We are excited to welcome the following speakers to our 2019 summer programs!
Seattle University Overnight Program (July 28th-August 2nd)
Our speaker at the SU Campus: Tracy Oden has worked for Boeing for 22 years, supporting teams in Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality for Commercial Airplanes, and is currently responsible for Compliance Risk Management.
Tracy is dedicated to lifelong learning, and recently earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. She also has two Bachelor of Science degrees in eBusiness and Management, a Certificate in Project Management, and is currently pursuing a Certification in Enterprise Risk Management.
Outside of work, Tracy is passionate about giving back to the community. She serves on the Boeing Leadership Network board, which is an association that helps each member reach their full potential as a leader by providing opportunities and experiences for growth, resources for learning, and the ability to connect with others personally and professionally. Past community engagement includes leading the planning of large scale events for various organizations. She has been involved with WBW for several years, serving as Company Advisor in Raymond, WA and several international programs including Foligno (Italy), Gdynia and Gdansk (Poland). In 2018, she was honored to serve as the Gdynia Business Week Co-Chair.
Our speaker at the SU Campus: Anne Wagner graduated from Stanford University with two degrees in anthropology. She was one of only a handful of women in her programming and civil engineering classes, setting the stage and breaking barriers for young women in STEM in the late ‘70s. After many years of working in multinational engineering firms in Boston and San Francisco and running her own land surveying and geographic information systems company, Anne made the transition from the world of data and technology to counseling. To facilitate the process of finding the best college fit while making the college process more fun and less overwhelming for her students, Anne developed a tool to quickly get at their preferences for college. This became the foundation for Corsava, a cloud solution used by students around the world to help them discover, embrace, and communicate their emotional preferences as they explore the many aspects of college that are rarely considered yet are known to lead to a fulfilling experience, in college and beyond.
Speaker at the SU Campus: Professor Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN is the Dean of the Seattle University College of Nursing. Her research focuses on caring and interventions to promote healing after miscarriage. The Swanson Caring Theory is used to guide practice, education, and research in schools and health-care systems around the world.
Previous administrative posts held include Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing. She currently serves as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Swedish Medical Center. She is an alumnus of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program.
Our speaker at the SU Campus: A member of the 2018 WNBA Championship Seattle Storm will join as a guest speaker at our Seattle University campus. The player will share with our students about their career and education, the importance of leadership and facing adversity, and much more.
Our speaker at the SU Campus: Duron Jones serves as a Director of high school programs in the Albers School of Business & Economics at Seattle University. Duron is not only an alumnus of Seattle University (Business Management major), but also serves as the President of the African American Alumni Group and a founding member of the Business Owners Alumni Alliance for Seattle University. When he’s not doing work with Seattle University he serves as the Owner & CEO of Innovation Tribe of America (an event management, digital marketing, and nonprofit management firm), and Co-Owner of Neural Synergy (a light therapy clinic).
Our CEO Lunch speaker at the SU Campus: Hired in June 2014, Alisha Valavanis is currently CEO and General Manager of the reigning WNBA Champion Seattle Storm and Force 10 Sports Management, LLC; a sports management firm that creates world-class sport and entertainment events in Seattle by providing operations, revenue generation, communications and marketing expertise. Valavanis has expanded the Force 10 Sports Management portfolio that has included the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, USA Basketball, Seattle Pro-Am, Seattle Reign FC (NWSL) and Seattle Seawolves (MLR).Deeply anchored in a leadership style that values meaningful community partners, Valavanis led the Storm to a marquee jersey and community partnership with Swedish Medical Center and negotiated a new television partnership with Q13 FOX and JOEtv. This partnership expanded the reach of the Seattle Storm through its live and streamed broadcasts nationwide. Valavanis also expanded the long-standing Carter Subaru partnership to include court-naming rights, a first of its kind for the Seattle Storm. In April 2019, the Storm announced a 10-year jersey patch partnership with Symetra Life Insurance Company, marking the largest sponsorship deal in franchise history.
University of Washington Tacoma Day Program (July 15th-19th)
Our UWT Keynote Speaker: Travis Daigle is a Motivational Speaker and Character Development Coach. His philosophy is anchored in personal experiences that include overcoming childhood obesity, paying off $60K of debt, studying/working as an Electrical Engineer, and becoming a Special Forces Medic and Combat Veteran. Life has taught Travis that pain, difficulty, and challenge are inevitable components of the human experience. The person we become in the midst of these things, is a choice. He makes it his mission to help as many people as possible choose positive personal growth as an outcome of life’s challenges.
