The recently named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman will kick off the 33rd annual Simmons Leadership Conference. When she became president and CEO of eBay in 1996, the fledgling auction website had $4 million in annual revenue and 30 employees. Within 10 years, she transformed the company into a global powerhouse with $8 billion in annual revenue and 15,000 employees—and forever changed how people conduct trade. Known for her collaborative management style and astute business sense, Whitman was named one of the eight best-performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review and twice lauded as the Most Powerful Woman in Business by FORTUNE magazine. Her book, The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in Life, documents her experience at eBay as well as her years at some of the world's best-known companies, including Disney, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro. Whitman currently sits on the boards of Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble and Zipcar.