Husky Leadership Initiative

Leadership Firesides

Sahar Fathi sharing her story at a Leadership Fireside in Autumn 2014.

Storytelling and conversation with inspiring leaders

Husky Leadership Initiative Leadership Firesides offer ongoing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The Firesides are a way for students to learn more about and reflect on leadership and build their leadership competence and confidence.

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




The Husky Leadership Initiative is offering a 1-credit Leadership Firesides course this quarter. Interested? Register for GEN ST 391I. Learn more about the course here.

The Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks present:

Autumn 2015 Leadership Firesides

Winter Leadership Firesides

Coming soon!

Winter 2015 Leadership Firesides

  • Sahar Fathi,¬†Policy Changer & Immigrant/Refugee Rights Activist
  • Jennifer Shipe, Survivor & Sexual Violence Warrior
  • Stephen Lanza, Lieutenant General, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows panel
    • Linda Bierds, Poet & Creative Writer
    • David Montgomery, Geologist & Environmental Historian
    • Shwetak Patel, Computer Scientist & Innovator
  • Father Stephen Sundborg,¬†Seattle University President and Social Justice Leader


Autumn 2014 Leadership Firesides

  • Lori Matsukawa
  • Chris Jordan


Do you have suggestions for Fireside speakers? Please tell us by emailing