James Jiambalvo, Dean of the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business and Kirby L. Cramer Chair in Business Administration, “Experiential Learning, Flipped Classrooms, and Other Innovations in Business Education”
Jim Jiambalvo has been leading the Foster School since 2005. During his time as Dean, the School has completed two new buildings and received a gift that resulted in renaming the School as the Michael G. Foster School of Business. Prior to becoming Dean, Jiambalvo taught accounting for Foster Students and executives from many of the regions top companies, including Alcoa, Boeing, Microsoft, and Tyson.
Paul Merriman, Retired Founder, Merriman Wealth Management, “10 Investment Decisions Guaranteed to Change Your Financial Future”
Paul Merriman is the retired founder of Merriman Wealth Management, a Seattle-based investment advisory firm, and a nationally recognized authority on mutual funds, index investing, asset allocation and both buy-and-hold and active management strategies. He is also the author of numerous books on investing: “Financial Fitness Forever,” “Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money,” and three free e-books at paulmerriman.com: “Get Smart or Get Screwed: How to Select the Best and Get the Most Out of Your Financial Advisor,” “101 Investment Decisions Guaranteed to Change Your Financial Future,” and “First Time Investor: Grow and Protect Your Money.”
Robert Dugoni, New York Times & #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, “The Dynamics of Becoming an Amazon & NY Times Best-Selling Author: an Insider’s View of Forces and Trends in Publishing”
Robert Dugoni is the #1 Amazon and New York Times Bestselling Author of eight novels. His latest, My Sister’s Grave, was the #1 Amazon bestseller for two months, and Amazon, Library Journal, and Suspense Magazine all chose it as a 2014 Best Book of the Year. Dugoni is also the author of the best-selling David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction, as well as the standalone novel Damage Control.
Dr. Lisa Chin, Executive Director, Year Up Puget Sound, “Investing in Hope: Year Up Transforms the Lives of Young Adults by Connecting Them With Meaningful Careers”
Lisa is the founding Executive Director of Year Up Puget Sound, a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18‑24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Lisa has led Year Up Puget Sound from the time it opened its doors to the first 27 students in March 2011 to growing to a staff of 35 that serves 160 students each year.
“In today’s rapidly changing environment, we are uniquely positioned to serve customers through multiple touchpoints — whether it’s in-store or online, full-price or off-price.” — Mike Koppel
Together with the executive team and by focusing on the customer experience in store and online, Mike Koppel and his team have improved short- and long-term operating performance, strengthened fundamentals, increased free cash flow, and gained market share. Mike has served as chief financial officer of Nordstrom since 2001, supporting all facets of the company’s financial operations.
Ron Sher is the founder and CEO of Sher Partners, a family real estate development, management and investment firm. One of Ron’s projects was the redevelopment of Crossroads Shopping Center, of which he was the managing partner from 1988 to its sale in 2013. Concurrent with the sale of Crossroads, Ron sold many of his shopping centers to two publicly-traded real estate investment trusts. Ron is particularly interested in adding to the vitality and health of communities. Most of his recent investments have been in that area. He is the former owner of Elliott Bay Book Company and the founder and majority owner of Third Place Company, the parent company of Third Place Books and the Honey Bear Bakery.
Mark Reis, Managing Director, Seattle Tacoma International Airport, “Sea-Tac Airport: Continuing to Facilitate Regional Economic Growth”
Mark Reis is the Managing Director of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), the 14th busiest passenger airport in the United State, providing service to over 37 million passengers in 2014. He was the Deputy Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, Reis was the General Manager of Commercial Development at Sea-Tac and Director of Finance for the Port of Seattle, as a whole. He has worked for the Port since 1988.
Robbie Bach, Retired Microsoft President, Entertainment & Devices Division, “Xbox Revisited: Strategy, Leadership, and Civic Engineering”
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 as Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the Xbox business. Bach retired in 2010 as Microsoft’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division.
Richard S. Conway, Jr., Dick Conway & Associates, “Washington State and Local Tax System: Dysfunction and Reform”
Dick Conway is principal of Dick Conway & Associates, a Seattle firm engaged in regional economic research and consulting. He is also co-publisher of The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster, a quarterly newsletter on the regional economy.
