Carly Fiorina to give Constitution Day talk at JMU
September 11, 2023
Carly Fiorina, the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company and a member of the James Madison University Board of Visitors, will give a…
Founder & Chairman, Unlocking Potential; Former Chairman and CEO, Hewlett-Packard (1999-2005); First Woman to Lead a Fortune 20 Company
Few could have predicted that Fiorina would become one of America’s most visible and influential corporate leaders as well as one of the world’s most distinguished business innovators. She is a prominent thought-leader, best-selling author and top policy advisor. A self-made woman, Carly started her business career as a secretary and went on to become the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.
She is a passionate, articulate advocate for innovation and effective leadership. Her mission is to inspire, equip, and connect individuals and teams to seize opportunities, face challenges, and accelerate impact in their communities. She knows that everyone has more potential than they realize, that those closest to the problem understand the problem best, and that leading to unlock the potential in others can result in both progress and joy.
Leadership is not about title, position or power
Rising to the Challenge
Perspectives on Leadership: Why It Matters More Than Ever in America
Solving problems, effectively empowering employees, and driving results are not easy tasks, but they are required of leaders. As CEO of the world’s first $100 billion information technology company, Carly Fiorina is all too familiar with the complex, difficult path of leadership – and the far-reaching strategic decisions that must be made with finesses and fortitude. She has grappled with many of these same tensions and faced these same challenges.
A passionate leader who made tough choices to grow her organizations, Carly delivers a powerful, pragmatic presentation on how leaders can be clear-eyed about their current state, optimistic about their future, and deliberate about getting the results they want. Carly began her business career as a secretary and ultimately became the first woman to lead a FORTUNE 50 company, as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She made this journey by solving the problems in front of her and unlocking the potential of those around her. She passionately believes that leaders are made, not born, and that leadership potential exists at every level of every organization. “Anyone can lead, at any time, from anywhere. Leadership is not about title, position, or power. It is about making a positive difference.”
As the CEO of HP, Carly Fiorina tackled issues of strategic focus, product innovation, and mergers and integration – all during the dot.com boom and bust and the worst technology recession in 25 years. She recognized that, if the company was going to survive, she had to transform the complacent culture at HP into a dynamic, innovative environment that would allow the company to become the industry leader. This successful transformation was driven by Carly’s solid management philosophy, commitment to building a diverse team, and a set of proven tools and practices.
From this experience, Carly shares her personal account of what it takes to create a high-performance culture. She openly discusses the difficult path of major acquisition, integration, and transformational change. As many organizations adjust to the new realities in the aftermath of the financial crisis, navigating uncertainty, managing change, and building a high-performance culture are critical to empowering organizations and driving results.
Carly has spent her life building leaders and problem-solvers in nearly every context, including for-profits, non-profits, faith-based-communities, and academia. As the CEO of Hewlett Packard, the chair of two internationally-recognized non-profits, and a trusted advisor of executives around the world, she has inspired and empowered diverse groups for decades. She recognizes that leadership is not about how impressive your title is or how big your office is – but how you effectively solve problems and unlock the potential of those around you.
Today’s workforce is increasingly interested in accessing regular growth and development through their professional communities, and companies in every industry are continuing to explore how to meet those demands. Carly delivers a powerful presentation that inspires, empowers, and connects employees at every level. She introduces her proven leadership philosophy, which is based on a set of human behaviors and characteristics of leadership (traits that everyone can develop and deploy), as well as a set of practical, accessible tools that enable effective problem-solving.
Carly Fiorina is a true leader and a seasoned problem‐solver. She is a passionate, articulate advocate for problem-solving, innovation, and effective leadership. Her mission is to inspire, equip, and connect individuals and teams to seize opportunities, face challenges, and accelerate impact in their communities and places of work. She knows that everyone has more potential than they realize, that those closest to the problem understand the problem best, and that leading to unlock the potential in others can result in both progress and joy.
Carly shares her leadership experience and approach to problem-solving in a variety of ways. In addition to her regular speeches to students, businesses, and non-profits, she is the founder and Chairman of Carly Fiorina Enterprises and of Unlocking Potential, a non-profit organization that invests in human potential by supporting local leaders who are solving 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. On By Example, a leadership podcast, Carly and her team will use the experiences, stories and lessons from innovators and problem-solvers to teach practical, real-world solutions to challenges many listeners face.
