Business Leadership Celebration

October 27, 2016

Please join Orin and Janet Smith Dean Jim Jiambalvo and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business at the 25th Annual Business Leadership Celebration on Thursday, October 27, as we recognize outstanding leadership in businesses cultivated throughout the Pacific Northwest.
At the Celebration, the Foster School will bring together top executives from leading businesses. With past keynote speakers from world-leaders like GE, Nike, and Disney, we are excited to welcome this year’s keynote, Margo Georgiadis, President for the Americas at Google and board member at McDonald’s.
2016 Keynote Speaker Margo Georgiadis
Keynote Speaker: Margo Georgiadis
President for the Americas, Google
Board Member, McDonald’s
“Technology is enabling us to reimagine our lives and businesses for the better. Leadership today is about the courage to embrace these new possibilities and to capture them by breaking boundaries with focus, speed and agility.”
—Margo Georgiadis
Event Details
25th Annual Business Leadership Celebration
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave, Seattle
Reception starts at 5:45pm
Register to attend

Sponsorship Opportunities

Priority seating for two specially designed Silver anniversary tables (up to 20 guests) unique to our 25th Celebration, including one in the front row, invitations to the exclusive Awardee Reception, additional event signage, tailored program participation including the option of podium time.

Up to 6 guests, joined by Center leadership, priority seating at dinner, and $5,000 will be directed to the sponsored Center

  • Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking
  • Consulting & Business Development Center
  • Global Business Center
  • Professional Sales Program

Seating for up to 8 guests along with 2 Foster representatives (students, staff, or faculty), priority seating at dinner with invitations to the Celebration Reception

Seating for 2–4 guests, joined by student leaders at dinner with invitations to attend the Celebration Reception

Student organizations

Veterans (multiple tables available)

Foster Veterans Association


Advertising Club Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity American Marketing Association Ascend UW (advancing Asians & Pacific Islanders in business) Association of Black Business Students Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Beta Alpha Psi Professional Accounting Fraternity Business Ethics Association Business Impact Group (consulting in emerging communities) Business Information Technology Society) Certificate of International Studies in Business Students Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity Foster Finance Association (Dow Dawgs) Global Case Competition Club Husky Sales Club Montlake Consulting Group National Association of Black Accountants Society for Human Resource Management Startup UW Undergraduate Management Consulting Association


Consulting Society Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club Foster Finance Society Foster Foodies Foster Marketing Association Foster Tech Global Business Association Healthcare and Biotechnology Association Jewish Business Society Net Impact Outdoor and Sports Industry Club Real Estate Club Strategy Club

Undergraduate & Graduate

Operations Supply Chain Management Club Out for Business ReThink Women in Business
  • Listed on event website
  • Listed in printed program and on table placard
  • Mention in Foster BUSINESS magazine
  • Mention in Puget Sound Business Journal ad (if secured before October 1)

