Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- who still is not running for president in 2016 -- has been on something of a Silicon Valley tour this past year, delivering keynote speeches at large conferences and meeting with leaders at big tech companies.
On her most recent visit Tuesday, one of at least four in the past twelve months, Clinton appeared at Watermark's Lead On Silicon Valley event, which had more than 5,000, mostly female, attendees. Watermark is a networking nonprofit for women executives and entrepreneurs.
Those who have been closely watching Clinton and waiting for her to throw her hat in the presidential ring have surmised that one of the reasons she's spending time around Silicon Valley types is because she feels she has much to learn from the tech savvy crowd if she's to one day lead the way on solving today's complex tech-derived challenges.
Indeed, she admitted as much during a keynote address in which she mostly discussed women in technology and tech's role in the overall economy.
"Now, many of you in this audience know far more about those two areas than I do or ever will. You live it every day, and you bump your heads on the glass ceilings that persist in the tech industry," Clinton said.
As she mulls over whether or not to make a second run for president, Clinton said she's been thinking about two issues that "whoever runs" should make central to their campaign: ensuring that wages rise with productivity and restoring trust in the political system.
Clinton pointed out that even though technology has been a boon for productivity, advances have also killed jobs in some fields.
"If we want to find our balance again, we have to figure out how to make this new economy work for everyone," she said, adding that she'd like to see the country redouble efforts to provide education and skills not just to children but to adults looking to change careers.
On women's issues, Clinton echoed President Barack Obama stance that women and families need to be afforded more generous family and sick leave benefits. Last month, the president announced the he would order federal agencies to offer employees up to six weeks of paid maternity leave.
Clinton also acknowledged actress Patricia Arquette and Ellen Pao, who have made headlines recently for their involvement with women's issues. Arquette called for wage equality when she accepted an Academy Award Sunday night. And Pao's sex discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she once worked, goes to trial this week.
Clinton said that the two events highlight the need for both men and women to come together to support women in their efforts to make tech a more friendly working environment for the less represented gender.
Re/code co-executive editor Kara Swisher, who interviewed Clinton after her keynote, asked the former politician if she was sure she didn't want to run for president next year. Swisher also asked Clinton if she'd rather host the Oscars.
Clinton paused. "Both jobs are really painful from my own personal experience and observation," she joked.