Carly’s experience spans from secretary to CEO, from public to private, and from for-profit to non-profit. She started out as a secretary for a 9-person real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 20 company. When Carly was recruited to lead Hewlett-Packard in 1999, the industry was facing the worst technology recession in 25 years. Under Carly’s leadership, revenue grew, innovation tripled, growth quadrupled, and HP became the 11th largest company in the U.S.
During her tenure at HP, the company received numerous civic recognitions, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Business Ethics Magazine, one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother Magazine, receiving a 100% rating by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, and being named one of the World’s Most Respected Companies by The Financial Times and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
After leaving HP, Carly focused her efforts on giving back. Prior to Unlocking Potential, she served as the Chairman of Good360, the world’s largest product philanthropy organization, and as Chairman of Opportunity International, a Christian-based organization that lifts millions out of poverty around the globe through micro-finance. She also founded the One Woman Initiative in partnership with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to engage and empower women in Pakistan, Egypt, India, and the Philippines through increased access to economic opportunity.
Carly was appointed by President Bush and CIA Director Michael Hayden to serve as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board of the CIA after 9/11. In this capacity, she held the highest clearances available to a civilian and focused her efforts on CIA recruitment policies, information technology capabilities, and organizational integration.
In 2015, Carly launched a campaign for President. Running as a political outsider, Carly spoke about empowering and engaging citizens to take back government from a political ruling class that has failed to deliver results. Through this endeavor, even more Americans came to know her as a clear-eyed, direct leader capable of tackling societal and political issues.
Carly is also a best-selling author. Her titles include Tough Choices, Rising to the Challenge, and Find Your Way.
A groundbreaking, iconic leader. When Fiorina speaks, everybody listens.
Carly Fiorina to give Constitution Day talk at JMU
September 11, 2023
Carly Fiorina, the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company and a member of the James Madison University Board of Visitors, will give a…
Former Presidential Primary Candidate Among New Appointees To JMU Board Of Visitors
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(Mesquite Local News) - Dixie State University recently celebrated the achievements of the institution’s largest-ever graduating class of 2,684 degree candidates at the university’s 111th…
Sirius XM : Carly Fiorina gives her report card on year one of Joe Biden’s presidency
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(Julie Mason Mornings) – "If you can get people to rally around smaller wins and get them done, it helps move people forward."
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(CNBC) – Former HP CEO and Carly Fiorina Enterprise’s Carly Fiorina, joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss all things Facebook.
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(Bloomberg) – Bloomberg's David Westin spoke to former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina about the surge of the Delta variant and how it could impact…
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We need to hold people accountable: Fmr. HP CEO Carly Fiorina
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(CNBC) – Carly Fiorina discusses what is necessary to move the country forward after Wednesday's unrest when a violent mob of Trump supporters sought to…
Carly Fiorina: It is “vital” Trump be impeached
December 16, 2019
(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says President Trump should be impeached, but stopped short of calling for his removal from office and…
How Carly Fiorina’s Nonprofit Seeks to Help People Become Leaders
November 4, 2019
(The Chronicle of Philanthropy) - This week's Business of Giving features Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, and the…
CNBC’s full interview with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
October 9, 2019
(CNBC) - Full interview with Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and chairman of Carly Fiorina Enterprises, and her take on U.S.-China trade tensions, Hong…
Carly Fiorina on Trump: ‘I don’t think he has been a business leader, actually. I think he’s been a very fine entertainer and manager of his brand.’
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(The Washington Post) - After Carly Fiorina, 65, ended her GOP presidential primary run in 2016, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard dedicated herself to…
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June 13, 2019
(Newsy) - Carly Fiorina knows what it takes to stand out on a debate stage. Now she's giving advice to 2020 candidates, particularly the women.
Woman Thought Leader: Carly Fiorina
May 28, 2019
(PBS's To The Contrary) - Carly Fiorina discusses Leadership and and her new book Find Your Way.
