By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

SEATTLE, Wash. – Four panelists will speak on the topic “The Data Revolution: Analytics in Business and Sports” at the annual Power Breakfast networking event hosted by the Washington State University Carson College of Business.

The event will be held 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel.

The Power Breakfast is designed to inform, inspire and engage Seattle-area leaders on contemporary business issues. Tickets are $45. Registration is available on the Power Breakfast website https://business.wsu.edu/powerbreakfast/ until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Panelists include:

Darren Alger, president and CEO of Unify Consulting

A WSU alumnus, Alger worked as a sales and marketing specialist and an accounts manager for high-tech and retail firms such as Microsoft, Tektronix, Nike and Nordstrom before turning to management consulting and eventually starting Uniform Consulting, a management-consulting firm headquartered in Seattle. Alger used his expertise in technology and relationship building to grow the firm to include 400 employees with offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Sioux Falls and Silicon Valley.

Kyle Smith, WSU men’s head basketball coach

Hired in March 2019, Smith brings nine years of head coaching experience to WSU along with 18 years as an assistant coach. He spent the last three seasons at the helm of the University of San Francisco men’s basketball program, where he compiled three-straight 20-win seasons. Prior to his arrival at USF, Smith was the head coach at Columbia for six seasons, guiding the Lions to a 101-82 overall record, two postseason appearances, and capturing the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship over UC Irvine in the title game. Before his Columbia appointment, Smith spent 18 seasons as an assistant coach on the NCAA Division I level, including nine seasons (2001-10) at Saint Mary’s College, one season at Air Force (2000-01), and eight years at the University of San Diego (1992-2000).

Wendy Turner-Williams, vice president of information management and strategy, Salesforce

Salesforce is a customer relationship management platform that brings companies and customers together. A WSU alumna, Turner-Williams is responsible for strategic data management in several areas including metadata; data governance, trust, quality and risk management; architecture services; and data platforms as a service. She also specializes in driving culture changes related to data as an asset and ethical data. She has 20-plus years of management experience working in Fortune 500 companies in the telecom, retail and tech industries and is a popular speaker on data topics.

Lisa Young, managing director of corporate partnerships, Seattle Seahawks

Young oversees the partnership activation and sales teams responsible for the strategic sales, development and deployment of marketing assets including promotional events, game-day execution, integrated digital and social media campaigns and unique in-market retail promotions. She also manages the organization’s key business relationships on a daily basis. She began her career with the Seahawks in 2005 as a corporate partnerships service coordinator and will enter her 15th season as the managing director of corporate partnerships.

Alaska Airlines is a presenting sponsor.

Media contacts:

  • Sarah Druffel, director of strategic marketing and communications, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-4345, sarah.druffel@wsu.edu
  • Sue McMurray, assistant director of communications, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-7578, sue.mcmurray@wsu.edu