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HP's Carly Fiorina to Address National Women's Leadership Conference May 1, 2004

HP CEO Fiorina, Other National Women Leaders, Draw Thousands to 25 th Annual Simmons School of Management Premier Women's Leadership Conference

BOSTON (March 1, 2004) — Carly Fiorina, chairman and chief executive officer of HP, will speak to 2,500 businesswomen about leadership and competition in the global economy at the 25th anniversary of the world's premier leadership conference for women on Sat., May 1, in Boston.

Fiorina, widely regarded as one of the most powerful CEOs in America today, will kick off the 8:30 a.m. opening session of the Simmons School of Management (SOM) Leadership Conference at Boston's World Trade Center. The Simmons School of Management is the only business school in the world specifically designed for women.

Following Fiorina, an elite group of other national and international women leaders will share their personal leadership experiences around the conference theme 'Owning Our Destiny.'

Speakers include Erin Brockovich, a former file clerk who led the legal battle against toxic leakage into a community's groundwater that earned the largest legal settlement in US history; Janet Reno, first female U.S. Attorney General; journalist Mariane Pearl, who came to national attention when her husband, Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal, was brutally killed by terrorists; and Jane Fonda, award -winning actress and long-time activist for human rights, the environment and the empowerment of women and girls.

Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and philanthropist, will deliver remarks at the 4:45 p.m. closing session. (For a detailed conference schedule, go to

Other panelists include two of America's most successful entrepreneurs, Barbara Corcoran and Kay Koplovitz, who built billion-dollar companies from the ground up. Koplovitz, founder of the USA Network, is the first women network president in television history; Corcoran is chairman of the Corcoran Group.

The day-long conference, designed to address the challenges facing today's professional women, also features workshops led by national experts on such topics as negotiation skills, financial planning, entrepreneurship, accommodating and leveraging diversity in the workplace, and work/life balance.

Joyce Kolligian, executive director of the 25th annual Simmons conference, noted that it is one of the most renowned and oldest women's leadership conferences in the nation, and is now a "national barometer for issues of businesswomen today."

"This year's theme of controlling our destiny features women who are strong, insightful and inspirational," she said. "They made their own paths to the top. The legions of women who attend the Simmons conference want to be movers and shakers in their fields. They'll hear empowering stories, first-hand, from women at the top."

Conference sponsors include HP, JPMorgan, Best Buy, BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts, FleetFinancial, The Gillette Company, Pfizer, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Deloitte & Touche, Capital One, Goodwin Procter LLP, and State Street Corp. All conference proceeds will support scholarships to the Simmons School of Management's MBA program.

For further information or to register go to or call 617-521-3858 (inside MA) or 1-800-208-4476 outside MA. Advance ticket sales before April 15 are $495 for the general public.