10/29/2013 – HBS: Luncheon and book-signing with Prof Anita Elberse (11:30a)

Luncheon with Professor Anita Elberse – Registration now open!
Author of the new book Blockbusters – Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

October 29, 2013

11:30am – 1:30pm
Luncheon Meeting and Book Signing
buffet lunch included

Mayflower Park Hotel
405 Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98101.

What’s behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros., Marvel Enterprises, and the NFL—along with such stars as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and LeBron James?

Anita Elberse, Harvard Business School’s expert on the entertainment industry and one of the most sought-after professors, reveals in her groundbreaking book Blockbusters why the future of popular culture—in film, television, music, publishing, and sports—will revolve around ever bigger bets on entertainment products.  Full of inside stories emerging from her unprecedented access to some of the world’s most successful entertainment brands, she reveals why entertainment executives often spend outrageous amounts of money in search of the next blockbuster, why superstars are paid unimaginable sums, and how digital technologies are transforming the entertainment landscape.

Blockbusters will be launched on October 15, 2013. Copies will be available at the luncheon for purchase. Come hear from Professor Elberse and have your copy signed by the author.


Click here to buy tickets!!!

$25 for HBS members and their guests
$35 for non-members

buffet lunch included 



10/22/2013 – Stanford: Economic Inequality: Dividing America? – Panel Discussion (5:30p)

Date/Time: Tue, October 22, 2013
05:30PM – 09:00PM
Venue: Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
Location: 321 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109 |Map address
Registration Period: 09/16/2013-10/17/2013
Price: $20 per person

Most public discussions of this issue have focused on social justice issues. This event intends to focus on economic issues, including sustainability.

Panelists discussing the issue of inequality include:

  • John Carlson, John Carlson 570 KVI radio; Co-founder, Washington Policy Center
  • Nick Hanauer, Founder, Second Avenue Partners
  • Jon Talton, Economics Columnist, The Seattle Times

Jon Talton will lead by presenting the recent history of growing inequality in the US, and place it in historical and geographical context. Nick Hanauer will articulate the reasons why this trend endangers US economic health. John Carlson will articulate a contrary position that it was caused by government interference and would diminish if the government reduced its footprint in the economy.

Registration is required by Thursday, October 17.

More details here.

10/21/2013 – HBS: Lunch with former Chair of Microsoft Ravi Venkatesan (12p)

India: A Defining Choice for Your Business

A presentation by Ravi Venkatesan

No charge, open to all. No registration required.

Monday, October 21 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the Baker Room of Building 33 in the Microsoft Campus in Redmond.   Guests can park under building #33 in the garage and take elevator up to the Conference Center.

More details here.

8/2/2013 – SBSA 9th Annual Summer Cruise

Date/Time: Fri, August 02, 2013
06:30PM – 09:00PM
Venue: Waterways Cruises and Events (South Lake Union Seaport)
Location: 860 Terry Ave N., Seattle WA 98109 |Map address
Price: $65 before July 17, $90 after July 17 (if available).

Board a 90-foot luxury yacht in South Lake Union on a warm summer evening and cruise through the Montlake Cut for sightseeing on Lake Washington. Enjoy scrumptious appetizers and your drink of choice while the captain regales us with insights about the storied residents along the shores of Medina and Meydenbauer Bay. Mingle with other business school alumni and take in views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier awash in golden hues. Our excursion returns to Lake Union as the sun’s last rays kiss the skyscrapers in downtown Seattle and the sunset fades into dusk.

This perennial favorite is open to business school alumni and students from the 17 partner schools in the Seattle Business School Alliance (SBSA), including Stanford GSB, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Booth (U of Chicago) and Ross (U of Michigan), Yale and more.

Price:  $65 before July 17th.  $90 from July 17th onward (if available).  Price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and 1 drink at boarding.  Cash bar available.

Registration and event details are available on the Ross Alumni Club of Seattle page. Space is limited.

Program Schedule

6:30 pm board at South Lake Union Seaport

7:00 pm (sharp) depart

9:00 pm return to shore at South Lake Union Seaport



Boarding at South Lake Union seaport near the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).

Parking is available in the public lots along Westlake Ave N. (near Kenmore Air Harbor). From there guests can cross the pedestrian bridge in South Lake Union park to the MOHAI/South Lake Union seaport.

5/22/2013 – Yale: Insights from the Biggest Seattle Venture You’ve Never Heard Of

  • Dates: May 22, 2013 5:30 PM – May 22, 2013 7:00 PM
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Address: 315 Fifth Avenue South

The Path to Stealth Stardom – Insights from the Biggest Seattle Venture You’ve Never Heard Of
A Special Evening with Booking.com North America’s Seattle-based President Todd Dunlap

Where’s the online travel/leisure industry headed? What hiring trends are coming down the pike? What lessons are being learned from operating across borders and cultures? Come join us for this thought-provoking, insightful discussion with Booking.com North America’s President, Todd Dunlap.

