Husky Leadership Initiative

Leadership Firesides

Storytelling and conversation with inspiring leaders

Leadership Firesides session

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.

OMA&D 50th Anniversary logo

The Husky Leadership Initiative is pleased to be a partner of the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s (OMA&D) 50th anniversary festivities in 2018. To recognize this milestone, the Winter Quarter Fireside series will showcase five influential alumni who were impacted by OMA&D programs and/or served as champions of diversity, equity and inclusion during their time at the UW.

The Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks present:

Leadership Firesides 2018: Lighting the Way

Winter 2018

Hear inspiration through audio from this year’s Firesides here

All Leadership Firesides events take place on Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the HUB North Fireplace Lounge. 

Read more about our speakers here

Kathy Hsieh January 11
Kathy Hsieh
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Franklin Donahoe January 18
Franklin Donahoe *
Mylan Pharmaceuticals
 uis January 25
Luis Rodriguez
The Station
Sumona Das GuptaJaebadiah Gardner

February 1
Sumona Das Gupta * (UW Medicine) & Jaebadiah Gardner * (Gardner Global)


Magdalena Fonseca February 8
Magdalena Fonseca *
Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Anita Johnson-Connell February 15
Anita Johnson-Connell *
Johnson Connell Clinic for Women
 preferred Bob Ferguson Head Shot February 22
Bob Ferguson
Attorney General of Washington State
March 1

*Indicates that this speaker is part of our partnership with the OMA&D 50th anniversary 

 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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Starbucks Siren

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