Barbara H. Whye is the chief diversity and inclusion officer and corporate vice president of social impact at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s $300 million Diversity in Technology initiative, which resulted in reaching full representation in Intel’s U.S. workforce in October 2018. She is also responsible for Intel’s investments and programs that deliver positive global impact and enrich lives globally. This includes the advancement of Intel’s leadership in corporate responsibility and integration of inclusive, accessible and sustainable practices in operations, supply chain and product innovation.
Whye joined Intel in 1995 as an engineer and has since held numerous roles, including leadership and project engineering roles responsible for acquiring and starting up new facilities for Intel worldwide. She also leads the investment strategy for Intel’s global STEM education portfolio, with an emphasis on girls and underserved populations. And she was a strategist on Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment.
As Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer and corporate vice president of social impact, Whye leverages her 25 years of experience to develop strategies that accelerate progress and integrate diversity and inclusion across the ecosystem. She leads the Intel Foundation, awarding millions in grants focused on STEM programs, disaster relief and philanthropic efforts of Intel’s employees. Whye also leads Intel Involved, enabling employees to volunteer their expertise, support their local communities and inspire the next generation of innovators around the world.
A recognized force for social change, Whye has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including the 2019 BLACK ENTERPRISE Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity Award, 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America Award, and 2019 NAFE Women of Excellence Corporate Women’s Champion Award, among others. She was also recognized on Fortune’s 2020 Most Powerful Women list.
Whye earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina and her MBA from the University’s Darla Moore School of Business. She is currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University’s school for the Future of Innovation in Society.