April 20, 2018: SEATTLE CONFERENCE (Booth): Innovating to Create the Future, 11AM – 6AM, Seattle

Registration link: http://www.cvent.com/d/gtqbqp/4W


APRIL 20, 2018: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Seattle presents its inaugural half-day conference dedicated to the intersection of economic, social and political factors shaping our world today.

Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Ave
Seattle, Washington

Event Details
We will kick off the event with a fireside chat with Bill Hilf, CEO of Vulcan followed by three panels to address how companies are innovating in response to shifting social, political, and economic dynamics.
Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. is the engine behind philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen’s network of organizations and initiatives. Empowered by Paul’s vision to make a positive difference in the world, Vulcan works to be catalysts for change. Vulcan shares a commitment to improving our planet through catalytic philanthropy, inspirational experiences, and scientific and technological breakthroughs.

Future of the Workforce
• Kate Cochran, CEO of Upaya Social Ventures
• Rebecca Lovell, Director of Economic Development at City of Seattle
• Kory Avaiusini, Founder and CEO of WideNet Consulting Group

Future of Food
• Seth Acker ’08, Finance Manager at Microsoft, moderator
• Ken Hunt, CEO of Phytelligence
• Dan Brenner ’05, Global Leader of Amazon Pantry
• Joe Heitzeberg, Co-founder and CEO of Crowd Cow

Building Biotech
• Scott Myers ’94, CEO of Cascadian Therapeutics, moderator
• Hans Bishop, President and CEO of Juno Therapeutics
• Bob Azelby, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer of Juno Therapeutics
• Todd Simpson, CFO of Seattle Genetics
• Eric Dobmeier, CEO of Silverback Therapeutics
• Steven Gillis, Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners

Additional speakers and panelists to be confirmed.

Early Bird Rates (by 3/31):
• $60 – Booth Alumni & Student Attendees
• $80 – General Public
• $750 – Table of 10 Attendees
Regular Rates (4/1 and after):
• $75- Booth Alumni & Student Attendees
• $95 – General Public
• $850 – Table of 10 Attendees

Register Online

Deadline: 4/18/2018

11:00 AM-11:30 AM: Registration
11:30 AM-12:00 PM: Welcome and Lunch
12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Fireside Chat with Bill Hilf, CEO of Vulcan and Sean Lobo ’09 of Vulcan Capital
1:00 PM-1:50 PM: Panel 1 Future of the Workforce
1:50 PM-2:10 PM: Coffee Break
2:10 PM-3:00 PM: Panel 2 Future of Food
3:00 PM-3:55 PM: Panel 3 Building Biotech
3:55 PM-4:00 PM: Closing
4:00 PM-6:00 PM: Networking

Amy Fulford (amy@enlightadvisors.com), ’00


May 18, 2017: Strategic Innovation in the Food Industry, 4:30PM, Seattle

MAY 18, 2017: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel discussion with some of the PNW’s most innovative food brands. Our C-level panelists will delve into what keeps their brands competitive in an ever changing landscape.

Russell Investment
1301 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Alum/Student: $10
General: $20

Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/r5q1tt/4W
Deadline: 5/18/2017

4:30 PM-5:30 PM: Cocktails

5:30 PM-6:30 PM: Panel Session

Speaker Profiles

Manny Chao (Speaker)
Co-founder and CEO, Georgetown Brewing

The namesake of the iconic Manny’s Pale Ale, Manny has been brewing outstanding craft beers since 2002 and is currently the largest independent brewery in Washington State.

Kurt Dammeier (Panelist)
Founder & CEO, Sugar Mountain (Beecher’s Cheese, Pasta & Co. and The Butcher’s Table)

Kurt Dammeier, CEO of Sugar Mountain (Beecher’s Cheese) – Starting from a Pike Place Market storefront selling some of the best cheese (and Mac ‘n Cheese) in America, Kurt has expanded Sugar Mountain into restaurants, packaged goods, books and social ventures.

Kevin Klock (Speaker)
Former CEO, TalkingRain/Sparkling ICE

Kevin Klock has more than 21 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He has helped lead Talking Rain to its most successful year in the history of the 27-year-old company, which is now one of the world’s fastest growing beverage companies. An engineer by training, Klock helped Talking Rain’s branded business grow 500 percent in revenue in the first two years from taking over as President.

Linda Pearce (Panelist)
Chief Financial Officer, Tillamook Country Creamery

Linda Pearce, CFO Tillamook – A Pacific Northwest powerhouse, Tillamook, founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, prides itself on a commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible.

