A successful entrepreneur and passionate impact leader, Spencer Oberg is an active partner in several for profit and non profit companies. He is an accomplished public speaker, with a TED Talk under his belt, an educator who has created and hosted entrepreneurship seminars and events, and the president of several Toastmasters clubs.
Spencer also spent a total of 8 years in prison. His experience with the criminal justice system taught him that we have much to learn about how to successfully deal with crime and other social issues, and from this he developed a passion for informing public opinion on criminal justice reform.
Karen Olson, Chief Marketing Officer, Space Needle Corporation & Blair Payson, AIA, LEED® AP, Principal at Olson Kundig, “Exciting Changes at the Space Needle!”
Karen Olson is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. An innovator who has spent more than 25 years developing compelling customer experiences, Karen has received national attention for launching a series of digital experiences at the Space Needle, to help keep its landmark experience tech-forward, in the news and, more importantly, in the hearts and minds of its guests.
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Blair Payson joined Olson Kundig in 2004 and has worked on both architectural and exhibit design projects, including the Century Project for the Space Needle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, and [storefront] Olson Kundig, as well as several residential projects across the Western United States and Mexico. A maker at heart, Blair is an architect who revels in the details.
Matt Hayes, President & CEO, and Reba Gilman, Vice President of Education, Museum of Flight, “The Museum of Flight: Enhancing Stem Education & Careers”
MATT HAYES joined the staff of the Museum of Flight in March 2006. However, he really began his involvement with the Museum in 2000, as a B‑17 restoration volunteer, something he did until the aircraft went on display in 2009. Hayes has held many posts, from Controller, to Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO, to Executive Vice President. In his current role as President and CEO, Hayes is responsible for directing the Museum’s long-term strategic planning process and ensuring that the Museum reaches its vision of becoming the foremost educational air and space museum in the world.
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REBA GILMAN is the founder and first principal/CEO of Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS). In this role she successfully built the program from the ground up, recruiting students and families and developing key partnerships to ensure stakeholder support for the school’s mission of “preparing students for college, career, and citizenship, in the context of aviation and aerospace.” The school has become a nationally recognized model of excellence, with students achieving in the top 1% in the nation; annually, approximately 70‑80% transition to STEM education post-secondary programs.
Kevin Wallace oversees all development and acquisition activity for Wallace Properties. He is also responsible for all legal matters for the company’s three divisions: Brokerage, Property and Asset Management, and Investment/Development.
Wallace Properties builds sustainable, transit-oriented mixed-use development projects in urban centers throughout the Puget Sound region. Under Kevin’s leadership, Wallace was awarded NAIOP Developer of the Year in 2012 by the Washington Chapter of NAIOP.
Ben Hammer, CFA, is a sales executive for Vanguard, where he is dedicated to forming and sustaining long-term partnerships with Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) in the Pacific Northwest. In this role Ben consults with advisors on portfolio construction, economic research, financial planning, investment advice, and RIA business management topics.
Serving his third-term as King County Executive, Dow Constantine leads one of the largest regional governments in the United States. He is focused on meeting two of the greatest generational challenges of our time: building equity and opportunity, and confronting climate change. Guiding every initiative is the goal of becoming the most forward looking, best run government in the nation. Throughout his public service career, Dow has been an outspoken advocate for environmental protection, public transit, and government reform.
Since he was elected Executive in 2009, Dow has worked to instill a culture of performance, engaging and empowering employees to continuously improve how King County does business. His reform agenda put King County on sound financial footing, his biennial budgets have consistently maintained costs below the rate of inflation and population. Since 2009, King County has taken advantage of its strong bond ratings to strategically re‑finance 14 times for total debt service savings of more than $500 million.
Since his arrival to Bellevue in summer 2018, Ray has been the catalyst for the new vision of PACE: bringing together arts, culture, and technology for a unique 21st century cultural arts hub to serve Eastside residents and their families for generations. He has an extensive history working on the development of new performing arts spaces, both commercial and not-for-profit, and on the programming of exciting arts and cultural events all over the world.