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May 22, 2019
(The Daily Wire) - Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, 2016 presidential candidate, and best selling author of "Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power And Highest Potential," joins Ben…
Carly Fiorina on Trump: “He’s so routinely dismissive of women”
May 17, 2019
(Yahoo) - In a wide-ranging interview with the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” Carly Fiorina tells host Zainab Salbi that President Trump dismisses women…
Carly Fiorina talks 2020 Dems, Venezuela crisis
May 1, 2019
(Fox News) - Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on politics in the #MeToo era, Joe Biden and the rest of the 2020 Democratic field.
Time to fix America’s lack of female leaders problem
April 10, 2019
(Fox Business) - There is a lack of women in leadership roles – we get it. The problem is clear. The reasons to fix it…
Carly Fiorina on tech regulation
April 9, 2019
(CNBC) - Carly Fiorina, former Hewlitt Packard CEO and one time presidential candidate, joins 'Squawk on the Street' to discuss the future of tech regulation…
Carly Fiorina Talks Leadership In Dealing With Privilege, Slavery And Other Difficult Topics
April 1, 2019
(Forbes) - Carly Fiorina is an American businesswoman known for being the CEO of HP and running for President of the United States in 2016.…
President Trump has dug his heels in on spending, but it is unclear what he will accept
December 27, 2018
(CNBC) - Former Hewlett Packard CEO and presidential candidate Carly Fiorina discusses President Trump's recent policy positions on trade, the Fed, and immigration policy.
Carly Fiorina: Sheryl Sandberg’s philosophy is unrealistic in many ways
December 18, 2018
(Fox Business) - Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on former First Lady Michelle Obama's comments on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's 'lean in' strategy.
Quotas are a terrible way to promote board diversity. Companies should do this instead
December 5, 2018
(CNN Business) - Viewed through the prism of our own experience as corporate directors, we think it's high time for boards to become more diverse.…
Carly Fiorina: Real leadership is about solving problems
November 27, 2018
(Fox News) - Former 2016 presidential candidate speaks out on President Trump's agenda, the midterm elections and current political climate on 'America's Newsroom.
Carly Fiorina: Stop waiting on Washington to fix our problems
October 25, 2018
(Washington Examiner) - I have argued in these pages that politics has become about winning, not problem-solving; that while the media may highlight problems, they…
Carly Fiorina: Between Trump and the media, ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’
September 4, 2018
(Washington Examiner) - The late, great Aretha Franklin wrote a song called "Who's Zoomin' Who?" She sang of two people, each of whom felt cheated…
We talked with Carly Fiorina about challenges women face in the workforce
December 1, 2017
(Circa News) - We talked with Carly Fiorina about challenges women face in the workforce
It’s Time to Man Up
November 19, 2017
(Medium) - Don’t worry. We women will keep fighting, contributing, speaking up and speaking out. The question is will you boys finally man up?
Leaders Are Made Not Born: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
July 17, 2017
(The Street) - Carly Fiorina is a survivor. Of breast cancer. Of the loss of a child. Of media scrutiny. So even when life has posed…
Carly Fiorina – On Leadership
April 28, 2017
(White Hart Insight) - Carly Fiorina shares valuable thoughts on leadership and her experience.
What are Carly Fiorina’s Pro-Life Expectations for President Trump?
January 26, 2017
Former Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina tells EWTN Pro-Life Weekly's Catherine Szeltner what her pro-life expectations are for President Donald J. Trump. She also shares how…
Carly Fiorina reacts to the Women’s March on Washington
January 23, 2017
Carly Fiorina reacts to the Women's March on Washington
Carly Fiorina: We Must Tackle the Addiction Crisis
January 4, 2016
We need to reform the criminal justice system and make sure we’re putting the right people in prison. The federal prison population has nearly doubled…
Q+A with Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina
December 20, 2015
(The Hawk Eye) - So, the reason I can be a champion is because I’ve seen it, both sides of it and I understand more…
Carly Fiorina Warns of Threat She Says the U.S. Is ‘Woefully Unprepared’ to Handle: Cyberterrorism
December 7, 2015
After terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino turned the focus of the 2016 presidential race to national security, Republican candidate Carly Fiorina warned voters…
Fiorina: I’ll make changes other Republicans only talk about
December 5, 2015
Carly Fiorina made a call Saturday to radically shrink government in a political system that favors “the big, the powerful, the wealthy and the well-connected.”