Link to original Booth page: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/events/showevent?eventid=14899


Patrick Ringland, ’09
Managing Director

Mar 26, 2017: Business of Restaurants and Dining in Seattle, 5PM, Russell Investments Center

An Intimate Conversation about Restaurants and Dining in Seattle
Hosted by Chicago Booth

March 26, 2017 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | The Russell Investments Center

Details: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/events/showEvent?eventId=14785

Registration: Here

Ever wonder what it takes to build a successful restaurant? Interested in learning the ins and outs of dining in Seattle? Want to enjoy a rollicking conversation with two of our food and drink scene’s biggest luminaries, complete with excellent beverages and snacks? Join us Sunday, March 26th for a discussion of all things food related in Seattle. The Booth alumni group is proud to host an excellent panel on restaurants, dining and food trends in our fair city.

Our panel with be moderated by Allecia Vermillion, the Food and Drink Editor at Seattle Met Magazine with guests Ethan Stowell and Rachel Marshall.

Ethan is the head of Ethan Stowell Restaurants which deliver some of the most exciting Italian food to be had in the city, from sophisticated tasting menus to kid-friendly pizza. With thirteen restaurants spread across many neighborhoods, you are sure to find a place that feels like home.

Rachel is famous for her Ginger Beer. Starting her empire in famer’s markets around the city, RGB now has locations in both Seattle and Portland, as well as nationwide shipping and a fan base to match. She’s also the driving force behind such crowd-pleasing establishments as Montana and Nacho Borracho.

Event Details & Registration: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/events/showEvent?eventId=14785

Feb 7, 2017: Economic and Investment Forum, 5PM, Amazon HQ, Seattle

Direct Registration Page

FEBRUARY 7, 2017: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Please join us for a discussion regarding the Economic and Investment Outlook for 2017 with three senior Booth graduates from Barclays Capital.


Amazon HQ
2131 7th Ave
Seattle, Washington

Driving Directions:

(7th Avenue with Blanchard Street)

Event Details

Robert Martin- PhD, US Economist; Eric Gross- MBA, Credit Strategy/Special Situations; Ryan Preclaw- MBA, Credit Strategy/Special Situations

Prepared remarks followed by a livey question and answer period with the audience.

OPEN TO EVERYONE: All local professionals and alumni from other MBA programs are invited to attend.


FREE for Chicago Booth alumni. Non-Booth guests: $10


Register Online

Deadline: 2/6/2017


5:00 PM-5:30 PM: Registration and Networking.

5:30 PM-6:30 PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A.

6:30 PM-7:00 PM: Closing Remarks and Networking.

Speaker Profiles

Rob Martin (Speaker)
Director and Senior US Economist, Barclays

Rob Martin is a Director and Senior US Economist at Barclays. Based in New York, Mr. Martin is responsible for the firm’s outlook for the US economy, monetary policy. Mr. Martin joined Barclays in May 2015 from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, where he worked for 13 years. In his last role at the Fed, he was the Section Chief for global monetary and sovereign markets, in the Division of International Finance. In this role, he conducted research on topics broadly related to foreign exchange, sovereign bonds, and monetary policy – mapping global financial market movements into the macro outlook, as well as the influence of the macro outlook on global financial markets. Prior to his role as section chief, Mr. Martin was a senior economist in the advanced foreign economies group, where he was an expert on housing markets. Mr. Martin spent one year as the senior economist for Domestic Macroeconomics, International Finance, and Development, at the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) at the White House. Mr. Martin also regularly taught economics at Georgetown University. Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from North Carolina State University, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Eric Gross (Speaker)
Directory on Credit Strategy, Barclays

Eric Gross is a Director in Credit Strategy, covering the high yield and leveraged loan markets. With expertise in cash, CDS, and credit ETFs, he focuses on relative value and systematic strategies across the credit spectrum.
Mr. Gross joined Barclays in September 2008, and is a senior member of the Credit Strategy team, which has consistently been ranked in the top three by Institutional Investor. He holds an MBA in Analytic Finance and Econometrics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ryan Preclaw (Speaker)
Director of US Credit Strategy, Barclays

Ryan Preclaw is a Director in Barclays US Credit Strategy research team, where he is the senior strategist for investment grade, distressed, and special situations.

Mr. Preclaw joined Barclays in September 2008; he spent two years working in the firm’s Investment Banking division in the Communications and Media industry coverage group before joining the Credit Strategy group. Prior to joining Barclays, he worked as an economist at NERA Economic Consulting and London Economics International.

Mr. Preclaw received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 2008, his MA in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, and his BA in economics from the University of Alberta in 2000.

