The 2018 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.

“A Path Appears: How an Individual Can Change the World”

Nicholas Kristof

Featuring Nicholas Kristof

The 2018 Downtown Business Breakfast keynote speaker is acclaimed New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof. Heralded as “the reporter’s reporter,” Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, and courageous advocate for human rights around the world. He has reported on the War in Darfur and China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement, among other conflicts. 

At this year’s event, he will draw from his book A Path Appears in a discussion of global gender inequity as the greatest moral challenge of the 21st century.

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Location: The Westin Seattle

Seattle Pacific’s Downtown Business Breakfast is an invitation-only event. If your business is interested in sponsorship opportunities, or you want to learn about hosting a table, please call 206-281-2108 or email

Former Speakers

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential historian and Pulitzer prize-winning author

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