Date: December 1, 2011
Location: Engineering 189
Summary: The Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium continues its 10th season with a presentation by Norman Y. Mineta. As vice chairman of Hill & Knowlton, Mineta provides counsel and strategic advice to clients on a wide range of business and political issues. Mineta is a former mayor, congressman and U.S. secretary of both the commerce and transportation departments.
For almost thirty years, Mineta represented San Jose, first on the city council, then as mayor, and then as a member of Congress. Throughout that time, Mineta was an advocate of the burgeoning technology industry. He worked to encourage new industries and spur job growth, and he supported the development of the infrastructure to accommodate the industry and its tremendous growth. In 2000, Mineta was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States Secretary of Commerce. There Mineta was known for his work on technology issues, for achieving international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues, and streamlining the patent and trademark process. Mineta was appointed Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush, where he served until 2006. Following the horrific terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Mineta guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration – an agency with more than 65,000 employees – the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II.
The Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium features industry and technology leaders who share their experience and ideas, give advice and identify technology trends. Speakers also explore broader social and political issues, providing a national and global context for developments in business and technology.