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Business Leadership Celebration

Event info

27th Annual Business Leadership Celebration

Thursday, November 1, 2018
5:15 – 9:00 pm

Join us for a special keynote interview with Barry McCaffrey, retired four-star general in the United States Army, former cabinet member, and current professor, commentator, and business consultant.

In addition, celebrate this year’s Distinguished Leadership Awardees:

  • Pete Shimer (BA 1984), Chief Financial Officer, Deloitte
  • Nancy Zevenbergen (BA 1981), Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer, Zevenbergen Capital Investments
  • Firoz Lalji- Co-Founder, President and CEO, Zones
  • Martin Selig (BA 1959), Founder and Owner, Martin Selig Real Estate

Sponsorship opportunities

Keynote Address and Veteran Students Sponsor

Program and podium mentions in conjunction with Keynote Address, priority seating for up to 12 guests throughout student veteran tables, sponsorship mention in veteran student-body broadcast email and sponsorship of up to 75 student guests with option to have branded sponsored-student check-in table

Dean’s Table Naming

Priority seating for six at dinner, prominent logo display at event and in written program, prominent table placement and seating with Dean Jiambalvo and school leaders.

Opening Reception Sponsor

Significant signage at public reception

Dessert Reception Sponsor

Significant signage at dessert reception, branded sponsored table

Written Program Sponsor

Recognition (logo if company sponsor) in written program distributed to all guests

Keepsake Sponsor

Option to include custom giveaway at Celebration

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

Gold Table Sponsor $5,000

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

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 Steven Hatting (Associate Dean for Advancement), 206-685-3236 or [email protected].

Keynote info

2018 Keynote Speaker General Barry McCaffrey
Keynote Speaker: Retired Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey
Award Recipients:
Pete Shimer (BA ’84), Nancy Zevenbergen (BA ’81), Firoz Lalji, Martin Selig (BA ’59)

Barry Richard McCaffrey (born November 17, 1942) is a former United States Army officer and current news commentator, professor and business consultant who served on U.S. President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in the Vietnam War, two Silver Stars, and two Distinguished Service Crosses — the second-highest U.S. Army award for valor. He was inducted into U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame at U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning in 2007.

He served as an adjunct professor at U.S. Military Academy and its Bradley Professor of International Security Studies from 2001 to 2008. He received West Point Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 2010. He is currently a paid military analyst for NBC and MSNBC as well as president of his own consulting firm, BR McCaffrey Associates. He serves on many boards of directors of national corporations. He is an outspoken advocate for insurance parity, for drug courts and veterans’ courts, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. In March 2018 he issued a warning that United States president Donald Trump was under the sway of Russian President Vladimir Putin and that this was a dangerous threat for the security of the United States.

Past distinguished leadership award recipients and speakers

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