Working for workplace religious diversity, equity & inclusion


Pat Gelsinger and Sandra Rivera

  • Pat Gelsinger
  • CEO of Intel
  • Intel Corporation
  • USA
  • Sandra L. Rivera
  • Intel Executive Vice President, former Chief People Officer and now General Manager of the Datacenter & Artificial Intelligence Group
  • Intel Corporation
  • USA

Gold Medalists

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and executive vice president Sandra Rivera received the 2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Gold Medal in Core Business for their work in helping create a culture at Intel where people can bring their whole selves to work — faith and all — thanks to solidly incorporating religious diversity into their overall diversity and inclusion commitments.

The award was initially presented virtually and then in person in India: two vice presidents from Intel India received the medals on their behalf: Anita Vijaykrishnan, VP / GM Enterprise Operations, and Sumedha Limaye, Vice President of Engineering, Xeon & Networking.

Virtual Acceptance Speeches

In-Person Presentation of the Medals


2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award: The Intel Corporation is the most religiously inclusive Fortune 100 company in America, according to the REDI Index. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and executive vice president Sandra Rivera have helped create a culture where people can bring their whole selves to work — faith and all — thanks to solidly incorporating religious diversity into their overall diversity and inclusion commitments. Intel’s embrace of religious inclusivity is seen in their willingness to officially sponsor a wide range of faith-based employee resource groups. These groups not only support members of their particular faiths, but also work together in an interfaith association to support all employees at Intel to succeed in work and life, indeed, a positive model for society at large.

Nominated by:

The leadership team from Intel’s “Cross-Religion & Faith Leaders Alliance”:

  • – Julia Brown-Gratcheva (Agnostics, Atheists and Allies at Intel) Oregon
  • – Sarah Huntington (Agnostics, Atheists and Allies at Intel) Oregon
  • – Alexander Saites (Agnostics, Atheists and Allies at Intel) Arizona
  • – May Mowzoon (Baha’i Intel Network) Arizona
  • – Craig Carter (Intel Bible-based Christian Network) Arizona
  • – Theo Martinescu (Intel Bible-based Christian Network) New Mexico
  • – Santosh K Sangras (Intel Hindu Community) Arizona
  • – Aaron Bell (Intel Jewish Community) Arizona
  • – Magid Latif (Intel Jewish Community) Oregon
  • – Hadi Sharifi (Intel Muslim Employee Group) Arizona
  • – Irfan Hasan (Intel Muslim Employee Group) Arizona
  • – Mohammed Shahid “Shahid” (Intel Muslim Employee Group) Oregon
  • – Tasvir Virk “Taz” (Intel Sikh Employee Group) California
  • – Suman A Sehra (Intel Sikh Employee Group) California

Biography – Pat Gelsinger

Patrick (Pat) Gelsinger is chief executive officer of Intel Corporation and serves on its board of directors. On Feb. 15, 2021, Gelsinger returned to Intel, the company where he had spent the first 30 years of his career. Before rejoining Intel, Gelsinger was CEO of VMware. In that role, he transformed VMware into a recognized global leader in cloud infrastructure, enterprise mobility and cyber security – almost tripling the company’s annual revenues. Gelsinger was also ranked the best CEO in America in 2019, according to an annual survey by Glassdoor. Prior to joining VMware in 2012, Gelsinger was president and chief operating officer of EMC’s Information Infrastructure Products business, overseeing engineering and operations for information storage, data computing, backup and recovery, RSA security and enterprise solutions. Gelsinger began his career in 1979 at Intel, becoming its first chief technology officer, and also serving as senior vice president and the general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group. He managed the creation of key industry technologies such as USB and Wi-Fi. He was the architect of the original 80486 processor, led 14 microprocessor programs and played key roles in the Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processor families, leading to Intel becoming the preeminent microprocessor supplier. Gelsinger earned several degrees in electrical engineering: an associate degree from Lincoln Technical Institute, a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree from Stanford University. He holds eight patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications, is an IEEE Fellow, and serves as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Gelsinger and his wife have been married for over 30 years; they have four children and eight grandchildren. He is also a published author and speaks frequently on faith, work and philanthropy.

Biography – Sandra Rivera

Sandra L. Rivera is executive vice president and chief people officer at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s Human Resources organization and is responsible for driving greater business results through a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion as well as being responsible for the company’s policies and programs related to human resources worldwide. Before assuming her current role, she led the Network Platforms Group, which was a global organization of over 3,000 employees that drove the transformation of network infrastructure to Intel-based solutions and enabled breakthrough ways to integrate Intel’s silicon and software portfolio to create greater customer value. The organization was one of the Data Center Group’s fastest-growing businesses, enabling Intel to become a market leader for network logic silicon, an annual $20 billion market segment. Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director after the acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. Before joining Intel, Rivera co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority, and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom. Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She sits on the Equinix board of directors and is a member of the Intel Hispanic Leadership Council.