Around the Table: Alaska Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Fred Hutch, Amazon, and Microsoft

Responding to COVID-19

In mid-December, Alaska Airlines delivered the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine to Juneau. Kaiser Permanente provided $1,050,000 to five nonprofits to help community members experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness during COVID-19. Microsoft announced an additional commitment of more than $110 million for nonprofits, workers, and schools in Washington state. As part of its research, Fred Hutch is currently seeking volunteers with COVID-19 to join tests of therapies.

Helping communities

Amazon announced its new Housing Equity Fund, a more than $2 billion commitment that will create or preserve 20,000 affordable homes in the Puget Sound region, Arlington, and Nashville. Starbucks’ new Community Resilience Fund will invest $100 million to support small businesses and community development projects in BIPOC communities across the country, including in the Seattle area.

Meet Our New Board Members: bp Cherry Point Refinery and Bristol Myers Squibb

We are excited to welcome two new members to the Washington Roundtable board: Teresa Foy, Senior Vice President of Immuno-Oncology and Cellular Therapy at Bristol Myers Squibb; and Eric Zimpfer, vice president refining at bp Cherry Point Refinery. The two executives bring more than four decades of collective experience and represent industries that are vital to Washington’s health and economy. Learn more about them below. (more…)

Washington Roundtable Announces 2021 Leadership

We are excited to announce our new board leadership team for 2021. Craig Dawson, president and CEO of Retail Lockbox, will lead our organization as chair. Dawson has been a member of Washington Roundtable since 2004. Previously, he served as vice-chair, secretary/treasurer, and as a long-time member of our Economic Climate Committee.

Dawson founded Retail Lockbox, a company specializing in payment processing, digital image capture, and retrieval services, more than 10 years ago. He has served on the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the University of Washington’s Busines and Economic Development Council, and the Rotary of Downtown Seattle.

Thank you to our 2020 chair Brian Stading, COO of Ziply Fiber, for leading our organization during an unprecedented year. In 2020, the Roundtable continued to work toward its goal of 70% credential attainment while assisting with statewide reopening efforts and raising awareness of the Washington business community’s response to the pandemic.

See our full board roster here.

Around the Table: Seagen, Boeing, Bank of America, Starbucks, and more

Giving Back

Throughout October, Microsoft employees participated in a month of giving by volunteering their time and providing donations matched by the company; recipients included the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Wells Fargo is holding a campaign to benefit the American Red Cross. Bank of America is tripling donations to the Global Fund through (RED). Starbucks donated to the Global Fund through (RED) and is also offering free coffee for front-line responders during December. Boeing announced $10 million in 2020 charitable investments that support 95 Washington nonprofits.

Presenting New Data

Seagen highlighted 18 presentations at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition, including five-year data from patients with advanced stage Hodgkin Lymphoma and Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma.