Book Reviews

Across The Divide:  Navigating the Digital Revolution as a Woman, Entrepreneur and CEO

“Having built a remarkable 50-year career as a trailblazer in the IT industry, Susan Elliott is one of the most dynamic business leaders I know. Her experiences, set against the backdrop of the birth and maturity of the data processing – now information technology – industry combine to make up a truly extraordinary journey. Susan’s motto – nothing as constant as change – has never been more relevant than it is now, and her ability to combine hard work with a nimble, entrepreneurial mindset serves as a model on how to survive and thrive in today’s competitive business environment.”

Ronald J. Kruszewski
Chairman and CEO, Stifel Nicolaus


“Bob Thaves quipped that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did – just backwards and in high heels. In this readable and insightful autobiography, former Webster University Trustee Susan Elliott leads readers through her own journey from data processing to information technology. In the male-dominated DP field of the ’60s, Susan Elliott’s journey certainly was highly challenging, both ‘backwards’ and ‘in heels.’ Young women (and men), take heart from the way Susan Elliott inspires us to strap on our heels and step into a future where change is the only constant.”

Elizabeth “Beth” J. Stroble, Ph.D.
President, Webster University


“For years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Susan Elliott and seeing her put her tremendous technical knowledge and entrepreneurial expertise into practice. I’m thrilled she’s put her experiences on paper. She’s been on the inside of corporate giants, but truly made her mark when she started her own company, charted her own course and drove technology development in her own extraordinary way. Across the Divide gives a fascinating account of her career, but also of the digital age and how it’s changed our world forever.”

Douglas R. Oberhelman
Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar


“This intriguing book is a great read for aspiring entrepreneurs – women in particular – and all others who may set out to build a business. The author, a dynamic and resourceful woman, starting in her basement established and grew what is today a thriving business in the field of computer technology.”

George Herbert “Bert” Walker III
U.S. Ambassador to Hungary
Chairman Emeritus, Stifel Nicolaus
Chairman Emeritus, Webster University


“A compelling history of information technology, one woman’s drive for creating extraordinary value and sage advice for success in this very challenging economic world. A ‘must read’ understates the merits of this wonderful book.”

General John W. Handy
USAF (retired)


“As I read through this remarkable story of personal tenacity, I am reminded how much stronger America would be today had we captured earlier the talents of one-half of our population – women. Bravo to Susan and Elizabeth (her daughter and successor). They have set the standard for entrepreneurship.”

Frederic V. Salerno
Retired Vice Chairman & CFO, Verizon
Chairman of the Board, Gabelli Group Capital Partners
Lead Director, Intercontinental Exchange


“Across the Divide describes a 50-year journey of epic proportions in technology, from the 1960s when transistor-tube computers filled spaces the size of football fields to widespread adoption of PCs in the 1980s and finally into today’s world of web-based cloud computing. Passionate curiosity and total client-centered focus are Susan Elliott’s constant companions as she built the technology company she founded and piloted through the rapids of change. The wins and perseverance are impressive and inspiring; the positive energy jumps off the page; and the intelligence and care with which she passes the baton of leadership to her daughter is certainly one of the greatest achievements of her richly-lived life.”

Gayle Jackson
President & CEO, Energy Global Inc.


“Susan Elliott has written the engaging story of her highly successful and ground-breaking career as the founder and CEO of an IT services firm whose inception and subsequent growth coincided with and paralleled the introduction and growth of the PC. For historians, she was a leader, and as a woman, ahead of the times in an industry focused on rapid and transformative technological change. The book is also a valuable primer for anyone starting a business. For those who have been through the process, the ‘light bulb’ moments and ‘lessons learned’ are all too familiar, but critical steps on the road to success.”

James M. Denny
Retired Vice Chairman, Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Lead Director, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Chairman, Navicure, Inc.



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