Dean’s Blog

Outreach CEO Recounts How Company Had to Pivot

Published February 21, 2020 at 12:02 PM PST


On the day he appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine, Manny Medina, CEO of Outreach, visited the Albers Executive Speaker Series to talk about, “Navigating a Business Pivot: My Most Important Moment of Leadership.”  Outreach is a software that allows users to automate and streamline communication with sales prospects.  The company is in the midst of an incredible journey right now, including achieving “Unicorn” status. 

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Accolade CEO Raj Singh's 3 Business Principles to Live By

Published February 11, 2020 at 3:02 PM PST


“Wanted: Contrarians, Disruptors, and Do-gooders” – now that is a provocative title, and the one Accolade CEO, Rajeev Singh, used in his visit to the Albers Executive Speaker Series in January!  The three descriptors coincide with three principles Singh urged students to abide by - read on to learn more. 

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Smartsheet CEO Visits Albers Executive Speaker Series

Published November 26, 2019 at 5:11 PM PST

On November 19th, we welcomed Mark Mader, President and CEO of Smartsheet, to the Albers Executive Speaker Series.  Smartsheet, which is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company offering collaboration and work management tools located in Bellevue, WA, was recently named one of Deloitte’s 500 Fastest Growing firms in the US.

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New Albers Endowed Chairs and Professors Installed

Published November 25, 2019 at 10:11 AM PST

On November 22nd, we installed three faculty members as new endowed chairs and professors.  In recognizing these faculty members, we are, by extension, also recognizing the good work of all our faculty members.

Endowed chairs and professorships are an important resource for a business school to have.  They are a valuable tool for attracting and retaining outstanding faculty.   If Seattle University and the Albers School are to attain our aspirations for academic excellence, we can only do so with a strong portfolio of endowed chairs and professorships.

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Albers School's Philosophy Echoed in New Business Roundtable Purpose Statement

Published September 12, 2019 at 4:09 PM PDT

Recently the Business Roundtable introduced a revised statement on the purpose of corporations.  The Roundtable consists of nearly 200 CEOs from many of the major corporations in the US, including local companies such as Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft.  The statement marks a significant shift in thinking, since it says that corporations are not just about maximizing profits for shareholders, but should also factor in the interests of customers, employees, business partners, and the community.

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Return to Sansepolcro Celebrates 25 Years of Study Tours

Published September 12, 2019 at 9:09 AM PDT

The Albers School celebrated the 25th anniversary of Albers study tours with a return trip to the destination of the very first tour – the town of Sansepolcro, in the Tuscany region of Italy.  It was 1994, when a group of Albers faculty were promoting the 500th anniversary of the publication of the Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita, by Franciscan friar Luca Pacioli, the first instance of anything being written down about double entry bookkeeping, that the first study tour was organized by Albers faculty members.  The anniversary celebration was leveraged to take a group of students along and the rest is history, as they say!

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25th IAJBS World Forum

Published July 31, 2019 at 5:07 PM PDT

I recently attended the 25th Annual World Forum of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) hosted by Xavier University Bhubaneswar in Bhubaneswar, India.  Business schools from 15 different nations were represented at the meeting, which took place July 21 to 24.  Seattle U hosted this same meeting, the 24th, last summer. It is an important event for bringing together Jesuit business school faculty members and administrators from around the world to network and explore best practices and opportunities for collaboration.

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Susan Weihrich Retires after Thirty Years

Published June 15, 2019 at 1:06 PM PDT

After thirty years on the Albers faculty, Dr. Susan Weihrich is retiring.  Susan will be best known for what she most liked to do – teach her tax accounting courses.  Her students loved her and consistently reported that she somehow made tax fun and interesting.  She’ll also be known for how supportive she was of her students – very generous with her advice, time, and attention!

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F5 CEO Says Be a Giving Leader

Published June 15, 2019 at 12:06 PM PDT


François Locoh-Donou is President and Chief Executive Officer of F5 Networks, a Seattle based company which specializes in application services and delivery. He joined F5 in April 2017, bringing to the office nearly two decades of enterprise technology experience building a wide range of products, teams, and operations around the world.

Locoh-Donou participated in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on June 3rd, pursing the theme of, “Giving as a Leader.”

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Symetra CEO Addresses Change Management and Female Leadership

Published April 11, 2019 at 8:04 AM PDT

Symetra president and CEO Margaret Meister recently participated in the Albers Executive Speaker Series, sharing her wisdom on change management and being a female business leader.  Meister leads a company with nearly $50 billion in assets, two million customers and 1,700 employees.

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