2018 Downtown Business Breakfast

Downtown Business Breakfast

Seattle Pacific University presents the 21st 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.

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

Nicholas Kristof

Featuring Nicholas Kristof

The 2018 Downtown Business Breakfast 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
Time: 7–8:45 a.m. (registration opens at 6:30)
Location: Westin Seattle

Our 2018 Sponsors

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

Presenting Sponsor
US Bank

Leadership Partners
Fischer Plumbing Inc.
Zevenbergen Capital Investments, LLC  

Achievement Partner 
Ellis Li McKinstry

Incentive Partner 
Cornerstone Advisors

Falcon Partners 
Kedge Foundation/Thom & Gwen Kroon
Stokes Lawrence, P.S.
Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.
Fremont Dock Company
GM Nameplate
Amicus Law Group
Clark Nuber
Tempered Networks

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