Adriane Brown was eight years old in 1966, when she and her brother integrated a previously all-white school in Virginia. By sixth grade, she was class president. She’s been a leader ever since, currently serving on numerous boards including eBay, Allergan, and Jobs for America’s Graduates, the nation’s leading dropout prevention program. From 2010-2017, Brown was President and COO for Intellectual Ventures. She has been honored with many awards, including MIT”s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award. Here’s how she learned — at a very young age — to use discomfort to her advantage.