Seattle Conference: Innovating to Create the Future

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. Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Meridian Capital, enlight, and Atlas Workbase.

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

  • Patrick Ringland, MBA'09, Managing Director of Meridian Capital, moderator
  • 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, MBA'08, Finance Manager at Microsoft, moderator
  • Ken Hunt, CEO of Phytelligence
  • Dan Brenner, MBA'05, Global Leader of Amazon Pantry
  • Joe Heitzeberg, Co-founder and CEO of Crowd Cow

Building Biotech

  • Scott Myers, MBA'94, Former 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

We would like to thank our sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible:


  • 11-11:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon: Welcome and Lunch
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Fireside Chat with Bill Hilf, CEO of Vulcan and Sean Lobo, MBA'09 of Vulcan Capital
  • 1-1:50 p.m.: Panel 1 Future of the Workforce
  • 1:50-2:10 p.m.: Coffee Break
  • 2:10-3 p.m.: Panel 2 Future of Food
  • 3-3:55 p.m.: Panel 3 Building Biotech
  • 3:55-4 p.m.: Closing
  • 4-6 p.m.: Networking


Event Information


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
  • $60/Booth Early Bird

Registration deadline: 4/18/18


Friday, 04/20/18 at 11:00am - 6:00pm | iCal


Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA

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Event Contact
Amy Fulford, MBA'00