11/04/2015 Dinosaur Fossil & Behind-The-Scenes – Stanford & SBSA @ Burke Museum, 3pm – 7pm

Experience the excitement of going “Behind-the-Scenes” at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture! The Burke (which features some of the world’s top collections of Northwest Coast art, bird and animal specimens, and ancient artifacts) was recently in the news after announcing the incredible discovery of Washington state’s first dinosaur fossil.

On Wednesday, November 4th from 3-7pm, alumni and their guests will join Museum Director, Dr. Julie K. Stein, and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dr. Christian Sidor, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour into the Burke’s Paleontology collection. At 5pm, the group will return to the Burke Room for a talk with Dr. Sidor, who will share what he’s discovered about the fossil so far.  Networking reception with wine/beer and light refreshments until 7pm.

Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy the Burke’s current exhibit Titanoboa: Monster Snake, which features the sensational tale of an enormous prehistoric predator whose remains were found in a Colombian coal mine.

Event FAQ’s:
Q. Would attendees see the actual dinosaur fossil?
A. Yes, attendees will be able to see the dinosaur fossil (up close too!). The fossil is actually on display in the lobby in a glass case.

Q.How big was the Titanoboa snake?
A.Titanoboa was 48-feet long and weighed 2,500 pounds. The Titanoboa fossil that was found in the Colombian coal mine is 60-million years old. There’s also a full size replica of the snake in the exhibit at the Burke.




10/8/2015 Backroad Lessons for Executives, Entrepreneurs and SB Owners – Kellogg and SBSA @ Starbucks HQ, 6 PM

The Seattle Business School Alliance (SBSA) and Kellogg strategy professor Mike Mazzeo invite you to the presentation of his Emmy-nominated book on entrepreneurship, Roadside MBA, on October 8. Kellogg Seattle is hosting the event at Starbucks HQ in SoDo.

Location: Starbucks HQ, 2401 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134

Time: 10/8, 6pm


9/9/2015 Introduction to Angel Investing – Wharton & SBSA @ Zillow HQ, 6 PM

Co-Sponsored by Wharton and Seattle Business School Alliance.

Following up on their Pitch Clinic, we are pleased to invite you to an “Introduction to Angel Investing” presented by the experts at Alliance of Angels. This is co-sponsored by the Seattle Business School Alliance, so please join fellow alumni from the top B-schools in the country as we gain insight into the world of angel investing on Wed, Sep 9th.

Registration here: http://www.whartonseattle.com/store.html?show_item=1146 

Presented by Alliance of Angels

Angel investors are individuals who provide capital and advice to local early-stage businesses with high growth potential. The asset class has demonstrated exceptional annual returns in excess of 20% over a long period of time.

Join veteran angel investor Gregg Bennett for an interactive workshop on Angel Investing:

  • Overview of the asset class
  • Expected risks/returns
  • How it fits within an individual portfolio
  • Best practices for navigating the asset class

Gregg Bennett is Vice Chair of the Alliance of Angels, a Seattle-based group of 100 angel investors. He has 10+ years of angel investing experience and has invested in 25+ companies, including CoinStar. Previously, he founded and grew a health care information company to $125M in revenue and executed a successful exit.

About Alliance of Angels

Alliance of Angels is a group of more than 100 investors who fund and mentor early stage companies based in the Pacific Northwest. It is recognized as one of the most active angel groups in the nation, having invested over $80 million in more than 200 early stage companies since 1997. To learn more, visit www.allianceofangels.com.


What: Alliance of Angels Intro to Angel Investing

When: Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015, 6p – 8p

Where: Zillow HQ, 1301 2nd Ave., 30th Floor, Seattle, WA

Who: Seattle Business School Alliance Alumni and their guests

Cost: $5.00 per person / free for Wharton dues-paying members

Registration:  http://www.whartonseattle.com/store.html?show_item=1146

Please note that while food will not be served during the event, non-alcoholic beverages will be available.




9/17/2015 SBSA @ New Tech Seattle, Pioneer Square, 5:30pm

Come join fellow SBSA Members at the monthly New Tech Seattle meetup.

Tickets are $10 now and increase to $20 as they sell out (they usually do).

RSVP to daniel.kao@alumni.stanford.edu if you’d like to join us and we’ll look for you.



8/25/2015 Angel Investing in the Northwest, Bellevue, 6pm

Join us for a Q&A session on Angel Investing in the Northwest for both new or seasoned investors and entrepreneurs.


