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The Conversations 

Our quarterly Conversations series brings three events to campus that feature local and national leaders discussing current public service issues. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming events!

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Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle invite you to attend our upcoming co-sponsored event, “The Promise and Peril in Seattle’s New Era of Female Leadership,” on Wednesday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. PST via Town Hall Seattle’s Digital Stage.

 In this installment of “The Conversations”, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Seattle Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau will be moderated by journalist Joni Balter, and Larry Hubbell, longtime previous director of Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service, with additional questions from Dr. Rashmi Chordiya and Seattle University students. 

You can say off the top Seattle loves to elect and appoint female leaders. They occupy many key positions. But what happens next? Is it enough to get them into these positions or do they need some degree of support once they land these jobs? Protests this summer laid bare some inequities in how we treat some of our elected leaders. 

All three of these women are leaving or have left their posts. Why? Does it have anything to do with gender? Do we treat women executives differently than we treat male CEOs? Join us to encounter new perspectives of this conversation.





Previous Events 


Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal & Kim Schrier

Congresswomen Jayapal and Schrier at SU

Microsoft President Brad Smith

Brad Smith SU Conversations 2019

Gov. Gary Locke & Rick Wilson


Previous Conversation Events