"Conversations with Leaders" Recap

Leslie Meagley, 04/07/2014

In an inspiring presentation at the most recent "Conversations with Leaders" program on April 18th, long-time activist Tayloe Washburn, LT'90 and Dean and CEO, Northeastern University, provided leadership strategies to move this region forward in the coming years. He challenged LT alumni and guests to "aim high and be bold."

Aim High and Be Bold

In an inspiring presentation at the most recent "Conversations with Leaders" program on April 18th, long-time activist Tayloe Washburn, LT'90 and Dean and CEO, Northeastern University, provided leadership strategies to move this region forward in the coming years. He challenged LT alumni and guests to "aim high and be bold."

Tayloe illustrated how the Puget Sound region is at a crossroads. He highlighted three global trends - disruptive technologies, transformation in healthcare delivery, and significant decreases in future public funding for transportation, education and R&D - that will significantly challenge our region in the coming years. At the same time, the Seattle's gateway position and relationships with the fastest growing economies in the world, and the strength of key sectors like transportation manufacturing, information/technology and global health present opportunities that few regions can match. He pointed to three immediate issues that we must tackle to ensure the future success of our region: building a strong middle class through jobs that pay living wages, strengthening Pre-K through higher education systems, and creating and supporting opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

Tayloe reminded the audience that this region's future depends on the skills and commitment of our civic leaders. He left us with this advice:
- On a personal basis, be mindful of personal tradeoffs (career, family, life/work balance) and delegate effectively.
- Don't rely on government to lead.
- Collaborate with key stakeholders and change agents.
- Set stretch goals, be bold and bring sustained political will and focus to all that you do.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsor Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC and to Parsons Brinckerhoff, which hosted the event.

By Leslie Meagley, LT'04 Principal, Meagley Strategic Marketing and Chair-Elect to LT Board of Directors