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Frank Discussions

At the intersection of business and education, Frank Discussions is a series of brief executive interviews with the leaders defining innovation and industry today and tomorrow. Hosted by Frank Hodge, the Orin & Janet Smith Endowed Dean at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business, Frank Discussions looks beyond the business decisions making headlines to shed light on how and why great leaders do what they do.

Ken Denman

Venture Partner & Board Member, Sway Ventures

Ken Denman, Venture Partner & Board Member, Sway VenturesKen Denman is a venture partner at Sway Ventures and a voting member of the Investment Committee. He also leads Sway Studios, a new platform that has the firm building and launching venture-scale businesses.

Ken is a member of the boards of directors of Costco Wholesale, Inc., LendingClub, Inc and Motorola Solutions, Inc., where he is the lead independent director and chair of the nominating and governance committee. He was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky chair as a visiting professor at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in 2012. Ken sits on the boards of the Foster School and the University of Washington Foundation.

Past Frank Discussions

Kevin Johnson

President & Chief Executive Officer, Starbucks
Read the blog post here

Erik Nordstrom

Chief Executive Officer, Nordstrom, Inc.
Read the blog post here

Stein Kruse

Group Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group & Carnival UK
Read the blog post here

Phyllis Campbell

Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Read the blog post here

Annie Young-Scrivner

CEO, GODIVA Chocolatier, Inc.
Read the blog post here

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