Ray’s work in the development of innovative performance spaces ranges from small Off-Broadway Theaters on 42nd Street in New York City, to the recently opened 650,000 sq. ft./$450M (USD) Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts in Istanbul, Turkey, to a new 2000-seat Theater designed specifically for Broadway productions located in Shanghai’s North Bund neighborhood.
Sue Desmond-Hellmann is a physician, scientist, and philanthropist, who has devoted her career to improving the human condition. As a pioneer in healthcare for more than 30 years, she hass driven major developments toward the eradication of disease, poverty, and inequity. She credits a move to Uganda in 1989 — to work on HIV/AIDS and cancer alongside her husband, Nick — as a turning point. “It was so profound to recognize … that all the learning I had done to become a doctor didn’t matter at all if I didn’t make a contribution,” she says.
Today, as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann leads the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Drawing on her diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, she creates an environment for talented and committed individuals to help more children and young people survive and thrive, combat infectious diseases that hit the poorest hardest, and empower people — particularly women and girls — to transform their lives.
Michael DeAngelo, HolacracyOne, “Holacracy, an Organizational Framework for Growth & Speed” — answering two key questions: What is Holacracy? Why should you care?
Michael DeAngelo is a Partner at HolacracyOne, helping organizations make the transition to self‑management organizational models. HolacracyOne was founded in early 2007 to help the emerging Holacracy practice expand its reach and impact, and to offer guidance in self‑management through coaching, training, and software tools.
Prior to joining HolacracyOne, Michael worked as a Director and C‑level executive in multiple industries, including healthcare, government, natural resources, entertainment, and information technology.
Mark Hallenbeck, Director, WA State Transportation Center of the UW College of Engineering, “Automated Vehicles, the Hype, the Reality, and Possible Futures”
Mark Hallenbeck is the Director of the Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC), a cooperative, interdisciplinary transportation research agency, at the University of Washington (UW.) Mark has been with TRAC for over 33 years. He currently teaches Intelligent Transportation Systems and Urban Transportation Planning in Civil Engineering at the UW.
Much of Mark’s research involves the collection, use, summarization, and reporting of data that describe transportation system use and performance. He is currently working with multiple agencies in the region to examine how “big data” and new technology can be used to improve regional mobility, while examining how changing mobility options are affecting land use decisions.
Eric Artz is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), the largest outdoor consumer co‑op in the United States. The co-op is dedicated to helping our growing community of more than 16 million members live life outside.
Since 2012, Eric has been responsible for the oversight of REI’s finance, digital retail, information systems, supply chain, real estate and corporate strategy. He is an avid cyclist who often commutes by bike to REI’s headquarters. He also enjoys fishing, skiing, and hiking with his family.
Current Snoqualmie Valley and former Seattle 4 Rotarian Erin McCallum is President of FIRST Washington, a national, not-for-profit organization that engages kids in the sport of science, technology, and teamwork. Founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology Erin and a few of our next generation leaders (participating kids, K‑12) and their robots, will show how FIRST Programs (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) are helping to build our future.
Today over 450,000 youth, ages 6‑18, are involved in FIRST programs that excite students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills. Washington State has nationally recognized FIRST programs, with nearly 12,000 students, on 1,140 teams.
King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci is a mom, transportation leader, and former public safety official. She represents King County District 6, which encompasses all or part of Bellevue, Bothell, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Redmond, Woodinville and Yarrow Point, Beaux Arts Village and the Sammamish Valley.
Claudia first became active in politics when she joined her neighbors to advocate for the revitalization of her local shopping center in the Lake Hills community in Bellevue. She was later elected to the City Council where she served for 12 years, including two years as Deputy Mayor and two years as Mayor.
