Thomas Dunlap, Jr.
At Intel Corporation diversity is a reality and not just a goal.
In 2002, Intel was not only the recipient of MCCA’s Employer of Choice award, it was also ranked at the top of Fortune magazine’s 50 of America’s Best Companies for Minorities, and was listed amongst Hispanic magazine’s 100 companies providing the most opportunities for Hispanics.
The legal department, which is led by its General Counsel Thomas Dunlap, Jr., is committed to the advancement of minority and women attorneys. Of the 280 employees in its legal department, 22 percent are people of color, and women account for 45 percent of all staff. Additionally, minorities represent 19 percent of all attorneys, which is an increase of 10 percentage points from the previous year.
Seeking to improve upon these already impressive gains, the law department has developed additional key areas to focus on in 2002. First, the department is offering its employees multicultural training, which is culture-specific training courses focusing on understanding how business is conducted internationally and how business differs across cultures. The courses are offered in tandem with a “Skills and Awareness Training Roadmap” that Intel is currently developing to help employees at all levels value diversity and respect each other’s uniqueness through dynamic classes, forums, and other types of training.
This year, 40 managers attended a one-day training session. At the session, they were challenged to examine their own personal filters. Additionally, participants were given real-life incidents to examine more inclusive approaches to managing diverse employees.
The legal department’s diversity committee is currently developing sub-teams to concentrate on hiring, retention, and mentoring, with specific objectives for women and people of color. Intel’s mentoring program is voluntary and gives employees the unique experience of acting as a mentor to a fellow employee, while providing an avenue for competency and skills development to support ongoing career growth.
These efforts help to progress Intel’s workforce objective to reinforce a concept of diversity that everyone can identify with, and to create a work environment that respects and values all employees.
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From the December 2002 issue of Diversity & The Bar®