HP's CEO Meg Whitman joins powerhouse lineup for Sept. 16-17 economic summit in Butte

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Article By: The Montana Standard  

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s largest tech companies, is coming to Butte for the Montana Economic Development Summit slated Sept. 16-17.

Ranked No. 15 on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, Whitman, will join an all-star lineup of keynote speakers at U.S. Sen. Max Baucus’ sixth jobs summit.

Whitman is known for her work transforming eBay into an online auction giant that went from sales of $86 million when she started to

$7.7 billion the year when she left, according to a news release from Baucus’ office. In 2008, Whitman was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame.

“Meg’s tough, she’s smart and we’re eager to glean some of her business savvy and insight into how we can bring more jobs to Montana,” said Baucus in a prepared statement. “Our jobs summits have a proven track record of turning inspirational advice from global leaders into real Montana solutions — having Meg share her ideas with us in Butte is great news.”

Baucus first unveiled the news Wednesday via the new “Montana Jobs Summit” app. It includes interactive maps of the Montana Tech campus, agenda updates, and new networking tools to allow Montana businesses to make lasting connections before, during and after the summit.

Get started here: Once downloaded, search for: MTJobs and click JOIN.

Other keynote speakers will include Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, former Presidential candidate and international businessman Jon Huntsman, Jr., Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Co., Oracle’s Safra Catz, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney, founder of FedEx Fred Smith, Delta’s Richard Anderson and, Montana’s own Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips and a Montana Tech graduate.

The jobs summit will feature some of the nation’s most innovative business leaders along with ambassadors from some of the world’s most dynamic economies. The summit will also feature more than 40 breakout panel sessions tailored to every aspect of business from writing a business plan to getting your business online, learning how to export and the best ways to access capital.

The event is free. Registration information can be found online at

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