As an elected official, Claudia has championed transportation solutions to benefit all Eastsiders, including improvements to major freeways, like SR 520 and I‑405, as well as local arterial projects and improved bike lanes and roadways in Bellevue.
In his role as Senior Director of Corporate Development at PACCAR, Mr. Hastings has responsibility for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and the PACCAR Foundation. He has been with PACCAR for 8 years.
Prior to joining PACCAR, Mr. Hastings worked in the Corporate Development group at Microsoft. Earlier in his career, he was an auditor and tax consultant at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.
Matthew Trunnell, CIO & Vice President of Information Technology; Executive Director, Hutch Data Commonwealth, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “A Stake in the Ground for Cancer Research”
In his role at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Matthew Trunnell oversees enterprise and scientific computing services and leads the Hutch Data Commonwealth, a team of data analysts and software engineers building new capabilities to leverage clinical data for research. Trunnell is also working to forge connections between the Hutch and the broader technology community in the Pacific Northwest to help power cancer research.
Sue Brooks, Co-Founder & Head of School, International Friends School, “Global Competency: What does it mean to develop it among students today?”
Sue Brooks is an educator and the founding head of the International Friends School, newly opened in the Wilburton neighborhood of Bellevue. Education and children have grown into a professional passion for Sue that has spanned three continents and three languages.
In 2006, Sue founded a premier early childhood center in Shanghai. In early 2016, she arrived in Seattle, determined to bring a Quaker Friends School to students and families in the Pacific Northwest. This is the first Friends School model based on a global competency framework, helping all students to embrace the world.
Jerry N. Mixon, MD, Founder & Medical Director, Longevity Medical Clinic, “Stem Cell Therapy: Regenerative Medicine Available Today”
Dr. Mixon will be discussing the aging process and the shortcomings of our current medical system in addressing those problems of aging, with a special emphasis on the newer technologies of regenerative medicine such as stem cells.
Born in Patuxent River Maryland. High school RA MILLIKAN in Long Beach, CA, graduated June 1965.
US Army 173rd Airborne 1965-1968 (Medically retired due to multiple gunshot wounds including three Purple Hearts)
Herb Weisbaum, The ConsumerMan, Consumer Reporter for KOMO Newsradio & NBCNews.com, “Fighting Fraud – Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself”
Herb Weisbaum, aka The ConsumerMan, is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster and one of America’s top consumer experts. You hear his consumer reports weekdays on KOMO Newsradio. On a national level, Herb covers the consumer beat for NBCNews.com. During his distinguished career, he has reported for NBC’s TODAY Show, CBS News, and Good Housekeeping magazine.
Herb has been looking out for consumers in western Washington since 1981. His investigative reports led to the passage of Washington State’s comprehensive Automobile Lemon Law.
Dr. Dave Knoepfler, CMO & Scott Waters, CIO, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, “Healthcare Technology”
Dr. Knoepfler is the Chief Medical Officer at Overlake Hospital Medical Center and has worked at Overlake the majority of his career, starting as a volunteer in the emergency department in 1983. He began his career as a physician at Overlake, while his father, Peter Knoepfler, was also on the medical staff, making them the first father/son duo of practicing physicians at Overlake.
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Scott Waters is the Chief Information Officer and IT Security Officer for Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Scott joined Overlake in 2015 after relocating to the Seattle-metro area from Reno/Lake Tahoe.
Tony Gonchar is Delta Air Lines’ Vice President Seattle, charged with developing and driving Delta’s key strategic objectives for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, including financial performance, marketing, commercial sales, sponsorships, community relations, and the customer experience at Sea‑Tac. He is also involved in Delta’s State and local government affairs.
A travel executive with more than 30 years of experience, Tony joined Delta in 2014 as the Director‑Global Sales, responsible for all Corporate and Agency National Accounts in Seattle, Delta’s fastest-growing hub. Tony’s stewardship of Delta’s corporate and agency portfolio led to industry-leading share performance gains during his tenure.