Children's Literature - Della A. YannuzziMeg Whitman's ability to success in business started at an early age. She was influenced by her father, a businessman, who believed in higher education. Whitman's mother was a stay-at-home mom who spoke her mind. She told her daughter that she could do anything she wanted to in life. Whitman took this advice to heart and worked hard at whatever she did. She was a champion swimmer in her teen years. After graduating from high school, Whitman went on to Princeton University and graduated in 1977 with a degree in economics. She then went to Harvard Business School and graduated in 1979 wit a master of business degree, (M.B.A.) Her first job was with Procter & Gamble. She rose to manager of brand marketing within two years. When she moved to San Francisco after her marriage, she went to work for a consulting firm called Bain & Company. Next she worked for Disney where she served as senior vice president of marketing in consumer products. When Whitman was offered the opportunity to interview for a job with a small internet auction company, she said no, but the recruiting firm encouraged her to apply. That was the beginning of her career with eBay, an online auction company that sold a variety of items to the highest bidder. In 2000, eBay was registering 265 million auctions. Whitman had taken the small company and built it into a multi-billion yearly business. In 2002, Fortune magazine ranked Whitman the third most powerful woman in business. Author Horvitz has profiled an enterprising woman who achieved success in the business world. Black and white photographs, further reading, and websites are included.
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