Leaving the C-suite, especially when you’ve run a large company whose business is visible on the global stage, can be a lot like leaving the Presidency. What do you do afterward? Can you take another job? Do you become a lobbyist? It might seem like the opportunities are endless, but a person in the public eye must be careful what they do and who they align with.
When she left her very publicly criticized position as CEO of HP, Carly Fiorina spent quite a few years trying new things and deciding what worked. She wrote an incredible memoir called Tough Choices, she ran for Senate in California, and became a regular on the political news pundit circuit. And while I don’t always agree with Carly politically, I respect her as one of the biggest risk takers in the history of women in business, and look up to her with great honor.
With that respect, I was so excited about Carly’s new venture – joining forces with Opportunity International to empower women in poverty. Here’s what OI has to say about the new partnership:
Opportunity International today announced a dynamic partnership with Carly Fiorina and the One Woman Initiative to empower an additional two million women living in poverty through financial resources, education and training to build sustainable futures.
As a Global Ambassador to Opportunity International, Fiorina will lend her voice and influence to Opportunity’s efforts to build a network of women investing in women to end the cycle of poverty. Now under Opportunity’s umbrella, the One Woman Initiative will honor its legacy of supporting women and their ‘multiplier effect’ by continuing to grow, following Opportunity International’s approach to achieving sustainable change using microfinance as an entry point. One loan made to one woman can kick start a successful entrepreneur who will reinvest her success in her family and community.
“Both Carly and I believe in the power of women uniting around their shared commitment and experience. Together, we hope to engage women in the United States to serve as passionate advocates to address the needs and expand the choices of women in developing countries,” said Vicki Escarra, CEO, Opportunity International.
All I gotta say is, “GO CARLY!” I love to see a former CEO doing amazing work in the world, and can’t wait to see what comes of this incredible partnership. Make a difference! You are truly a woman who rocks!