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Contact: Madeline Parmenter
Director of Media Relations
Public Affairs, Community & Government Relations
For Immediate Release: December 04, 2017
Dec. 4, 2017, Providence, RI – Carly Fiorina, a 2016 Republican Presidential candidate and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), will give a talk at Providence College on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Her lecture will serve as this academic year's Fiondella Lecture and as the annual Providence College School of Business Dean's Symposium presentation.
The Fiondella Lecture, now in its second year, brings accomplished leaders to campus to speak to students about the importance of a foundation in the humanities in preparation for careers in business and other sectors. This endowed lecture and its associated student academic achievement award are funded by PC alumnus Robert W. Fiondella '64, who credits his professional accomplishments to his undergraduate education.
That concept aligns with the School of Business's singular approach providing a business education, uniquely integrated with the liberal arts, which stresses the value of teamwork, collaboration and integration. Fiorina, who studied history as an undergraduate, has the background and record of accomplishment that demonstrates the business-world value of the kind of education PC provides.
Born in Austin, Texas, Fiorina has a BA from Stanford University, and she attended the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She also earned an MBA from the University of Maryland, and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fiorina worked for AT&T and Lucent Technologies before she was appointed CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999. The first woman hired to run a Fortune 20 company, Fiorina left HP in 2005, and served on various philanthropic boards until her run for the US Senate in California in 2007, which she lost to incumbent Dianne Feinstein. She then ran for President in 2016.
Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,000 students and offers degrees in 50 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges." The College's Development of Western Civilization program, a two-year course that is mandatory for every student, is the centerpiece of its curriculum. The program explores human history through many perspectives from professors who nurture interdisciplinary thinking and relish collaborative teaching. The Providence College School of Business, accredited by AACSB International, is known for its collaborative approach to business education and its unique integration with the liberal arts.