Karla Blanco

Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Products & Systems Integration , Global Diversity, Inclusion & Social Impact Group, Intel

As the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Integration Director, Karla identifies opportunities to integrate the DEI lens on processes and systems across Intel’s business units. This leads to efficiencies and ensures consistency of the different company business units to deploy meaningful DEI programs that drive transformation.

Karla has been with Intel for more than 22 years. She started her career at Intel Costa Rica as Customs & Free Trade Zone Specialist in the Finance Department and then moved to Corporate Affairs as the Government Affairs Manager. She then became the LAR Corporate Affairs Director with responsibilities for corporate social responsibility, innovation & social impact programs for Latin America. In 2017 she moved to Arizona and joined the Global Diversity and Inclusion Office as Latinx, LGBT+ and India communities Program Manager.

Karla is the best-selling author of Unleash Your Career Potential, a speaker, coach and certified leadership trainer. She is an Aspen Institute fellow under the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) with INCAE and a certified mentor of Vital Voices in Costa Rica, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

Karla holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Costa Rica. Karla is a certified scuba diver, incorporates mediations as part of her daily routine and enjoys reading and dancing.

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