Vice Chancellor for Finance and Technology, Seattle Colleges
Kurt Buttleman, serving as the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Technology, has worked and taught in the finance field for over 25 years, 15 years of those years dedicated to the Seattle Colleges, and brings this experience and institutional perspective to his current position as CFO & CIO. Kurt has been an innovator in the tightest of fiscal times, has served on committees that provide education and professional support to colleagues across the state and nation, is an active educator to a master graduate course in “Higher Education Finance”, and has taken on key projects that have helped build partnerships and advance the community’s success and access to education. Because of his professional reputation and approachable demeanor, he is well respected by colleagues throughout the community. He is sought out for leadership by many, not only financial acumen, but the ability to tackle complex issues and build consensus among the parties.
Vice President, Real Estate, Vulcan Inc.
Ada M. Healey directs all real estate strategies for Vulcan Inc. and oversees over $2.0 billion in real estate assets including the redevelopment of nearly 60 acres in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Healey is a leader in the development of integrated transportation systems and under her direction, Vulcan has earned widespread industry recognition and honors for its innovative development approaches and commitment to sustainability. Prior to joining Vulcan, Healey worked for nearly 10 years at ING Clarion, holding positions in asset management, acquisitions and portfolio management. Previous experience includes several years at NYNEX Properties (now Verizon Communications) and time in the insurance industry with the Sedgwick Group, London and Metropolitan Reinsurance Company in New York. Healey holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Vice President for Innovation Strategy, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Vikram Jandhyala is Vice President for Innovation Strategy at the University of Washington. He is Executive Director of CoMotion, UW's collaborative innovation hub, and the UW co-Executive Director of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). He is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Information School. Vikram received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. He founded, along with his students in 2006, Nimbic, a venture-backed simulation company which was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2014. His current interests are in innovation, entrepreneurial and design thinking, social and organizational networks, and computational and data science.
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair, Computer Sciences & Engineering, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He also serves as the Founding Director of the University of Washington eScience Institute, and was the Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium. In recognition of his research accomplishments, Lazowska has been elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering; and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, he received the Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology from Reed College. Ed has also been a driving force in the planning and development of two major capital projects for CS&E within the heart of the UW campus, dramatically expanding the influence of the program across academic programs and multi‐discipline research initiatives.
Deputy Director, Office of Economic Development, City of Seattle
The Office of Economic development is dedicated to shared prosperity, and as Deputy Director, Rebecca oversees key sector strategy, startup support, economic intelligence, talent development, small business support and neighborhood business districts, seeking to balance innovation and entrepreneurship with race and social justice, gender equity and economic diversity. She previously led the Office’s Entrepreneurship and Industry team, after serving as the City’s first Startup Advocate. Prior roles include Program Director, Alliance of Angels, Executive Director, Northwest Entrepreneur Network, Chief Business Officer, GeekWire, and adjunct instructor on venture capital investing for the UW Foster MBA Program. She brings 20 years of operating and management experience to her leadership roles in both for‐profit and non‐profit sectors, was recognized as one of the top 100 women in Tech from the Puget Sound Business Journal, and Tech Flash's "Do Gooder of the Year”. A phi beta kappa graduate of Carleton College, she received her MBA from the University of Washington, and is currently serving as a mentor for Techstars.
Lynne C. Manzo
Associate Professor, College of Built Environments and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Professor Lynne Manzo, with a doctorate in Environmental Psychology, studies the human experience of place, with a particular focus on place meaning, attachment and social justice in the contemporary urban context. She has given invited lectures at the University of Warsaw, Beijing Forestry University, McMaster University in Canada, and other colleges and design firms in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Manzo has published in various journals including the Journal of Environmental Psychology, the Journal of Planning Literature, Urban Affairs, The Journal of Architecture and Planning Research, and the International Journal of Housing Policy. Her book, Place Attachment, Advances in Theory, Methods and Research, with Patrick Devine-Wright, was published in 2014. She co-authored the book Environmental Dilemmas: Ethical Decision-Making with Robert Mugerauer.
Craig Dane Roberts
Chief Learning Officer, TechSmartKids
Craig Dane Roberts is the Director of Learning Innovation & Global Programs, and an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Education in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University. His work focuses on translating research and data insights into practical education strategies and products. Roberts is a thought leader in the design of learning systems and has led the implementation,scaling and evaluation of in-person, blended and and international education programs. He also advises organizations and institutions on the development and use of learning technology solutions. Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a PhD in neuroscience with expertise in learning and memory, sensory systems and neural coding. When he's not talking with someone about education, Craig enjoys flying, photography and mountaineering.