At U Lead We Lead, students and members of the University
community will dig into stories from local leaders about
cultivating leadership in yourself and in others.
Four local luminaries each share their story and perspective on
leadership and call you to action. Have you ever wanted to talk about a
TED talk with people who've seen the same speaker? At U Lead We Lead,
you get to listen to interesting talks by smart people and then talk
about what you heard in small groups. Shine a light on teamwork,
respect, responsibility, and civic engagement through dynamic reflection
and rich conversation.
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U Lead We Lead 2013: Cultivating Leadership speakers
Bill Ayer, UW Regent, Aviator
Bill Ayer is chairman of Alaska
Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier,
A veteran of more than three decades in
aviation, Ayer has held numerous leadership positions at Alaska Air and Horizon Air. Before joining Horizon, Ayer founded
and was president of Air Olympia, a commuter airline serving Washington state.
Ayer serves on the University of Washington's
Board of Regents and is immediate past chair of the UW Business School Advisory
Board. He is also chairman of Puget Energy and vice chair of the Museum of
Flight. Ayer serves on the NextGen Advisory Committee, a panel of aviation
industry leaders who are working with the FAA to modernize the nation's air
traffic control system and improve airport and airspace efficiency.
A graduate of Stanford University with
a bachelor's degree in economics, Ayer earned a master's degree in business
administration from the University of Washington.
He holds commercial and
flight instructor pilot certificates with instrument and multi-engine ratings,
with over 4,500 hours of flight time. Ayer owns a Piper Malibu which he uses to
fly Angel Flight West patients to their medical treatments. He also serves on
the Angel Flight West Foundation Board.
Trish Millines Dziko founded Technology Access
Foundation in 1996 after spending 15 years as a developer, designer and manager
in the high tech industry. A native of New Jersey who attended Monmouth College
(now Monmouth University) on a basketball scholarship, she graduated with a
B.S. in computer science in 1979, a time when few people of color and few women
were entering the field. Her successful career brought her to Microsoft in the
mid-1980s, just as the pioneering software company was set to become a
Over the next decade of tremendous growth, she saw
very little change in the high tech industry: women and people of color
remained grossly underrepresented. After looking closely at the problem as
Microsoft’s first senior diversity administrator, she determined the only
solution was to increase the number of qualified people graduating from
college. She traced the root of the problem to the lack of access to rigorous,
relevant technology training in our public schools, particularly those in
traditionally underserved communities of color. Dziko left Microsoft in 1996,
the same year she founded TAF.
In addition to her work at TAF, Dziko remains a committed, proactive leader and serves on the
boards of several organizations that focus on children and education. Dziko has
received dozens of local and national awards for her work improving the
educational opportunities for children of color.
Luis Ortega, Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur
Luis Ortega is a speaker, leadership trainer and
passionate advocate for educational equity.
Ortega is founder and director for Power to Define where he works
designing and facilitating leadership experiences to engage communities and
effect positive change in education.
Ortega studied political science at the University of Washington. As an undergraduate, he was a Mary Gates Leadership Scholar, a Zesbaugh Research Scholar, a
Sterling & Gene Munro Public Service Fellow and recipient of the 2010
Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award. In addition, Ortega spent his last
two years in college working as an undergraduate research assistant for
Proyecto Acceso, studying the opportunity gap among Latino students
and differences in achievement in Washington state.
Ortega believes his greater accomplishments
always took place beyond campus when he was mentoring students, speaking at
school events, and working on various educational initiatives. Through
these experiences, Luis discovered his gift as a facilitator for learning
and his passion to work with and for students to achieve educational
Over the last eight years, Luis
has spoken at more than 100 schools and worked with various
school districts, higher education institutions and organizations to
develop student leadership programs, lead community engagement projects
and provide professional development trainings for educators.
Julia Parrish, Professor, Citizen Scientist
Julia K. Parrish is the associate dean for academic affairs and diversity in the UW's College of the Environment. She is a marine biologist, a
conservation biologist, and a specialist in animal aggregation. For more than 20 years, Parrish has conducted
field research on seabirds, focused on the natural and human-caused factors
causing population decline. Parrish is
also the executive director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
(COASST), a citizen science program involving over 800 participants collecting
monthly data on the identity and abundance of beach-cast birds, with the goal
of creating the definitive baseline against which the impacts of any near-shore
catastrophe, from an oil spill to an algal bloom, could be measured.
A winner of
the UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008 for her pioneering efforts to
create an interdisciplinary program in Marine Biology, Parrish is committed to
helping create cutting-edge, hands-on, cross-college programs at the UW. She is currently leading two exciting efforts
to increase inclusion in science: Seattle MESA—a pipeline program providing
hands-on science, math, and engineering opportunities for middle and high
school students; and the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar’s Program @ UW, a
national summer program for undergraduates fusing the concerns of ecosystem
conservation, equity and inclusion.
a joint professorship in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and in the Department
of Biology, and an adjunct professorship in the School of Marine and
Environmental Affairs.In 2013 Parrish was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for imcreasing public engagement in science and science literacy.
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