Angel Investing in the Northwest

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015, 6:00 PM

Impact Hub Bellevue, Room 109
555 116 NE, Bellevue, WA Seattle, WA

2 Builders of the future Attending

Must RSVP via the link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/angel-investing-in-the-northwest-tickets-17840368021Angel Investing in the NorthwestJoin Josh Maher for an exclusive interview with NorthWest angel investors. Josh digs into how they find the best companies, how hard they really work, and what advantages investors have in the NorthWest.Panelis…

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9/9/2015 SBSA Monthly Meeting @ Bennett’s Bistro on Mercer Island 7pm

Notes from August 5:

– open up individual b- school events to SBSA from the beginning, not towards the end with only a few seats left for example.  That doesn’t come across as very inclusive and sends the wrong message.

– there will be two SBSA marquee events per year.

– need to start planning January marquee event (breakfast).

– other marquee event to be held at Holland America (Stan & Woody organizing).

– payments for b-school events to go through individual schools.

– payments for SBSA marquee events tbd.

– Dan Kao & Riyaz H. to update SBSA website / explore social media strategy.  Also – can you please check if there’s a way to post these notes on our updated SBSA site?

– we should consider marketing events such as New Tech Seattle to SBSA.

– next meeting owner: Boris.  Notetaker: Rajesh.

9/16/2015 – Pike Place Market – Behind the Scenes

The Johnson Club of Seattle, the Cornell Club of Western Washington, and the Seattle Business School Alliance invite you to an educational and networking event at one of Seattle’s most treasured landmarks — Pike Place Market!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Networking: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Presentation & tour: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Elliott Bay Room, Pike Place Market


$15/person. Fee includes food and beverages.

Pike Place Market is preparing to complete the final piece of the Market Historic District with the addition of the MarketFront adjacent to Victor Steinbrueck Park.  Forty years in the making, the new Pike Place “MarketFront” will transform a surface parking lot on Western Avenue into a waterfront-facing side of the Market.

True to the Pike Place Market character, the MarketFront will provide opportunities for farmers, craftspeople and local entrepreneurs, as well as civic space, public art, social services and low-income housing. You can read more at pikeup.org.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour and presentation, and to learn more about this expansion of Pike Place Market!

Register now | See who’s coming

Please register by Sunday, September 13.

1/15/2015 – Chicago, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton: Annual Economic and Market Outlook Breakfast (7:00-9:00a)

JANUARY 15, 2015: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

This joint Booth, Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton breakfast held at The Rainier Club will feature leading market practitioners sharing outlooks on the 2015 financial markets.


The Rainier Club
820 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Event Details

Join fellow MBA alumni and guests for the Annual Economic and Market Outlook breakfast at The Rainier Club. Booth, Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton’s local alumni chapters have teamed up to bring compelling speakers to share their insights regarding financial markets in 2015.

Catch up with your friends from Chicago Booth, meet other b-school alumni, 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!


$25 (includes breakfast)

Parking (paid on-site):
$7 validated parking at the Columbia Tower
$10 valet parking at the Rainier Club


Register Online

Deadline: 1/14/2015


7:00 AM-8:00 AM: Breakfast

8:00 AM-9:00 AM: Business Forecast

Speaker Profiles

Michael Belkin (Speaker)
Author, The Belkin Report

Michael Belkin is a financial market strategist and author of the Belkin Report – a weekly global forecasting service which advises hedge funds, pension funds, investment banks, mutual funds, sovereign wealth funds and family offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The Belkin Report has been published since 1992. Previously, Mr. Belkin was a vice president in the NYC equity department of Salomon Brothers. His role was quantitative strategist in global macro proprietary trading, developing and applying innovative quantitative forecasting models in a four-man unit that managed the firm’s global equity proprietary trading exposure. Mr. Belkin is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Dr. Kathryn L. Dewenter (Speaker) ’93
Associate Professor of Finance and Joshua Green Family Endowed Professor, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Kathy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Finance and Business Economics at University of Washington Foster School of Business. She teaches two courses, International Finance and Competing in the Global Economy. Her research focuses on empirical analysis of economic and corporate finance models in an international context. Topics of interest include cross-border acquisitions, privatization, business groups, sovereign wealth funds, and bank performance. Prior to academia, she spent two years in the Asia Division of Chemical Bank and three years with McKinsey and Co., Inc. She has a PhD from The University of Chicago, an MBA and MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and a BA from Tufts University.

Dennis Gibb (Speaker)
Chief Investment Officer, Sweetwater Investments

During his 30 year career in the investment industry, Dennis Gibb has been involved in every type of market condition and industry change. He began his career working for H. Ross Perot, was a retail broker at Dean Witter, and has held senior positions both at Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns. In addition to his retail experience, Dennis has also been an institutional fixed income salesman, a compliance officer, an investment banker, and an assistant office manager.

Dennis is the principal shareholder of Sweetwater Investments a registered investment advisor since 1989. Sweetwater is dedicated to serving individual investors in planning their lives and managing their financial affairs to accomplish
their goals.

