Colloquiums (Lecture Series)

Business students enjoy evening presentations by their professors and by notable business, community, and thought leaders.  Students benefit by staying current on School of Business requirements and on current business practices.  In addition, students learn from working professionals who bring exposure to cutting-edge issues and ideas in the marketplace.  Community members are welcome to attend.

For colloquium requirements, see the syllabus.


Colloquium Schedule for Spring of 2022

(tentative schedule, subject to change; events are listed when scheduled; check back for updates)

March 31, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

David Lopez, BBA, MS (Class of 2004)
Executive Director of the Center for Humanitarian Engagement
Hear a compelling story from our own David Lopez about his career path and lessons learned along the way.

April 7, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

Ask Your Professors Anything
Opportunity for students to put their profs on the hot seat

April 28, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

Justin Davis, Class of 2012
Lessons learned from a varied career at some of the the world's largest data management and communication companies, including SAP, Twitter, NetSuite, Twilio, and Tealium.

June 2, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; MS Teams Event (check emails for link)

Business Awards Program
Celebrate the accomplishments of business students and faculty


Colloquium Schedule for Winter of 2022


January 6, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

Dave Mitchell, B.A., M.Ed.
Presentation entitled "Peak Performance Culture." An award-winning leadership coach and author on organizational leadership and culture/change.  Clients include Allstate Insurance, Bank of America, Hilton Worldwide, Trek Bikes, Walt Disney World, and the CIA. 

January 20, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; via MS Teams (students will receive an emailed link; if you don't, please contact

Should I get a master's or other advanced degree?
Learn about graduate degrees in business from a faculty panel

February 10, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; Rigby Hall Room #112

Creating the Perfect Resume: Important Do's and Don't's
Dr. Conna Bond will share resume tips, using current best practices
(Co-sponsored by the WWU Business Club)

February 24, 2022; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

T.J. Espinoza, MA, Class of 2005
Local entrepreneur, real estate professional, and community leader, with corporate experience at Verizon, Grainger, Unicity International, and Ensign Services

Colloquium Archive


Colloquium Schedule for Fall of 2021

September 30, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

Kick-Off Colloquium
Information session with important announcements, intro to new faculty, curriculum changes, etc.

October 7, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

Internship Panel
Learn about internships from prior interns who will share their experiences.

October 28, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

City of College Place Mayor, Norma Hernandez
From humble beginnings, to a career in business, to the challenges and joys of leading a small city government

November 11, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Chan Shun Pavilion #154

Tyler Sherwin, Class of 2016
Hear lessons learned in a varied career path, from solar energy to wealth/investment management, to a start-up in crypto currency financial services.


Colloquium Schedule for Spring of 2021

(events are listed when scheduled; check back for updates)

April 5, 2021; Monday, 6-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

LaunchU Final Competition
Witness the battle between entrepreneurial ideas as teams compete for serious prize money in the final round.

May 6, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Peter Walker, PhD
Vice President of Architecture at Visa Inc.
Dr. Walker currently manages the shaping and transforming of innovative payment systems at Visa.  He has a rich history leading tech start-ups and companies, including GameStop and JamKazam.

May 20, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Michelina Benitez, PE, PMP (Class of 2005)
President and founder of Benico, LLC.  Planned and designed many impressive civil engineering projects for a variety of clients, including governmental entities and utility companies.

June 3, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Business Awards Program
Come and celebrate the accomplishments of business students and faculty over this last year.


Colloquium Schedule for Winter of 2021

(events are listed when scheduled; check back for updates)

January 24, 2021; Sunday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Vern Vliet, MA, CEBS, ERPA, QPA
President of JV Associates Ltd., a retirement plan and tax consulting firm.
Learn about his entrepreneurial journey, including starting and selling several different businesses.

January 28, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Walter (Wally) Sackett, MHA, FACHE (WWU Clas of 1981)
President of Kettering Medical Center System.
Hear about what it takes to be an executive leader in today's fast-changing healthcare sector (and life lessons along the way).

February 4, 2021; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Russell Wilkinson (WWU Class of 1979)
Founder and chairman of Wilkinson Corporation, a billion dollar commercial real estate investment and development firm based in Yakima, WA.

March 7, 2021; Sunday, 7-9pm; Microsoft Teams Event

LaunchU Semi-Final Competition
Witness the battle between entrepreneurial ideas as teams compete in the semi-final round


Colloquium Schedule, Fall of 2020

(events are listed when scheduled; check back for updates)

September 24, 2020; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Kickoff Colloquium
Important information about events and changes for the new school year

October 11, 2020; Sunday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Internship Panel
Student interns share their experiences

October 22, 2020; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Terry Alan Farris
30+ years of international experience as a corporate CEO, board chair, banker, wealth advisor, and educational leader

November 12, 2020; Thursday, 7-8pm; Microsoft Teams Event

Michael Kruger, CA
President of ADRA International
Learn how a career in accounting, finance, and consulting eventually led to the top leadership position at ADRA, a well-regarded global development and relief organization.


Colloquium Schedule, Winter of 2020

January 16, 2020; Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Denzil McNeilus
Chair and CEO of Sterling State Bank, Minnesota 

January 26, 2020; Sunday, 7pm; CSP154

Randall Unterseher, MBA (Class of 1979)
Vice President of Better Fresh Technology LLC

February 6, 2020; Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Todd Fletcher (Class of 1989)
Vice President of Operations-West, Life Care Centers of America 

February 27, 2020; Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Ask Your Professor Anything
(A fun chance to learn the hidden secrets behind your favorite professors)

March 8, 2020; Sunday, 7-9pm; CSP154

Shark Tank/LaunchU  Semi-Final Pitch
(Come and watch several teams pitch their business ideas as a run-off for the final competition in April.)

