As part of McGuireWoods Consulting’s
“Women in Public Affairs to Know”
— a McGuireWoods partner and MWC senior vice president —
recently talked to Carly Fiorina, founder and chair of Carly Fiorina Enterprises and of Unlocking
Unlocking Potential is a nonprofit that invests in human potential by
supporting local leaders who solve problems in their communities and places
of work, equipping them with the behaviors, characteristics, disciplines
and tools to increase their leadership and problem-solving capacity.
Fiorina’s experience spans from secretary to CEO, from public to private,
and from for-profit to nonprofit. She started out as a secretary for a
nine-person real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever
to lead a Fortune 50 company.
When Fiorina was recruited to lead Hewlett Packard in 1999, the industry
was facing the worst technology recession in 25 years. Under her
leadership, revenue grew, innovation tripled, growth quadrupled and HP
became the 11th largest company in the United States.
Fiorina was appointed by President George W. Bush and CIA Director Michael
Hayden to chair the External Advisory Board of the CIA after Sept. 11,
2001. In 2015, she launched a campaign for president of the United States.
Running as a political outsider, she spoke about empowering and engaging
citizens to take back government from a political ruling class that has
failed to deliver results.
Fiorina is a best-selling author whose titles include “Tough Choices” and
“Rising to the Challenge.” Her third book “Find Your Way” is out now.
Satterlund’s interview with Fiorina appears on the
McGuireWoods Consulting website.