Anna Liotta, Award-Winning Speaker, Business Consultant & Best-Selling Author, “Unlocking Generational Codes”
We’ve all heard of the generation gap. In truth, there are several. Now, for the first time in history, five generations have come together in the workforce, creating some interesting challenges for leaders. How can leaders attract and keep the next generation of talent? How can they best communicate with persons from ALL generations? Anna Liotta will discuss how to tear down barriers and create a solid plan for working together as one cohesive unit.
Louise Stonington, Coordinator, Washington State Citizens Climate Lobby, “Carbon Dividends, a Free Market Proposal”
Louise Stonington is the Washington State Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby, a fast-growing, non-partisan, grass-roots organization that supports community education on energy policy and climate science. Members advocate for a national carbon fee and dividend which has been shown to increase employment, entrepreneurial opportunities, and growth in GDP. There is growing support for carbon pricing, including three former Treasury Secretaries, George Shultz, Henry Paulson, and Lawrence Summers.
Greg Zanetti’s professional career has gone down parallel paths, in both the military and in business. He graduated from West Point in 1980 with a BS in engineering and earned his MBA from Boston University in 1985. He also holds a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College (2000).
Raquel Lackey is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience in both public accounting, as well as having been a Chief Financial Officer for many years of a multi-national corporation. She is currently the Board Treasurer for Pet Partners, a nation-wide therapy animal nonprofit organization. She is also a Certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.
Donna Lawrence has been a stay-at-home mom, raising two daughters and many pets over the years. In addition to parenting, she has spent many years volunteering at her daughter’s schools, at PTA, and at youth sporting activities.
Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group, “State of the Market: Venture Capital & the Pacific Northwest Innovation Ecosystem”
Matt McIlwain is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle. He invests primarily in software-driven companies and currently serves on several boards, including 2nd Watch, Animoto, Apptio, ExtraHop, GraphLab, Igneous Systems, Mixpo, Placed, Qumulo, Smartsheet, and Skytap. He was also on the boards of Isilon Systems (NASDAQ: ISLN, acquired by EMC for $2.4 billion), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), and Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLin Savvis).
Lloyd Hara (pronounced Har-ah), a respected veteran public official whose distinguished record of public service spans more than 40 years — he also served in the US Army and retired from the Army Reserve — was reelected as King County Assessor on November 2011. A tireless advocate for taxpayers and champion of openness and transparency for government agencies, Hara most recently served as a Seattle Port Commissioner, bringing new levels of accountability and leadership to the Port.
Jean Floten became the first chancellor of WGU Washington in 2011. Having dedicated her career to postsecondary education, Chancellor Floten was drawn to the University’s mission of expanding access to affordable higher education for all Washington residents. Under her leadership, WGU Washington has grown to approximately 7,000 students and awarded more than 3,000 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Mike Marsh, President & CEO, Overlake Medical Center, “Overlake Medical Center in the Changing Healthcare Environment”
Mike Marsh is a health care executive with 28 years of experience in strategy, business development and operations supporting hospitals and health systems. He has demonstrated success at all levels of management within different markets and across the entire continuum of care.
Dr. Christopher Mehlin, Director, Peptide Drug Discovery Initiative, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “The Next Generation of Drugs for Human Diseases: Blueprints From Scorpions, Spiders, Sunflowers & Violets”
Dr. Mehlin is an expert in drug discovery: finding the molecules that treat and cure disease by interacting with the body’s cells and proteins. He taps upon a wealth of knowledge gained from a career in academic and commercial biotechnology to develop and validate new drugs.
Pat Cashman, Broadcast Personality, “The Greatest Speech in the History of Bellevue Downtown Rotary”
Pat Cashman has been a broadcast performer and writer in the Northwest for over 30 years. Along the way, he has been a TV weatherman, talk show host, stand-up comedian, short story writer, newspaper columnist, magazine essayist, TV sports reporter, radio and TV voice-over announcer, and character voice talent in cartoons and video games. He is the announcer on Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros, currently the most popular video game in the world.
Susan Ershler, History-Making Mountain Climber, Business Executive, International Speaker, and Author, “Reaching New Heights: Everest & Beyond”
Susan Ershler tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.
Susan’s record would be remarkable enough if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies, including Verizon, Qwest, United Technologies, and FedEx. She’s led teams to sales records, beating objectives from $1 million to $600 million, ultimately as a Vice President. Along the way, she earned 11 annual President’s Club awards for leading teams to top performance.