The premier MBA networking and empowerment event of the Pacific Northwest

The PNW MBA 2021 Conference brings together a vibrant community of business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, and MBA students.

This year's theme is Ideating in the Time of Uncertainty.

Attendees will get a chance to learn, network, and go home with inspirational insights, lasting connections, and an enhanced appreciation of the corporate world.


Get inspired by innovative entrepreneurs, talented people managers, and MBA alumni who have leveraged their degrees to change the trajectory of their careers.



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



Build tangible skills in ideation through a mix of speaker sessions, panel discussion, and mentoring sessions scheduled throughout the conference experience.


Meet our Keynote Speaker Dr. Fariba Alamdari

Former VP at Boeing and TEDx Speaker

In the last 30 years Fariba has worked closely with aerospace companies to help make them more profitable, productive and innovative. In addition to publishing more than 70 articles and reports, she has chaired and spoken at many international conferences. She is also a frequent speaker on the importance of diversity and inclusion.

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Meet our Evening Keynote Fireside Chat Heather Redman

Co-Founder of Flying Fish Partners

Heather is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, the Ruckelshaus Center, and as a Regent of the Washington State University.

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Listen to the Speakers and Panelists

Akhtar Badshah

Founder and Chief Catalyst, Catalytic Innovators Group

Anu Arora

Leadership Coach

Brandon Fleming

Chief Executive Officer at Chimerocyte Inc

Carrie Morris

Vice President at Simplicity Consulting

Deldelp Medina

Executive Director at Black & Brown Founders

Elizabeth Scallon

Award Winning Startup and Innovation Ecosystem Builder, Advisor & Speaker

Erin Bailey Lake

Public Speaking & Presentation Skills Coach

Gaia Borgias

Director at Mobility Innovation Center

Harshul Asnani

SVP/SBU Head - Technology Business at Tech Mahindra

Jason Lemelson

Chief Executive Officer at FLTR, Inc.

Jennifer Olsen

Principal | OneDigital

Kelly Maloney

CEO | OLI Communications

Pradnya Desh

CEO of Advocat

Skip Walter

Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, Factor10X, Inc

Sundar Balakrishnan

Professor at UW Bothell and Board Member at Swerve Robotics

Listen to the Mentors

Ann Paulson

Department Chair at Edmonds College

Dhiresh Kumar

Vice President at Tech Mahindra

Jennifer Dye, MBA

Center Director and Business Advisor

Maryam Soomro

VP, Firmwide Compensation at Goldman Sachs

Ram Dixit

Global Leader at UiPath

Scott Bright

Chief Executive Officer at Jeeva Wireless

Shau Phang

Senior Director, Software Engineering at Salesforce

Meet the Judges

Emer Dooley

Entrepreneurship Faculty, UW Foster School

Richard Tong

Managing Partner at Tong Holdings

Sona Vaish Venkat

Senior Enterprise Software Executive

Event Schedule

The conference will culminate with an opportunity for attendees to “pitch” their idea that they have workshopped throughout the day to senior business leaders, receive feedback, and get recognized for great pitches, sending them off to start pitching new ideas in their respective places of work.

Morning Sessions

Morning Keynote - Dr. Fariba Alamdari former VP of Boeing

How to Develop Ideas Under pressure – Elizabeth Scallon

Innovating During Challenging Times – Panel Discussion

Lunch Session

Perfecting the Pitch – Panel Discussion

Afternoon Sessions

Group Working Sessions & Mentoring

Pitch Competition

Fireside Chat Keynote - Heather Redman

Closing & Awards

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APRIL 30 th 2021*

Full conference includes speaker sessions, mentoring, and a friendly pitch competition.

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Full conference includes speaker sessions, mentoring, and a friendly pitch competition


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