About the Western Leadership Forum

The Western Leadership Forum in Bellingham brings together corporate and civic leaders, alumni, and parents and friends of the university. Now in its 16th year, the Forum continues as a premier event for the exchange of ideas and discussion of critical issues. Your sponsorship of the Western Bellingham Leadership Forum provides much needed scholarships to future leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs.

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Past Speakers

2016: Robert M. Gates, Former United States Secretary of Defense and Director, Central Intelligence Agency

2015: David Marshall, Executive Director, Fraser Basin Council

2013: Paula Radloff, VP Human Resouces, Nike

2012: Julie Larson-Green, Chief Experience Officer for the Applications & Services Group, Microsoft

2011: Erin Baker, Founder & CEO, Erin Baker's Breakfast Cookies and Granola

2010: Jim Donald, President & CEO, Haggen, Inc.

2009: William S. Ayer, Chairman & CEO, Alaska Airlines & Alaska Air Group

2008: Brian Krieger, Director, 2010 Commerce Centre, 2010 Winter Olympics

2007: Howard Lincoln, Chairman & CEO, Seattle Mariners

2006: Geoffrey Moore, Best-Selling Author & Managing Director, TCG Advisors

2005: Gary Lawrence, Urban Strategies Leader, Arup

2004: Bob Goodwin, Executive Producer, The X-Files

2003: Sunny Kobe Cook, Award-winning Entrepreneur

2002: Richard Tait, Co-founder of Cranium, Inc.

2001: Inaugural speaker - Dennis Madsen, CEO, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)