Executive Speaker Series

Headshot of Manny Medina, Outreach CEO, speaking at the Albers Executive Speaker Series

Pivots can be teachable moments for businesses. Join us at the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Thursday, February 20, as Outreach CEO Manny Medina shares what he calls his most important lesson in leadership via a complete product pivot. 

While Outreach is now valued as a unicorn, it was only six years ago that the company was on the verge of shutting down. Medina will share how the company navigated through its pivot, moving from a recruiting service to what would be the largest and most valuable sales engagement platform available, and what it taught him throughout the process.

With a valuation of $1.1 billion, Outreach accelerates growth by optimizing every interaction throughout the customer lifecycle. The platform manages all customer interactions across email, voice, and social, and leverages machine learning to guide reps to take the right actions.

Outreach now has more than 3,300 customer accounts including Cloudera, Adobe, Microsoft, Zoom, and Docusign. It has been included in the Forbes Cloud 100 in 2018 and 2019, and named the 4th Fastest-Growing Technology Company in North America by Deloitte in its 2019 Technology Fast 500 Awards.

The Albers Executive Speaker Series with Manny Medina will take place on Thursday, February 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Pigott Auditorium. Sponsored by the dean's office, the event 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) 

Manny Medina
CEO, Outreach
Navigating a Business Pivot: My Most Important Moment of Leadership
Thursday, February 20, 2020

John Burke
CEO, Trek Bikes
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Amy Hood
CFO, Microsoft
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Eric Artz
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Sunny Gupta
CEO, Apptio
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Recent Speakers

If you would like to watch a video of a recent speaker event, go to our playlist on YouTube.


Rajeev Singh
CEO, Accolade
Wanted: Contrarians, Disruptors, and Do-gooders
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mark Mader
President & CEO, Smartsheet
The Future of Work is Human
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tod Leiweke
CEO, NHL Seattle
Building a Successful Sports Franchise and Bringing Hockey Back to the Northwest
Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Francois Locoh-Donou
President & CEO, F5 Networks
Giving as a Leader
Monday, June 3, 2019

Margaret Meister
President & CEO, Symetra
Growth Through Transformation: Leading a business through change
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Orlando Ashford
The Power of Authenticity in Leadership
President, Holland America Line
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rick & David Cantu
Delivering Continuous Innovation
Co-founders, CEO and COO, Redapt
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dean Allen
Building on Unconventional Wisdoms
CEO, McKinstry
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Boeing Panel Discussion
Leadership and Culture
Featuring former Boeing Commercial Airplane CEOs: Alan Mulally, Ray ConnerFrank Shrontz
Moderated by: Marilyn Gist, Albers Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Formation
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Former Boeing CEOs transcript

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NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke kicked off the Albers Executive Series last October 16, 2019. His topic: Building a successful sports franchise and bringing hockey back to the Pacific Northwest.

Former Boeing CEOs - Panel Discussion

Three former Boeing CEOs participated in a panel discussion about Leadership and Culture during an Albers Executive Speaker Series event on October 11, 2018.