Baucus Announces One of the World’s Most Powerful Women, HP CEO Meg Whitman, to Join Butte Jobs Summit

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced today Meg Whitman, CEO of one of the world’s largest tech companies, HP, will be participating in next month’s Montana Economic Development Summit.

Ranked #15 on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, Whitman, will be joining the all-star lineup of keynote speakers at Baucus’ 6th 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. 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. “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 today 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. The free app is hosted by Bizzabo and is available for both iOS and Android users.

Registrants can use it to:

  • Plan who to meet:  Join the community, find out who’s attending and pinpoint potential connections.
  • Socialize:  Communicate directly with fellow attendees and add them to your social networks.
  • Stay up to date:  Browse the agenda, see sponsors, follow event Tweets and more.

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

Montana Economic Development Summits have resulted in hundreds of new Montana jobs over the years by bringing new private investment to the state and helping elevate Montana’s top notch goods and services at the global level.

The jobs summit will feature some of the most innovative business leaders of our time 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.

Keynote speakers this year 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 Company, 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.

The event is free to all Montanans thanks to the event’s co-sponsors but space is limited. Registration information can be found online at