For over 100 years, International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the world as a day to acknowledge the many achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias, pointing to a future world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
Alessandra Costa, SVP, Customer Success Group at Synopsys, has a career marked with many technical and business achievements, including the creation of several successful female leadership programs. There’s no doubt Costa has and will continue to make significant contributions to support diversity in the tech industry, but she longs for the day that we no longer need an International Women’s Day to remind us to celebrate the successes of women.
Indeed, there’s still much work to be done in our industry. According to the Global Semiconductor Association’s Women in the Semiconductor Industry 2020 report, the median for women’s representation in the total semiconductor workforce lies in the 20-25% range. This representation falls to under 10% as roles progress from individual contributors to managers and board-level roles.
Read on to learn more about what sparked Costa’s interest in tech and semiconductors, the challenges she’s faced in the industry, her vision for the Customer Success Group at Synopsys, and more.