Carly Fiorina: It’s time to take our government back. Here’s how
November 12, 2015
Too many of the men and women I have met on the campaign trail are disillusioned with a government that they believe no longer works…
Will Carly Fiorina Be At The Primetime GOP Debate? The Third Round Is Still Being Split Into Two Events
October 25, 2015
Not only will Fiorina participate in the primetime debate, but she's got a pretty prime podium location, too.
Carly Fiorina: America’s Iron Lady
October 11, 2015
An incredible woman has launched her campaign for the US Presidency. A friend of Israel and a foreign policy hawk, Carly shows promise.
Carly Fiorina, an Outsider Candidate Republican Insiders Can Love
October 5, 2015
(Bloomberg Politics) - Carly Fiorina is looking like the insider's outsider candidate.
Fiorina restores faith in GOP
September 30, 2015
(Chimes) - Carly Fiorina may or may not be the only candidate with good ideas or even the best candidate, but her recent success stemming…
I worked with Carly Fiorina and her critics are dead wrong
September 28, 2015
(Fortune) - An exec who worked with the GOP candidate at AT&T and Lucent defends Fiorina’s leadership and business record.
Poll: Fiorina rockets to No. 2 behind Trump in GOP field
September 21, 2015
(CNN) - Carly Fiorina shot into second place in the Republican presidential field on the heels of another strong debate performance, and Donald Trump has lost…
Carly Fiorina’s Debate Performance Highlights (Round 2)
September 17, 2015
(CNN) - Debate Highlights from Republican Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina in Debate Night Round Two from the Reagan Library.
Fiorina: ‘China is a rising adversary’
September 4, 2015
(The Hill) - GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said on Friday that America must display more backbone with China.
Carly Fiorina takes on foreign policy
September 3, 2015
(Washington Examiner) - Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has been doing her homework, and revealed her foreign policy chops Thursday night in an interview with conservative…
Fiorina: U.S. in ‘strong position’ with China
August 28, 2015
While on a four-day swing through Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said America is in “a very strong position” when it comes to dealing…
Carly Fiorina: Democrats’ Virginia Shooting Response Is ‘Disappointing’
August 27, 2015
(National Journal) - The GOP presidential candidate addressed the tragedy in her home state Thursday.
Carly Fiorina says America needs a businesslike approach, not more politics
August 24, 2015
For too long, she says, America has relied on the “political class” to fix long-term problems such as illegal immigration and the inefficiencies in the…
Carly Fiorina: Raising the Minimum Wage Will Lead to ‘Less Opportunity’
August 17, 2015
(National Journal) - The first question Fiorina fielded was about the minimum wage, and how she thinks raising the wage would affect the U.S. economy. Fiorina,…
Carly Fiorina rises up toward Republicans’ glass ceiling after strong debate showing
August 12, 2015
For years, a question lingering over the Republican Party has been whether it was ready for a woman to lead the ticket in a presidential election. Now some…
Can Carly Fiorina capitalize on presidential debate buzz?
August 9, 2015
Republican candidate for president and former HP executive, Carly Fiorina sits down with Chris Wallace and discusses debate performance on 'Fox News Sunday.'
CARLY FIORINA TALKS PAID LEAVE, PRIVILEGE, AND THE PRESIDENCY
July 30, 2015
When Carly Fiorina outlines her vision for America, the presidential candidate uses a language in which she is fluent. She talks about "potential" and "entrepreneurship."
Carly Fiorina answers questions about President’s policies
July 25, 2015
(Newton Daily News) - During a meet and greet session at Bridgehouse Coffee in Newton on Saturday, Republican candidate Carly Fiorina didn't hold back about her…
Carly Fiorina: Technology Can Help People Use ‘God-Given Gifts’ to Fulfill Their Potential
July 24, 2015
(The Daily Signal) - Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina spoke at a local Maid-Rite here on Thursday; saying technology is a tool than can be…
CARLY FIORINA: ‘WOMEN CHANGE THE WORLD’
July 18, 2015
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina delivered a speech to the members of Peace Through Business — an international training and leadership program for women.
