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Business Leadership Celebration

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2022 Business Leadership Celebration

Presented by T-Mobile

October 26, 2022
5:00 – 8:30 PM
Seattle Convention Center

Experience Foster

30th Annual Business Leadership Celebration

The Foster School of Business educates leaders who better humanity through business. Our coursework, delivered by world-class faculty, comes to life through the indelible experiential learning opportunities we provide. Foster students study abroad, consult small businesses and Fortune 500 firms, learn to lead in student organizations and on non-profit boards, intern with blue chip companies, test their mettle in case competitions, and drive entrepreneurial ideas from business plan to marketplace. These—and many more—profound learning experiences endow them with both purpose and power to build a better world through their careers.

Please join us for a special evening to Experience Foster and support our experiential learning programming. We’ll feature Brad Smith of Microsoft as our keynote speaker, honor this year’s Distinguished Leadership Awardees, and meet some of the students who are being informed and inspired by learning experiences at Foster. More than 600 business leaders, Foster supporters, and students will attend. Net proceeds directly support Foster School of Business experiential learning programs.

Keynote Speaker

BRAD SMITH, Vice Chair & President, Microsoft

As Microsoft’s vice chair and president, Brad Smith leads a team of more than 1,900 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals located in 54 countries and operating in more than 120 nations. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, environmental sustainability, human rights, immigration and philanthropy. In his recent bestselling book, coauthored with Microsoft’s Carol Ann Browne, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, Smith urges the tech sector to assume more responsibility and calls for governments to move faster to address the challenges that new technologies are creating. The New York Times has called Smith “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large” and The Australian Financial Review has described him as “one of the technology industry’s most respected figures.” He has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on these key policy issues.

Distinguished Leadership Awardees

BETTI FUJIKADO, Co-founder, Copacino Fujikado; Co-Founder, Success Cohorts

Betti Fujikado is the co-founder of Copacino Fujikado, a Seattle advertising agency, and Success Cohorts, a coaching and community-building company serving early career, first-generation college graduates. In 2020, she co-developed Seattle Unite’s Democracy Cup that gathered the Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Kraken, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, and OL Reign in a grassroots effort to reach communities of color to complete the 2020 Census. In 2021, Betti, along with four other Seattle-based Asian women leaders, created Our Stories Are Your Stories for AANHPI Heritage Month. Betti has been a Trustee at Western Washington University, a Board member at Pike Place Market PDA, and a long-time MBA mentor at University of Washington. She has been a Junior Achievement Washington Hall of Fame Laureate, PSBJ Woman of Influence, AAF WA Silver Medalist, and AABDC 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business. As the daughter of Japanese American parents incarcerated during World War II, Betti uses her voice to promote diversity in the Seattle business community.

KEN DENMAN, Sway Ventures

Ken Denman is a General Partner at Sway Ventures, a venture capital firm. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Emotient, Inc., a developer of software technology to analyze facial expressions, until the company was acquired by Apple in January 2016. Previously, Ken was the Chief Executive Officer of Openwave Systems, Inc. and iPass, Inc. and a Senior Vice President for MediaOne. He was Chief Operating Officer of MediaOne International based in London. He is a member of the boards of directors of VMWare, Inc. and Motorola Solutions, Inc., where he is the lead independent director. Previously he was a director at ShoreTel, Inc. United Online, Inc., Mitek Systems, Inc., and LendingClub Inc. Ken was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky chair as visiting professor at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in 2012. He also sits on the boards of the Foster School, the University of Washington Foundation, and the Hospital Board of Trustees of Seattle Children’s.

Presenting Partner



Costco Wholesale


Gary & Barbara Wipfler
Zevenbergen Capital Investments LLC

Alaska Airlines
American Piledriving Equipment, Inc.
Susan Bevan
Jason & Stephanie Child
Copacino Fujikado
Crowley Maritime Corporation
D.A. Davidson
Neal & Jan Dempsey
Ken & Mary Denman
First Choice Health
Sunny & Prerna Gupta
Charles & Nancy Hogan
Lexdon, LLC.
LMN Architects
The Mark Peek Family
Premera Blue Cross
Shelley Reynolds
Don & Karin Root Family
Success Cohorts
Wells Fargo

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

Eileen Bhatia
Assistant Director of Corporate Relations
[email protected]

Past distinguished leadership award recipients and speakers

Keynote Speaker: Indra Nooyi
Former Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
Award Recipients:
Mary Knell (BA ’82), Annie Young-Scrivner (BA ’91)
Leadership Faculty Showcase
Award Recipients: Brad Tilden (EMBA ’97), Shelly Reynolds (BA ’87)
Keynote Speaker: Barry McCaffrey
Retired Four-Star General
Award Recipients:
Pete Shimer (BA ’84), Nancy Zevenbergen (BA ’81), Firoz Lalji, Martin Selig (BA ’59)
2017 Keynote Speaker James Whittaker
Keynote Speaker: James Whittaker
Award Recipients:
Companies of the Century – Boeing, PACCAR and Nordstrom
2016 Keynote Speaker Margo Georgiadis
Keynote Speaker: Margo Georgiadis
President for the Americas, Google
Board Member, McDonald’s
Award Recipients:
Gary Wipfler (UW ’81), Jeffrey Brotman (UW ’64, JD ’67)
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