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Barbara Hickman WhyeBarbara Hickman Whye
Director of global strategic initiatives, Intel Foundation • • •

Barbara Hickman Whye is the director of global strategic initiatives at the Intel Foundation. The foundation disburses approximately $40 million per year across more than 35 countries.

She also leads the foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for girls and women to advance innovation, math and science education. In this role, she is responsible for developing and driving specific grant initiatives that that are aligned with the foundation’s corporate strategic objectives. Whye’s passion for advancing STEM practices has resulted in catalytic global programs that have fueled innovation in classrooms, empowered women and under-served youth, and strengthened communities. She led the foundation’s recent participation in Intel’s national engineering retention rate campaign resulting from an alliance established by the White House Jobs Council.

Prior to transitioning to the philanthropic side of Intel, she spent 15 years in project engineering and held strategic leadership roles with responsibility for acquisitions and start-ups of new facilities for Intel Worldwide. She served as facilities operations manager for Intel’s new facility in Costa Rica, where she spent two years assisting in the transformation of the location from undeveloped land to a high-volume manufacturing facility, as well as in other capacities. She also led acquisitions in Russia, Mexico, and other locations.

She received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining Intel in 1997, Whye held engineering positions with NCR and BellSouth.

She is also a certified coach and professional facilitator with more than 19 years of professional experience in program/change management, communications, mergers and acquisition, and startups. 

Whye has a deep love for community and has spent many years leading philanthropic efforts in underserved communities. Recently, she was the keynote speaker at an East Africa regional science fair in Uganda for underserved girls where she shared her belief that the world is richer when young people are actively engaged in math and science and tackling community problems. She was awarded a Business for Diplomatic Action fellowship that included a three-week global leadership exchange in the Middle East; she now serves a member of the non-profit organization’s senior advisory council. Whye is a recipient of Intel’s Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award.

In addition, she is a member of the Grantmakers for Education board of Directors and is a graduate of the Council on Foundations Career Pathways and Emerging Philanthropic Leaders programs.

She is an avid blogger for CSR@Intel, as well as on her own blog and as a guest writer for other blogs.