Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/09/23/Meg_Whitman_Entrepreneurship_and_Innovation Meg Whitman, former President and CEO of eBay and a possible candidate for Secretary of the Treasury in a John McCain Administration, discusses why she came out of retirement to join the McCain campaign as an economic adviser and fundraiser. ----- Californians are big believers in the American dream, and for generations, California has been the home of new ideas and new inventions. Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship have transformed California into one of the largest economies in the world. To remain a leader, California must continue to foster the right climate for small businesses. Whitman served as president and CEO of eBay for 10years. During her tenure, eBay expanded globally and developed a culture and infrastructure that turned the company into an unparalleled business success story. She will discuss why encouraging and rewarding innovation is key to the continued economic success of California and, in turn, the entire country - The Commonwealth Club of California Margaret Cushing Whitman wasborn August 4, 1956. She was President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay from March 1998 to March 2008, when she stepped down from her role. She has been a director since March 1998, and continues to serve in that capacity. Whitman joined eBay when it was a small auction website with 30 employees and revenues of more than $4 million. According to Forbes magazine, Whitman was worth an estimated $1.4 billion in 2007. She is one of only seven women to have been repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine. Whitman was mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain until McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Whitman also has singing aspirations and reportedly auditioned for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in August 2008. She is a cousin of the choir's music director, Mack Wilberg.
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