Colloquium Schedule, Fall of 2019

October 3, 2019, Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Kick-Off Colloquium
School of Business Welcome Back (with important updates and announcements)

October 13, 2019; Sunday, 7pm; CSP154

Internship Panel Discussion
Summer interns share their experiences

November 6, 2019; Wednesday, 3-6pm; Havstad Alumni Center

Career and Graduate School Fair
Learn about opportunities available at a variety of organizations and schools

November 14, 2019; Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Oren Williams, Business Owner and Entrepreneur (Class of 1999)
Hear exciting experiences of a serial entrepreneur

November 17, 2019; Sunday, 7pm; CSP154

Erin Wiggins-Sleeth, MS/CPA (Class of 1998)
Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest consulting and professional service firms

Colloquium Schedule, Spring of 2019

April 20, 2019; Saturday, 8pm; Village Hall

Shark Tank Competition
Which team will win the Grand Prize of $10,000?


April 25, 2019; Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Linda A. Abdel-Malek, JD (Class of 1989)
Attorney & Partner with Moses & Singer, New York 

April 28, 2019; Sunday, 7pm; CSP154

Robert Schmidt, FSA, MAAA, EA (Class of 1988)
Principal of Milliman, Boise ID (Milliman is one of the world's largest actuarial consulting firms) 

May 16, 2019; Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Christopher Maravilla, CPA, M.Ed. (Class of 2012)
Audit Associate at Ernst & Young (EY), New York (one of the world's largest consulting/accounting firms) 

June 6, 2019; Thursday, 7pm; CSP154

Awards Colloquium
Come celebrate the accomplishments of business students and faculty

Colloquium Schedule, Winter of 2019

January 20, 2019; 7pm; CSP154

Alister Hunt, PhD
Principal of Finology (consulting firm for governments and organizations around the world in financial economics and public policy) 

January 24, 2019; 7pm; CSP154

Todd Brandenburg (Class of 2002)
President/CEO of PocketiNet Communications Inc.
(internet/broadband company) 

February 3, 2019; 7pm; CSP154

Steven Mantle, EMBA
Market Development Leader (Director of Sales Strategy, Acquisitions, and Partnerships)
Microsoft Inc. 

February 12, 2019; 7pm; CSP154

Jim Schultz (Class of 2005)
Manager of Business Process Optimization and IT
Key Technology Inc. 

February 28, 2019; 7pm; CSP 154

Jim Fazio, AAMS
Investment & Financial Advisor
Edwards Jones, Ft. Collins, CO 


Colloquium Schedule, Fall of 2018

October 4, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Kickoff Colloquium
School of Business update with important announcements

October 18, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Internship Panel Discussion
Summer interns share their experiences

October 25, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Daryl Tol, MHA (Class of 1997)
President and CEO, Florida Hospital & Central Florida Division
Senior Executive VP of Adventist Health Systems
Perspectives of a health care executive

November 1, 2018; 4-7pm; BWH Lobby

Business & Healthcare Career Fair
Come-and-go opportunity to meet with dozens of firms

November 4, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Wendell White (Class of 1962)
Founder & Board Chair of Generations Inc.
A life-time of experience in the senior living industry

Colloquium Schedule, Spring of 2018

April 8, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Brittney Smith, CPA (Class of 2012)
Manager, CliftonLarsonAllen
Professional services firm, Bellevue, Washington

April 26, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Alexander Nickolatos, CPA (Class of 2001)
Chief Financial Executive, EcoStim Energy Solutions
Publicly-traded company based in Houston, Texas

May 6, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Abel Cruz, MBA (Class of 1991)
Global Business Development Manager,; Seattle, WA
Former Director of Tech Strategy, Microsoft

May 17, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

Deanne Rhynard (Class of 2004)
Vice President of
Internet startup

June 7, 2018; 7pm; CSP154

WWU Business Student/Faculty Awards Colloquium

Colloquium Schedule, Winter of 2018

January 25, 2018

7 p.m., CSP 154
George Fearing, Chief Judge (Class of 1979)
Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. III

January 30, 2018

7 p.m., CSP 154
Megan Clubb
Board Chair and former CEO of Baker Boyer Bank;
Recently retired Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

February 5, 2018

7 p.m., BWH 201
Harvey Crowder and Mike Rizzitiello
Mayor and Manager (respectively) of the City of College Place

February 15, 2018

7 p.m., CSP 154
Ron and Eric Wilkinson (Classes of 1978 & 2010, resp.)
Entrepreneurs; see

February 21, 2018

7 p.m., BWH 201
Doug Taylor and David Jeffery (Classes of 1978 & 2012, resp.)
Student loan experts share secrets to getting out of debt and life after college

Colloquium Schedule, Fall of 2017

November 6, 2017

7 p.m., CSP 154
Bethany Logan-Ropa, MBA (Class of 2006)
UBS Investment Banker in New York

November 2, 2017

7 p.m., FAC Auditorium
Kerry Heinrich, JD (Class of 1980) 
CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center

October 26, 2017

12 p.m., KRH 210
Washington State Auditors

October 15, 2017

7 p.m., CSP 154 
Eight Summer Interns Share Their Experiences
Panel Discussion

September 28, 2017

7 p.m., CSP 154 
Kick-off Colloquium