Executive MBA Leadership Conference


The WSU Carson College of Business hosts an annual multi-day EMBA Leadership Conference exclusively for current EMBA students and alumni. This engaging event is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in keynote speaker sessions and to meet and network with other Carson College of Business EMBA students, alumni, and faculty. This event kicks off with an evening welcome reception typically held at one of Seattle’s well-known downtown venues, providing a nice backdrop for socializing and connecting with colleagues and faculty. The event includes a cocktail hour with the Dean of the Carson College of Business as well as engaging sessions featuring accomplished business experts speaking on topics ranging from executive readiness and successful leadership practices to corporate lessons learned.


“It was an excellent networking setting and great place to catch up with former students and instructors.”

“The networking was invaluable.”

“I found the experience/content to be relevant and valuable.”

“The format, network, and content was all first-class. This made my EMBA program all the more worthwhile.”

“A great way to stay connected to the program and continue education.”

“A must for online EMBA students!”

“The conference was wonderful. All of the content was useful to me and appropriately interactive. Still, the best part was getting to meet some of my classmates and professors face to face.”


September 25-27 • Bellevue, WA



Dean, Carson College of Business

Larry W. (Chip) Hunter was appointed Dean of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business in 2015.

An award-winning scholar specializing in human resources and industrial relations, Hunter’s research spans industrial settings, with a focus on managing workplaces and human resources to promote organizational goals and positive outcomes for workers.

Hunter earned his doctorate in industrial relations and human resource management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his master’s in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, and his bachelor’s in business at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Associate Dean for Professional Programs, Graduate and Online Programs, Carson College of Business

Cheryl Oliver, Associate Dean for Professional Programs in the Carson College of Business, is a member of the Dean’s leadership team. She leads the highly recognized and respected online MBA, Executive MBA and online undergraduate programs in business at Washington State University.

Cheryl began her career in the K-8 education system, earning her undergraduate degree in elementary education with an emphasis in K-8 teaching.

She holds a Master’s in Education Administration with an emphasis in higher education administration and student affairs as well as a Master’s in Business Administration.



Founder & CEO, Story Fruition LLC

Melissa Reaves is an Executive Storytelling Mentor and Advisor who helps professionals hone the craft of narrative for a variety of use cases. Her thriving company, Story Fruition, mentors executives globally as she shows them how not just to share stories in their presentations confidently but to create “Mind Movies” that mesmerize and captivate business audiences. She coaches Microsoft, Broadcom, World Affairs Council, The Korean Start Up Center, and an expansive list of hundreds of start-ups and Series A companies.

In addition to business storytelling, Melissa presents stories for Mental Health Awareness and Social Advocacy. She also serves as Executive Producer and Director of Melanin Stories Matter, a storytelling show that highlights and amplifies the voices of diverse storytellers so that we can collectively move toward inclusion and celebrate our various perspectives using personal stories to open hearts.


Author, Technology Executive



Retired Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy; Chief Health Officer, Viking Cruises 

This event is exclusive to EMBA students and graduates.

Register today to attend this year’s EMBA Leadership Conference.