Eugenie Maynard was born in Minnesota in 1950. She went to school in Moorhead, earning a degree in Accounting. During her school years from 1969-1972 she was only one of two females students in the accounting program. In early 1972 she was the only female on staff during her internship. She held several high-level positions in a field dominated by men, essentially breaking through the glass ceiling. When she started her first job in 1972 she was only one of two women on the professional staff.