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) 

Tod Leiweke
President & CEO, NHL Seattle
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mark Mader
President & CEO, Smartsheet
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Rajeev Singh
CEO, Accolade
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Manny Medina
CEO & Co-founder, Outreach
Thursday, February 27, 2020

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

Amy Hood
CFO, Microsoft
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Recent Speakers

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


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

Audio of Panel Discussion by Former Boeing CEOs

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