Lynn grew up in White Plains, NY in the 40's and 50's. Although born and raised as a boy, she felt deeply drawn to become a girl from an early age. Lynn began acting out her dreams when she went off to college at 17. She took on a secret life outside school - finding hormones and finding boyfriends too. It was nearly impossible to transition back then. But with great luck she found the help she needed, and was able to undergo reassignment surgery (outside the country) in 1968. Lynn had done well in college and was then working for IBM. Sadly, IBM fired her for being transsexual. She lost her family and friends too. A gritty survivor, Lynn took on a new identity and started all over again - at the bottom of the ladder in stealth-mode. Amazingly, she became so happy and productive in her new life that her career took off like a rocket. She went on to pioneer VLSI design methods that fueled Silicon Valley's chip design revolution in the 80's, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for her work - the highest professional recognition an engineer can receive. Lynn had many romances along the way, but held back from serious commitments for fear of losing everything if she revealed her past. That all changed in '87 when she met the love of her life. He stayed with her when she told him her story. They are married now, and live with their four cats on a 23 acre homestead in rural Michigan. They've been together for over 18 years. In '99, Lynn faced outing as stories about her early work at IBM began circulating. With a growing sense of pride in her accomplishments, she overcame her fears and quietly came out - after three decades of living in stealth. Since then, Lynn has created a major trans advocacy website (www.lynnconway.com). Volunteers have translated her pages into many languages, and her site is now a beacon of hope for transitioners world-wide. While doing this work, Lynn has become a grand-mom to many younger trans women, giving them the love and support they need to reach for their dreams.