Executive Speaker Series

Sponsored by the dean's office, the Albers Executive Speaker Series 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)

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

Orlando Ashford
President, Holland America Line
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Margaret Meister
President & CEO, Symetra
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Francois Locoh-Donou
President & CEO, F5 Networks
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Recent Speakers

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


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


Benson Porter
President & CEO, BECU
Leading Beyond the Balance Sheet
May 22, 2018

Kevin McAllister
President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Perspectives on Boeing and Lessons in Leadership
April 19, 2018

Bryan Mistele
President & CEO, INRIX
The Future of Transportation: The impact of ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, and Shared vehicles) will have on society.
February 1, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion Panel
Diversity and Inclusion in the Corporate Sector
Featured Speakers:
Margy Elliott, MarComm for Global Diversity and Inclusion Organization, Amazon
Denise Merle, SVP of Human Resources and Information Technology, Weyerhaeuser
Laura Swapp, Director of Multicultural Marketing and Brand Partnerships, REI
Moderated by Holly Ferraro, Associate Professor of Management, Albers
January 10, 2018

Nick Hanauer
Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Activist, Philanthropist, Author
Political Polarization and Economic Inequality: America at a Crossroads
November 7, 2017

Scott & Ally Svenson
Co-founders, MOD Pizza
Using Pizza as a Platform for Social Impact
October 11, 2017


Jeff Musser
President & CEO, Expeditors International
Creating a Culture of Opportunity
May 23, 2017

Brandon Pedersen
EVP Finance & CFO, Alaska Air Group
What Keeps Alaska Air Growing?
April 20, 2017

Doyle Simons
President & CEO, Weyerhaeuser
"WEYERHAEUSER: Creating a winning company vision and culture"
February 28, 2017

Jerry Stritzke
President & CEO, REI
Business as an embodiment of Northwest values
January 19, 2017

Elena Donio
President, Concur
"Creating A Culture That Encourages Employees To Be Who They Really Are"
November 2, 2016

Kurt Beecher Dammeier
Founder, Sugar Mountain (which includes Beecher Cheese)
"Artisan Brand Marketing"
October 18, 2016


Mark Mason
CEO, HomeStreet Bank
"HomeStreet Bank-Doing Well by Doing Good"
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rich Barton
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Zillow Group
Co-Founder, Expedia, Glassdoor, Trover
"Power to the People: How Technology is Catalyzing a New Industrial Revolution"
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Colleen Brown
Board Chair, American Apparel
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dan Price
CEO of Gravity Payments
"More Than a Business Plan: My Mission to Help the Little Guy or Gal Achieve Their American Dream"
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Jamie Nordstrom
President of Stores, Nordstrom
"Follow the Customer"
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Podcast not available

Alan Mulally
Former President & CEO of the Ford Motor Co.
"Strategic & Operational Leadership and Working Together"
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Podcast not available.