Chairman, American Conservative Union Foundation
Chairman, Unlocking Potential Project
Carly has always believed in giving back to the community and has been an active participant in government and politics.
Carly is a true leader and a seasoned problem-solver. She is a passionate, articulate advocate for policies that advance economic growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, and effective leadership. Through extensive experience she has learned that human potential is a limitless and uniquely powerful resource that can be unlocked, inspired and focused on worthy goals and common purpose. She knows that conservative principles, applied in a twenty-first century context, are the most effective way to unleash this potential for positive change in communities, organizations of all kinds and our nation.
Carly started out as a secretary for a small real-estate business. She then joined AT&T in an entry-level sales position. Fifteen years later she led AT&T’s spin-out of Lucent Technologies and then Lucent’s North American operations. In 1999, she was recruited to Hewlett-Packard where she would become the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business. In her six years as Chairman and CEO of HP, she would double its revenues to $90 billion; more than quadruple its growth to 9%; triple the rate of innovation to 11 patents a day; achieve market leadership in every market and product category and quadruple cash-flow. She traveled the globe and made lifelong friends from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Carly has always believed in giving back to the community and has been an active participant in government and politics. She has served in a large number of advisory and policy-making positions for national and state governments. She currently serves as the Chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, which annually hosts CPAC (the largest annual gathering of conservatives) and was founded by William F. Buckley and others; the Chairman of Good360, the world’s largest product philanthropy organization; and the Chairman of Opportunity International, a Christian-based organization that lifts millions out of poverty through microfinance.
Taking on tough challenges has been a hallmark of Carly’s life. In 2010, she didn’t shy away from a challenging run for the U.S Senate when she took on one of Washington’s most entrenched liberals, Barbara Boxer, from the deep blue state of California. On the campaign trail, Carly became known for her proud adherence to conservative philosophy and her mastery of the issues.
During the hard-fought battle for votes and ideas, Carly was also battling breast cancer. At the same time, she and her husband Frank suffered the terrible tragedy of the loss of the younger daughter, Lori. Throughout these difficult times, Frank and Carly were sustained by the redemptive power of their Christian faith and the strength of their family. Carly has many blessings but the most important are her husband, their oldest daughter Tracy and her two granddaughters. They inspire Carly to make a positive difference every day.
In her best-selling memoir, Tough Choices, Carly credits her parents with providing an unshakable foundation for her life. Her mother taught her: “What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God.” Her father, a strict constructionist jurist who would eventually sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, taught her conservative philosophy and the importance of fighting with integrity and courage for one’s beliefs. Her lifetime of experience has taught Carly that the highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential in others.
Jeffrey J. Culp
Philadelphia Market President
Jeffrey J. Culp is the Philadelphia Market President for BB&T. He joined BB&T as part of its August 2015 acquisition of Susquehanna Bank, where he served as Regional President in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has more than 33 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. A resident of Chalfont, Culp graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in economics
Closing Keynote Moderator
Charlie is a nationally recognized communications expert and a media commentator on politics and business. He is the CEO of Quantum Communications, a strategic communications firm and a trusted advisor to leaders in government and business.
Charlie is listed in the prestigious Influencers 500 by Campaigns and Elections magazine and has also been named One of the Top Influencers in Pennsylvania by Politics Magazine and one of the Top Ten Political Consultants in Pennsylvania.
A graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, Charlie began his career on the campaign staff of Ronald Reagan.
Charlie serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, the Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge and the American Swiss Foundation.
Charlie is a fixture in Pennsylvania media and a regular columnist in Keystone Business.