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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

    Stein Kruse
    CEO, Holland America Group
    "Cruising to Success"
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    "Leadership: Building Agile and Adaptive Teams in a Complex Environment"
    Harvey Kanter
    Chairman, CEO, & President, Blue Nile

    Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza
    Base Commander at JBLM

    Melanie Dressel
    President & CEO,  Columbia Bank

    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Ron Armstrong
    CEO, PACCAR
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Bill Ruckelshaus
    President & CEO, Blucora
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Adrian Hanauer
    General Manager, Seattle Sounders
    Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Jeff Wilke
    Senior Vice President of Consumer Business, Amazon.com Inc.
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Recent Speakers

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

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

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

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

    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
    Podcast

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

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

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

    Spencer Rascoff
    CEO, Zillow.com
    "Lessons in Entrepreneurship"
    Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    Podcast

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

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

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

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

  • Ray Conner, Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company and President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, was a recent speaker at an Albers Executive Speaker Series event.