Past Speakers

The Albers School of Business and Economics Executive Speaker Series is sponsored by the Dean’s Office. These events are open to the public and do not require an RSVP.


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

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

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


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


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.


Jeff Wilke
Senior Vice President of Consumer Business,
" Our Peculiar Leadership Principles"
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adrian Hanauer
Owner & former GM, Seattle Sounders FC
"The Story Behind Seattle Sounders FC"
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bill Ruckelshaus
President & CEO, Blucora
"Value Creation and the Internet Economy"
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 

Ron Armstrong
"Global Success for the Long Haul"
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Podcast not available.

"Leadership: Building Agile and Adaptive Teams in a Complex Environment" 
A panel discussion
Melanie Dressel
President & CEO, Columbia Bank

Harvey Kanter
Chairman, CEO, & President
Blue Nile

Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza
Commander, I Corps
Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stein Kruse
CEO, The Holland America Group
"Cruising to Success"
Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Jim Weber
President & CEO, Brooks Running
"Building a Loved Running Brand"
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Diane Jurgens
Managing Director of Shanghai OnStar
"China: Successfully Navigating the Middle Kingdom"
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

John Williams
President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
"The Federal Reserve: Inside Monetary Policy"
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Roy Whitehead
Chairman, President, & CEO of Washington Federal, Inc.
"Business and Banking: Challenge and Opportunity in a New Economy"
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ray Conner
Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company and President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
"Delivering Value to Customers in a More-for-Less World"
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Phyllis Campbell
Vice Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase
"Leading in the Turbulent Financial Sector"
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Brad Tilden
President & CEO, Alaska Airlines & Alaska Air Group
CEO, Horizon Airlines
"Success at 3.5% Market Share?"
Thursday, October 24, 2013


Leo Hindery
Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners VII, LP
"Better Educating Future Managers"
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spencer Rascoff
"Lessons in Entrepreneurship"
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

John McAdam
President, CEO, & Director, F5 Networks
"From Surviving to Thriving: The F5 Story"
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Steve Davis
President & CEO, PATH
"Innovation for Social Good"
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tom Marra
President & CEO, Symetra Financial Corporation
"Respect the Cash Cow"
Monday, November 19, 2012

Mark Vadon
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Blue Nile & Zulily
"The Inside Story on Two Seattle Internet Startups"
Thursday, October 18, 2012


Gary Scott 
Former President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
"Leading a Non-US Global Enterprise"
Monday, May 14, 2012

Dan Nordstrom
CEO, Outdoor Research
"Anatomy of a Turnaround"
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Howard Schultz
Founder and CEO, Starbucks
"Business at Starbucks"
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jim Sinegal 
Former CEO, Costco Wholesale
"Costco: The First 30 Years"
Thursday, March 1, 2012  

David Beckmann
President, Bread for the World
"Exodus From Hunger"
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

John Stanton
Chairman, Clearwire
Founder and former CEO, Western Wireless Corporation
Former Chairman and CEO, VoiceStream Wireless
"Navigating Unintended Consequences"
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tod Nielsen 
Co-President, Application Platform, VMware
"Career Lessons from the Software Industry"
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rene Ancinas
President and CEO, Port Blakely Companies
"Preparing for an Unexpected Future" 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Kurt DelBene 
President, Microsoft Office Division
Transforming the Microsoft Office Business for the Cloud
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kimberly Harris
President & CEO, Puget Sound Energy
Delivering Our Energy Future 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Craig Jelinek 
President and COO, Costco Wholesale
Costco Global Expansion 
Tuesday, March 1,  2011

Jim Albaugh
Executive VP, The Boeing Co.
President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
There Are No Shortcuts: Reflections on Leadership, Ethics, and Innovation
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Andrew Doman
CEO, Russell Investments
The Changing Needs of the Global Financial Services Industry 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Jeff Raikes
CEO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
"The Business of Doing Good"
Monday, May 24, 2010

Robert Cremin
Chairman, Esterline Technologies
"Designing a strategy for the turbulent aerospace market"
Monday, May 10, 2010

Deanna Oppenheimer
CEO, UK Retail Banking, Barclays Bank
"Retail Banking: The Way Forward.”
Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tom Lewis 
CEO, The Green Exchange Venture
“Environmental Finance and the Development of Cap and Trade”
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tay Yoshitani
CEO, The Port of Seattle
"The Port of Seattle: Where a Sustainable World is Headed."
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bill Ayer
Chairman & CEO, Alaska Airlines
“Staying Aloft in an Industry Storm.”
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Co-operative Panel
Sally Jewell, 
President & CEO of REI
Gary Oakland, President & CEO of BECU
Scott Armstrong, President & CEO of Group Health
"Cooperatives: A Better Path to Socially Responsible Business?"
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 

Dick Kovacevich
Chairman, Wells Fargo Bank
"A Conversation With Dick Kovacevich - How Wells Fargo Stayed the Course"
Thursday, October 15, 2009


Dan Fulton
President & CEO, Weyerhaeuser
"Managing Today to Grow Tomorrow"
Monday, May 11, 2009

