Meet two trailblazing businesswomen in the IT sector

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Author Deane May Zager writes in new book about forging ahead as two women among 65 men back in 1962

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We built a booming business in a man’s world from the ground up, and earned respect while doing it.

John Dewey once said, “The highest mark of intelligence is to recognize and grasp a genuine opportunity.”

Two women in Orange County, California did just that in 1962 when they opened the first regional data processing bureau, the field of expertise that would later come to be known as “information technology”, or IT. In a field dominated by men, Deane Zager and Diane Turner had a small office open for business in less than 24 hours.

“As executive women in the business, we were definitely an anomaly,” Zager said. “We built a booming business in a man’s world from the ground up, and earned respect while doing it.”

Zager’s new book, “The Highest Rung of the Ladder”, is full of stories of their unorthodox business adventures as they build a business in a man’s world while still maintaining an active family and social life. It explores their story with laughter and demonstrates the value of ambition, determination and friendship.

The Highest Rung of the Ladder
By Deane May Zager
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Google Play

About the author
Deane May Zager was president of Orange County Data Processing Inc. for thirty years and taught school for ten years. The American Business Women of America, Orange County California Chapter, honored her as the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year in 1991. She currently resides in Winchester, California.

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