First Power Breakfast held in Spokane

PULLMAN – The Washington State University College of Business will hold its first Power Breakfast in Spokane on Oct. 19. The breakfast will take place at The Davenport Hotel and will feature guest speaker Harold Gilkey, chairman and CEO of Sterling Financial Corporation.

Gilkey has served as Chairman and CEO of Sterling Financial Corporation since its inception, and served as Chairman and CEO of Sterling Savings Bank from 1981 until October 2003. He began his banking career with 12 years at Bank of America, and held several positions with Old National Bancoporation before co-founding Sterling Savings in 1981. Gilkey received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana in 1962 and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California in 1970.

“We look forward to providing stimulating content to the business community and giving alumni a great opportunity to come together,” said CB Dean Eric Spangenberg.

Previous speakers for the Power Breakfast series include inaugural speaker, Kerry Killinger, President, Chair, and CEO of Washington Mutual; Blake Nordstrom, President, Nordstrom, Inc.; Scott Carson, Executive VP, Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Richard M. Kovacevich, CEO and Chair, Wells Fargo & Company; and Robert J. Herbold, Executive VP and COO (retired), Microsoft Corporation, and Managing Director, Herbold Group, LLC.

Now in its third year, the series continues to inform, inspire, and engage WSU alumni and regional business leaders on topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership.

For registration or event information, contact CB Events Manager Traci Tyacke at 509-335-1386,, or visit

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