About the Western Leadership Forum

The Western Leadership Forum brings together corporate and civic leaders, alumni, and parents and friends of the university. Now in its 18th year, the Forum continues as a premier event for the exchange of ideas and the examination of regional and international issues. Your sponsorship of the Western Leadership Forum provides much needed scholarships to future leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs.

Download the printable program for more information about this year's forum and highlights from the sixteen year history of the event.

Past Speakers

2014: Gary Locke, Former Washington State Governor & U.S. Ambassador to China

2013: Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder & Director, Costco

2012: Kimberly J. Harris, President & CEO, Puget Sound Energy

2011: William S. Ayer, Chairman & CEO, Alaska Airlines & Alaska Air Group

2010: Tod Leiweke, CEO, Seahawks & Sounders

2009: Christine Gregoire, Governor, Washington State

2008: Jim McNerney, Chairman, President & CEO, The Boeing Company

2007: Kerry Killinger, Chairman & CEO, Washington Mutual

2006: Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation

2005: Alan R. Mulally, Exec VP, The Boeing Co. & President & CEO, Commercial Airplanes

2004: Mike McGavick, Chairman, President & CEO, Safeco Corporation

2003: Orin Smith, President & CEO, Starbucks Coffee Company

2002: Howard Lincoln, Chairman & CEO, Seattle Mariners

2001: Kemper Freeman, Jr., CEO, Freeman Development Company

2000: Gerald "Jerry" Grinstein, Chairman, Agilent Technologies

1999: John Warner, Senior VP & Chief Administrative Officer, The Boeing Company

1998: Richard Rosenberg, Retired CEO, Bank of America

Hotel Bellwether Ballroom

11:00 AM
Registration Begins
Private reception hosted by President Shepard.

11:30 AM
Ballroom doors open

12:00 PM

12:45 PM

1:30 PM

Western is Washington's University.

By educating the state's own, Western ensures that Washington's entrepreneurial tradition will continue to make measureable and global impact.

Over $175,000

Raised for scholarships by the Bellingham Forum

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