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Speaker Series

Conscientious Leadership Speaker Series

Eric Olsen

Admiral Eric Olson, retired
Former Commander of Navy Seals and USSOCOM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Locatelli Center [map]

This event is open to all on a first-come basis due to limited seating. Doors open at 5pm.

“Never sacrifice what you know is right for what is convenient or expedient. Live the life of a leader – one of values, character, courage and commitment. What you do and what you tolerate in your presence best demonstrates your standards.”

Admiral Olson was the first Navy SEAL officer to be promoted to three- and four-star ranks. His career culminated as the head of the United States Special Operations Command from July 2007 to August 2011, where he was responsible for the mission readiness of all Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special operations forces. In this capacity, he led over 60,000 people and managed an annual budget in excess of ten billion dollars.

Admiral Olson retired from the United States Navy in 2011 as a full Admiral after 38 years of military service. He served in special operations units throughout his career and was awarded several decorations for leadership and valor including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Silver Star.

He is currently president of ETO Group, consulting on national security; an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; and a director of Iridium Communications, Under Armour, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.


David Krane

David Krane
Managing Partner, Google Ventures

March 7, 2017

David is the CEO & managing partner at GV and oversees the fund’s global activities. He invests in a wide range of technology companies including Uber, Nest, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Urban Engines. David’s Google career began more than 16 years ago, as director of Global Communications and Public Affairs. David’s prior professional experience spanned both startup and public companies, including Apple Computer and QUALCOMM, David received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University Bloomington. As a proud Hoosier alumnus, he serves on the Dean’s advisory board for the IU School of Informatics and Computer Science. David is also a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO), a trustee of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum of Art, a Menlo/Atherton Little League baseball coach, and past board member of the Palo Alto Vista Center for the Blind. David resides in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.


Howard Behar

Howard Behar
Former President and Board Member, Starbucks

“Brewing with Values and Purpose: Leadership Lessons from Starbucks .”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Locatelli Center [map]

This event is open to all on a first-come basis due to limited seating.
Doors open at 5pm.


"The most no-nonsense authentic person you could ever meet."
"...lives his deepest principles in the workplace and inspires others to do so."
"Keeper of Starbucks Soul."

For 21 years Howard Behar led Starbuck’s domestic business as President of North America, and he became the founding President of Starbucks International, opening the very first store outside of North America in Japan. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from only 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for twelve years before retiring.

Howard now serves on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Education Element, iD Tech, and The School of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He is on the advisory boards of Anthos Capital and University of Washington Foundation, and is a Trustee for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

Howard is committed to the development and education of our future leaders and has been a longtime advocate of the Servant Leadership Model. Shaped by his experiences working in his parents Seattle market, schooled in operations and management in consumer-oriented retail business, and part of the leadership triumvirate that built the Starbucks brand, Behar is the ultimate “servant leader”. After the successful publication of his first book, It’s Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Leadership from a Life at Starbucks, Howard now travels the world speaking to leaders, corporations, and students.


John Donahoe

John Donahoe
Former CEO, eBay

“Purpose, Virtue, and Accountability in Crucible Moments: Life Stories and Lessons Learned from One of America’s Leading CEOs.”

January 17, 2017
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Recital Hall

Doors open at 5pm.
This event is open to all on a first-come basis due to limited seating.

We invite you to join us for a dynamic and interactive conversation between Mr. Donahoe and Mr. Chip Adams, founder and president of the Center for Conscientious Leadership, as they discuss how through the many challenges, or crucible moments, he encountered in his career, Mr. Donahoe’s commitment and accountability to his sense of purpose and his virtues allowed him to remain intentional with his leadership and build a meaningful life.

John Donahoe became President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay Inc. on March 31, 2008. In this role, Mr. Donahoe had global responsibility for growing each of the company's business units, which included eBay Marketplaces, PayPal and Skype.

Mr. Donahoe came to eBay in February 2005 as president of eBay Marketplaces, responsible for all elements of eBay's global ecommerce businesses. Mr. Donahoe also oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions, including and StubHub, and classifieds sites, such as Gumtree and LoQUo.

Prior to eBay, Mr. Donahoe spent more than 20 years at Bain & Co. Starting as an associate consultant, Mr. Donahoe rose to become the firm's chief executive, where he oversaw Bain's 30 offices and 3,000 employees. In addition to serving on eBay's board of directors, Mr. Donahoe also is on the board of trustees of Dartmouth College.

Mr. Donahoe received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Conscientious Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.