Sean Lobo

Aug 11, 2016: “Museum of History And Industry (MOHAI) Behind-the-scenes tour”, 4PM-6PM, Seattle

Ever wonder about Seattle’s history of business innovation? There’s a museum in town devoted to this (Museum Of History And Industry, or MOHAI) and you’re invited to a rare, behind-the-scenes private GSB tour of its collection of undisplayed treasures. While you might know of its beautiful South Lake Union museum, we are invited to visit its much larger archives. Please join us in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood for a two-hour visit of the MOHAI Resource Center and an optional no-host brewpub gathering afterwards.

We will have a unique opportunity to see and learn about special moments in Seattle’s history with artifacts from Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, UPS, Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom’s, Foss Maritime, and many more.

No Stanford account required. Simply sign up as a guest if you don’t already have an account or call 650-723-4046 to provide payment over the phone.

And since we’ll be enjoying history in a great old neighborhood, a few of us will likely end up pub or restaurant touring around today’s newest hip retail zone.

Please Note: This event is open to those 18 years of age and older.


When: Thursday, August 11th, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: MOHAI Resource Center, 5933 6th Ave S, Seattle WA 98108
Cost: $25 per person, includes entrance fee and light refreshments

REGISTER to join us for this exclusive GSB opportunity! No Stanford account required. Simply sign up as a guest if you don’t already have an account or call 650-723-4046 to provide payment over the phone.

Sep 27, 2016: “Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services: Are we at a digital inflection point?” 7AM-9AM Rainier Club, Seattle

The SBSA and HBS are pleased to announce the rescheduling of this event (you may recall the prior event was postponed due to a medical issue but we are locked in now!)

Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services:
Are We at a Digital Inflection Point?

Keynote speaker Benson Porter, CEO of Tukwila-based BECU

Seattle, WA | The Rainier Club (820 4th Ave, Seattle, 98104)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM 

Register Here ($35, includes breakfast)

Since the financial crisis, a rapidly growing category of venture capital investing has focused on fueling disruptive innovation in the retail financial services sector.  Over the past 12 months the so-called FinTech (i.e. “financial technology”) start-ups have attracted nearly $20 billion in venture funding.  A number of the leading FinTech firms have achieved “unicorn” status (i.e. valuation greater than $1 billion) and a few, such as Lending Club, have gone public.

At our May 12th SBSA event, John Lass (an HBS alum) will describe how FinTech disruptors are challenging incumbent banks, credit unions and insurance companies across virtually every product category of financial services, including lending, wealth management, payments and insurance.  John will examine how these early-stage companies are threatening to provide better financial products and services at lower cost and with greater convenience by utilizing digital distribution channels, and in particular the mobile phone, to meet consumers’ financial needs.

Benson Porter, CEO of Tukwila-based BECU, will describe how BECU, as the fourth largest credit union in the U.S. with $14 billion in assets and more than one million members, is planning to stay one step ahead of the FinTech disruptors by incorporating the latest in digital channel distribution and data analysis to further enhance BECU’s position as the number one market share leader among banks and credit unions in the Puget Sound region. He been CEO of BECU since May 2012.  Previously he served as CEO of FirstTech Credit Union based in Beaverton, OR and Palo Alto, CA.  He also served as Chief Administrative Officer for Washington Mutual.  He sits on the boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank, COOP Financial Services, and Whitman College.  Benson received a BA in economics from Whitman College and a J.D. from Seattle University.

John Lass is President of Lass Advisory Services, a Seattle-based strategy consulting firm.  Previously, John served as SVP Strategy and Business Development for CUNA Mutual Group, a $3 billion financial services firm based in Madison, WI.  Also, John was a consultant with Boston Consulting Group.  John received a BA from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

$35 Registration (Breakfast Included)
Register Here

The Rainier Club
820 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Map and Direction
7:00 AM Registration
7:30 AM Breakfast/Program



Mar 24, 2016: “What Can For-Profit and Non-Profit Boards Learn From Each Other?” 6:30PM, UW Anthony’s Forum

Seattle Business School Alliance members are invited to  the March 24th event


Stanford GSB Faculty member Nick Donatiello, MBA ‘86

“What Can For-Profit and Non-Profit Boards Learn From Each Other?”

