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When the going was good, you couldn't get closer to rock star status in business than Carly Fiorina did. Her up-by-the-bootstraps story — from bright-eyed receptionist to Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard — was a cover story all over the country.

She was the hard-charging woman at the very top of Silicon Valley's legendary printer and computer company, HP — the most powerful businesswoman in America. "There is no glass ceiling," Fiorina famously said as she took the reins. In 2005, she was sacked.

Now, HP is engulfed in a spying scandal. And Carly Fiorina is out with a memoir the Wall Street Journal calls "back-stabbing."

Hear a conversation with Carly Fiorina, the once most powerful businesswoman in America, about her own story.

Quotes from the Show:

"I myself was pretexted [by Hewlett Packard]." Carly Fiorina

"I don't think my dismissal was about gender. Perhaps the way I was dismissed was along gender lines. [My dismissal] was about board dysfunction. Dysfunction happens when people can not talk about issues in a straightforward way." Carly Fiorina

"It amazes me when men choose to talk about what helps or hurts the sisterhood. With all due respect, they have no idea." Carly Fiorina


Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and author of "Tough Choices: A Memoir."

This program aired on October 12, 2006.

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