Dame Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson PLC and the world's 17th most powerful woman (according to Forbes), is making a stop in Indianapolis next week. She'll be holding a "town hall" meeting in which she'll discuss Pearson's 2007 financial results with her Hoosier colleagues. I won't say where she'll be, just in case any of you Wiley people are thinking of crashing the event and scarfing up the continental breakfast.
This marks Marjorie's fourth or fifth visit to Indiana in her official capacity. I saw her and Peter Jovanovich speak at her first visit back in 1998, when they said they wouldn't sell off Macmillan General Reference, and then turned right around and did just that. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Marjorie's not the only powerful woman to step on Indiana soil this month. Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton (#25 on Forbes' list) will be making three campaign stops in the state--one at my alma mater, Evansville Harrison High School. We're all a little excited because for the first time in 40 years, how Indiana votes in the primaries could actually help determine the Democratic presidential nominee. So suddenly they have to treat us "flyovers" (the people you fly over when you jet from NYC to LA) like real people for a change.
Welcome to these two gutsy gals. Wish we could offer them some better weather!