Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman
Company: Hewlett-Packard
Fortune 500 rank: 10

The former eBay CEO, California gubernatorial candidate and current HP CEO told Fortune in 2005: "Remember that you can do anything you want to do. Don't let anyone say, 'You're not smart enough... it's too hard... it's a dumb idea... no one has done that before... girls don't do that.' My mom gave me that advice in 1973. And it allowed me to never worry about what others were saying about my career direction."


By Colleen Leahey, reporter - Last updated July 18 2012: 2:08 PM ET