Seattle business leaders discuss the pandemic's impact, diversity in the workplace, and economic recovery at Puget Sound Business Insights.

The University of Puget Sound is hosting a business summit and panel discussion titled "Insights into the Changing Business Landscape of the Greater Seattle Area" on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Puget Sound Business Insights will take place at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It aims to shed light on the impact of the pandemic on local businesses, share best practices for diversity and inclusion programs, and provide valuable insights into the region's economic recovery.

The panel discussion will feature Puget Sound alumni who are industry leaders from diverse sectors. They will share their experiences and perspectives on navigating the ever-changing business landscape. Panelists include Chief Operating Officer of Seattle Sounders FC Maya Mendoza-Exstrom ’03, Vice President of Business Development at Columbia Hospitality James Oppenheimer ’14, and Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Innovation Lead at REI Co-op Nani Vishwanath ’09.

The panel will be moderated by Lynnette Claire, professor of Business & Leadership at the University of Puget Sound. President Isiaah Crawford will deliver opening remarks, setting the stage for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with key players in the local business community, making it an ideal event for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and those interested in the future of Seattle's regional economy.

Registration for the event is open until Wednesday, April 3. Tickets are $45 for Puget Sound affiliates and $60 for general admission. To register, please visit the Puget Sound events page

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