In this installment of “The Conversations,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau discuss the highs and lows of women serving as leaders. Moderated by journalist Joni Balter and Dr. Larry Hubbell, longtime previous director of Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service, Durkan, Best, and Juneau consider what it takes to get women elected or appointed to positions of power—and what is needed after that in order for them to be effective and successful leaders. With input and questions from Institute of Public Service’s Dr. Rashmi Chordiya and Seattle University students, these women explore why they are leaving or have left their jobs. Does it have anything to do with gender? Do we treat women leaders differently than we treat men doing the same job? Join us to encounter new perspectives on this always-relevant conversation. Watch the video.
Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez and former Seattle City Council President — and mayor for five days — Bruce Harrell discussed the United States rising up in protest, and societal struggles that were already challenging to solve have been exacerbated by the events of this year. Seattle especially has experienced significant unrest, with recall petitions, souring mayor-council relations, calls to defund police, protests at councilmembers’ houses, and the US attorney general calls Seattle an “anarchist” city. All of this begs the question: is Seattle becoming ungovernable? Watch the video.
Mayor Durkan discussed issues facing our fast-growing city including affordability, homelessness, transportation, and more. Watch the video.
Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Kim Schrier discussed the rising power of women in Congress and current events and policy issues leading up to the event. Watch the video.
Microsoft President Brad Smith discussed Microsoft’s $500 million pledge to address homelessness and affordable housing across Puget Sound, and the responsibility of corporations to their communities. Watch the video.
Former WA Governor Gary Locke and GOP Strategist and Author Rick Wilson (author of the NY Times best-selling book, Everything Trump Touches Dies) discussed the 2018 midterm elections. Watch the video.