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Leadership Firesides: Storytelling and conversation with inspiring leaders

The Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks present: 

Winter Leadership Firesides


The popular Leadership Fireside series is an ongoing opportunity for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, educational, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders will share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The diversity of guest speakers means that each Fireside will be unique. Students who want to reflect and engage in a dialogue about leadership and further develop the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders on and off campus will want to be sure to attend.

The winter 2015 Leadership Firesides feature diverse perspectives from an immigrant/refugee rights activist, sexual violence warrior, lieutenant general, poet, geologist, computer scientist and theologian. The setting is intimate and informal and space is limited for each program. Registration is strongly encouraged so you don’t miss out! Register for winter quarter Firesides here. You may enter the registration system as many times as necessary.

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Starbucks is dedicated to the development of student leaders and proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Leadership Firesides.


Sahar Fathi
Policy Changer & Immigrant/Refugee Rights Activist

Jennifer Shipe
Survivor & Sexual Violence Warrior



Sahar Fathi is an international lawyer turned policy analyst who is a powerhouse of social change on a mission to shakeup how city policy is made.  Fathi currently serves as a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and was formerly a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O'Brien on the Seattle City Council and a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

January 21 | 4:30-5:15
HUB Fireplace Lounge, 1st floor


Jennifer Shipe is the founder for RAINN ‘EM IN: A Human-Powered Horse Race Against Sexual Violence, a unique fundraising effort to support the Race, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).  A rape survivor, Shipe is on a mission to make the topic of sexual violence more approachable to affect change.

January 27 | 4:30-5:30
HUB Fireplace lounge, 1st floor


Feb. 4 | Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza  Co-hosted with Foster School of Business and Husky United Military Veterans

Feb. 12 | MacArthur Fellows Panel  Featuring: Linda Bierds, Poet & Creative Writer; David Montgomery, Geologist & Environmental Historian; Shwetak Patel, Computer Scientist & Innovator

Feb. 23 | Father Stephen Sundborg, Seattle University President and Social Justice Leader



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