The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., as part of its Odysseys In Technology Series, sponsored by Sun Labs, will present Carol Bartz, chairman, CEO, and president of Autodesk, Inc. in conversation with veteran Silicon Valley author and journalist Michael S. Malone, 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, at the Computer History Museum's Hahn Auditorium, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. For reservations, please visit, www.computerhistory.org.
In this wide-ranging exchange, Bartz and Malone will discuss Bartz building Autodesk into a robust, 21st-century company, her journey from a small farm town in Wisconsin to the pinnacle of success in high-tech, and the challenges of being a woman executive. "This will be a lively evening. Carol is known as a dynamic, entertaining straight-talker with a real passion for life," said John Toole, executive director and CEO, Computer History Museum.
Autodesk, Inc., is a leading supplier of design software and one of the biggest PC software companies in the world. Since Bartz took the helm in 1992, the company has diversified its product line and grown revenues from $285 million to $1.234 billion in FY05. She previously held positions at Sun Microsystems, most recently serving as vice president of worldwide field operations and an executive officer of the company. Before joining Sun, she held product line and sales management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and 3M Corporation.
Appointed to President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Bartz is one of a select group of industry leaders expected to play a key role in shaping and setting the government's high tech agenda - ranging from R&D funding to new broadband incentives. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems, Network Appliance, and the Foundation for the National Medals of Science and Technology.
Bartz will be sharing the stage with Michael Malone who grew up in Silicon Valley and joined the San Jose Mercury News as one of the nation's first daily high-tech reporters. Over the years, Malone has written for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Forbes ASAP. Among his books are Infinite Loop, the inside story of the early years of Apple Computer, The Big Score, The Virtual Corporation and Intellectual Capital. He also hosts an interview series now in its ninth season on public television.