Equipped with a lifelong love of math and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, Susan Spoehrer Elliott landed a position as a systems engineer with IBM in St. Louis,
Missouri shortly after completing her education in 1958. At the time, IBM was actively recruiting women and offered training in the appropriate courses. Ms. Elliott took an 11-week training course for eight hours a day with the company and became adept in computer systems. She served with IBM until 1966, when she founded and became chairman of Systems Service Enterprises, Inc. (SSE Inc.), a certified Women-Owned Small Business. Additionally, in 1967 she served as a systems analyst with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Jefferson City, Missouri for three years and also briefly served as a systems coordinator for Boatmen’s National Bank of St. Louis (now Bank of America) from 1979 to 1983.
Outside of her practical work in the field, Ms. Elliott held appointments on several professional boards throughout her career. From 1986 to 2008, she was a member of the board of directors’ executive committee for the Automobile Club of Missouri. From 1991 to 1994, she served as the secretary of the board of directors for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. From 1996 to 1998 she was the Class C director and deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. From 1998 to 2006, she served on the board of directors of the Angelica Corporation. From 2002 to 2006, she served on the board of directors of the Regional Business Council. Then, finally, from 2003 to 2010, she served on the board of directors of Ameren Services.
An active member of her community, Ms. Elliott has also spent much of her time in volunteer capacities throughout her area. From 1976 to 1989, she served as trustee and vice chairman of the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. From 1985 to 1986, she served as commissioner and vice chairman of the Civil Service Commission for the City of St. Louis, Missouri. From 1985 to 1987, she served as commissioner and vice chairman of the Missouri Lottery Commission. From 1987 to 1996, she served as trustee and vice chairman of Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1990 to 1996, she served on the board of directors of the St. Louis Zoo. From 1996 to 1997, she served as chair of the Women Business Owners Committee of United Way. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Saint Louis Science Center.
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