Carly is a true leader and a seasoned problem‐solver. She is a passionate, articulate advocate for policies that advance economic growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, and effective leadership. Through extensive experience she has learned that human potential is a limitless and uniquely powerful resource that can be unlocked, inspired and focused on worthy goals and common purpose. Carly believes that leaders are made – not born – and that everyone has far more potential that they realize.
Carly started out as a secretary for a small real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. After starting as a secretary, she joined AT&T in an entry-level sales position. She rose through the ranks, becoming the first female officer at AT&T – and, fifteen years later, she led AT&T’s spin-out of Lucent Technologies. At that time, Lucent was the largest technology IPO ever. After its IPO, she led their $23 billion North American operations.
In 1999, Carly was recruited to HP. During the worst technology recession in 25 years, she re-focused the company on innovation and market leadership again. Under Carly’s leadership, revenues grew, innovation tripled, growth quadrupled, and HP grew to become 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 and 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 PricewaterhouseCooper.
After leaving HP, Carly focused her efforts on giving back. 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 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to engage and empower women in Pakistan, Egypt, India and the Philippines through increased access to economic opportunity.
She also has experience in government, serving as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board of the CIA, the Defense Business Board, and the Advisory Group on Transformational Diplomacy for the State Department – as well as a member of the U.S. Space Commission. Additionally, Carly has served on the Board of Visitors at James Madison University, the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and on the boards of companies such as Kellogg, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Merck, Cisco and Zurich International.
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.
Carly continues to serve today as Chairman of the Unlocking Potential Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting local leaders solving problems in their communities – equipping them with the behaviors, characteristics, disciplines and tools to increase their leadership and problem-solving capacity.