Fran is the CTO for Microsoft’s Automotive Industry, part of Microsoft’s WW Commercial Business. In this role, he works with product teams, sales, customers, and partners to guide Microsoft’s strategy for automotive and smart mobility.
Fran is a 19-year veteran of Microsoft. He began his work on Azure over 10 years ago as the CTO for Microsoft’s Incubation Businesses where he led a group of deep technical specialists focused on re-architecting customer applications for cloud deployment.
He has a long history of delivering products at Microsoft and developing deep, strategic partnerships. He led the program management team for Mobile Services, delivering Microsoft’s Mobile Messenger and Mobile Hotmail services to millions of customers and creating new integrated services for the launch of Windows Phone. Fran also led program management teams in Windows and Parallel Computing.
He has been working with advanced technologies for the past 35 years including executive roles at Sun Microsystems and Motorola.
Dan Werth, COO, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, “Positioning Washington’s Founding Winery to Meet the Demands of Today’s Global Wine Consumer”
Dan Werth serves as Ste. Michelle Wine Estate’s Chief Operating Officer, leading Sales, Marketing and Information Technology & Business Processes. Dan joined Ste. Michelle from MillerCoors, where he most recently served as the Chief Customer Officer.
During his 17 years with MillerCoors, Dan held several sales positions, including Regional Vice President-Southeast, National Accounts Vice President‑Kroger, and General Manager‑California. Prior to that he was Sales Director, Trade Marketing Director and Finance Director at Philip Morris USA.
As a business-minded technologist and evangelist of self-service data, Ashley brings over a decade of experience leading cross-functional efforts to grow adoption of analytics platforms at Fortune 500 companies.
Ashley is a data and analytics thought leader who enjoys learning and sharing insights on how to transform large, global companies, to successfully leverage data platform investments and develop programatic support to build successful cultures of self‑service analytics.
Alejandro Grajal became the eighth leader of Woodland Park Zoo in its 117 year history, assuming the helm in May 2016. He is internationally known for his vision to define a new relationship between humans and nature by helping to restore the deep, affective bond between people and animals. He advocates for zoos as the best community institutions to create a social movement for conservation, to foster science learning beyond the classroom, and to ensure that all people have access to nature, regardless of socioeconomic background.
Reporting to the zoo’s Board of Directors and overseeing more than 350 full-time and seasonal staff, Alejandro is responsible for leading all zoo operations, programs, and exhibits as well as facilities, fundraising and partnership development to increase WPZ’s positive impact in the community and world.
Before joining the zoo, Alejandro served as senior vice president for conservation, education and training at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, where he headed the Center for Conservation Leadership, oversaw field conservation and research programs for the Center for the Science of Animal Welfare, and supervised education programs.
Jeff Raikes is co-founder, with his wife Tricia, of the Raikes Foundation, which works toward a just and inclusive society, where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on youth-serving systems, seeking to make them work better on behalf of the most marginalized young people in our society. Based in Seattle, the Raikes Foundation focuses on using the science of learning and development to advance more equitable learning environments; preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness; and improving the quality of expanded learning programs. The foundation recently launched an initiative focused on increasing the impact of giving by individual donors.
From 2008 to 2014, Jeff was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was responsible for setting strategic priorities, monitoring results, and facilitating relationships with key partners for all of the foundation’s program groups including global development, global health and the U.S. program, which focuses on education and global policy. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Jeff was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team, which set overall strategy and direction for the company. Before joining Microsoft in 1981, Jeff was a software development manager at Apple Computer, Inc.
Brandon A. Lee, Consul General of Canada, “Technology and the State of the World: A View From Canada”
Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in Seattle in 2017, with accreditation for Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. He joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) in 2004. With a background leading management and innovation, Mr. Lee has held several executive and management positions within the department.
From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Lee oversaw reform activities to strengthen Canada’s international presence and became the Department’s first Director of Innovation.
Jim Olson, MD, PhD, Sarah Hughes Chair for Pediatric Oncology, Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Attending Physician, Seattle Children’s Hospital & Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington, “From Scorpions to Sunflowers: Tapping into Nature for Cancer, Arthritis, and Other Drugs”
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Olson cares for children with brain tumors and conducts research that focuses on discovering and developing new cancer therapies. His lab’s work has led to more than a dozen national clinical trials, of which he leads a Phase III trial through the Children’s Oncology Group.
Bill McSherry was named to his position at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in June 2014. He is responsible for Commercial Airplanes’ state and local operations in the Northwest and South Carolina regions. He leads a team of specialists who manage relationships with elected officials and business leaders, advocate for key issues that advance Boeing’s business objectives, and find philanthropic opportunities to give back to the communities where Commercial Airplanes employees live and work.
Prior to his current assignment, McSherry was director of State & Local Government Operations in the Northwest region. In that capacity, he was responsible for the company’s government relations strategy and Northwest network, which covers Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii.
Bishop Edward A. Smith, Zoe Christian Fellowship, “Helping Abandoned Former Foster Youth, a Collaborative Approach”
Edward A. Smith was born in Los Angeles, California. He received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in February 1973. He spent the first eleven years of his Christian life sitting under the teaching ministry of Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Founder/Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center, Los Angeles, California.
