Ann Yeung
Ann Yeung38

Head of technology, global retirement & workplace solutions,
Morningstar

Fast Facts

  • First job was as a gas station cashier.
  • Favorite place is Adelboden, a Swiss Alpine village in the Bernese Oberland region.
  • Would love to have dinner with Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel and her husband. "I think the conversation would just be fascinating, and I wouldn't want my husband to miss out on it."

A combination of grit and self-awareness has powered the career trajectory of Morningstar's Ann Yeung. Recently named the company's head of technology, global retirement and workplace solutions, she will be enhancing and developing new software products.

In her sophomore year in college, Ms. Yeung decided she needed to pick a career path. She had both time and debt on her mind and made her needs very clear: a constantly changing, challenging, very dynamic field where she could make good money with just a bachelor's degree. She did not want to spend years in graduate school.

"[The academic adviser] suggested computer science and math, and I thought 'Let me try it out.' I didn't even own a computer at that time," Ms. Yeung said.

It worked out well, as she has been in demand in a wide range of industries since graduating in 2001.

What does she like about programming?

"I like being able to create and to come into different businesses and learn their challenges and help them solve problems," Ms. Yeung said.

Giving back to her profession, she is also the Chicago director of Women Who Code, a global organization of 127,000 members that aims to elevate women in technology into executive and C-level roles.

What has influenced her success?

"If I fail, I don't give up," Ms. Yeung said. "And being a child of immigrants helped me recognize the importance of hard work, but also taught me it's OK to take risks and embrace change and be adaptable."

Deborah Nason

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