One of the top social networking officials in the nation will be in Butte this fall to headline the 2013 Montana Economic Summit at Montana Tech.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, will tell Montana business leaders at the summit, slated for Sept. 16-17, about social networking’s role in the business development, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced Thursday at a news conference at Tech.
Sandberg — whom TIME Magazine named among the World’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012 — is among a handful of business officials who will participate in the sixth summit. Others include Tech alum and Conoco Philips CEO Ryan Lance as well as top officials for Boeing and Oracle.
The event, which aims to connect Montana companies with those from out-of-state, is expected to draw more than 2,500 attendees. More than 150 companies are participating and 45 breakout sessions are planned.
The past three summits have been held at Montana Tech.
“Jobs and education resonate well at Montana Tech,” Chancellor Don Blackketter told the audience of local business, educational and government leaders. “Tech graduates are well prepared to lead Montana, the nation and the world.”
The summit is intended to connect and educate business leaders to develop companies that can provide Montana jobs.
Officials for SeaCast, a local company, spoke to the summit’s value as a development tool. The last summit connected SeaCast and GE, which resulted in a new Butte-based company called Montana Precision Products, SeaCast official Burt Robins said.
“The jobs that are being created and filled are very sustainable jobs,” he said. “Instead of sending our talented people out of state we’re selling the things that they do out-of-state and out-of-the country.”
Sandberg follows past big-name headliners, including Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Top officials for GE and Disney as well as chairman of the Federal Reserve, ambassadors from other nations and similar dignitaries have attended the summit as well.
Before leading Facebook, Sandberg served at the World Bank, as chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department and as vice president of global and online sales at Google. In March, she released a book titled “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.”
Baucus announced Sandberg’s appearance during his statewide Montana Solutions Job Tour, which ended Thursday in Butte. The tour and the summit are part of his mission to keep Montana graduates within the state, he said.
“I’m not going to rest until we get that problem solved,” he said. “Let’s go forward in the best way we can to get more good-paying jobs.”