Lynn Chou was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1958 where she grew up as a self-proclaimed tomboy in a middle-class family. She came to America after undergraduate school to be a graduate at the University of Houston after receiving a scholarship to study geophysics in an overwhelmingly male-dominated lab. While still enrolled in school, she was offered a job with Texaco where she ended up working for 18 years before transferring to Chevron from which she retired after another 18 years. Throughout her years working, she developed a deep sense of caring for her co-workers and credits those personal relationships for her success as a higher-level boss. After retiring at the age of 60, she is now ready to travel the world with her family and continue volunteering her time to local Houston organizations.