Husky Leadership Initiative

Spring quarter Fireside speaker lineup

The popular Leadership Fireside series that began in winter quarter continues into spring quarter. The 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 is unique. These events are a way for students to learn more about and reflect on leadership and build their leadership skills. Students who want to 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.

Because the setting is intimate and informal, space is limited for each program and registration is strongly encouraged. Don’t miss out! Register for spring quarter Firesides here. You may enter the registration/catalyst system as many times as necessary.

Spring quarter Leadership Firesides:

Paola Maranan
Executive Director of the Children’s Alliance

Paola Maranan

Paola Maranan

Paola Maranan is executive director of the Children’s Alliance. Previously, she served on its board of directors and as its public policy director. Key activities included helping the organization define its public policy priorities, designing and providing advocacy training to groups across the state, and coordinating the organization’s efforts to look at and respond specifically to the needs of children and families of color. Maranan has also worked for the Children’s Initiative at United Way of King County, the Washington State Family Policy Council, and the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, as well as in Alabama on voting rights and prison reform. Maranan received her B.A. in government from Harvard University.

  • 5/6/13 | 5:30 p.m.
    Mary Gates Hall, Suite 171, Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity multi-purpose room

William (Bill) Ayer
UW Regent and Chair of Alaska Air Group

Bill Ayer

Bill Ayer

Bill Ayer is chairman of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air. A veteran of more than three decades in aviation, Ayer has held successively higher posts within Alaska Air Group. Prior to that, he founded and was president of Air Olympia, a commuter airline serving Washington state. In addition to his roles as a UW regent and immediate past chair of the UW Business School advisory board, Ayer is also chairman of Puget Energy, vice chair of the Museum of Flight, serves on the NextGen advisory committee and Angel Flight West foundation board. He owns a Piper Malibu which he uses to fly Angel Flight West patients to their medical treatments. Ayer is a graduate of UW’s M.B.A. program.

  • 5/9/13 | 4:00 p.m.
    PACCAR Hall, Garvey Atrium (2nd floor, across from Orin’s Place)