Albers School of Business and Economics

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

Location and Time: Pigott Auditorium, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Mark Mason
CEO, HomeStreet Bank
"HomeStreet Bank-Doing Well by Doing Good"
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kurt Beecher Dammeier
Founder, Sugar Mountain (which includes Beecher Cheese)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Elena Donio
President, Concur
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Doyle Simons
CEO, Weyerhaeuser
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Recent Speakers

If you would like to listen to a podcast of a recent speaker event, please send your name and address to Barb Hauke at I will send you a flash drive with the podcast.

Rich Barton
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Zillow Group
Co-Founder, Expedia, Glassdoor, Trover
"Power to the People: How Technology is Catalyzing a New Industrial Revolution"
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Colleen Brown
Board Chair, American Apparel
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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

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