As she tells it on the campaign trail, Fiorina's life story is an inspiring tale full of such achievements. From an unlikely start as a secretary she raced up the corporate ladder to record heights, becoming the first female to run a Fortune 20 company, Hewlett Packard (HPQ). Now, after battling cancer, she's running to oust Barbara Boxer (D., Calif) from the U.S. Senate.
Yet Fiorina's campaign biography quickly skates over the stint that made her a star: her three-year run as a top executive at Lucent Technologies. That seems puzzling, since unlike her decidedly mixed record at HP, Fiorina's tenure at Lucent has all the outward trappings of success.