When: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Wed. 5/22
Where: Summit Law Group – Seattle’s Int’l District
What: Discussion w/ drinks and apps included
Price: $9.95 for recent alums*, $12.95 all others
Register: http://event-reg.som.yale.edu/signup/seattle-todd-dunlap
* Recent alums include those who received undergrad degrees 10 years ago or less, or a grad/professional degree 5 years ago or less

A part of the Priceline Group of companies, Booking.com accounts for the majority of Priceline’s international business, which represents about 82% of its gross bookings and 92% of its consolidated operating income. While Booking.com is headquartered in Amsterdam, its North America subsidiary is based in Seattle and run by Puget Sound native and former Microsoftie Todd Dunlap.

Seattle-area entrepreneurs, investors and MBA alumni are cordially invited to this event presented by Yale School of Management’s Seattle chapter (SOM Seattle) and the Seattle Business School Alliance (SBSA), in association with Summit Law Group.

Seats are limited. Register today at http://event-reg.som.yale.edu/signup/seattle-todd-dunlap


Todd Dunlap is President and Managing Director of Booking.com, North America (A Priceline Group Company). In this role, he’s responsible for all facets of growing and running the U.S. and Canadian markets for Booking.com. This includes business development, sales, customer service and all support functions in market.

Described as a visionary and energetic leader, Dunlap is known for his ability to revitalize divisions, improve profitability, and enhance customer and employee satisfaction. He has a broad set of experience across sales, marketing, information technology, and operations.

Prior to joining Booking.com in 2012, Todd worked at Microsoft Corporation for over 13 years. His last role being Vice-President & COO of Microsoft’s Advertising and Online Division. Prior to Microsoft, he led the Internet Business Group at WRQ (now Attachmate), a software and consulting firm based in Seattle. He also spent a number of years prior in high-tech or financial services roles at Spacelabs Medical, Safeco, and the U.S. Air Force. A Six Sigma Black Belt, Toddearned two Bachelor of Science degrees; one in aeronautic engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the other in Business Management from Park University. He has also completed graduate programs in Business and International Management from Stanford University and The Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Outside of Microsoft, Dunlap serves on the Executive Leadership Council at Hopelink and is on the Board of Directors at NPower, two Seattle-area nonprofit organizations. Todd also enjoys golfing, reading, travel and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.


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 or via the broader YaleSeattle club.


Summit Law Group is an innovative law firm built around a single mission: excellent customer service. We build working partnerships with our customers to deliver the highest caliber work product with entrepreneurial vigor. We think creatively, proactively and practically to formulate the most effective and efficient solutions to our customers’ needs. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness; our relationships with our customers and community; and our deep-seated responsibility for putting our customers above our bottom line. Our “value adjustment line” is just one example of our philosophy in action. Summit’s standard engagement letter empowers our customers to adjust our billing, upward or downward, based on their perception of the value received. To learn more, visit us at www.summitlaw.com.

4/12/2013 – Yale: Startup CFO Roundtable

“All Quiet on the Western (Cap Table) Front: Bullets Dodged and Lessons Learned in the Startup Capitalization Trenches.”
Featured guest: Seasoned venture CFO Mary Baker Anderson
  • Where: Surf Incubator – downtown Seattle
  • When: 11:30am-1:00pm, Fri. 4/12
  • Who: CFOs and VPs of Finance
  • What: Discussion w/ lunch provided
  • Price: $7
  • Register: At this link.
Startup CFOs and VPs of Finance are cordially invited to join this informal discussion featuring veteran startup CFO Mary Baker Anderson. Ms. Anderson has held financial leadership positions at a range of early-stage and growth ventures, from CFO at HomeGrocer.com to VP of Finance at McCaw Cellular. Full biohere.
Seating is limited – only 4 seats remain at this time. Those who register will be contacted regarding lunch and may express any dietary restrictions at that time.
Presented by the Yale School of Management’s Seattle alumni chapter (SOM Seattle) and the Seattle Business School Alliance, a consortium of alumni groups from Ivy League, Stanford, UW and other business schools.
Sponsored by Summit Law Group.
Summit Law Group is an innovative law firm built around a single mission: excellent customer service. We build working partnerships with our customers to deliver the highest caliber work product with entrepreneurial vigor. We think creatively, proactively and practically to formulate the most effective and efficient solutions to our customers’ needs. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness; our relationships with our customers and community; and our deep-seated responsibility for putting our customers above our bottom line. Our “value adjustment line” is just one example of our philosophy in action. Summit’s standard engagement letter empowers our customers to adjust our billing, upward or downward, based on their perception of the value received. To learn more, visit us atwww.summitlaw.com.