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Anthony’s Forum, University of Washington Foster School of Business

Registration $20 includes beer, wine, and delicious “stand-up dinner” food

Questions?  Elizabeth Atcheson, 206-660-4441, elizabeth.w.atcheson@gmail.com

Register online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2503474


Seattle Business School Alliance members are invited to a special evening with Stanford GSB faculty member Nick Donatiello, a popular Lecturer among both MBA and MSx students and a recognized expert in board service and governance.  Serving on boards, both for-profit and non-profit, is a fantastic way to serve your community, broaden your professional network, and build your career.  Come hear Nick Donatiello, Stanford GSB MBA ’86, discuss recent research findings on the lessons that non-profit and for-profit boards can learn from each other.  Nick will also address the challenges and rewards of serving on boards, and how to get on boards.  A former Chairman of the Board of KQED, he serves on the boards of Dolby Laboratories, Big 5 Sporting Goods, American Funds, and Schwab Charitable Fund.  He is President and CEO of San Francisco-based Odyssey, a leader in understanding how technology changes consumer media use habits.  He earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Princeton and an MBA from Stanford.

Feb 11, 2016: Exploring Angel Investments: An overview for both Investors and Entrepreneurs

Title: Exploring Angel Investments: An overview for both Investors and Entrepreneurs


The Stanford Graduate School of Business Puget Sound Alumni Chapter and the Seattle Business School Alliance (SBSA) invite you to an Angel Investing workshop on Thursday, February 11 at 6PM at 6PM at the SURF Incubator in Seattle. Cost is $15 which covers food and drinks.

The workshop will provide an overview for Investors and Entrepreneurs interested in discovering Angel Investment opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Topics will cover the basics including historical asset class performance, best practices, portfolio building, deal flow, and recent crowd funding legislation that both Investors and Entrepreneurs should be aware of before making or receiving an Angel investment. Join us for an evening of education, learning, and Q&A session.

There is a 50 person physical limit for the event. Please sign up soon to reserve your spot if you are interested.

Date:                     Thursday, February 11, 6PM to 8PM

Location:             SURF Incubator, 999 3rd Avenue STE #700, Seattle, WA 98104

Cost:                      $15, including food and drinks

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-angel-investments-an-overview-for-both-investors-and-entrepreneurs-tickets-20904493904

About the speaker:

Geoff Harris is an active angel investor and a Board Member at Seattle Angel, a non-profit with the mission to educate and bring together investors and entrepreneurs to spark the flame for innovation in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Angel sponsors both the Seattle Angel Conference and the Seattle Angel Fund, where Geoff is the fund manager for FUND VII. Geoff is also a member of the Alliance of Angels. Previously, Geoff held executive and engineering management roles at Microsoft for over 15 years. His areas of focus included Speech and Natural Language, Mobile and Digital Media, where he holds several patents.


Please contact daniel.kao@stanford.alumni.edu

01/13/16 Economic Forecast for 2016 Breakfast @ Rainier Club 7 AM

Join fellow MBAs in the Puget Sound region and guests for the Annual Economic and Market Outlook breakfast at The Rainier Club – sponsored by the Seattle Business School Alliance (SBSA). Local alumni chapters have teamed up to bring compelling speakers to share their insights regarding financial markets in 2016.

Catch up with friends and start your new year off with market, economic, and investment insights you won’t get elsewhere. Seating will be limited so registration ensures you a spot in the room and a meal; see you there!


Wednesday, January 13
Registration: 7:00
Breakfast/Program: 7:30 – 9:00AM


$35 – Click here to register


Panelists Include:

John Lass, President of Lass Advisory Services, LLC. Graduate of the Harvard Business School who will discuss current disruptive technologies in the financial services industry.

Scott Shapiro, Managing Director of Eagle Rock Ventures, LLC. Graduate of the Columbia Business School who will address changes and issues in the Puget Sound real estate market.

Third Panelist, TBD. This panelist will discuss what is happening in the capital markets and how it affects our local economy.


Larry Estrada, Vice President, Goldman Sachs. Graduate of the Harvard Business School




11/09/2015 Driving Growth – Innovation, Transformation, Leadership – Kellogg & SBSA @ Ivar’s Salmon House, 7pm

The Kellogg Alumni Club of Seattle invites you to join Professor Eric Anderson for a small group dinner and hear from his latest research on innovation. Professor Anderson is the former Chair of the Marketing Department at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and Director of the Center for Global Marketing Practice.

Professor Anderson’s research includes innovation, pricing strategy, new products, retailing and channel management. His articles have appeared in Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing ScienceManagement ScienceJournal of Economic Theory, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, as well as Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review.

We kindly request a $10 club donation to reserve your attendance given limited seating.

7:00 – 7:20pm Drinks & Networking
7:20 – 7:30pm Introduction by Annie Zipfel
7:30-8:00pm Professor Anderson: Driving Growth through Innovation, Transformation and Leadership
8:00-9:00pm Dinner with Professor Anderson

Register Here:



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