Albers School of Business and Economics
Executive Speaker Series

Past Speakers

  • The Albers School of Business and Economics Executive Speaker Series is sponsored by the Dean’s Office. These events are open to the public and do not require an RSVP.

    Speakers 2011 - 2012

    Gary Scott 
    Former President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
    "Leading a Non-US Global Enterprise"
    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Dan Nordstrom
    CEO, Outdoor Research
    "Anatomy of a Turnaround"
    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    Howard Schultz
    Founder and CEO, Starbucks
    "Business at Starbucks"
    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Jim Sinegal 
    Former CEO, Costco Wholesale
    "Costco: The First 30 Years"
    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    David Beckmann
    President, Bread for the World
    "Exodus From Hunger"
    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    John Stanton
    Chairman, Clearwire
    Founder and former CEO, Western Wireless Corporation
    Former Chairman and CEO, VoiceStream Wireless
    "Navigating Unintended Consequences"
    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Tod Nielsen 
    Co-President, Application Platform, VMware
    "Career Lessons from the Software Industry"
    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Rene Ancinas
    President and CEO, Port Blakely Companies
    "Preparing for an Unexpected Future" 
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Speakers 2010 - 2011

    Kurt DelBene 
    President, Microsoft Office Division
    Transforming the Microsoft Office Business for the Cloud
    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    Kimberly Harris
    President & CEO, Puget Sound Energy
    Delivering Our Energy Future 
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Craig Jelinek 
    President and COO, Costco Wholesale
    Costco Global Expansion 
    Tuesday, March 1,  2011

    Jim Albaugh
    Executive VP, The Boeing Co.
    President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    There Are No Shortcuts: Reflections on Leadership, Ethics, and Innovation
    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Andrew Doman
    CEO, Russell Investments
    The Changing Needs of the Global Financial Services Industry 
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Speakers 2009 - 2010

    Jeff Raikes
    CEO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    "The Business of Doing Good"
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Robert Cremin
    Chairman, Esterline Technologies
    "Designing a strategy for the turbulent aerospace market"
    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Deanna Oppenheimer
    CEO, UK Retail Banking, Barclays Bank
    "Retail Banking: The Way Forward.”
    Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Podcast not available.

    Tom Lewis 
    CEO, The Green Exchange Venture
    “Environmental Finance and the Development of Cap and Trade”
    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    Tay Yoshitani
    CEO, The Port of Seattle
    "The Port of Seattle: Where a Sustainable World is Headed."
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    Bill Ayer
    Chairman & CEO, Alaska Airlines
    “Staying Aloft in an Industry Storm.”
    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Co-operative Panel
    Sally Jewell
    President & CEO of REI
    Gary OaklandPresident &CEO of BECU
    Scott ArmstrongPresident & CEO of Group Health
    "Cooperatives: A Better Path to Socially Responsible Business?"
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009 

    Dick Kovacevich
    Chairman, Wells Fargo Bank
    "A Conversation With Dick Kovacevich - How Wells Fargo Stayed the Course"
    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Speakers 2008-2009

    Dan Fulton
    President & CEO, Weyerhaeuser
    "Managing Today to Grow Tomorrow"
    Monday, May 11, 2009

    Colleen Brown
    President & CEO, Fisher Communications
    "The Future of Media"
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Tom Falk
    CEO & Chairman of the Board, Kimberly-Clark
    "Operating a Global Company in a Global Recession"
    Monday, February 9, 2009

    Jerry Grinstein
    Former CEO, Delta Air Lines
    "Restructuring 101"
    Thursday, January 29, 2009

    Kemper Freeman Chairman/CEO of Kemper Development Co.
    "The Entrepreneur-Driven Economy"
    November 6th, 2008

    Peter Rose 
    CEO, Expeditors International
    "Making 5.2 billion out of 300,000"
    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Speakers 2007-2008

    Kevin Turner 
    COO, Microsoft Corporation
    "Being a Leader: Experiences In Leadership"
    Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

    Steve Reynolds 
    Chairman/CEO, Puget Sound Energy
    "Cleaner, Greener, Smarter"
    Tuesday, May 6, 2008

    Jeff Brotman
    Chairman, Costco Wholesale
    Wednesday, February 27, 2008

    James C. Alling 
    President, Starbucks International
    Thursday, January 24, 2008

    Scott Carson
    President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Monday, November 5, 2007

    Carol Nelson, President and CEO of Cascade Bank; 
    Melanie Dressel, President and CEO of Columbia Bank; 
    Deborah Horvath, Chief Information Officer of Washington Mutual
    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    Speakers 2006-2007

