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Michael is a strong advocate for diversity within his division at Intel, and across the tech industry. He has been active in championing diversity and inclusion at Intel for last 15 years, where he founded the Network of Intel African American employees (NIA) and continues to serve as a member of the Intel Black Leadership Council, helping grow the organization’s participation by VP- and executive-level members. In addition, he has also has mentored and supported the promotion of diverse candidates to leadership and management positions. Michael has been particularly active in working to help Intel attract, retain, and advance the role of women in technology and STEM. Externally, Michael has been engaged in a wide array of STEM-centred contributions, all designed to inspire the next generation of innovators and scientists, including sponsoring the creation of “Engineers 4 Tomorrow”—a non-profit organization which leverages Silicon Valley’s technical workforce to encourage youths to STEM careers; sponsoring the creation of “Women in Big Data” – a global organization to strengthen the diversity in the big data field and to attract more female talent to the big data and analytic space and help them connect, engage and grow; and serving as chairman of the board for the National GEM Consortium, a non-profit providing programming and full fellowships to support the number of under-represented individuals who pursue a master’s or doctorate degree in science or engineering. Michael regularly undertakes speaking engagements on D&I issues, including at The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Conference, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Grant Program and the Blacks in Technology Inaugural Conference.

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