Colleen Brown
President & CEO, Fisher Communications
"The Future of Media"
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tom Falk
CEO & Chairman of the Board, Kimberly-Clark
"Operating a Global Company in a Global Recession"
Monday, February 9, 2009

Jerry Grinstein
Former CEO, Delta Air Lines
"Restructuring 101"
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kemper Freeman 
Chairman/CEO of Kemper Development Co.
"The Entrepreneur-Driven Economy"
November 6th, 2008

Peter Rose 
CEO, Expeditors International
"Making 5.2 billion out of 300,000"
Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Kevin Turner 
COO, Microsoft Corporation
"Being a Leader: Experiences In Leadership"
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Steve Reynolds 
Chairman/CEO, Puget Sound Energy
"Cleaner, Greener, Smarter"
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Jeff Brotman
Chairman, Costco Wholesale
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

James C. Alling 
President, Starbucks International
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Scott Carson
President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Monday, November 5, 2007

Carol Nelson, President and CEO of Cascade Bank; 
Melanie Dressel, President and CEO of Columbia Bank; 
Deborah Horvath, Chief Information Officer of Washington Mutual
Thursday, October 25, 2007


Blake Nordstrom
President, Nordstrom Inc.
Monday, May 7, 2007

Bill George
Former CEO, Medtronic; author of True North, and Authentic Leadership
Monday, April 30, 2007

Paula Reynolds
President and CEO, Safeco
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mark Olson
Chairman, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
"Auditing in a post-Sarbanes-Oxley World"

Robbie Bach
President, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft
Monday, January 22, 2007
"Connected Entertainment"

Family Business Panel Discussion
Tomio Moriguchi, Chairman, Uwajimaya 
Carolyn Kelly, President and Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Times
Bruce Williams, President and CEO, HomeStreet Bank
Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Steve Rotella
President and COO, Washington Mutual
Thursday, November 2, 2006
"Leading Through Change"


Gary Brinson
SU Alum, 1966
Acclaimed expert on global investing
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
"Opinions and Reflections on Investment Management"

Jim Whittaker
Monday, May 8, 2006
"If You Aren't Living On the Edge, You're Taking Up Too Much Space."

Leo Hindery
President and CEO, Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
"Leadership: Don't Forget Your Stakeholders."

Mohamed Ali Alabbar
Monday, April 10, 2006
"Economic Success in Dubai: What's next for the Middle East and the US?"

Phyllis J. Campbell, Alaska Air, Nordstrom, and Puget Energy
Mary E. Pugh, Washington Mutual
Sally G. Narodick, Puget Energy, Cray, Solutia, Penford Corporation, and SumTotal Systems
Thursday, February 16, 2006
"Boardroom Ethics & Culture: What Have We Learned?" a panel discussion.

Jim Voelker, Infospace
Jim Weber, Brooks Sports
Tracy Cumming, Lang Manufacturing
Monday, January 23, 2006
"Leading a Business Turnaround" a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Greg Magnan.

Rick Holley
President and CEO, Plum Creek
Monday, November 7, 2005

Mark W. Olson
Member, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Thursday, October 13, 2005


Bill Ayer
CEO, Alaska Airlines
May 24, 2005

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft 
Mark Pigott, PACCAR
Jim Sinegal, Costco
April 5, 2005 
"Celebrating Leadership: Impact and Legacy," a panel discussion moderated by Marilyn Gist to inaugurate the newly remodeled Pigott auditorium.

Sally Jewell
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, REI Corporation
February 15, 2005

W. G. "Gary" Reed, Jr.
Simpson Investments
January 20, 2005

Jeff Raikes
Group Vice President, Information Worker Business, Microsoft
November 16, 2004

Mike McGavick
Chairman and CEO, Safeco Corporation
October 13, 2004


Frank Shrontz, former CEO, The Boeing Company
Chuck Pigott, former CEO, PACCAR
Jack Creighton, former CEO, Weyerhaeuser and United Airlines
May 27, 2004
These three distinguished business leaders from the Puget Sound area spoke on a panel discussion on business ethics, "Building Ethical Organizations," moderated by John Dienhart.

Denise Morrison
President of Global Sales and Chief Customer Officer, Campbell Soup Company
May 4, 2004

Howard Schultz
Chairman, Starbucks
February 26, 2004

Alan R. Mulally
Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company
President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
February 11, 2004

Michael J. Phillips
CEO, Russell Investment Group
November 18, 2003

Gary Brinson
SU Alum, 1966
Acclaimed expert on global investing
October 13, 2003


Kerry Killinger
CEO, Washington Mutual
May 29, 2003

Charles Munger
Vice Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
April 7, 2003

John Conners
CFO, Microsoft
March 3, 2003

Thomas J. Falk
CEO, Kimberly-Clark
February 3, 2003

Peter Rose
CEO, Expeditors
October 29, 2002

Fran Conley
CEO, Cutter and Buck
October 29, 2002

Jim Sinegal
CEO, Costco
October 29, 2002

Leo Hindery, Jr.
President and CEO, Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network
April 22, 2002

John K. Wulff
FASB Board of Directors
Former CFO, Union Carbide

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz


Howard Schultz, founder and CEO of Starbucks, was the featured speaker at an Albers Executive Speaker Series event on April 10, 2012.