Applied Materials Celebrates Diversity
At Applied Materials we understand the value of global diversity and inclusion and we weave it into the fabric of our company. It is reflected in processes and day to day business practices and culture. Recently the company held celebrations in California, Texas and Massachusetts to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion.
In its fourth year in Austin, Texas Applied’s Diversity celebration centered on the theme, ‘It Starts with Me,’ and was kicked off by Rick Gesing, corporate vice president, Semiconductor Manufacturing and Supply Chain, with a talk reflecting on the importance of trust and courage as part of a successful diversity journey. Applied’s Mary Humiston, senior vice president, Global Human Resources, encouraged employees to speak up and become active participants in helping drive the diversity and inclusion message home. Additional executives from around the world tuned in virtually to partake in the day’s activities and share their experiences and perspectives on the importance of diversity. Afternoon workshops and activities involving executive participation provided employees with professional development, open dialogue and unique problem solving exercises leading to innovative ideas.
In Santa Clara, California around the theme ‘Global Diversity: The Foundation of Innovation,’ Applied Materials employees kicked off the Second Annual Silicon Valley Diversity Day at corporate headquarters with the inaugural raising of the rainbow flag, which is used in many cultures around the world as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness, of hope and of yearning . Employee campuses in Massachusetts held similar activities.
Following was a half-day event focused on ‘Diversity of Thought’ and how this can inspire innovative business solutions.
The notion of ‘Diversity of Thought’ is built around the principle that the best solutions to complex problems are not always discovered though conventional thinking. New challenges involve new ways of thinking and sometimes inspiration can come from unlikely sources. Being open to different points of view and new ideas is critical to innovation.
Welcome remarks were provided by Diversity Day executive sponsors, Om Nalamasu, Applied CTO, and Madonna Bolano, corporate vice president, Human Resources, Silicon Systems Group. Mike Splinter, Applied Materials Chairman and CEO, provided an overview of the role diversity plays into the company’s success. Also in attendance were Randhir Thakur, vice president, general manager, Silicon Systems Group, Applied Materials and Mary Humiston.
The program included a keynote speech from Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Success Coach Dr. Nicole Cutts. This session explored the relationship between diversity, creativity and innovation, and how to leverage diversity to create a culture of inclusion, innovation and excellence.
Following the keynote was a candid panel discussion with Applied Materials executives including Om Nalamasu, Madonna Bolano, and Tom Larkins, senior vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. The panel discussed ways that embracing ‘Diversity of Thought’ can create a competitive advantage and inspire innovative business solutions at Applied Materials.
The day concluded with lively performances from talented employees and an expo of the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) available at Applied Materials including the African American Community Service Agency, Silicon Valley Hispanics in Partnership, Women’s Professional Development Network, and the Veteran Employee Team among others. YWCA of Silicon Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank also participated in the expo.
Below are highlights of Applied’s Diversity Day celebration in Silicon Valley.
Although the various Diversity Day events have concluded, diversity and inclusion are foundational elements of Applied Materials’ culture, and as such we will continue to embrace these elements in the work we do each and every day.