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By Gold Bovine on October 20, 2016

Synopsis
Carleton (Carly) S. Fiorina was born Cara Carleton Sneed in Austin, Texas on September 6, 1954. After dropping out of law school, she became an AT&T management trainee. She moved up the company ladder and became the first female officer in the Network Systems division. In 1998, she was put in charge of Lucent's Global Service Provider division. A year later, she was tapped as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. After the controversial merger with Compaq Computers didn’t meet expectations, Fiorina was forced to resign. She then became a consultant for Republican candidates.  In 2010, Fiorina made a run for the U.S. Senate in California. She was defeated in that race, but she then set her sights on the White House. In 2015, Fiorina announced that she was running for the Republican nomination for president.

Early Life
When Carly Fiorina told her father, law professor Joseph Tyree Sneed III, that she'd decided to drop out of law school after her first year at UCLA, he shook his head and said he didn't think she'd amount to much. Two decades later, she's been named the most powerful woman in American business byFortune magazine and in 1999 was named president/CEO of one of the world's most important technology companies, Hewlett-Packard.

Carly, her artist mother, Madelon Montross, and her two siblings moved frequently thanks to her father's wide-ranging career. She attended five different high schools, including one in Ghana. In college, she studied medieval history and philosophy, and after trying law school, she bounced from job to job, working as a receptionist and teaching English in Italy.  

Carly finally signed on as a management trainee at AT&T at age 25. Around this time, AT&T had reached a deal with the government to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit. The terms of the agreement called for the company to hire more women for management positions. In the coming years, she would earn an MBA from the University of Maryland and a MS degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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