Dennis is a cum laude graduate of Parsons College with degrees in Sociology,
History, and Psychology. His graduate studies at the University of Chicago
were interrupted by his military service, including a tour to Vietnam.

Dennis has frequently testified before both the Congressional House and Senate
on investment-related matters as well as to the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has been a guest commentator on CNBC and hosted a radio show
with 9 million listeners.

1/9/2014 – Chicago Booth, Harvard, Stanford Annual Market Outlook Breakfast

JANUARY 9, 2014: 7:15 AM – 9:00 AM

This joint Harvard, Stanford and Booth breakfast held at the Rainier Club will feature three leading market practitioners, who will discuss their unique outlooks on the financial markets in 2014.


Rainier Club
820 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Event Details

Join fellow b-school alumni for the Annual Economic and Market Outlook breakfast at the Rainier Club. If you have already registered there is room for you to bring guests. HBS’s & GSB’s Puget Sound alumni chapters and University of Chicago’s Booth School Seattle chapter have teamed to bring compelling speakers.


$30 per person, includes breakfast


$7 validated parking at the Columbia Tower

$10 valet parking at the Rainier Club


Register Online

Catch up with your GSB friends, meet other b-school alumni 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!

Deadline: 1/8/2014

Speaker Profiles

Dennis Gibb (Speaker)
Chief Investment Officer, Sweetwater Investments

Apurv Jain (Speaker) ’05
Treasury Bond Portfolio Manager, Microsoft

Larry Estrada (Speaker)
Harvard Private Client Group, Goldman Sachs


Nick Waltner, ’90
Managing Principal


11/6/2013 – Yale: Why IT Projects Are Like Junk Bonds (5:30p)

Late, Lavish and Lacking: Why Many IT Projects Are Like Junk Bonds
How Corporations and Startups Can Manage Risk So IT Investments Yield a Decent Return

Yale School of Management’s Seattle Alumni Chapter, SURF Incubator and the Seattle Business School Alliance present an evening with seasoned venture CTO and Wall Street veteran John Helm.

Dr. Helm’s new analysis of corporate IT projects reveals several surprising – and yet not so surprising – lessons for emerging ventures and mature corporations alike. Roughly 15% of such projects fail – comparable to the default rate for publicly traded bonds. However, although so many IT projects are late, over budget and incomplete, there are ways to manage these risks effectively. Risk Adjusted Performance is the key. And guess what, it’s not rocket science.

  • What: Appetizers, Drinks and Interactive Discussion
  • When: Wed. 11/6 – 5:30pm networking, 6:00-7:30pm remarks and Q&A
  • Who: CTOs, CIOs, CEOs and entrepreneurs
  • WhereSURF Incubator, 821 2nd Ave., 4th Floor Event Space (Suite 410), Seattle, WA 98104
  • Parking: Map of nearby options: http://bit.ly/1cAF9ve
  • Price: $9.95 for recent alums*, $14.95 all others – includes food and drinks
  • Registerhttp://event-reg.som.yale.edu/signup/seattle-11-6

* Recent alums include those who received undergrad degrees within the past 10 years, or a grad/professional degree within the past 5 years.


John Helm is a nationally recognized expert on information technology strategy. For over 35 years, he has held senior technical and executive roles in Internet, Financial Services and Research entities – from technology ventures to Wall Street. With his unique combination of in-house CTO and IT architecture experience at companies from Morgan Stanley to Drugstore.com, John has developed compelling and insightful perspectives on how strategic IT decision-making affects performance. A frequent speaker on IT strategy, he presented on this event’s same topic at the Agile2013 conference in Nashville in August. A former professor at Columbia University, John also earned a Ph.D. there in Applied Physics, a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Connect with him at www.linkedin.com/in/johnlhelm.


SOM Seattle is the local chapter of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association, which provides a voice for alumni and works to strengthen connections with the school and within the alumni community. SOM alumni can connect with SOM Seattle on Facebook (www.facebook.com/groups/57275781802) or via the broader YaleSeattle club atwww.yaleseattle.org.


SURF is an entrepreneur network founded in 2009 by Seaton Gras. It was originally conceived as a way to provide mentorship and meeting space for entrepreneurs starting businesses with a technical programming requirement. For more than two years, entrepreneurs congregated at various locations around Seattle to collaborate on development projects and explore their “big ideas.” The community quickly grew to more than 1,000 members.

In 2012, SURF teamed up with Neil Bergquist and local entrepreneurs to secure a floor of class A office space in downtown Seattle. Since its inception SURF has evolved into a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, developers, designers, educators, and a breath of community supporters. SURF is a resource network for entrepreneurs eager to transform their ideas and startups into disruptive businesses. For more, visit www.surfincubator.com.


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