The 2016 Downtown Business Breakfast

Business Breakfast 2016

Seattle Pacific University’s Downtown Business Breakfast is a gathering of more than 1,000 business and community leaders who come together for breakfast and to hear from national speakers who engage the audience with insights into some of the most thought-provoking ideas and issues of our time.

“Every Four Years: The 2016 Presidential Campaign”

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Featuring Pulitzer Prize‑winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has chronicled the lives of numerous U.S. presidents. She is frequently seen as a commentator on television networks NBC, MSNBC, CBS, FOX, and CNN, as well as The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press

Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was recently adapted by Steven Spielberg into the Academy Award-nominated film Lincoln.

At SPU’s event, Goodwin will be discussing the changing nature of presidential campaigns — from 1896, when William McKinley launched his campaign on his front porch, to 2016, when candidates can reach millions with a single tweet.

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 7–8:45 a.m.
Location: The Westin Seattle

The Business Breakfast is an invitation-only event. If your business is interested in sponsorship opportunities, or to learn about hosting a table, please call 206-281-2108 or email

Free Public Lecture

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 7–8 p.m.
Location: Royal Brougham Pavilion

Former Speakers

Gen. Keith Alexander
Former NSA director

Madeleine Albright
U.S. Secretary of State

Eric Metaxas
Author of the New York Times best-seller Bonhoeffer

Ben Carson, MD
Professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins; 2016 presidential candidate

Carly Fiorina
Best-selling author; strategic advisor to business and government; 2016 presidential candidate

Vali Nasr
Senior fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

David McCullough
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 1776 and John Adams

Paul Gigot
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist

George Mitchell
Former U.S. senator