Downtown Business Breakfast
Featuring Peggy Noonan

April 3, 2020, Seattle Pacific University Downtown Business Breakfast; photo of downtown Seattle

Seattle Pacific University presents the 23rd annual Downtown Business Breakfast, which gathers nearly 1,000 business and community leaders to hear a national speaker present insights into the ideas and issues of our time.

Peggy Noonan

“Declarations on Washington”

Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal, where her weekly column, “Declarations,” has run since 2000. She is also the bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history, and culture, including the bestsellers What I Saw at the Revolution and When Character Was King. She is one of 10 historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book Character Above All. In her most recent release, The Time of Our Lives, Noonan chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena.

On April 10, 2017, Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for her coverage of the 2016 presidential election.

In 2008 National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes magazine called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.

Noonan was a special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, and is perhaps best known as the author of the speech delivered by Reagan in the wake of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster — now considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century. In 2010 she was given the Award for Media Excellence by the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor; the following year she was chosen as Columnist of the Year by The Week. In November 2016 she was named one of the city’s Literary Lions by the New York Public Library. She has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and has taught in the history department at Yale University. 

Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer and writer at CBS News in New York, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New Jersey. She lives in New York City.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 7–8:45 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.)
Location: Westin Seattle

We invite you to host a table at the Breakfast. 


Presenting sponsor: US Bank

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Downtown Business Breakfast

Former Speakers

Madeleine Albright
U.S. Secretary of State
(1997–2001)

David Brooks
New York Times op-ed columnist; author of The Road to Character, The Social Animal, and Bobos in Paradise

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

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential historian and Pulitzer prize-winning author

Guy Kawasaki 
Former chief evangelist of Apple

Nicholas Kristof
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author

Carly Fiorina
Bestselling author; strategic advisor; 2016 presidential candidate

Eric Metaxas
Author of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer

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