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Walton Lecture

Annual fall event

About the series

The Walton Lecture brings a distinguished leader in the insurance and risk management field to campus to share professional perspectives with students. The lecture is hosted by the WSU College of Business’ Department of Finance and Management Science and made possible through an endowment from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington. The endowment honors Max Walton, the group’s past president.

Our Next Event:

Keynote speaker: Steve Legg, Director of Risk Management, Starbucks Coffee Co., CPCU, ARM
Date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Location: Todd 130
Sponsor: Department of Finance and Management Science

Steve Legg has been with Starbucks since 1997, serving as director of risk management since 2006. His responsibilities include global property and casualty insurance, claims management, risk financing activities, and management of the risk team within Starbucks’s treasury and risk management department. Legg served on the Board of the Washington State RIMS chapter for seven years, serving as president in 2005-2006. He has a degree in political economy from the University of California at Berkeley. Legg lives in the Seattle area with his wife Carla and their seven-year-old twins.

Past speakers

2017: Gregg Ness, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and Standard Insurance Company
2016: Brian Steffel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Mutual Insurance Group
2015: Thomas Marra, President and Chief Executive Officer, Symetra Financial
2014: Dellanie Fragnoli, Assistant Vice President of Risk Management, Costco
2013: Molly Seaburg, Senior Risk Manager, Microsoft
2012: David Lavergne, President, Traveler’s Insurance, south central region
2011: Eric P. Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Enumclaw Insurance Group
2010: Doyle J. Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Country Financial
2009: Robert V. O’Brien Jr., Executive Vice President, Group Health Cooperative, Health Plan Division
2008: Mike Keyes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Mutual Insurance Company
2006: Stan McNaughton, Chief Executive Officer, PEMCO Insurance
2005: Harold Gray, Senior Vice President, State Farm Insurance Co., Pacific Northwest Zone
2004: Lance J. Ewing, Vice President, Caesar’s Entertainment
2003: Mike McGavick, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, SAFECO Insurance Co.


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