Intel's Lorie Wigle recognized for sustainable leadership
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Lorie Wigle, who manages eco-technology for Intel, leads a number of sustainability initiatives including the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.
Ask anyone in Oregon’s sustainable business community about Lorie Wigle’s impact and the results elicit some revealing feedback.
- A visionary leader who shows up to get the actual work done.
- A tenacious and thoughtful strategist who’s also nice and actually funny.
- A user-friendly expert.
“She’s very quiet and unassuming so one might underestimate her contributions in this space,” said Nancy Hamilton, business development director for McKinstry’s Oregon operations. “A lot of people in this space match their really big ideas with big egos. Not Lorie.”
A native of Bandon, Wigle joined Intel Corp. 27 years ago, shortly after she graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in English.
Fresh out of college, she started out in basic information technology, teaching people how to use personal computer. She pursued an MBA through night classes at Portland State University and set her sights on Intel’s giant marketing arm. She cut her teeth on Intel’s first branded product line, PC Enhancements, launched in 2003. From there she moved through the organization working on entrepreneurial projects and eventually became entrenched in the growing need for data centers.
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From there she was drawn into the business of sustainability through one simple factor: the limits of electricity.
“Power became the issue that drew us into sustainability,” said Wigle, who is Intel’s general manager of eco-technology. “We all started to look at this as an obstacle to growth.”
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