4/4/2013 – Chicago: Tech Conversation

 April 4, 2013 (Amazon – Arizona Building, 207 Boren Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109 )

Opening Networking: 6:30 – 7 p.m.
Panel and Q&A: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Networking: 8:30 – 9 p.m.
Register here.

For its relatively small size, Seattle is home to over 850 technology companies ranging from tech titans to a growing number of technology-based start-up companies. These companies recognize that, regardless of their size and industry position, in the world of technology, it’s not enough to react to change. Successful technology companies create change to stay ahead. In today’s economic environment, the technology industry has pushed through by fostering game-changing innovation.

However, despite these innovations, the industry faces challenges, including the slowdown of the economic environment and, specifically, the drying out of initial public offerings. What are some steps companies can take to manage through the current climate of economic uncertainty? What are high-performing companies doing to foster innovation and growth?

Join a discussion with Chicago Booth alumni and industry professionals in Seattle who will share their expertise and perspectives on the current conditions as well as their views on the future outlook for the technology industry.


Allen Webb, ’99
Editor-in-chief of The McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey & Company


Max Bardon, ’93 (General Manager, Gift Cards, Amazon)
JG Chirapurath, ’01 (Senior Director, Data Platform, Microsoft)
Vijay Talwar, ’99 (President of International, Blue Nile)

1/10/2013 – Chicago/Stanford: Economic and Market Outlook Breakfast

Start 2013 with some sage economic and market insights!

Join fellow b-school alumni for the Annual Economic and Market Outlook breakfast at the Rainier Club, Thursday, January 10, 7:15-9am.  The GSB’s Puget Sound chapter has teamed with the University of Chicago’s Booth School Seattle chapter to bring us three compelling speakers:

Bob Benson, Chief Investment Officer, Laird Norton Tyee

Tom Owens, Principal, Garde Capital

Erik Ogard, Managing Principal, Madison Park Capital Partners

The event, including a delicious breakfast, is $30 per person and we recommend early registration as this event usually sells out.  All members of the Seattle Business School Alliance are being invited.  Catch up with friends, meet other b-school alumni, and start your new year off with market, economic, and investment insights you won’t get anywhere else.

Attendance is limited to 75, so register now!

11/7/2012 – Yale: Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs: Useful Path or Costly Detour?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 5:30pm – 8pm
Summit Law Group
315 Fifth Avenue South, 10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104 (map)
Parking is available in pay lots across the street.  Beverages and appetizers will be provided.

Register here for FREE (space is limited): http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285787

Join us for a panel discussion on Crowdfunding under the JOBS Act. As envisioned by the JOBS Act, new Crowdfunding rules are intended to expand and ease the methods of capital raising by small companies by allowing the sale of unregistered securities to the public under certain circumstances. This panel will address the question of whether Crowdfunding is likely to achieve this goal.

Panelists include:

  • Geoff Entress – Angel investor and Venture Partner, Voyager Capital
  • Peter Weiss – Venture CFO and President, American Outlook, Inc.
  • Joy Schoffler – Principal, Leverage PR and Partner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors
  • Mike Erickson – Member, Corporate/Securities Group, Summit Law Group
  • Erik Cullen – Founder, UpStart Trader (a Crowdfunding portal)

The discussion will start with a general overview of the Crowdfunding legislation and the status of the SEC’s proposed Crowdfunding regulations. Then, panelists will discuss the following topics and participate with the audience in a general discussion.

  • The pros and cons of Crowdfunding
  • The viability, usefulness and practicality of Crowdfunding for raising capital
  • The role of funding portals in Crowdfunding
  • The impact on future funding rounds (Angel, VC, Strategic, etc.)
  • The impact on exits
  • Crowdfunding across industries

This event is intended for entrepreneurs, investors, and the general public. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend, even if you don’t know anything about Crowdfunding or securities law. If you are an entrepreneur seeking to raise capital or interested in starting a funding portal, we encourage you to attend this event.

Go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285787 for additional details and to register for free.  Space is limited, so please only register if you really plan to attend.

This event is being hosted by Summit Law Group, Yale School of Management’s Seattle alumni chapter (SOM Seattle) and the Seattle Business School Alliance.

7/27/2013 – SBSA 8th Annual Summer Cruise

(Correction to original post: Cruise sails from South Lake Union on Waterway Cruises this year.)

The Seattle Business School Alliance invite you and your guests to the 8th Annual Summer Sunset Cruise along with MBA alumni, summer interns, and professionals from around the Puget Sound.

South Lake Union dock on Waterway Cruises

$60 Online
$75 at the Dock

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Boarding (we sail at 6:30)
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Music, Dancing, Appetizers, Cocktails and Great Company

Register Online
Deadline: 7/27/2012

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