Born in 1962, Californian Diane Bryant had good grades in school, but no one in her family had gone to college before and her family expected her to become a hairdresser. But she had dreams of going to college, enrolling in a local community college because at the time it was free.

One day, in Calculus class, she heard something from a classmate that changed the course of her life: that engineering was the highest paying occupation when you only have a bachelor’s degree. However, it didn’t take too long for her to realise engineering was exactly what she aspired to do.

She loves solving complex problems and coming up with new ideas, which is what she’s been doing since starting her career at Intel in 1985.

After 30 years, Diane was the most senior woman at Intel and one of the most powerful female execs in Silicon Valley. She was named among Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2015 and 2016.

Diane was Group President of Intel’s Data Center Group, the worldwide organisation that develops server, storage and network platforms for the digital services economy, generating over $18 billion in revenue in 2017.

In November 2017 Diane was appointed Google Cloud’s Chief Operating Officer. She resigned from Google Cloud in 2018 and is currently a Board member of Broadcom Inc.

Diane Bryant is a tireless advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of engineering and technology. She regularly speaks to young women about STEM careers, and created a scholarship for underrepresented students wanting to pursue a computer science career.

“As a minority (a woman working in Silicone Valley in the 1980s), you need to figure out how to fit in, how to operate in a way that is conducive to the majority population. So I abandoned my shy ways and became very assertive.”