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There is a renewed drive for women taking on leadership roles in both business and politics and one glaring example of this is Carly Fiorina. Fiorina previously served as chief executive officer of HP from 1999 to 2005 and was also an executive at AT&T and the company's equipment and technology spinoff Lucent and the first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.
What makes this woman remarkable is the fact that during her time at HP Fiorina was considered one of the most powerful women in the business and was able to power through things like the collapse of the dot-com bubble and the merger with Compaq, making HP the largest personal computer manufacturer in the world.
In the world of politics Fiorina served as an adviser to 2008 Presidential hopeful John McCain and was also the Republican nominee for the United States Senate from California in 2010. In more recent political news, Fiorina is eyeing a run at the 2016 GOP Presidential candidacy.
Fiorina has been talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers and mingling with grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states and is also planning trips to states like Iowa and New Hampshire. However, there are some challenges the Fiorina faces moving forward.
Despite seeking public office before, Fiorina has never actually held the position. Some problems from her failed campaign for the California Senate could also cause problems and undercut her image as an effective manager. Fiorina still owes around $500,000 to consultants and staggers from her 2010 Senate run, which isn't sitting well with some folks.
Proponents of Fiorina speak highly of the Presidential hopeful. Top GOP Strategist David Carney says of Fiorina, "She's very articulate, she's very thoughtful and has a very positive message. She's got just as much of a record of accomplishment and a story and ideas as anybody else who's running."
In August 2013, conservative Newsmax magazine named Fiorina among the "25 Most Influential Women in the GOP".
For the latest news on Carly Fiorina visit her site entitled the "Up-Project".
Update - Carly Fiorina delivers a passionate speech at the Iowa Faith And Freedom Coalition’s Spring Kickoff 2015.