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Saturday, February 3 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Business leaders as social justice warriors

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Seattle is well-known for business leaders who are not afraid to take a stand on environmental protection, race and immigration issues, and LBGTQ rights. John Levesque of Seattle Business Magazine leads a conversation with four local trailblazers about why they have stepped into advocacy roles, the potential pitfalls of activism, and what more business leaders could do to create a more equitable and sustainable society.

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Marc Berejka

Marc Berejka has served as REI’s government affairs director since 2011 and its director of community affairs since early 2013. Mr. Berejka guides the co-op’s engagement in federal, state and local issues. This includes advocacy on matters that affect retailers in the outdoor... Read More →
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Rodney Hines

Rodney Hines is the director of social impact for U.S. operations at Starbucks. He leads the company's strategy to launch and sustain stores in lower income, diverse communities throughout the country. Previously, as Executive Director of the Starbucks Foundation, Rodney has play... Read More →
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John Levesque

John Levesque is the managing editor of Seattle Business magazine, where he supervises the editorial content of the publication and writes a monthly column. Before joining Tiger Oak Publications in 2010 as managing editor of Seattle magazine, he worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in a number of positions: assistant features editor, business editor, TV critic, sports columnist, consumer editor, arts and entertainment editor and on-call grammarian.He also has been editor and publisher of a small daily newspaper (in Illinois), public relations practitioner for large corporations (in Connecticut), occasional radio and TV analyst (in Illinois and Washington) and teacher of journalism, advocacy writing and persuasive communication (in Washington).Levesque holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University. He lives in Seattle’s greater Ballard metroplex, where he has summited Crown Hill via the northwest face many times without supplemental oxygen. In his spare time, he likes playing with... Read More →
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Anne Levinson

Levinson has served as a judge, as the Chair of the state's Utilities & Transportation Commission, and in several roles for the City of Seattle, including Legal Counsel, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Mayor Norm Rice.  Since retiring from the bench, she has consulted for governments and courts on system reform, and has provided review and oversight of administrative police misconduct investigations... Read More →

Saturday February 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Wyckoff Auditorium 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA