Reflecting on Women’s History Month at GLOBALFOUNDRIES

By Emma Cheer
Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, GlobalFoundries

Women’s History Month has been a time of inspiration and empowerment at GlobalFoundries (GF), with colleagues at our sites around the world joining in the celebration. I would like to share some highlights of the many Women’s History Month events and programs GF held throughout March.

The month started on an exceptionally high note with International Women’s Day (IWD). GF has participated in IWD for several years, and each year it centers around showcasing GF’s commitment to women and celebrating women’s achievements.

This year’s IWD theme was “Choose to Challenge,” and GF colleagues from around the globe participated in a photo campaign to pledge their support and share how they, personally, would challenge themselves and others to challenge gender bias and inequality.

International Women's Day

Our GlobalWomen employee resource group hosted virtual IWD celebrations at our sites around the world. As part of those celebrations, GF Board Member Glenda Dorchak joined CEO Tom Caulfield for a fireside chat. They discussed leadership, Glenda shared stories about her remarkable career, and they spoke about the imperative for companies to embrace diversity and inclusion, among many other topics.

Here are two clips from their conversation:

This month, we also launched a video campaign featuring women leaders across GF discussing their experiences as women in the semiconductor industry. In addition to generously sharing their perspective and insight, these women leaders highlighted what “Choose to Challenge” meant to them. Below are excerpts from some of these powerful videos:

To close out Women’s History Month, GF and partner Fairygodboss – the largest career community for women in the United States – collaborated on a special podcast and webinar. GF’s Emily Reilly, our senior vice president, and chief human resources officer, virtually sat down with Romy Newman, president, and co-founder of Fairygodboss, for an episode of Fairygodboss Radio. The podcast series is dedicated to conversations with accomplished female professionals to discuss life lessons and how women can support one another, drive change, and shatter the glass ceiling.

Listen to the full episode here.

Emily Reilly - FairyGodBoss Radio Quote

As a follow-up to the podcast, Emily hosted Romy at a virtual event attended by GF employees from across the world. The event included a presentation by Romy and a Q&A session where employees asked questions of both Emily and Romy.

In addition to empowering women within our organization, we believe in taking action to help women in our communities and across the world. For Women’s History Month, in partnership with our GlobalGives philanthropy program, GF chose to highlight and match employee donations to several nonprofit organizations dedicated to women’s causes – from advancing women in business leadership to inspiring girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, to other gender equality efforts.


It is critical to note the above efforts were made possible through a collaboration between GF’s Diversity and Inclusion team and GlobalWomen, the largest of the company’s employee resource groups. GlobalWomen was established in 2013 and has grown into a thriving network of more than 1,500 GF employees around the world.

At GF, we continue to double down on our commitment to growing representation within our own team as well as throughout the semiconductor industry. We are investing in diversity and inclusion. Not only is it the right thing to do, we know our success depends on it.

At GF, one of our core values is “Embrace” — a reminder of the strength that comes from a culture of inclusivity, empathy, and respect. Our company and its culture are the sum of each and every employee. We are ONEGF, and the path before us is more diverse, more inclusive, and more successful than ever before.

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