Carly Fiorina: U.S. broke every rule in Iran negotiations
July 14, 2015
(CBS) - Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina criticized the freshly inked nuclear deal with Iran, saying in a "CBS This Morning" interview, "There…
Carly Fiorina: America’s Corporate Tax Rate Is ‘Self-Defeating’
July 8, 2015
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina believes the United States’ high corporate tax rate damages the country’s ability to compete in a…
Carly Fiorina gaining traction in a crowded GOP field
June 30, 2015
She can take on Hillary and crowds are responding to Carly Fiorina's straightforward message and clarity of thought.
Carly Fiorina supporters hope Silicon Valley background will help her stay in race
June 22, 2015
(Fox News) - Technically, Carly Fiorina is seven years younger than Hillary Clinton. Technologically, Fiorina's supporters say, they are a century apart. Fiorina, the former CEO…
Carly Fiorina, and the conservative case for feminism
June 13, 2015
(The Washington Post) - In a speech on the "state of women in America" Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina sought to reclaim "feminism," a word she…
Meg Whitman: Don’t blame Carly Fiorina for mass HP layoffs
June 8, 2015
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Meg Whitman knows exactly how Carly Fiorina feels.Fiorina, a longshot 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has been sharply criticized for the job…
Carly Fiorina Is a Great Communicator
May 26, 2015
(National Review) - Oklahoma City — A Republican activist approached Carly Fiorina after her speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Saturday not just to pledge her…
Carly Fiorina Was ‘a fireball’ at the GOP Lincoln Dinner
May 17, 2015
Republicans exulted in a smorgasbord of good choices in their 2016 presidential lineup, but former CEO Carly Fiorina seemed to steal the show at the Iowa GOP's…
Carly Fiorina talks leadership, innovation in Lansing
May 13, 2015
LANSING — California businesswoman Carly Fiorina came to Michigan on Tuesday to talk about leadership with a crowd of more than 400 people at a Michigan…
How Carly Fiorina is responding to questions about her HP firing
May 11, 2015
(The Washington Post) - Newly-minted GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Sunday forcefully pushed back on critiques of her tenure as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, saying the underlying…
Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina delivers SNHU commencement speech
May 10, 2015
MANCHESTER, N.H. —Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina gave a commencement speech at Southern New Hampshire University’s graduation ceremony Saturday morning, ending her two-day visit to…
Carly Fiorina Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign
May 4, 2015
Former technology CEO and respected Republican leader discusses why she is entering the race for the White House.
Fiorina’s Presidential Campaign to Launch May 4
April 27, 2015
The key parts of her resume are a controversial seven-year tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a failed run in 2010 to unseat U.S. Sen.…
Fresh Off A (Rumored) Presidential Bid, Carly Fiorina Will Speak At Disrupt NY
April 22, 2015
(Tech Crunch) - The timing couldn’t be more interesting, actually. Earlier today The Wall Street Journal reported that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will launch her presidential campaign on…
Carly Fiorina, A Woman of Accomplishment
April 9, 2015
By Cal Thomas (Townhall) - When people speak of "the first woman president" they usually mean Hillary Clinton, who is expected to announce her candidacy soon.…
Carly Fiorina: Environmentalists To Blame For ‘Man-Made’ Drought In California
April 6, 2015
(The Huffington Post) WASHINGTON -- Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on Monday blamed environmentalists for what she called a "man-made" drought in California, which has…
Carly Fiorina Talks Women and Foreign Policy at D.C. Event
March 21, 2015
By: Tessa Berenson (Time) - The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard combined both Saturday afternoon at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., aimed at conservative women.
Carly Fiorina Shapes Herself as the Republican Foil to Hillary Clinton
March 16, 2015
Carly Fiorina has recently taken on her boldest role yet: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s loudest critic.
Carly Fiorina Forms New Political Action Committee
February 25, 2015
Supporters of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced the establishment of a new super PAC Tuesday to support a possible GOP presidential candidacy by the former…
Carly Fiorina to Keynote High Tech Entrepreneur Event
February 9, 2015
Carly Fiorina, the chair of the Unlocking Potential Project, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, author, community change agent and...