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 and Starbucks present:

Winter Leadership Firesides

john kelly John Kelly
Strategist & Policy AdvisorThursday, January 14, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., HUB Lounge
deena pierott Deena Pierott
Change Agent & Entrepreneur
Thursday, January 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., HUB Lounge
rob Rob Johnson
Councilmember & Community AdvocateThursday, January 28, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., HUB Loung
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Connie So
American Ethnic Studies Scholar & Educator

Thursday, February 4, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., HUB Lounge

Geevy Thomas
Fashion Executive & Industry LeaderThursday, February 11, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., HUB Lounge
stanley herring CANCELLED: Stanley Herring
Compassionate Caregiver & AdvocateThursday, February 18, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., HUB Lounge
aisha Aisha Fukushima
Educator & RAPtivistThursday, February 25, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Kelly ECC
leen kawas Leen Kawas
Biotech Trailblazer & InventorThursday, March 3, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., HUB Lounge 

 Firesides Highlights

Get a glimpse of the inspiring leaders that have joined us for Leadership Firesides in the past by watching the clips below.


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