The Husky Leadership Initiative is proud to present the second annual U Lead We Lead event: Cultivating Leadership. On October 30, students and members of the University community will dig into stories from local leaders about cultivating leadership in yourself and in others.
Featured speakers, students, and conversation facilitators will address such questions as: How do you plant, grow, and deepen your leadership talents? How do you cultivate leadership in yourself and others?
You are invited!
You are invited to this event at which four local luminaries each share their story and perspective on leadership and call you to action. 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.
October 30, 6-8 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Think you’ll be hungry? We know it’s dinner time and we’ve got you covered.
As the Husky Leadership Initiative kick-off event for the year, U Lead We Lead: Cultivating Leadership helps your leadership skills take root. Nurture them by staying involved in Husky Leadership Initiative programs throughout the year. Learn what’s going on through Facebook, Twitter, or right here.
Bill Ayer, UW Regent, Aviator
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, Tech Innovator, Educational Equalizer
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 worldwide brand.
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
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 equity.
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.
Parrish holds 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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