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After winning an internship at Intel in the early 2010s, Kate Kallot spent six years climbing the company’s corporate ladder until she became director of the firm’s in-house AI team.
Since joining semiconductor giant ARM at the beginning of 2019, Kallot says she’s focused on creating strategic alliances that empower the global technology and developer ecosystem to solve real-world problems.
“If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught me, it’s the value of being able to take a step back from an incredibly busy schedule, take a breath, and recharge,” she tells Business Insider.
“Before I joined ARM, I don’t think I realized quite how much focus would be placed on the ‘human angle,’ and on helping those in need, but it really has been front and center.”
Kallot also boasts a weighty trophy cabinet: She was named VentureBeat’s Women in AI Rising Star of 2020, won CES’ Best of Innovation Award, and the China AI Industry Innovation Alliance award for Most Remarkable Product Award in 2018.
In the past 18 months, she’s mentored teams at ARM, UNICEF, and the Gates Foundation startup bootcamp, as well as launching the firm’s first data-science competition for African developers.