Sunday, May 10, 2009
Does This Woman Have A Chance?
I sure hope so.
Ex CEO of eBay Meg Whitman is the California GOP candidate for governator.
While it is pointed out that she has in the past appeared to support federal funding for programs for the children of undocumented immigrants, she said Wednesday that "we have to prosecute illegal aliens and criminal illegal aliens in all of our cities, in every part of California."
She also said that "We have to stop that" referring to San Francisco and L.A.'s "sanctuary city" ordinances.
She attended public school from kindergarten through the 12th grade. In 1973 she entered Princeton University -- as part of the fourth class of women to attend the school. She graduated with a degree in economics and went on to Harvard Business School where she earned a Master in Business Administration.
Her 30-year career includes helping companies, such as Stride Rite, Bain & Company and Procter & Gamble, and working on much-loved brands, such as Mr. Potato Head, Keds and Barney. At FTD, she helped a network of florists strengthen their business networks. And at Hasbro and Disney, she helped spark the imaginations of children and encouraged them to live to their full potential with educational toys, shows and programs.
In 1998, she joined a start-up company in Silicon Valley. At the time, few people could see the potential in a company with 30 employees and a little over $4 million in revenue. But Meg did. She was inspired by what she saw -- a company dedicated to helping millions of people reach their goals of launching and building their own businesses. And she knew. This was the company for her.
In 10 years, Meg grew the company to more than 15,000 employees and nearly $8 billion in revenue, with a network of 12 million users in California alone. Under her leadership, eBay expanded globally and developed a culture and infrastructure that turned eBay into an unparalleled business success story. Using her expertise in brand-building and consumer marketing, she turned eBay into a household name and revolutionized the way goods are bought, sold and paid-for on line.
At each of these companies, Meg's mission became helping others achieve theirs. At the same time, she was learning important lessons about inspiring individuals to pursue their dreams. She encouraged the independence, the self-determination and the hard work of customers and employees. And she was learning important lessons about the impact an unrestrained government can have on small business owners and large corporations.
Meg is a strong leader who believes in the power of community -- that people working together can make a difference for all of us. She brought that leadership and that power of community to businesses in the state. And she will do the same for government in California.