Business executive and investor Marissa Ann Mayer was born on May 30, 1975 in Wausau, Wisconsin. Mayer graduated with honors from Stanford with a BS in symbolic systems in 1997, and an MS in computer science in 1999. She joined Google in 1999 starting out writing code and overseeing small teams of engineers, developing and designing Google's search offerings. She became known for her attention to detail, which helped land her a promotion to product manager, and later she became director of consumer web products. She oversaw the layout of Google's well-known, unadorned search homepage. While Mayer was working at Google, she taught introductory computer programming at Stanford and mentored students at the East Palo Alto Charter School. She was awarded the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award from Stanford. Mayer married lawyer and investor Zachary Bogue on December 12, 2009. They have 3 children. Mayer served as president and chief executive officer of Yahoo! from 2012 to 2017. After leaving Yahoo! in 2017, Mayer started Lumi Labs (later rebranded as Sunshine) with former colleague Enrique Munoz Torres. The company is focused on artificial intelligence and consumer media.
"If you don't have any shadows, you’re not standing in the light."