Intel Foundation Works To Make STEM Education Accessible To Disadvantaged Students
Pia Wilson-Body, president of Intel Foundation says the Intel Foundation is working to make STEM education more accessible to disadvantaged students, especially young women. “A zip code doesn’t determine brilliance but it does determine access,” she says.
The Intel Foundation, under her leadership, is working to break down barriers and create a bridge to equity. She hopes to create not just consumers but creators.
One example is a program called “She Will Connect,” specifically focusing on encouraging more female students to pursue STEM education.
Interview with Pia Wilson-Body, the President, of Intel Foundation.
The following is the pre-interview with Pia Wilson-Body. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit
Revenue model: Funded by donations from Intel Corporation
Scale: Since the Foundation’s inception, Intel has invested a total of USD $778 million to improve lives around the world. In 2018, charitable giving totaled $82.4 million.
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As a leading creator and driver of technology, Intel is uniquely positioned to understand what skills today’s youth will need for tomorrow’s jobs, and to inspire young people to become innovators. We share our expertise and provide both financial and in-kind support to help communities, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and educators reach their goals more effectively. Our investments and engagements in social impact generate significant value for Intel and our stakeholders. Helping to expand the community of people using technology to improve their lives and solve global challenges allows us to collaborate with external stakeholders and build trust in our communities. While many of our initiatives are focused on communities where we operate and have passionate employees who engage directly, we also bring our technology and programs to other parts of the world where we believe we can catalyze positive change.
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Since 1988, the Intel Foundation has been committed to improving lives in communities around the world. We act as a catalyst for change by investing in innovative STEM programs, providing disaster relief and support, and amplifying the investments of Intel employees across a broad spectrum of personal philanthropy and volunteering. Our vision is inspired by one of Intel’s co-founders, Robert Noyce, and his oft-repeated declaration, “don’t be encumbered by history, go off and do something wonderful.”
Pia Wilson-Body. Photo Credit: Intel
Pia Wilson-Body ’s bio:
Pia Wilson-Body is president of the Intel Foundation, where she oversees the foundation’s approach for achieving impact and realizing the organization’s mission and goals. The Intel Foundation is active worldwide, awarding millions in grants focused on supporting the philanthropic efforts of Intel’s employees in education and their communities.
Wilson-Body has served as executive director of the Intel Foundation and director of Greater Americas Corporate Affairs, where she increased Intel’s thought leadership and commitment to corporate social responsibility and social impact in underserved communities. Before joining the Intel Foundation, she served as director of Global Diversity External Relations and increased Intel’s thought leadership by formulating a first-in-class Diversity in Technology awareness campaign encompassing traditional and social media, editorial content, earned speaking events and several awards for the company.
A 14-year Intel veteran, Wilson-Body has held leadership positions in corporate affairs, human resources and communications.
She led the design and deployment of Intel’s veterans initiative as part of the White House Joining Forces initiative, led by former first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. In 2014, Wilson-Body was named Working Mother magazine’s Working Mother of the Year; and she was contributor to Center of Talent Innovation published research, “Black Women: Ready to Lead.”
Wilson-Body holds a bachelor’s from Spelman College. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including YWCA USA board of directors, Center of Women’s Leadership, Council of Foundations advisory board and Oregon Black Historical Museum.
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