News and Events

Nick Hanauer Speaks

Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and co-founder of Second Avenue Partners, participated in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on November 7th. Hanauer’s presentation was entitled, “Political Polarization and Economic Inequality: America at a Crossroad.”

Deans Visit New York City

The Jesuit Business School Deans met at Fordham University October 22 to 24. The agenda included the challenges of recruiting graduate business students, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, and the latest developments at AACSB.

Virtual Business Plan Competition

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is collaborating with St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM) in Bangalore, India to launch the first ever Albers-SJIM Business Plan Competition. Virtual teams made up of one Albers student and two SJIM students have spent this month working to solve the problem of bringing recycling to Bangalore. Twelve Albers students are participating on 12 teams. This project is the first outcome of a developing partnership between Albers and St. Joseph’s.

YSEALI Fellows visit IEC

Two Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows are visiting the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center this month. Leciel (Moon) Ramos is from the Philippines and Joe Tan is from Singapore – they’re in Seattle to learn about the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the United States. Tan is a serial entrepreneur, currently running a social enterprise and starting a restaurant in his home city. Ramos is a professor and an active volunteer in her community advocating for youth engagement, women empowerment and social entrepreneurship.

Mary Lou Quoted in Chronicle Article on Amazon

Mary Lou Moffat was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article on Amazon’s second headquarters. “In the Competition for Amazon’s New Headquarters, Will Universities Tip the Scale?” appeared in the November 3rd edition.

New Grad Advisor

Molly Countryman is joining Albers as a Graduate Programs Coordinator. Molly has previously worked at JP Morgan Chase, the Junior League of Seattle, and Teams and Leaders, and also had a coaching practice. She has her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Education in Adult Education & Training from SU.

The Business of Gentrification

On November 27th Albers will host a panel discussion on, “Seattle’s Central Area: The Business of Gentrification.” It will take place from 4:30 to 7:00 PM in the Rolfe Community Room. Panelists will include Evelyn Allen, Director of Catholic Community Services and Convener of the Black Community Impact Alliance, Andrea Caupain, CEO of Centerstone, and Felix Ngoussou, Executive Director of Seattle Business Education Hub and Owner of Lake Chad Café.

MOD Pizza Founders Kick Off Speaker Series

Ally and Scott Svenson, founders of MOD Pizza, kicked off the 2017-18 Albers Executive Speaker Series on October 11th. The title of their presentation was, “Using Pizza as a Platform for Social Impact?” as they explained the unique social purpose of the company.

Nobel Laureate Visits Campus

Albers and the School of Theology and Ministry, along with Elliot Bay Books, co-sponsored a presentation by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and microfinance legend, on October 12th. The event took place in Campion and over 700 were in attendance as Yunus spoke about his new book, A World of Three Zeros.

Mentor Fair

The Albers Mentor Program for 2017-18 kicked off with the Mentor on October 6th. Nearly 300 students, mentors, faculty, and staff were in attendance. In its 28th year, we hope to have 150+ mentors and 300+ students in the program.

Superior Chapter

Albers' Beta Alpha Psi chapter has been named a Superior Chapter for 2016-17 based on its accomplishments in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership. BAP is the academic honor society for financial information professionals and Sarah Bee served as faculty advisor this past year. This is the 19th consecutive year as a Superior Chapter.

Business and Engineering Career Fair

The Business and Engineering Career Fair took place on October 17th, with 60 firms in attendance. Organized by the Albers Placement Center, nearly 550 business and engineering students participated.

School Meeting

Nearly 70 Albers School faculty and staff gathered for the first school meeting of the year on October 13th. The group endorsed the 2017-20 Strategic Plan, approved changes to the PMBA core curriculum, reviewed enrollment trends, and discussed recruiting strategies.

US News and World Report Rankings

The US News and World Report undergraduate rankings came out on September 20, and Albers is ranked 128th this year among undergraduate business programs (tied with 23 other schools including Xavier, Washington and Lee, and Butler). Our undergraduate finance program is tied for 15th nationally with Fairfield. This makes us the highest ranking program in the Northwest (UW is tied for 24th). Our undergraduate accounting program is tied for 19th nationally with Santa Clara and UNC Chapel Hill. This makes us second in the Northwest (UW is ranked 13th). This is the eighth year in a row that our accounting and finance programs have appeared in the Top 25.

BECU CEO to Visit Speaker Series

Benson Porter will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. It will take place in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Porter is CEO of BECU, and will be one of the few SU alumni to speak in the series. With more than 1 million members and over $16 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the country. It is also the largest Washington based financial institution of any kind, larger than any bank headquartered here.

College of Distinction

Albers is one of four schools at Seattle University recognized by Colleges of Distinction as having first rate programs and recognized professional accreditations in their field. Also included in the 2017-18 ranking are engineering, nursing, and education.

Boeing CEO to Speak

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO, Kevin McAllister, is scheduled for the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. It will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Pigott Auditorium. McAllister will join a distinguished list of prior BCA CEOs who have participated in the series – Alan Mulally, Scott Carson, Jim Albaugh, and Ray Conner.

Speaker Series to Host Diversity Panel

The Albers Executive Speaker Series will feature a panel discussion exploring corporate diversity and inclusion efforts. On January 10th, 2018, Latasha Gillespie, Global Diversity and Inclusion Director at, Denise Merle, SVP of Human Resources and Investor Relations at Weyerhaeuser, and Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Alaska Airlines, will be featured. It will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 PM in Pigott Auditorium.

Seattle University Recognized by AACSB International for Leading the Way in Entrepreneurial Education

The Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge uncovers cutting-edge practices at the forefront of entrepreneurship in business education

SEATTLE, April 27, 2017 — Today AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, recognized Seattle University for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders.

Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics is one of 35 business schools around the globe to earn this distinction.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Receives $500,000 Grant from JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase Provides $500,000 Grant to Seattle U Resource Program for Growth of Central Area Businesses

SEATTLE– Seattle University has received a three-year $500,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to implement a new program that offers tailored business training and development services to neighborhood businesses in Seattle’s Central Area – the Resource Amplification & Management Program (RAMP). The grant is part of JPMorgan Chase’s “Small Business Forward” program, which recently announced the $75 million initiative to accelerate the growth of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses. Read more...

US News Ranks LEMBA 12th, MPAC 14th

The 2018 US News and World Report Graduate Program rankings rank Albers' Professional MBA tied for 75th among 360 PT MBA programs, putting us second in the Northwest. The MPAC program is ranked as tied for 14th in the nation, placing Albers number four on the West Coast, tops in the Northwest, and #1 among Jesuit universities. The LEMBA program is ranked as tied for 12th in the nation, placing Albers number three on the West Coast, #1 in the Northwest, and tied for #1 among Jesuit universities.

SU to Host 2018 IAJBS/CJBE Joint Meeting

The Albers School will host the 2018 joint meeting of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) and Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE). This will take place July 22-25, 2018 on the SU campus. IAJBS is a group serving Jesuit business school administrators from around the world. CJBE supports faculty teaching in Jesuit business schools, historically focusing on the US. Both groups hold annual meetings and periodically come together for a joint meeting, which will be the case in 2018.This is the 20th anniversary of CJBE, which had its first meeting at SU in 1998.