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Centennial Leadership Celebration

November 2, 2017

Looking back 100 years in Seattle, 1917 provided some notable beginnings with varying levels of long-term reach and impact:

  • Becoming the first U.S. squad to win Hockey’s Stanley Cup that year, the Seattle Metropolitans would disband just seven short years later.
  • By contrast,
    • The Lake Washington Ship Canal opened and has been in operation ever since.
    • A fledgling year-old start-up called the Pacific Aero Products Co. would be renamed the Boeing Airplane Company just a month after America declared war on Germany and prepared to enter WWI.
    • Simultaneously, the University of Washington responded to community urging by establishing a new school of business administration in Commerce (now Savery) Hall with seven faculty and BA and MBA 12 students. Today, UW Foster supports 3,000 ambitious students and 55,000 active alumni around the world. We also are home to The Financial Times #1 globally ranked public business school faculty for research productivity.

Please join Dean Jim Jiambalvo and Celebration MC Annie Young-Scrivner (Class of ’91; CEO, Godiva) as we celebrate Boeing and two other Washington business pillars of the last hundred years in Nordstrom and PACCAR. The program also will include a look to the century ahead with Microsoft Technical Evangelist Dr. James Whittaker. We will close out the dinner with our Centennial Showcase featuring students, staff and faculty from throughout the Northwest’s top business school.

Event details

Centennial Leadership Celebration
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Westin Seattle
1900 5th Ave

Registration for this event is now closed.
Contact Tracie Ziegler (206.221.6385, with any questions.

2014 Business Leadership Celebration

Sponsorship opportunities

Priority seating for up to 16 guests (two tables), written program mention, additional event signage, information booth at showcase alongside: Career Services, Mentorship, Alumni Engagement, Consulting & Business Development Center, Global Business Center, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, Professional Sales Program, Undergraduate Student Organizations, Foster Veterans Association, Executive Education and Work Compatible Degree Programs.
Priority seating for up to twenty guests throughout twelve Centennial Student Tables, sponsorship mention in student-body wide broadcast email invitation and the application for sponsored 100 student guests, branded sponsored-student check-in table at the reception, plus podium and written program recognition at the dinner.

Distinguished Leaders Reception for Past Awardees
This sponsorship has been secured. Thank you GM Nameplate.
Signage, toast recognition and eight special guest passes at the private President’s Suite reception for all past recipients of the Foster School’s highest non-degree honor – the Distinguished Leadership Award.

Opening Reception Sponsor
This sponsorship has been secured. Thank you Deloitte.
Significant signage at the public reception.

Centennial Keepsake Sponsor
Option to include custom giveaway at the Centennial Showcase

Century Awards Booklet Sponsor
This sponsorship has been secured. Thank you Alaska Airlines.
One-page special acknowledgement in 500+ commemorative Foster School Centennial trade books distributed to our event guests.

Foster FORWARD – The Next Century Sponsor
Podium mention and big screen logo placement during 15-minute speech from Microsoft Technology Evangelist James Whittaker.

* Unless specified otherwise, each Premier Sponsorship includes logo placement in the written program, recognition from the podium and Gold Table benefits.

Event website, printed event program and Foster BUSINESS magazine listings as well as priority seating for up to 10 guests at dinner.

All of the above sponsorships include:

Prominent logo display throughout the event

Company or individuals:

  • 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)

A portion of every sponsorship supports education at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and is tax deductible.

For questions or to support this event and business education at the UW, please contact:

Sara Jack, Corporate Development Director
206-221-6725 or

Thank you to our corporate sponsors

  • Accenture
  • Alaska Airlines
  • The Boeing Company
  • Costco
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Fran’s Chocolates
  • GM Nameplate
  • Holland America Line
  • Intuitive IP
  • Joe Chocolates
  • Kemper Development Company
  • KPMG
  • Nordstrom
  • Pitchbook
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Providence Health & Services
  • PwC
  • Safeco / Liberty Mutual
  • Saltchuk
  • superGraphics
  • Wells Fargo
  • Workday
  • Zevenbergen Capital Investments

Companies of the Century

Aerospace industry
Founded 1916
6,003 UW grads

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.


Retail industry
Founded 1901
951 UW grads

Nordstrom is a leading fashion specialty retailer offering compelling clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. The company has led the way in defining the Northwest’s retail reputation for unsurpassed customer service—and improving it every day.


Automotive industry
Founded 1905
288 UW grads

PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services, information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.