Edward Smith spent seven years as an instructor of Zoe Christian Leadership Training Center and served as an Elder and Executive Board member under the tutelage of Bishop Frank L. Stewart. Pastor Ed was ordained into the gospel ministry by Bishop Stewart in November 1982. In 1986 Bishop Stewart was led by the Lord to finance Pastor Ed and Vanessa’s first overseas missions’ trip. Bishop Stewart was also instrumental in preparing Pastor Ed for ministry, which led to Pastor Ed starting Zoe Christian Fellowship of Cerritos in 1989. This would be the first church plant to come from Zoe Christian Fellowship of Los Angeles with a prominent focus on missions’ outreach. In 1995, Pastor Ed and the members of Zoe moved to their present church complex in Whittier, thereby becoming Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier.
Todd Humphrey, Senior Vice President, Digital & Fan Experience, NHL Seattle, “NHL Seattle: Hockey + Technology + Fan Experience”
The NHL’s 32nd franchise will take the ice in October 2021, returning professional hockey to Seattle. At NHL Seattle, Todd Humphrey is responsible for all technology that will be integrated into the New Arena At Seattle Center, the Northgate Headquarters and practice facility, and the NHL Team. He is also responsible for Fan Experience at the New Arena for hockey, concerts, basketball, and other events.
Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature for the NPR/public radio stations of the Pacific Northwest, including KUOW and KNKX in the Seattle/Tacoma market. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW’s (the C‑SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program “Inside Olympia.”
Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland, and Boise.
David Laub began his career with Arthur Andersen, in Seattle, where he worked in the audit division for 13 years, specializing in telecommunications and privately held corporations. He left Andersen to run an international fishing organization for 10 years. He was the CFO worldwide, with offices in Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; Toronto, Canada; London, U.K.; Lisbon, Portugal; Moscow, Russia; Vladivostok, Russia; and headquartered in Kirkland, WA. He was the President of the U.S. operations.
For the past 10 years, David has acted as a CFO for many tech companies. Currently he is CFO of Cell Systems (Kirkland, WA), Native Network (Wenatchee, WA) and Valley Cold Storage (Burlington, WA). He is on the board of directors/advisors of Arena Sports, 2 bar Spirits, Sports IT, and Polaera.
Dr. J. David Hawkins, Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington, “Prevention Science: Neglected Key to Stopping the Opioid Epidemic”
Dr. J. David Hawkins is Endowed Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington. He received his BA in 1967 from Stanford University and his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1975. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for health and behavior problems across multiple domains; to understand how these factors interact in the development of healthy behavior and the prevention of problem behaviors. He develops and tests prevention strategies which seek to reduce risk through the enhancement of strengths and protective factors in families, schools, and communities.
Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State — from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, both today and for future generations.
Commissioner Franz is leading the push to make Washington’s lands resilient in the face of climate change, investing in carbon sequestration and clean energy with wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure.
Joe Fain is the President and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber. He previously served two terms in the Washington State Senate, where he worked extensively on economic development, transportation, and education issues. Fain has also worked at the University of Washington office of technology transfer and commercialization, and as a deputy prosecutor for King County.
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” “I’ll pull an all-nighter!” There are many examples in our culture about the need for sleep being a weakness and something to be resisted. Some people admire those who can operate with little sleep, and consider people who get enough sleep “lazy.” But recent science is revealing the real reasons why we sleep and the physical and mental benefits that good sleep provides.
Armen Stein, Founder and President of J Street Technology, will review the latest findings ,and show you how getting enough sleep will enhance your health and work.
John D. Deehr, CAPT USN(RET), Senior Naval Science Instructor, Liberty High School Naval Junior ROTC, “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”
Captain John Deehr is a native of Warren, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, in 1982. He joined the Navy in 1985 and received his commission through Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island in February 1986.
During his thirty years of active duty service, Captain Deehr served on board six different surface ships, in various positions, including executive as officer of USS Ogden (LPD 5) and USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and commanding officer of USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
David Setford, Executive Director, Tacoma Art Museum, “Tacoma Art Museum’s Upcoming Exhibition Season: America’s Favorite Animated Family, the French Impressionists, and the WPA”
As the Executive Director of the Tacoma Art Museum, Setford brings over 30 years of experience in museums and other arts organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom as a curator, director/administrator, and fundraiser. With an entrepreneurial and community-driven approach, Setford has also been instrumental in organizing exhibitions on a diverse array of iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gordon Parks, Frida Kahlo, and Andrew Wyeth, as well as Northwest artists Jacob Lawrence and Dale Chihuly.
Bill was born in Seattle and attended Washington State University. He comes from a Rotary family — his grandfather was a distinguish Rotarian with Seattle 4 — so, in 1985, when Bill was invited to join the Rotary Club of Kirkland, he joyfully accepted. Bill was only 31 then, but he remembers the conversations and voting for women in Rotary and Polio Plus.
In 1990, Bill left “Wall Street” and decided to start his own company. Due to business requirements, he reluctantly left Rotary. In 1998, after relocating his firm closer to his home, he joined the Rotary Club of Mill Creek. Bill has held various Club and District positions and is a Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society member. His passion is helping other Rotarians follow their passion.
Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988, and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer. Robbie retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division. Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. In 2015, Robbie completed his first book, “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.”