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Diane Keng: Championing a Key Strand of Gender Equality as a Woman CEO in Tech

Diane Keng: Championing a Key Strand of Gender Equality as a Woman CEO in Tech

Ladderworks is a publishing platform of diverse picture books and an online curriculum with the mission to empower over a million kids to become social entrepreneurs. Our current series features interviews by our interplanetary journalist Spiffy with inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders, and Changemakers who are advancing the UN SDGs. 

Spiffy here with the scoop on the entrepreneurial leaders of Planet Earth. As the only interplanetary journalist stationed on this blue planet, I’m thrilled to present this galactic exclusive with Diane Keng, the co-founder and CEO of Breinify. Let’s learn about what’s happening there and how Diane is making a positive impact in the world.

Spiffy: Hi Diane, thanks a million for talking to me today. Tell me, what challenge are you addressing through Breinify?

Diane: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! As the CEO of an AI-powered personalization company, I'm navigating a field predominantly led by men. Yet, I'm determined to break stereotypes and pave the way for gender equality. Many still believe certain jobs or industries are solely for specific stereotypes. Still, I'm living proof that women (no matter the age) can excel in coding, leadership, and innovation just as well as anyone. I strive to ensure that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, race, or creed, has equal opportunities. This means dismantling barriers that perpetuate the notion of gender-specific roles. As a female CEO in the tech world, I'm challenging these norms and proving that success knows no gender. Breinify is championing an important cause of gender equality.

Spiffy: That’s so inspiring! What motivates you to do it?

Diane: Throughout my journey, I've been blessed with unwavering support from diverse corners of society. From family and friends to mentors and colleagues, each has lent their strength to my cause. I’ve had my fair share of imbalance (stories for another time), but their belief in me has ignited a fire within, propelling me to advocate fiercely for gender equality. With their encouragement, I've become a beacon of empowerment, rallying against injustice and breaking barriers. Together, we stand as a formidable force, determined to shatter stereotypes and pave the way for a more inclusive future. I want to be a part of creating a world where girls and boys can pursue their dreams without limitations!

Spiffy: What is the impact of your work?

Diane: According to a Harvard report, women account for 47% of the workforce but only hold 28% of C-level positions in the S&P 100 (a stock market index of United States stocks maintained by Standard & Poor's). I have a unique opportunity to shape the values and culture of my company to prioritize equal opportunity for all by fostering a culture of inclusivity. I believe in creating an environment where everyone, regardless of gender, has the chance to thrive and succeed. I aspire for my work to have a meaningful impact far beyond my company, and hope that I can continue to be a role model to our future generation through volunteer work for several student-led organizations.

Spiffy: Tell me about a recent organization milestone or initiative. What impact does it make on your community?

Diane: Our organization is marking Women in Tech and Women's History Month with impactful initiatives. Each week, we're organizing team lunches featuring meals from women-owned businesses, promoting economic empowerment and inclusivity in the business sphere. Moreover, our office space is being decorated to honor WHM, showcasing the achievements of women throughout history. During our events, we're engaging in discussions and activities focused on women's empowerment and contributions to society. These efforts not only educate our team members, but also serve as a reminder of women's significant role in shaping our world. Ultimately, these initiatives foster a culture of appreciation, respect, and equality within our organization.

Spiffy: Thanks for speaking with me today, Diane —it’s been an honor!

Diane Keng, co-founder and CEO of Breinify, is a pioneer in AI-driven personalization for consumer enterprises. Before Breinify, she worked at Apple and Symantec. With a B.S. in computer engineering, she started three businesses before 18. She inspires as a software innovator, advocating AI, privacy, and smarter products, making Forbes 30 Under 30 (Nominated by Max Kahn. First published on the Ladderworks website on April 3, 2024.)

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of Ladderworks LLC.

© 2024 Ladderworks LLC. Edited by Anushree Nande. Spiffy’s illustration by Shreyas Navare. For the Ladderworks digital curriculum to help K-3 kids advance the UN SDGs, visit Spiffy's Launchpad: Creative Entrepreneurship Workshops for K-3 Kids and their caregivers here.