School of Business

Executive Leadership Series


Nick Sears

Author and Entrepreneur

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Leraas Hall, Rieke Science Center


Nick is a mobile Internet and smartphone pioneer. He co-founded Android in 2005, then joined Google to help turn it into the world’s largest smartphone operating system with more than 1.5 billion users. Prior to Android, Nick was vice president of product marketing for T-Mobile during the creation of the mobile Internet.

Currently, Nick is publishing an e-book to help students and young professionals discover their life’s work and market themselves in a digital world. He hopes his early failures and unconventional career path will inspire others to reach their potential. Nick dropped out of college twice before enlisting in the Army for college benefits. Things improved when he
stopped trying to figure out the long-term and started working on himself. He didn’t realize it then, but he was building a career machine that would transport him to the work he was meant to do.

Nick’s true career began when he made the commitment to follow his passion for the work. It wasn’t a perfect ride. He landed in some ditches along the way, but the ditches were necessary pit stops to fix things or add missing pieces. After each stop, his Career Machine got better and, eventually, it led him to his best work. Nick believes your career is a journey, not a destination. The future is fuzzy. You don’t need to know exactly where you’re going, you just need to figure out the right direction to head, and it’s not always forward.


Maureen Faccia, MBA

Director of Women’s and Retail Health Services

MultiCare Health System

Monday, March 14, 2016

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Leraas Hall, Rieke Science Center


Maureen leads the strategic planning, quality and cost improvements for Women’s Services, including obstetrics, gynecology and medical/surgical day spas at MultiCare Health System. MultiCare is a leader in the South Sound for care of women and newborns, with the largest neonatal intensive care unit with the highest possible designation in Western Washington. Maureen and her Medical Director lead the Clinical Collaborative, which has been recognized at the state level for innovation in cost reductions and quality improvements.

The health care industry is rapidly changing and only more recently recognizing consumerism, which makes it an exciting time for innovation ranging from pricing transparency, virtual health care and loyalty marketing.

Maureen’s past professional experiences span consumer goods industries from health care consumer and building products to nonprofit human services working in marketing and strategic planning leadership roles at Pfizer, Milgard Windows and Doors, and United Way.


Nancy Schauer, CPA, MS Tax

Senior tax partner

Moss Adams

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Leraas Hall, Rieke Science Center


Nancy has nearly 30 years of combined public accounting and private industry  experience, mainly serving health care and not-for-profit organizations and high-net worth individuals.  Nancy has significant experience performing consultations on entity formations, reorganizations and liquidations, while maximizing tax and economic benefits for organizations and those who own and run them. She previously worked with Ernst and Young and Hillhaven Corporation.

She is an active member of the South Sound American Heart Association Board of Directors, Charles Wright Academy Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, and the Executive Advisory Board for Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Business. She is a past board member of the World Trade Center Tacoma and the Annie Wright School. She has been a speaker at numerous long-term care industry conferences and the Moss Adams Voice of Experience webcast series on various tax topics.

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