Carly is a true leader and a seasoned problem solver who advocates for policies that advance economic growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, and effective leadership. Starting as a secretary for a small real-estate business, she eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company.
Carly joined AT&T in an entry-level sales position where she rose through the ranks to become the first female officer at AT&T. Fifteen years later she led AT&T’s spin-out of Lucent Technologies, the largest technology IPO ever, up to that point.
In 1999, Carly was recruited to HP to save a struggling company that had failed to meet expectations for 9 consecutive quarters. She re-focused the company on innovation and market leadership. Revenues grew, innovation tripled, growth quadrupled, and HP grew to become the 11th largest US Company. Carly saved 80,000 jobs and would grow the company to 160,000 jobs.
HP received numerous civic recognitions under Carly:
- Named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens – Business Ethics Magazine
- One of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers,” – Working Mother Magazine
- Received one-hundred percent rating by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index
- Named one of “The World’s Most Respected Companies” – The Financial Times and PricewaterhouseCooper
After leaving HP, Carly focused on giving back through the community and government:
- Chairman of Good360
- Chairman of Opportunity International
- Founded the One Woman Initiative with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
- Chairman of the external advisory board of the CIA
- Defense Business Board
- Advisory Group on Transformational Diplomacy for the State Department
- Member of the U.S. Space Commission
In 2015, Carly launched a campaign for President. Running as a political outsider and launching from a standing start, the campaign grew to a leadership and grassroots network that spanned the country, outperforming numerous career politicians.