First European Network Meeting of Female GlobalFoundries Employees 

GF conference highlights the important role of women in the technology industry 

DRESDEN, Germany, August 31, 2022 – 170 participants from GF’s European sites in Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom attended the first European conference of the GF women’s network GlobalWomen today under the motto “Come together, grow together.” 

The focus of the one-day event was on the exchange of experiences of the female experts from various corporate divisions on career development, challenges in an environment that is still predominantly male, and the corporate strategy for increasing the proportion of women at all hierarchical levels. 

Petra Köpping, Saxon State Minister for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion, emphasized the leading role of GF in the advancement of women as well as the importance of the women’s network in her welcoming address: “Have the courage to take on responsibility – it’s worth it. Women can thus contribute their view of companies, society and politics and thus help shape them.” 

Dr. Thomas Caulfield, GlobalFoundries CEO, echoed this thought in his address: “We are a diverse semiconductor manufacturer in every way and what drives our success is our people. Our global team brings new ideas, different perspectives, collaboration, and challenges the status quo to propel our path forward. A culture of integrating our strengths and engaging all our talent strengthens GF and GlobalWomen play a significant role in this.” 

The conference program included keynote speeches and panel discussions on networking, career development, mentoring, and the work-life balance. The agenda was rounded off by group discussions (breakout sessions) on the aforementioned topics. 

High-profile external speakers included Tijen Onaran, founder of Global Digital Women GmbH, Heike Wilson, CEO of Dualis, Romina Stawowy, social entrepreneur and publisher of femMIT magazine, and Starla Sireno, Executive Coach. 

The corporate leadership team also featured prominent members: CEO Dr. Thomas Caulfield was joined by Laurie Kelly, Chief Communications Officer, Gregg Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer, Ruth Hernandez, Vice President Sales, Deb Leach, Vice President Technology Operations, and Dr. Manfred Horstmann, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of GF Dresden. 

The GF Women’s Network, GlobalWomen, was launched in 2013 and is comprised of more than 1,500 women and men working together across the company to drive initiatives that advance women’s professional development. GlobalWomen offers women at GF networking and mentoring, panel discussions with executives and guests, professional development opportunities, participation in external conferences, and STEM education programs. The Dresden Chapter was established in 2019 and the Sofia Chapter in 2022. 

About GF 

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