Nov. 18, 1955, in Springdale, Ark.
CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, which recently launched two drugs to treat diabetes.
BS in Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas, 1979; MBA, Harvard, 1986.
Arkansas State Rodeo Queen.
HOW BEING A FARMGIRL PREPARED HER TO BE CEO
"We had to grow what we ate, and we took care of animals that were dependent on us. I learned pretty quickly that there are things bigger than me -- the seasons, life and death, and disappointments. As a kid, that teaches you to work hard and be resourceful."
As an executive at Eli Lilly & Co., she brokered the 1987 sale of its Elizabeth Arden unit to Faberg? for $735 million -- then the largest sale ever of a cosmetics company.
Married to insurance executive John since 1998, three grown stepchildren.