2019 Downtown Business Breakfast

2019 Downtown Business Breakfast; skyline of Seattle

Seattle Pacific University presents the 22nd annual Downtown Business 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.


“Leading Through the Tech Revolution”

Featuring Guy Kawasaki

The 2019 Downtown Business Breakfast speaker is Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Former chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, Guy Kawasaki is also the author of over a dozen books, including Wise Guy, The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, and Enchantment. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA, as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. 

This event continues the outstanding tradition of the Downtown Business Breakfast, which has included such memorable speakers as Nicholas Kristof, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Madeleine Albright, Eric Metaxas, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Vali Nasr, and George Mitchell. For 21 years, Seattle Pacific and the city of Seattle have gathered for this event to explore ideas that matter to the community and the world. The Downtown Business Breakfast is a reflection of our commitment as a university to engage this great city, from which the future unfolds with opportunity and challenge, and our students learn to influence the future. Your participation has been a crucial part of this tradition’s success.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Time: 7–8:45 a.m. (registration opens at 6:30)
Location: Westin Seattle

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