Our speaker at the UWT campus: As a youth advocate for 11 years Jimmy Brown has worked with thousands of youth in Federal Way, Seattle, Renton, and Highline Public School Districts. His passion for developing leaders of color was the driving force in launching his own consulting firm entitled “Ambition Is Priceless Consulting” in 2016. Currently Mr. Brown serves on the KSD equity board, delivers leadership development training in Seattle Public School and Kent School District and partners with multiple community-based organizations in effectively building leadership skills for students of color. Currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration at Seattle University, Mr. Brown is dedicated to impacting the overall mission and visions of youth on a large scale and wants to change the thought processes behind goal-setting to encompass a urgency for youth of color to advocate for themselves, their communities, and their families by obtaining positions of power in public, private, and non-profit organizations.
Our speaker at the UWT campus: Scott Kronlund, MD, MS serves on the Executive Team of the East Hawaii Independent Physicians Association as its Chief Medical Director. His current responsibilities include development and implementation of an innovative community-based clinical delivery system designed to support our member physicians and their patients to achieve the best possible health outcomes. Prior to moving to East Hawaii, Dr. Kronlund served as the President & Chief Medical Officer of Northwest Physicians Network supporting over 1,250 credentialed providers. Dr. Kronlund is a Family Physician and Certified Physician Executive. He holds a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine as well as a Master of Science degree in Preventative and Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin. He has devoted more than 30 years working in healthcare as a private practitioner, hospital and clinic executive, and healthcare consultant to hospitals and medical staffs around the country.
Dr. Kronlund’s participation with Washington Business Week dates to 2008 when he first volunteered to serve as a Clinical Advisor (“CA”) for a the newly-created WBW Healthcare Pathway. The transformation that he witnessed among the students was amazing as they moved from a shy group of strangers upon arrival into an integrated team of colleagues and friends delivering an outstanding work product by week’s end. Since that time, Dr. Kronlund has served as “Chair of the Week” on multiple occasions and looks forward to this one week out of the year when he can share his professional life experiences with young, eager minds. Dr. Kronlund also serves on the Board of Directors of First Choice Health Network, one of the founding sponsors of WBW Healthcare Week.
Her first book, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss was published by St. Martin’s Press. With almost 20,000 copies sold, it has been translated into Mandarin and purchased for publications in four countries. The book has received tremendous press, including Time and Redbook magazines, Martha Stewart’s radio, BusinessWeek online, the Costco Connection and the cover of the Metro News New York, to name a few.
Shari received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington and her MBA from Seattle University.
Shari was a student at Washington Business Week in the mid-80’s and went on to be a Company Advisor, Chair of the Week, on the board of directors, and most notably, led the first group to Minsk, Belarus for Business Week in Belarus in 2001.
Shari lives in Edmonds, WA with her three teen daughters, her movie-making husband and a dog named Cedar.
Our Speaker at the UWT Campus: D.C. Grant is an I.T. and cybersecurity instructor at University of Washington who graduated magna-cum-laude from the UW in Information Technology in 2012. He was a National Science Foundation Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service recipient in 2012-2014 and received Master Infrastructure Planning and Management from UW in 2014.
D.C. has thirty years of information technology experience in various industries, most extensively in network and data center operations management. He obtained Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in 1997, Cisco Certified Network Associate in 1999, UW Certification in Management of Technology Companies in 2000, Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Security Manager certifications in 2004.
Our Speaker at the UWT Campus: Chuck holds a BS degree in economics, paid for by the US Navy. He has worked for GE, Macy’s, and a few manufacturing companies. Chuck has been a small business owner for the past 25 years, owning travel agencies, a plastic manufacturing company (currently), a consulting business, and was a partner in a marine manufacturing company. He presently sits on a nonprofit board and teaches business courses at Edmonds Community College, where he does special projects for the VP of Workforce Development.
Chuck’s basic philosophy is adapt to change, communicating clearly and always listen with empathy and feels giving back to community should be a requirement for any company, small or large.
