognition Award winners: Desislava Popovska, Maria Stanoeva, Nikol Borisova, Samira Dermendzhieva and Simona Dimitrova! 


Our Malta, New York, site also held an in-person celebration for IWD. Presenters included: Peter Benyon, SVP & GM Fab 8; Pradip Singh, SVP & GM Global Manufacturing Operations Excellence; Hui Peng Koh, VP Fab 8 Manufacturing Engineering and Malta GlobalWomen Executive Sponsor; as well as Tricia Burroughs, Malta GlobalWomen Co-Lead; and Serena Sapienza, Malta GlobalWomen Steering Committee Member.

Congratulations to our Malta IWD 2023 awardees: Kassidy Berger, Hayley Brown, Esther Chen, Grace Conway, Natalie Fournier, Laurie Greisler, Sarah Grunow, Jessica Kim, Selina Mala, Jwala Parajuli, Chandana Ravella, Nicole Rocco, Emily Sample, Julianne Scarupa, Mary Totaro and Lisa Ziter. Congratulations as well to Pradip Singh, who received the Ally Award. 


In China/APAC, IWD Recognition Awards went to Alice Bian, Cheng Ziaohua, Christine Huang, Teresa Lee and Kanae Shibata.  


Celebrations in Burlington, Vermont, drew over 115 participants both in-person and virtually. Speakers at the event included VP & Fab 9 General Manager Ken McAvey, Kylee Coffey, Sr Director Integration Engineering & Burlington GlobalWomen Executive Sponsor, and Emma Cheer, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. 

The 2023 Burlington IWD Award Winners are: Christina Donovan, Leslie Arnold, Cathy Christiansen, Kendra Goudreau, Kim Knight, Mary Ann Ebersole, Teresa Bazan, Colleen Whemple, Kelly Jackson, Kelly Cross, Laurie Paparo, Candice Callahan, Priya Balachandran and Emily Bates. The Allyship Award was presented to Chris Bowers. 


Our newest employee resource group, Remote@GF, for employees who work from home or another remote location, kicked off its first event of 2023 by celebrating IWD. Remote@GF recognized five women who have had a positive impact on our organization, which included: Maria Disla, Joan Keil, Abigail Kniffin, Srilata Raman and Anubha Tewari. 

Congratulations to all of the winners! 

About GlobalWomen  

GlobalWomen (GW) is an alliance of women and allies whose mission is to create a sustainable framework for the professional development of women at GlobalFoundries, working in partnership with our allies to drive initiatives that have a positive impact on our people, culture and business. GW has 9 regional chapters and is open to all employees regardless of gender to join.