The 2015 Downtown Business Breakfast

Downtown Business Breakfast 2015

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.

“Espionage, Cybersecurity, and Privacy”

Keith Alexander

Gen. Keith Alexander

Featuring Former NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander

Seattle Pacific University’s 2015 Downtown Business Breakfast featured the former head of the National Security Agency (NSA), retired four-star Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander.

Alexander is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on cybersecurity, a topic of growing concern in America. At this year’s event, he will offer an insider’s perspective on espionage, cybersecurity, and privacy –– a timely and compelling topic for companies, policymakers, and private citizens.

This was the 19th year SPU has hosted the breakfast, which gathers more than 1,000 business and community leaders to hear a national speaker present insights into the ideas and issues of our time. 

The breakfast was held on April 10 from 7 to 8:45 a.m. at the Seattle Westin Hotel.

Gen. Alexander also gave a free public lecture the night before on the SPU campus in a packed Royal Brougham Pavilion. His topic was “Hackers, Spies, and Freedom.”

Get Involved Next Year

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

Former Speakers

Madeleine Albright
U.S. Secretary of State 

Eric Metaxas
Best-selling author

Ben Carson, MD
Professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins

Carly Fiorina
Best-selling author

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

David McCullough
Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Paul Gigot
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist

George Mitchell
Former U.S. senator

2015 Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge this year’s business and individual sponsors:

U.S. Bank

Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC
Fischer Plumbing
GM Nameplate

Clark Nuber P.S.
Cornerstone Advisors
Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc.

Amicus Law Group, PC
Johannessen & Associates
Thom and Gwen Kroon