#AlphaRising has been seeing such an interesting trend: Many strong, powerful women are finding they actually can make more of a difference running nonprofits than they can holding a political office.
And Meg Whitman is yet another example.
She recently announced that she will step down as HPE's CEO on February. 1.
HPE's current president Antonio Neri become the next CEO.
Whitman, the former Ebay (EBAY) CEO, said the company is ready for a "new generation of leaders."
And thankfully Whitman is ready to create a new generation of leaders.
Like some of the strong #AlphaRising women we have gotten to know.
Reshma Saujani told us that she that is "making more of an impact as CEO of Girls Who Code than [she] would as a Congresswomen right now." Saujani ran for the NY Democratic Congressional seat back in 2010 and lost to incumbent Carolyn Maloney.
And instead of running again, Saujani, who wanted to give back, created Girls Who Code, which is now 40,000 girls strong and growing.
Then former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiornia told us exclusively that she also was not running for a U.S. Senate seat at this time because she too wanted to dedicate herself to her nonprofit and give back.
Politics has become a game of talk, she says. "I can actually make a bigger impact, not running for the senate, but ... lifting up leaders wherever they are."
So Fiorina, the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company when she was made CEO and president of Hewlett-Packard Co. and she was the first female officer at AT&T, Inc. (T) launched Unlocking Potential, a foundation that teaches leadership.
And now we hear from that Meg Whitman, that not only is she stepping down as CEO but she emphatically stated on CNBC that she is not running for any office.
Whitman had an unsuccessful run for governor of California in 2010.
Instead she will take on her role as incoming chairwomen of Teach for America, a national group of leaders, committed to teaching in low-income schools and work to increase their students' opportunities in life.
And we are thrilled about that.
We love that these strong powerful women have dedicated themselves to the future leaders of our country.
Fiorina told us that she believes there are a lack of leaders today and that leaders are made and not born.
So ladies, go make us some leaders!
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