Meg Whitman, Potential Gubernatorial Candidate, Coming to Claremont

whitmanYou may have noticed this in your e-mail-- Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay, one of Time's "World's Most Influential People," and a potential candidate for Governor of California in 2010, is coming to speak at Claremont in Balch Hall this semester.  Her visit is sponsored by the Drucker School and the Drucker Institute. During the presidential debates, McCain mentioned Whitman as a possible Secretary of Treasury, and Whitman is rumored to be a potential candidate for governor in 2010.  Her career path of a consultant (Bain) turned CEO (eBay) turned politician (governator successor?) might appeal to many CMCers.  Here's what Professor Pitney had to say about her candidacy:

Whitman's business background could attract voters but as a novice politician she may be unprepared for the rough and tumble of politics, unlike Poizner and Campbell, said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a former researcher at the Republican National Committee.

"She comes from business and claiming to have created jobs in this economy isn't bad," Pitney said.

"A big minus is she has never run for anything," Pitney added. "When you're a rookie running for governor mistakes can be very hurtful."

Here are the event's details in case you missed the e-mail:

The Drucker School and Drucker Institute invite you to the first in a series of Drucker Centennial conversations with business leaders on managing in the 21st Century.

“The Character of the Company” How businesses balance profit with social responsibility Meg Whitman former President and CEO of eBay

in conversation with

Rajiv Dutta current Drucker Executive-in-Residence and former President, eBay Marketplaces, PayPal and Skype Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:30 pm Balch Auditorium at Scripps College 1030 Columbia Avenue Claremont, California 91711

Refreshments will be served

Admission is free, though seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please RSVP to

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