Our Speaker at the UWT Campus: Megan is a college admissions leader with a passion for access, staff and student development and ethical practices. Skilled in strategic enrollment management, public speaking and event planning, she finds great joy in creating pathways and systems that lead to student-driven, informed college selection processes. Megan has worked in college admissions professionally for 12 years.
Renton Technical College Day Program (August 12th-16th)
Our RTC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dan Diamond has a passion for equipping people to perform under pressure. He founded and serves as the Director of the Nation’s first state-affiliated medical disaster response team and he has responded to a variety of international disasters. Most recently he responded to the typhoon in the Philippines and he served as the Medical Director for Medical Teams International’s First Response Team to Haiti. Following Hurricane Katrina, he played a strategic role as Director of the Mass Casualty Triage Unit at the New Orleans Convention Center.
The American Academy of Family Physicians awarded Dr. Diamond the degree of Fellow and he is Board Certified with the American Board of Family Physicians. He has been interviewed on CNN, Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Past-President of NSA Northwest.
As an experienced family physician and an award-winning educator, Dr. Diamond delivers practical information with creativity and skill. Participants experience learning through a variety of effective strategies that foster rapid mastery of new information. Well known for creating an exciting learning environment, Dr. Diamond engages the mind of the learner leaving participants with an experience and information they will never forget.
After earning his medical degree from University of Washington, Dr. Diamond completed his residency in Family Medicine in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Diamond is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is a part-time practicing physician at Multicare Immediate Clinic. He was a member of the Editorial Board for the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
In 2010, the American Red Cross gave him the “Real Hero” award and he also received the Washington State Governor’s Award of Excellence for his work in Haiti. In 2014, Dr. Diamond received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and he also received the Quality of Care Lifetime Achievement Award, Healthcare Heroes.
Please note that Dr. Diamond will be speaking at our UWT and SU campuses as well this summer.
Our speaker at the RTC Campus: Bob Horn has worked in the insurance industry for 35 years, he is Grange Insurance Association’s Vice President of Marketing and Chief Marketing Executive. His insurance career focus has been in marketing, sales and relationship management with Independent Insurance Agents in the western United States. Prior to working for Grange, Bob served in executive and managerial roles for Mutual of Enumclaw, Colorado Casualty and Safeco Insurance Companies. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado business school, majoring in Marketing.
Bob and his family live in Enumclaw, WA. In his free time he is an active community volunteer, avid skier and hikes regularly in Mount Rainier National Park.
Our speaker at the RTC Campus: Leslie Myers, PSE’s customer outreach manager, focus is on sustainability, electrified transportation and renewable energy. Her role is to work with customers to learn their needs and interests; bring PSE resources to help them meet their energy-related goals; and share methods to lower bills, reduce carbon footprints and live safely with energy.
Our speaker at the RTC Campus/CEO Lunch Speaker: Steph Nitsch is a nomadic writer and entrepreneur who harnesses adventure in mountains and business. Drawn to outdoor sports and traveling in her 20s, Steph began a career in journalism and advertising writing in the outdoor industry that enabled her to fuel her adventures beyond a desk and four walls. In 2013, Steph co-founded Pallas Snowboards, a manufacturer of freeride snowboards, to inspire people to push their boundaries and to strengthen the integrity of women’s sports equipment. Steph splits her time between Salt Lake City, Utah and British Columbia.
Our speaker at the RTC Campus: Dr. Michele Arnold is a Neuromuscular Physiatrist, board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty board certification in Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Dr. Arnold joined Swedish Medical Group in 2013 and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Swedish Rehabilitation & Performance Medicine, as well as chief of Swedish PM&R. She has a special interest in neuromuscular disease, including ALS, peripheral neuropathies, and plexopathies, and is a passionate supporter of patient engagement, medical informatics, process improvement and ensuring access to health care for vulnerable populations.
Dr. Arnold graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University, attended Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine, then completed her PM&R residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she served as chief resident.
Before joining Swedish, Dr. Arnold previously served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer and VP of Nonsurgical Services at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Dr. Arnold lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys running, music, mountaineering, hiking, downhill skiing, and serves on the Board of Directors of Timberlake Church, and Recovery Beyond, a nonprofit organization focusing on fitness and mountaineering as an addiction recovery tactic for the homeless. Her inspiration for pursuing a career as a rehab physician was her grandfather, who suffered from ankylosing spondylitis and lived 17 years with traumatic quadriplegia.