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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 331: Championing Inclusivity in Tech With Joannie Fu of Intel

Joannie Fu of Intel joined this episode of Diverse: a SWE podcast to share her personal and professional experiences on building a more inclusive tech sector.

Joannie Fu, Vice President of the Network & Edge Group (NEX) Execution Office at Intel, joins SWE CEO & Executive Director Karen Horting on this episode to discuss building a more inclusive tech sector.

Fu reflects on her experience of being out at work as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in the early 2000s, along with the industry changes she has seen since that time.

Hear the best career advice Fu ever received, how her background as an architect and structural engineer has influenced her leadership style, and what every STEM leader can do to create more inclusive environments at work.

Listen to the episode on SWE’s websiteSpotifyApple Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.

Speaker: Joannie Fu, Vice President, Network & Edge Group (NEX), NEX Execution Office (NEO), Intel

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Joannie Fu leads Intel’s Network & Edge (NEX) Execution Office, responsible to accelerate global cross-functional execution with quality by driving consistent management systems, optimizing operational framework, energizing our employees, and bringing a world-class culture of integrity to life.

During her 20+ years tenure with Intel, Joannie has held leadership positions in various technical/business domains, division and sites – giving her the breadth of semiconductor business and technology industry.

She also actively leads key diversity & inclusion programs that continue to propel innovation and empower world-changing technology development.

Joannie was named to Fast Company’s Annual Top Queer 50 Leader list in 2023. She won the Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother Magazine and was recognized as Intel Inclusive Leader of the Year for her contribution and positive impact both within and outside of Intel.

Joannie holds MBA degree from University of California, Irvine and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree in Structural Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Host: Karen Horting, Executive Director & CEO, SWE

Karen Horting headshot - CEO of the Society of Women Engineers

Karen Horting, CAE, is the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers, a position she has held since Dec. 31, 2013.

With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Horting was most recently the SWE deputy executive director.

In this capacity, she was responsible for all fund development activities for the organization, including corporate membership and SWE’s Corporate Partnership Council and more traditional philanthropy such as foundation and government grants, individual gifts, and bequests.

She also oversaw many of the Society’s programs and services, including professional development, K-12 outreach, the annual conference, and SWE’s international expansion.

She currently serves on the Leadership Circle of the 50K Coalition, the FIRST Robotics Board of Directors, the STEM Ed Coalition Board of Directors, Engineering CAS Diversity Advisory Board, and the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board (DAAB).


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