Carly Fiorina to give Constitution Day talk at JMU

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Carly Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company and a member of the James Madison University Board of Visitors, will give a talk on Constitution Day, Sept. 20, at JMU.

Her presentation, “To Create a More Perfect Union …,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company when she became CEO and president of Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1999. In 2015, she launched a campaign for president of the United States. 

She currently serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as well as the National Honorary Chair of the Virginia 250 Commission. In both roles, she is focused on ensuring that our nation’s founding is broadly understood, accurately portrayed, and commemorated in an inclusive, accessible way, particularly as we approach the United States Semiquincentennial in 2026. She is a member of the newly-formed American Bar Association Task Force for American Democracy, which is focused on those actions necessary to improve citizens’ confidence in American elections. She also serves as the founding visionary and executive chair of The Williamsburg Institute.

Fiorina was recently appointed to her second term on the JMU Board of Visitors.

President Jonathan R. Alger will host the Madison Vision Series event, which will include a question-and-answer session with members of the audience.

Parking for off-campus guests will be available on levels 3-5 of the Mason Street deck.


The Madison Vision Series honors James Madison’s conviction that cultivating an informed and educated citizenry is essential to the health of our republican democracy. By hosting these timely speakers, students, faculty and staff, and members of the community have easy access to a variety of topics and influencers. The speakers afford students the opportunity to learn and experience what life in their field may look like and provide dialogue for both sides of an issue.

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Published: Monday, September 11, 2023

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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