VSDOpen2021 Keynote Speaker 1 - Lets get you a job in Semiconductor industry
VLSI recruitment has been the toughest for many years. It's not because of a lack of openings. Currently, the VLSI industry has many openings around the globe. The main reason is inadequate workforce development activities to cater to huge demand. It's time to redefine how workforce development activities and training should look like, so we are able to supply enough talent to industry
. That's what our first Keynote speaker "Shari Liss" will be going to address
The theme of the talk - Let's make hardware cool again
Keynote Speaker 1 - Shari Liss, Executive Director, SEMI Foundation
As Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation, Shari is responsible for driving the SEMI Strategic Initiatives for Workforce Development. Specifically, she provides leadership to the SEMI Foundation with sustainable programs that attract and fill the global electronics industry talent pipeline
. Shari is also responsible for leading the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.
Shari joined SEMI from Ignited, where she was the Chief Executive Officer. At Ignited, she recruited, trained, and placed more than 400 educators in summer fellowships at top companies
for transformative professional development that grew the Bay Area’s STEM talent pool and workforce pipelines. Prior to Ignited, Shari piloted an alternative high school for at-risk students, taught college calculus, and developed mathematics programs to serve both gifted and challenged students in the Bay Area.
She was also named a Woman of Influence in 2017 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal
for her long-standing service to the education and nonprofit communities. Shari received a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Science, Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.
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