For questions, please contact:Sara Jack, Corporate Development
206-221-6725 or

Past Distinguished Leadership Award Recipients and Speakers
2015 Keynote Speaker John W. Thompson
Keynote Speaker: John W. Thompson
CEO, Virtual Instruments; Chairman of the Board, Microsoft
Award Recipients: Gary Furukawa (UW ’81), John Jacobi (UW ’62), Steve Singh
2014 Keynote Speaker Robert A. Iger
Keynote Speaker: Robert A. Iger
Chairman & CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Award Recipients: Dan Baty (BA ’65), Kemper Freeman (UW ’63), Nancy Jacob (BA ’67
2013 Keynote Speaker Richard Kovacevich
Keynote Speaker: Richard Kovacevich
Chairman Emeritus, Wells Fargo & Company
Award Recipients: David Bonderman (BA ’63), Tom Crowley (BA ’89), Dan Fulton (MBA ’76), Kate Kingen (BA ’09)
2012 Keynote Speaker Alan Mulally
Keynote Speaker: Alan Mulally
President & Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company
Award Recipients: Howard Behar, Dorrit Bern (BA ’72), Don Root (BA ’61)
2011 Keynote Speaker Jamie Dimon
Keynote Speaker: Jamie Dimon
President & Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase
Award Recipients: L. Patrick Hughes (BA ’57), John N. Nordstrom (BA ’59), Bruce A. Nordstrom (BA ’55)
2010 Keynote Speaker Mark Parker
Keynote Speaker: Mark Parker
President & Chief Executive Officer, Nike, Inc.
Award Recipients: Charles K. Barbo (BA ’63), Mark A. Emmert (BA ’75), Jon F. Hemingway (BA ’79)
2009 Keynote Speaker Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Keynote Speaker: Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Chairman of Carlson
Award Recipients: Phyllis Campbell (MBA ’87), Chris DeWolfe (BA ’88), Don Nielsen (BA ’60)
2008 Keynote Speaker Reggie Fils-Aime
Keynote Speaker: Reggie Fils-Aime
President & COO Nintendo of America, Inc.
Award Recipients: Gerald Grinstein, Eileen O’Neill Odum (BA ’77), Mark Pigott
2007 Keynote Speaker Jim McNerney
Keynote Speaker: Jim McNerney
CEO The Boeing Company
Award Recipients: William S. Ayer (MBA ’78), Leslie Koo (BA ’77), Ray Williams (BA ’59)
2006 Keynote Speaker Clayton I. Bennett
Keynote Speaker: Clayton I. Bennett
Owner of the Seattle SuperSonics and Storm
Award Recipients: Lex N. Gamble (BA ’59), Sally Jewell, Leonard H. Lavin
2005 Keynote Speaker John Connors
Keynote Speaker: John Connors
Partner at Ignition; Former CFO Microsoft
Award Recipients: Gary Shansby (BA ’59), Budd Gould (BA ’62)
2004 Keynote Speaker Mike McGavick
Keynote Speaker: Mike McGavick
CEO Safeco Corporation
Award Recipients: Stanley B. McDonald (BA ’43), Yoshihiko Miyauchi (MBA ’60)
2003 Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Immelt
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Immelt
CEO General Electric
Award Recipients: Herb T. Mead (BA ’56), Wallace E. Opdycke (BA ’59), William P. Kinnune, Jr. (BA ’61), Y. K. Park (BA ’59)
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Sharer
CEO Amgen
Award Recipients: Alice W. Sandstrom (BA ’34), Michael Garvey, Gary E. Milgard (BA ’57)
Keynote Speaker: John W. Stanton
CEO Western Wireless Corporation; Former CEO Voice Stream/T-Mobile
Award Recipients: Marion O. Garrison (BA ’39), George Kozmetsky (BA ’38), Orin C. Smith (BA ’65)
Keynote Speaker: James K. Glassman
Financial and Political Analyst
Award Recipients: Neal Dempsey (BA ’64), Wayne M. Perry (BA ’72), William C. Huang
Keynote Speaker: Richard Karlgaard
Publisher Forbes Magazine
Award Recipients: Norman J. Metcalfe (BA/BS ’65, MBA ’67), Edward V. Fritzky, Charles M. Lillis (BA ’68, MBA ’69)
Keynote Speaker: Howard Schultz
CEO Starbucks Coffee Company
Award Recipients: William A. Fowler (BA ’66), Kerry Killinger
Keynote Speaker: Andy Grove
CEO Intel
Award Recipients: Kirby L. Cramer (MBA ’62), William H. Gates III
Keynote Speaker: David Coulter
CEO Bank of America
Award Recipients: John W. Ellis, Michael L. Darland (BA ’65, MUP ’69)
Keynote Speaker: John H. Eyler, Jr.
CEO FAO Schwarz
Award Recipients: Arthur W. Buerk, Jr. (BA ’58), Sally Narodick
Keynote Speaker: David R. Hinson
Administrator Federal Aviation Administration
Award Recipients: James B. Douglas (BA ’30), Ron D. Crockett, Charles M. Pigott
Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Rozanne Ridgway
Former Ambassador to East Germany and Finland
Award Recipients: Andrew V. Smith
Keynote Speaker: Alan Greenspan
Federal Reserve Board Chairman
Award Recipients: Richard P. Cooley, Elmer Nordstrom (BA ’26), Everett Nordstrom (BA ’23), Lloyd Nordstrom, Frank A. Shrontz, Samuel N. Stroum