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Executive Speaker Series

  • Sponsored by the dean's office, the Albers Executive Speaker Series is offered twice a quarter in the fall, winter, and spring. Executives from around the Puget Sound region are invited to speak on a topic of their choice and then respond to questions from a selected panel and the audience. These events are an excellent opportunity for students across the Seattle University campus to learn from the leaders in our region. The Albers Executive Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

    Upcoming Speakers

    Dan Price
    CEO of Gravity Payments
    "More Than a Business Plan: My Mission to Help the Little Guy or Gal Achieve Their American Dream"
    Thursday, January 21, 2016
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Colleen Brown
    Board Chair, American Apparel
    "American Apparel-Difficult Choices"
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Rich Barton
    Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Zillow Group
    Co-Founder, Expedia, Glassdoor, Trover
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Mark Mason
    CEO, HomeStreet Bank
    Thursday, May 12, 2016
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Recent Speakers

    Jamie Nordstrom
    President of Stores, Nordstrom
    "Follow the Customer"
    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Podcast not available

    Alan Mulally
    Former President & CEO of the Ford Motor Co.
    "Strategic & Operational Leadership and Working Together"
    Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    Podcast not available.

    Jeff Wilke
    Senior Vice President of Consumer Business,
    " Our Peculiar Leadership Principles"
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Adrian Hanauer
    Owner & former GM, Seattle Sounders FC
    "The Story Behind Seattle Sounders FC"
    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Bill Ruckelshaus
    President & CEO, Blucora
    "Value Creation and the Internet Economy"
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 

    Ron Armstrong
    "Global Success for the Long Haul"
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Podcast not available.

    "Leadership: Building Agile and Adaptive Teams in a Complex Environment" 
    A panel discussion
    Melanie Dressel
    President & CEO, Columbia Bank

    Harvey Kanter
    Chairman, CEO, & President
    Blue Nile

    Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza
    Commander, I Corps
    Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Stein Kruse
    CEO, The Holland America Group
    "Cruising to Success"
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Jim Weber
    President & CEO, Brooks Running
    "Building a Loved Running Brand"
    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Diane Jurgens
    Managing Director of Shanghai OnStar
    "China: Successfully Navigating the Middle Kingdom"
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    John Williams
    President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    "The Federal Reserve: Inside Monetary Policy"
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Roy Whitehead
    Chairman, President, & CEO of Washington Federal, Inc.
    "Business and Banking: Challenge and Opportunity in a New Economy"
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Ray Conner
    Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company and President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    "Delivering Value to Customers in a More-for-Less World"
    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Phyllis Campbell
    Vice Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase
    "Leading in the Turbulent Financial Sector"
    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Brad Tilden
    President & CEO, Alaska Airlines & Alaska Air Group
    CEO, Horizon Airlines
    "Success at 3.5% Market Share?"
    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Leo Hindery
    Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners VII, LP
    "Better Educating Future Managers"
    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    Spencer Rascoff
    "Lessons in Entrepreneurship"
    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    John McAdam
    President, CEO, & Director, F5 Networks
    "From Surviving to Thriving: The F5 Story"
    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Steve Davis
    President & CEO, PATH
    "Innovation for Social Good"
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Tom Marra
    President & CEO, Symetra Financial Corporation
    "Respect the Cash Cow"
    Monday, November 19, 2012

    Mark Vadon
    Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Blue Nile & Zulily
    "The Inside Story on Two Seattle Internet Startups"
    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Alan Mulally, former President & CEO of Ford Motor Company & Boeing Commercial Airplanes was a recent speaker at the Albers Executive Speaker Series.