Leadership Fishbowl Speaker Series

Conversations with Leaders

The Leadership Fishbowl, hosted by the Comprehensive Leadership Program, features conversations with influential leaders in an intimate, interview-style setting. Fishbowls take place once per semester and provide students across campus the opportunity to hear from individuals that are creating change and sparking innovation across a broad range of industries - education, philanthropy, business, the arts, and more.  

Spring 2021 Fishbowl 

March 10th, 2021 | 6:00 pm | Zoom | Event Details & Meeting Link

Ben Sand

CEO, The Contingent | Author, A Kids Book About White Privilege

Ben Sand serves as CEO of The Contingent, a venture non-profit focused on sparking and holding initiatives to empower leaders and mobilize community for the common good. In 2008, Ben founded Portland Leadership Foundation (PLF), a faith-based community organizing organization, to both hold Act Six Leadership Scholarship program and incubate new initiatives in the city, which has grown into The Contingent. Ben also recently published a book, A Kids Book about White Privilege and is an aspiring leader in DEI and allyship work.

Join us on March 10, 2021 at 6pm PST via Zoom to listen to Ben Sand and participate in a Q&A about his important work.

Recent Fishbowl Speakers


Regina Malveaux

Director, Washington State Women's Commission

FALL 2020: Regina has over 20 years of experience as a tenacious advocate for women and children as a non-profit executive, victim’s services provider, community leader and policy advocate. She has served as one Washington's nine inaugural Commissioners for the past two years, and in August of 2020, was appointed to Governor Jay Inslee’s cabinet as Director of the Washington State Women’s Commission.


Al Richmond

Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)

FALL 2019: Al Richmond is a global leader in advocating for the increased role of communities in research. Richmond has played a significant role locally and internationally to advance community engagement in health research. He expanded CCPH’s engagement in research to include patient-centered approaches, funded through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.


Ginger Ewing

Co-Founder & Executive Director of Terrain

SPRING 2019: Ginger Ewing is an arts advocate and organizer in Spokane, WA. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Terrain, an arts non-profit dedicated to creating community and economic opportunity for artists of the Inland Northwest, as well as a Spokane Arts Commissioner, a Washington State Arts Commissioner, and the former Curator for Cultural Literacy at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.


John Heers

Co-Founder of First Things Foundation

FALL 2018: John Heers is the co-founder of First Things Foundation (FTF), which places hard working social entrepreneurs in impoverished communities to serve those populations. For 20+ months the entrepreneurs work 24/7 creating local, long term, sustainable entrepreneurial projects to create jobs and opportunities for the community. FTF attempts to restore purpose and hope in human lives by facilitating loving relationships between people with resources and people with great ideas in impoverished areas.


Scott Svenson

Co-Founder & CEO of MOD Super Fast Pizza

SPRING 2018: Scott Svenson is the co-founder and CEO of MOD Super Fast Pizza. MOD, which was the fastest growing restaurant chain in the US in 2015 (according to Technomic), is a culture-centric business inspired by a purpose of making positive social impact. As of January 2018, the company had more than 305 stores trading across the US and the UK. A Seattle native and a graduate with honours from Harvard University, Scott and his wife have established numerous successful companies, MOD Pizza being their most recent.


Liz Bohannon

Founder of Sseko Designs

FALL 2017: Liz is the founder of Sseko Designs. Sseko is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. In four years, Sseko has grown from three women to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to over 76 women in East Africa. She believes deeply that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future. Liz’s work has landed her on the show Shark Tank as well as recognition in Bloomberg Business, Ingram’s 30 under 30.