Harmony Downs

2019 Speaker

HARMONY DOWNS is an experienced HR professional with a dual role as HR business partner and diversity and inclusion specialist for Applied Materials, in the Silicon Valley headquarters. She has been at Applied for nearly five years, and has enjoyed seeing this fifty year old tech company grow and change to meet the dynamic needs of the global semiconductor industry. In her current role, she has pioneered initiatives to facilitate an inclusive culture, including a program for the development of women engineers into senior leadership roles and empowering employees through employee resource groups to achieve strategic business priorities. Prior to joining Applied, Downs spent five years in China fulfilling her ambition to foster more collaborative East-West communications by teaching Chinese graduate students English language skills and cultural awareness. Upon her return to the US, Downs developed her business acumen by attaining her MBA from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, specializing in leadership and organization. @applied_blog

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