Lisa Shipley has had an impressive professional career. One of nine children, she worked her way through college. Married at age 27 and divorced several years later, Lisa was left with three-year-old twins and a one-year-old her to raise as a single mom. Her desire to provide them with a comfortable life helped motivate Lisa to succeed in the work world.
She began her professional career in banking, where she quickly moved up the ranks, but when she was just 33, she had the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the electronic payments processing industry. A natural-born salesperson, Lisa’s career took off. Soon, she was sales director for Hypercom, a global, publicly traded company that designed, manufactured and sold credit card processing equipment and within two years, she was its number one salesperson. Eventually, Lisa was promoted to senior vice president of North American Sales, making her Hypercom’s highest-ranking female employee and its only female among a group of 5 global senior vice presidents.
Lisa’s meteoric career came to an abrupt end however, when Hypercom’s new CEO began to demean and demoralize her. After recognizing that no matter how hard she worked and how much revenue she generated for the company, nothing was going to change, Lisa resigned from her job and joined a Hypercom competitor.
Later, Lisa filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against Hypercom and its CEO. A nearly four-year long legal battle ensued, but when her case finally went to trial, a jury of Lisa’s peers found both defendants guilty on all counts and awarded her a large judgment. However, Hypercom appealed the jury’s decision and so Lisa’s lengthy legal saga continued. Lisa’s fascinating book, Crawling Across Broken Glass: How One Woman Fought Gender Discrimination, Beat the Odds and Won, recounts the events leading up to the lawsuit, the trial, its outcome and its aftermath. It also discusses the lessons Lisa learned from her experience — about gender discrimination, how the legal system really works and why it is so difficult for women who have been discriminated against in the workplace to get the justice they deserve.
Today, Lisa holds an executive position in the payments industry. She is also Current Past President of the Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (W.net). The organization is dedicated to using networking and mentoring opportunities, among other things, to help more women in the electronics payments industry move into senior level positions.
Lisa resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and three children.
“I said after the trial that I wanted to write a book. About nine months later, my son Daniel asked me how the book was coming. He asked if this was going to be like other personal dreams of mine not followed through on because of my crazy busy professional life. It was the wakeup call I needed to write something that I think others can benefit from that find themselves in circumstances similar to mine.”
— Lisa Shipley