Seattle Schedule

With a lineup of thoughtful and inspiring speakers, the Chicago Booth Seattle Alumni Forum explored how economics and artificial intelligence impact decisions, the effect of media and pop culture on business, and more.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

ALUMNI FORUM SEATTLE

Sheraton Seattle
1400 6th Ave | Seattle, WA | 98101

3:30  Registration opens

Get started by coming up with your nonprofit board search strategy. In this interactive workshop, you will explore different types of organizations and boards, how to narrow down your passions, how to find opportunities, how to approach and introduce yourself to an organization, and what diligence questions to ask before joining a board. Leave with a to-do list and strategic plan to start your search for a fulfilling and worthwhile nonprofit board experience. 

Moderator:

Caroline Grossman, '03, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy; Director of Programs, Rustandy Center, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 

Speaker:

Lynne Smith, Director of Business Design, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Join us for a networking happy hour to kick off Alumni Forum: Seattle.

Moderator:

Amit Mehta, ’03, Executive Vice President, COM Investments

Panelist: 

Max Bardon, ’93, Vice President, Consumer Payments, Amazon.com

Madhav Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting

Build upon your Booth MBA with this special session offered as part of our exclusive Back to Booth series.

Join Austan Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics and Kurt DelBene, '90, chief digital officer and executive vice president, corporate strategy, core services engineering and operations at Microsoft as they discuss Lessons in Digital Leadership.

Back to Booth is supported by the Fred G. Steingraber / A.T. Kearney Endowment. The endowment supports lifelong learning among Chicago Booth alumni.

Steingraber Kearney

Meet and mingle with fellow forum attendees in a casual setting. Cash bar.

Pike Brewing Company
1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-622-6044 

https://www.pikebrewing.com/ 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

ALUMNI FORUM SEATTLE

Sheraton Seattle
1400 6th Ave | Seattle, WA | 98101

Join us for a welcome breakfast to start day two of Alumni Forum: Seattle.

Hear from members of our Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Seattle during Opening Remarks.

The value and return on investment of a higher education degree has come under fire in recent years. Allen Webb, editor-in-chief, The McKinsey Quarterly and Global Knowledge Leader, McKinsey Publishing will lead a conversation between Nicole Piasecki, chair, board of trustees, Seattle University and Madhav V. Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, as they discuss the future value proposition of education and the decisions that will be necessary to make higher education sustainable in the future.

 Moderator:

Allen Webb, Editor-in-Chief, The McKinsey Quarterly and Global Knowledge Leader, McKinsey Publishing

Panelists:

Nicole Piasecki, Chair, Board of Trustees, Seattle University

Madhav V. Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting

 

Chief economists of three of the most prominent internet-based businesses—Amazon, Uber, and Zillow—will discuss the importance of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on decision-making, including the economics behind it all. 

Moderator:

Sanjog Misra, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow

Panelists:

Pat Bajari, Vice President and Chief Economist, Amazon

Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist, Zillow Group

Jonathan Hall, Chief Economist and Director of Public Policy, UBER

Bryan Johnson, ‘07 (XP-76), Founder, Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist had his first success as founder, chairman, and CEO of Braintree. Now, leveraging that success, he is the founder and CEO of Kernel, a company developing advanced neural interfaces.  He’ll share his vision for the world as impacted through the world of brain science.

BREAKOUT SESSION (2 CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

Funding growth presents its challenges, but all investment is not the same.  Scott Myers, '94, chairman, Rainier Therapeutics, will moderate a conversation between an investment firm and two companies that are poised for the next step. 

Moderator:

Scott Myers, '94, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rainier Therapeutics

Panelists:

Jeffrey Bede, '98, Head, ORIX Growth Capital

Jennifer Ceran, '89, CFO, Smartsheet 

Sean Kell, '96, CEO, A Place for Mom

This conversation will dive into biased representations in the media we all consume and connect them to implicit bias and its implications on day-to-day decision making. Multiple perspectives will be represented, and participants will walk away with specific actions individuals can take to address both aspects: improving representation in the media, and reduce bias in day-to-day decisions. 

Moderator: 

Amy Fulford, '00, Managing Partner, enlight

Panelists:

Naomi McDougall Jones, Writer, Actress, Producer

Jennifer Sireklove, CFA, ’09, Director of Responsible Investing, Parametric Portfolio Associates

Listen in as Howard Marks, ’69, co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, is interviewed by Christopher Orndorff, '89, chief investment officer, Vulcan Capital. Together, they will discuss Marks’ new book, Mastering the Market Cycle: Getting the Odds on Your Side, in which Marks reveals the hidden logic in carefully pinpointing market trends so investors have the opportunity to improve their results. 

 Lunch will be served prior to the Fireside Chat.

 

BREAKOUT SESSION (2 CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

Whether it’s leveraging tech for social impact at Microsoft, overseeing a sustainable supply chain, or serving on a nonprofit board, there are many ways to leverage your business toolkit to make an impact on the social or environmental issues you care about. Join the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation as we hear from alumni who are using their Booth MBAs to make a difference. During this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about various paths to reaching your social impact goals.  

Moderator:

Lynne Herer Smith, '86, Director-Business Design, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Panelists:

Susan Long, '94, Sustainability Engagement Manager, REI

Jeremy Showalter, '06, Scale Lead, Technology for Social Impact, Microsoft Philanthropies

Eunhee Sumner, '98, Vice President, Continuous Improvement, Starbucks’ Customer Analytics, Marketing and Product Organization 

Today’s entrepreneurs have an incredibly diverse background, forcing investors to think differently about how they support startups. Starr Marcello, AM '04, MBA '17, executive director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Linnea Roberts, ’90, founder and CEO, GingerBread Capital, will discuss the current climate for entrepreneurs and the challenges they face.

 

Return to the classroom and build upon your Booth MBA with this special course offered as part of our exclusive Back to Booth series.  

Join Sanjog Misra, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow as he shares his insight on scalable marketing decisions. Using structural econometric methods to study consumer and firm decisions, Sanjong Misra’s research involves building data-driven models aimed at understanding how consumers make choices and investigating firm decisions pertaining to pricing, distribution and salesforce management issues. Developing statistical and econometric approaches to deal with complex models calibrated on large-scale marketing data, these models can be used in enhancing strategic decisions.

Back to Booth is supported by the Fred G. Steingraber / A.T. Kearney Endowment. The endowment supports lifelong learning among Chicago Booth alumni.

Steingraber Kearney

BREAKOUT SESSION (2 CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

Moderator: 

Julianne Dalcanton, Professor and Chair, University of Washington Department of Astronomy

Panelists:

Emily Levesque,  Assistant Professor of Astronomy, University of Washington

Matt McQuinn, Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Vikki Meadows, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington and Principal Investigator at NASA Astrobiology Institute

Jessica Werk, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, University of Washington

Moderator:

Sean Lobo, '09, Investment Partner, Vulcan Capital

Presenter: 

Allen Webb, MBA '99, JD '99, Editor-in-Chief, The McKinsey Quarterly and Global Knowledge Leader, McKinsey Publishing

Close out your Alumni Forum: Seattle experience with a networking reception.