Conference Update:

The PNW MBA Conference team hopes you and yours are doing well during these unprecedented times. Given public health and the University of Washington guidelines, we have made the tough decision to cancel this year's PNW MBA Conference on April 18. The full ticket value of registered attendees of the conference will be refunded in the coming days.

While the live event cannot occur, we stay committed to our mission to provide opportunities for our classmates and colleagues to connect. So, in lieu of a full-day conference, we will be producing free, online content for the PNW MBA community. Please keep an eye out for our email and social media announcements on LinkedIn and Facebook.

We look forward to continuing this journey together and thoroughly appreciate your continued support,

The PNW MBA Association

The premier MBA networking and empowerment event of the Pacific Northwest

The PNW MBA 2020 Conference brings together the vibrant community of business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, and MBA students. Attendees will learn, network, and return with inspirational insights, lasting connections, and an enhanced appreciation of the corporate world.


Connect with business leaders, entrepreneurs and MBA candidates and alumni across the region to find common passion and create long-lasting connection



Build tangible skills in negotiations, personal finance, and authentic relationship building through hands on workshops scheduled throughout the conference experience.



Hear from the brightest minds in the region on conflict and crisis management and resilience in the workplace. Get inspired by innovative entrepreneurs, talented people managers, and MBA alums who have leveraged their degrees to change the trajectory of their careers.


Meet our Keynote Speaker Gavriella Schuster - Corporate VP, Microsoft

As a C-level Microsoft executive and thought leader, Gavriella brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience, has grown a P&L of $6.5B and currently leads a global portfolio that influences over $1 trillion in ecosystems revenues.

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Listen to the Event Speakers

Scott Bright

Chief Executive Officer, Jeeva

Brett Clay

President and CEO, Change Leadership Group, LLC

Kristen Forecki

Vice President of Supply at Convoy

Alan Gonzalez

Software Engineer, Microsoft

Megan Kennedy

Interim Director of the UW Resilience Lab

Jeff Marcoux

Vice President of Marketing, TTEC

Beatris Mendez Gandica

Founder, Nuevo Foundation & Program Manager, Microsoft

Rob Pasterick

Former President, Boeing Shared Services Group

Britt Provost

Executive Vice President, People and Culture, Accolade

Joseph Robinson

Senior Vice President, Health Systems Solutions, Philips Healthcare North America

Katie Young

Vice President, Urban Market Operations, Starbucks

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Event Schedule

We're looking forward to a day of networking, professional development, and inspiring talks.

9:00 AM

Registration Opens (headshots available)

9:30 AM AM Sessions

Keynote address: Authentic Leadership with Gavriella Schuster

Panel: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Panel: Managing People

12:00 PM

Lunch (headshots available)

1:00 PM PM Sessions

Lightning Talks: Critical Moments

Resiliency and Well-being

Workshop: Personal Finance

Workshop: Negotiations

Alumni Panel: How To Leverage Your MBA

Building Authentic Relationships: Networking The Right Way

4:30 PM

Networking Reception

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  • Post-conference networking reception

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  • Professional headshot (limited availability)
  • Post-conference networking reception

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Door Price


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  • Professional headshot (limited availability)
  • Post-conference networking reception

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The Venue Global Innovation Exchange

Global Innovation Exchange

12280 NE District Way, 
Bellevue, WA 98005, USA
United States

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The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) brings together the strengths of leading universities and crosssector partners from around the world. Founded by the University of Washington, Tsinghua University and Microsoft, GIX supports collaboration across boundaries.

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