    Blake Nordstrom
    President, Nordstrom Inc.
    Monday, May 7, 2007

    Bill George
    Former CEO, Medtronic; author of True North, and Authentic Leadership
    Monday, April 30, 2007

    Paula Reynolds
    President and CEO, Safeco
    Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    Mark Olson
    Chairman, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
    Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    "Auditing in a post-Sarbanes-Oxley World"

    Robbie Bach
    President, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft
    Monday, January 22, 2007
    "Connected Entertainment"

    Family Business Panel Discussion
    Tomio Moriguchi, Chairman, Uwajimaya 
    Carolyn Kelly, President and Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Times
    Bruce Williams, President and CEO, HomeStreet Bank
    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Steve Rotella
    President and COO, Washington Mutual
    Thursday, November 2, 2006
    "Leading Through Change"

    Speakers 2005-2006

    Gary Brinson
    SU Alum, 1966
    Acclaimed expert on global investing
    Wednesday, May 24, 2006
    "Opinions and Reflections on Investment Management"

    Jim Whittaker
    Monday, May 8, 2006
    "If You Aren't Living On the Edge, You're Taking Up Too Much Space."

    Leo Hindery
    President and CEO, Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network
    Tuesday, May 9, 2006
    "Leadership: Don't Forget Your Stakeholders."

    Mohamed Ali Alabbar
    Monday, April 10, 2006
    "Economic Success in Dubai: What's next for the Middle East and the US?"

    Phyllis J. Campbell, Alaska Air, Nordstrom, and Puget Energy
    Mary E. Pugh, Washington Mutual
    Sally G. Narodick, Puget Energy, Cray, Solutia, Penford Corporation, and SumTotal Systems
    Thursday, February 16, 2006
    "Boardroom Ethics & Culture: What Have We Learned?" a panel discussion.

    Jim Voelker, Infospace
    Jim Weber, Brooks Sports
    Tracy Cumming, Lang Manufacturing
    Monday, January 23, 2006
    "Leading a Business Turnaround" a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Greg Magnan.

    Rick Holley
    President and CEO, Plum Creek
    Monday, November 7, 2005

    Mark W. Olson
    Member, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
    Thursday, October 13, 2005

    Speakers 2004-2005

    Bill Ayer
    CEO, Alaska Airlines
    May 24, 2005

    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft 
    Mark Pigott, PACCAR
    Jim Sinegal, Costco
    April 5, 2005 
    "Celebrating Leadership: Impact and Legacy," a panel discussion moderated by Marilyn Gist to inaugurate the newly remodeled Pigott auditorium.

    Sally Jewell
    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, REI Corporation
    February 15, 2005

    W. G. "Gary" Reed, Jr.
    Simpson Investments
    January 20, 2005

    Jeff Raikes
    Group Vice President, Information Worker Business, Microsoft
    November 16, 2004

    Mike McGavick
    Chairman and CEO, Safeco Corporation 
    October 13, 2004

    Speakers 2003-2004

    Frank Shrontz, former CEO, The Boeing Company
    Chuck Pigott, former CEO, PACCAR
    Jack Creighton, former CEO, Weyerhaeuser and United Airlines
    May 27, 2004
    These three distinguished business leaders from the Puget Sound area spoke on a panel discussion on business ethics, "Building Ethical Organizations," moderated by John Dienhart.

    Denise Morrison
    President of Global Sales and Chief Customer Officer, Campbell Soup Company
    May 4, 2004

    Howard Schultz
    Chairman, Starbucks
    February 26, 2004

    Alan R. Mulally
    Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    February 11, 2004

    Michael J. Phillips
    CEO, Russell Investment Group
    November 18, 2003

    Gary Brinson
    SU Alum, 1966
    Acclaimed expert on global investing
    October 13, 2003

    Speakers 2002-2003

    Kerry Killinger
    CEO, Washington Mutual
    May 29, 2003

    Charles Munger
    Vice Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
    April 7, 2003

    John Conners
    CFO, Microsoft
    March 3, 2003

    Thomas J. Falk
    CEO, Kimberly-Clark
    February 3, 2003

    Peter Rose
    CEO, Expeditors
    October 29, 2002

    Fran Conley
    CEO, Cutter and Buck
    October 29, 2002

    Jim Sinegal
    CEO, Costco
    October 29, 2002

    Leo Hindery, Jr.
    President and CEO, Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network
    April 22, 2002

    John K. Wulff
    FASB Board of Directors
    Former CFO, Union Carbide

  • Howard Schultz, founder and CEO of Starbucks, was the featured speaker at an Albers Executive Speaker Series event on April 10, 2012.