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2017 Annual Conference | University of Washington - Lyceum @ The HUB | June 14th

2017 Annual Conference | University of Washington - Lyceum @ The HUB | June 14th


University of Washington, Seattle
June 14, 2017

Council-certified MBEs must register now to be included in the Sourcing List for One-on-One Business Engagement Sessions.  The Sourcing List will be sent to participating Corporate/Public Agency Members 5 weeks prior to the event.  To be included in this Sourcing List, you must register by May 5, 2017.

One-on-One Business Engagement Sessions are subject to Corporate/Public Agency Member availability on a first-come-first-served basis.

Registration fee is $175.00 for Council-Certified MBEs and Corporate/Public Agency Members.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM


1:20 PM - 3:40 PM



3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Registration & Networking

Opening Speaker: Diane Lin, Starbucks Corporation

Informational Sessions (Breakout/Member Panel)


Keynote Speaker: Steve Gandara, Excellent Cultures

One-on-One Engagement Sessions:  Read More

Professional Headshots by Mike Nakamura

Open Networking

Closing Session

Pedro Castro ( Magellan Architects ), Earl Overstreet ( General Microsystems, Inc. ), Bill Kumangai ( Kalani Packaging ), Anthony Burnett ( MB Diversity ), Firoz Lalji ( Zones, Inc .), Edson Zavala ( Seattle DOT ), Penny Fukui ( Woodburn Company ), Richard Chacon ( Union Bank ) and Tim Otani ( Union Bank )

Pedro Castro (Magellan Architects), Earl Overstreet (General Microsystems, Inc.), Bill Kumangai (Kalani Packaging), Anthony Burnett (MB Diversity), Firoz Lalji (Zones, Inc.), Edson Zavala (Seattle DOT), Penny Fukui (Woodburn Company), Richard Chacon (Union Bank) and Tim Otani (Union Bank)

Darryl Russell ( The Russel Group ), Lynn Reddrick ( Federal Reserve Bank SF ), Dicran Arnold ( World Wide Technology ), Gary Sheneman ( Microsoft Corporation ), Lana Gosnell ( Union Bank ), Dennis Brooks ( Trio Group ), Sharon Lucas ( The Boeing Company ), Mike Nakamura ( Mike Nakamura Photography ) and Carl Gipson (AT&T)

Darryl Russell (The Russel Group), Lynn Reddrick (Federal Reserve Bank SF), Dicran Arnold (World Wide Technology), Gary Sheneman (Microsoft Corporation), Lana Gosnell (Union Bank), Dennis Brooks (Trio Group), Sharon Lucas (The Boeing Company), Mike Nakamura (Mike Nakamura Photography) and Carl Gipson (AT&T)



Diane Lin

Director, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations


Diane is a strong advocate for supplier development and serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Council's Board of Directors. Diane has over 20 years experience in Procurement, Logistics, Finance, and Merchandising.  She joined Starbucks in 2001 and has held leadership roles in supply chain strategic planning, global sourcing, supplier relationship management, procurement systems, program management, business analysis, financial planning and others.   FULL BIO | STARBUCKS


Steve Gandara



Steve Gandara has spent nearly four decades helping leaders build High Performance Business Cultures. He is a highly skilled culture architect, effective leadership mentor, dynamic speaker and a knowledgeable business consultant. For nearly forty years he has served clients ranging from Fortune 50 corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs and sales executives to labor-union leaders, non-profit & public sector executives and members of the clergy as a professional leadership mentor and business culture architect.  FULL BIO | EXCELLENT CULTURES

David Ryan ( Ryan's Hood River Juice Co. ), Regina Glen ( Pacific Communications Consultants, Inc. ), Jim Evans ( University of Washington ), Christine Brown ( Microsoft Corporation ), Tim Wang ( TDW + Co. ), Linda Lee Womack ( MBDA Tacoma Business Center ), Jason Trimiew ( Facebook ), Gary Rall ( Wyndham Vacation Ownership ) and Lynn Cruz ( Costco Wholesale )

David Ryan (Ryan's Hood River Juice Co.), Regina Glen (Pacific Communications Consultants, Inc.), Jim Evans (University of Washington), Christine Brown (Microsoft Corporation), Tim Wang (TDW + Co.), Linda Lee Womack (MBDA Tacoma Business Center), Jason Trimiew (Facebook), Gary Rall (Wyndham Vacation Ownership) and Lynn Cruz (Costco Wholesale)





University of Washington
HUB Lyceum
4001 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195


University of Washington
Central Plaza Garage  (Map)


15th Ave. NE and 41st St.
Underground Parking between Schmitz Hall and Social Work / Speech and Hearing Sciences Building


Special Announcement:


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  Corporate/Public Agency Member Registration: $175          MBE Registration: $175          Out-of-Network Registration: $225                                                                                                                                          Sponsorship Opportunities

  Corporate/Public Agency Member Registration: $175          MBE Registration: $175          Out-of-Network Registration: $225                                                                                                                                         Sponsorship Opportunities

Registration fee for Council Certified MBEs and Corporate / Public Agency Members is $175.00.

 Out-of-network registration fee is $225.00.

Annual Sponsors