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PUGET SOUND ECONOMIC SUMMIT

Advancing an Equitable and Inclusive Recovery

September 15-17, 2020

Streamed live from the newly modernized Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Pier 66,
the virtual summit with top business and policy leaders will focus on strategies for an equitable and inclusive recovery for Washington’s business, hospitality and tourism industries

There has never been a more important time to bring people together to discuss where we go from here. The implications of a global pandemic, civil unrest, record unemployment and an uncertain future make it the optimal time to host the Puget Sound Economic Summit (PSES). With the goal of advancing an equitable and inclusive recovery, the three day Summit is bringing together business leaders, government officials, nonprofit organizations, meeting planners, and business owners to provide content that leads to more informed decisions as we move toward 2021.

The Summit is in partnership with the Port of Seattle, KOMO News Media and Puget Sound Business Journal.

Session Agenda At-a-Glance

Day 1 - Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Path to Recovery: Equity and Inclusion in the Economy

8:00 AM

Call to Order

8:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

8:15 AM

Keynote Speech

9:00 AM

Break

9:10 AM

The COVID-19 Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

Moving Us Forward Together

11:15 AM

Break

11:30 AM

Town Hall

12:30 PM
to 3:00 PM

Networking

Day 2 - Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Meetings and Events

8:00 AM

Call to Order

8:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

8:10 AM

Washington State and Living With COVID-19

8:30 AM

Break

8:40 AM

Interim Reality

9:30 AM

Break

9:40 AM

Protocols for a Pandemic:
Meeting With Confidence

10:20 AM

Break

10:30 AM

Driving Digital Transformation in Events

11:10 AM

Break

11:20 AM

Behind the Scenes of Group Contracting

11:50 AM

Break

12:00 PM

The Art of Running Effective, Efficient and Inclusive Meetings

1:00 PM
to 3:00 PM

Networking

Day 3 - Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tourism and Travel

8:00 AM

Call to Order

8:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

8:10 AM

State of the Industry

8:30 AM

Break

8:40 AM

Regional Recovery

9:30 AM

Break

9:45 AM

State of Aviation and Cruise

10:45 AM

Break

11:00 AM

State of the Port

11:45 AM

Break

12:00 PM

Creating Inclusive Cities Through Tourism

1:00 PM
to 3:00 PM

Networking

Speakers Include:

John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE
Bookda Gheisar
Sr. Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Port of Seattle
Mayor Jimmy Matta
City of Burien
Chris Mefford
CEO, Community Attributes
Lori Otto Punke
President, Washington Council on International Trade
Marie Kurose
CEO, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
Shannon Loew
Founder, FIX Impact Development
Brian McGowan
CEO, Greater Seattle Partners
Mayor Victoria Woodards
City of Tacoma
Lisa Brown
Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
Senator David Frockt
Washington State Senate

Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck
Commission President, Port of Seattle

Molly Shen
News Anchor, KOMO News
Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono
Director, Washington State COVID-19 Healthcare Response
Leasa Mayer
Board Member, Opus Agency; Former CEO, CRG Events
Emily Parkhurst
Publisher and Market President, Puget Sound Business Journal
Kelly Saling
Vice President, Convention Sales & Services, Visit Seattle
Pradeep Fernandes
Managing Director of Strategy for Confident Travel Initiative, The Boeing Company
Dr. John Wiesman
Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health
Kim Bedier
Director of Venues & Events, City of Tacoma
Bob Bejan
Corporate Vice President: Global Events, Production Studios and Marketing Community, Microsoft
Greg Duff
Principal, Foster Garvey
Arden Clise
Founder, Clise Etiquette
Commissioner Sam Cho
Port of Seattle
Emily Cantrell
Director, World Trade Center Seattle
Ryan Yamamoto
News Anchor, KOMO News

Elliott Ferguson
President & CEO, Destination DC; Board Chair, U.S. Travel Association
Tom Norwalk
President & CEO, Visit Seattle
David Blandford
Executive Director, Washington State Tourism Alliance
Ali Daniels
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Visit Seattl
Carla Murray
Chief Operating Officer of The Americas - Western Region, Marriott Internationa
Stein Kruse
Group CEO, Holland America Group and Carnival UK
Ben Minicucci
President, Alaska Airlines
Commissioner Stephanie Bowman
Port of Seattle
Lance Lyttle
Managing Director, Aviation Division, Port of Seattle
Steve Metruck
Executive Director, Port of Seattle
Louise Chernin
President & CEO, Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
Alejandro Grajal
President & CEO, Woodland Park Zoo
Tod Leiweke
CEO, Seattle Kraken
Commissioner Fred Felleman
Port of Seattle
John Oppenheimer
CEO, Columbia Hospitality

Agenda

September 15 - 17, 2020


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