About the Western Leadership Forum

The WWU Foundation presents an annual Seattle Western Leadership Forum featuring a noted business leader as keynote speaker.  This event brings together corporate and civic leaders, alumni, and parents and friends who are interested in the University and business trends.

Now in its 17th year, the Forum continues as a premier event for the exchange of ideas and the examination of issues facing the business community in Washington. An investment in Western is an investment in Washington’s distinctive and competitive edge. Your sponsorship of the Seattle Western Leadership Forum today helps Western provide scholarships to the leaders, the visionaries, the entrepreneurs and the difference-makers of tomorrow.

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

Past Speakers

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

Seattle Sheraton

11:00 AM
Private Reception for $3K and above Scholarship Sponsors

11:30 AM
Doors Open for Registration

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.


Amount the forum has raised for scholarships

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