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Business Leadership Celebration

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2021 Business Leadership Celebration

November 9, 2021
5:30 – 9:00 pm

Per King County and University guidelines, we will require proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event to attend. Thank you for understanding.

Join the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business for a special evening as we honor inspiring leaders who’ve built great organizations, made outstanding contributions to their industry and shaped the future of business. The evening will feature a keynote by Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo, and award presentations to Mary Knell of Wells Fargo, Nobel Prize-winning financial economist William F. Sharpe, and Annie Young-Scrivner of Wella Company. More than 600 business leaders, Foster supporters, and students are expected to attend. Event proceeds directly support student scholarships and fellowships. Click here for more information.

This Year’s Keynote Speaker:

Indra Nooyi

Former Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
Indra NooyiIndra Nooyi, named “Most Powerful Woman in Business” five times by Fortune magazine, currently serves as a corporate director of Amazon. Nooyi was CEO of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2018 and served as Chairman of its board of directors from 2007 to 2019. Prior to the top job at PepsiCo, she held leadership roles in finance, corporate strategy and development, and strategic planning before being elected Director and becoming President and CFO in 2001. Nooyi, perennially ranked among the world’s top women corporate leaders by Forbes and Fortune, also has served on the boards of Schlumberger Limited and the International Cricket Council.

Sponsorship opportunities

Benefits include: Priority seating in the premier section and Awardee Reception passes for up to ten guests, podium mention and logo display during recognition vignette, printed program logo listing and projected displays, Foster Corporate Partners program benefits, and other benefits as noted. A premium of $100 per attendee will be deducted from each sponsorship gift receipt (i.e. a table of ten at $1,000 premium).

Presenting Sponsor – $25,000

Premier Sponsorship benefits and podium time as appropriate.

Public Reception Sponsor – $20,000

Premier Sponsorship benefits.

Awardees Reception Sponsor – $20,000

Premier Sponsorship benefits.

Leadership Award Ceremony Sponsor – $20,000

Premier Sponsorship benefits.

Keynote Sponsor – $20,000

Premier Sponsorship benefits, brief podium role during keynote introduction, two seats with Indra Nooyi, and one table of up to ten.

Giveaway Sponsor – $15,000

Premier Sponsorship benefits and option to include custom giveaway.

Dean’s Table Sponsor – $15,000

Priority seating with Dean Hodge and up to eight guests, and Premier Sponsorship benefits.

Award Sponsor – $12,500

Includes up to ten seats in preferred section, up to ten Awardee Reception Passes, named scholarship or summer research award, podium mention and logo display during recognition vignette, program listing, and Foster Corporate Partners program benefits.

Printed Program Sponsor – $10,000

Includes up to ten seats in preferred section, two Awardee Reception Passes, podium mention and logo display during recognition vignette, program listing, and Foster Corporate Partners program benefits.

Opportunity Sponsor – $7,500

Includes recognition in printed event program listing and two named tables – up to ten seats, plus ten seats for students, faculty, or staff, and attendance to public reception. Sponsor may designate preferred groups.

Table Sponsor – $5,000

Includes recognition in program listing and seating for up to eight guests, and public reception attendance.

A portion of every sponsorship supports education at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and is tax-deductible. A premium of $100 per attendee will be deducted from each sponsorship gift receipt (i.e. a table of ten at $1,000 premium).

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

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