Ann Kelleher needs little introduction. A UCC doctoral graduate in electrical engineering from Co. Cork, she took a hiatus early in her academic career to get some industrial experience. She is still on that hiatus, 20-odd years later, and is now corporate vice president and general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel Corporation.
Recently, as part of the Inspiring Women@Tyndall series, she spoke about her journey from Co. Cork schoolgirl to Intel VP, and outlined some key lessons learned along the way:
- Diversity and inclusion are critical, from both moral and business perspectives, and are a legal imperative, but meeting the legal requirements ought to be a baseline, not an aim.
- Never give up – persistence wins. Conquer your shyness to get the job done.
- Start from a point of positivity, where everything is possible. A negative viewpoint will only hold you back.
- Focus on what you can control.
- Be heard – your opinion matters. Find your own way of having your voice heard (and it’s not simply talking louder).
- Rather than focussing on your flaws, look for where you shine.
- Know yourself – your core values, your strengths and weakness, your attributes.
- It’s all about (working) relationships: build your ‘emotional bank account’, be kind, be helpful. It is okay to ask for help.
And she finished with some words that have inspired her:
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller