SPU SBGE Executive Advisory Board

January 18, 2018 Meeting Summary



Our luncheon meeting on January 18 was a nearly ideal advisory meeting.  Much of our time was given to topics with direct impact on the EAB and SBGE's initiatives. Active discussions between board members, students and faculty was beneficial for all.

•    SBGE STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS were well represented.  Members from BEGIN, Beta Alpha Psi and the Global Development Association attended.  They participated in much of the discussions with excellent articulation and professionalism. 

•    As our MISSION MOMENT, Scott Molvar told us about he and his family's story of faith since his graduation in 1999 from SBGE.  He is a witness of God's faithfulness as they prepare to live in Croatia.  For more information: josiahventure.com

•    Dean Ross Stewart shared some of the HAPPENINGS OF SBGE:  
#1 Faith in Business, SPU's first MOOC (Massive Open Online Learning Course), is set to release in early April.
#2 The first steps for Re-Accreditation with the AACSB have been reviewed and accepted. AACSB, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, represent the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.  SBGE is just one of a few from the west coast.  The EAB's role in this is significant - with our service as advisors and mentors. 

•    Kristi Drake, EAB Chair, provided HIGHLIGHTS OF EAB CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
     -- An ongoing discussion of the EAB's Executive Leadership Team is the diversity and inclusion standards of the Board.  We wish to build out the board to reflect more accurately the disciplines of SBGE along with a diversity of gender, race and religious affiliation.  Currently we have received recommendations for 6 potential members whose expertise will benefit SBGE.  More updates soon.
     -- As a Board, our members have continually expressed their desires to work directly with students.  BUS 4942 Business Internship Reflection & Professional Assessment serves as a capstone class for Seniors in Business Administration.  The EAB's role is significant - offering feedback on class presentations along with one-on-one professional development discussion.  If you would like to participate please contact Kristi Drake.  She will be sending requests for Spring quarter participation soon.

•    In an Open Space concept the majority of the meeting was spent discussing 3 topics.  Members chose from the following:

TOPIC 1:  EAB Governance - a discussion of diversity and inclusion, by-laws, term limits, sustainability, etc.
Here is a recap:
Question: What formats exist for EAB members to provide input to SBGE? 
Possible solutions:
 -- Different EAB members provide industry snapshots (similar to mission moment) within the context of quarterly EAB meetings
 -- Matchmake EAB members and faculty, set up periodic coffee meetings, etc.
Question: How can we change the makeup of the EAB to better represent the diversity of SPU's students?
 -- Assess needs and specifically identify gaps in current EAB roster
 -- Reach out to grads and alumni within specific disciplines / demographics
-- Some EAB members expressed the desire to have a much larger EAB, perhaps 100ish
Question: What should the EAB Financial commitment look like?
 -- Suggestion that dues should be specific to EAB an SBGE and not be considered part of the broader giving to SPU (i.e. – qualifying for president’s circle)
 -- These dues should provide resources for the dean, faculty, and staff
 -- EAB members, where qualified and appropriate, should assist the dean with make connections for fundraising efforts for the SBGE.  Perhaps specifically tap EAB member(s) with fundraising experience to explore this with the dean?
Question: Should the EAB have term limits for members and/or leadership?
 -- Instead of terms limits, suggestion was made to have a “3 year check-in” with EAB members.  There should be clear expectations for EAB members making a 3 year commitment (dues, participation, etc.) and these should be clearly spelled out in the recruitment phase but also with the understanding that there will be check-ins that allow the member to reevaluate as necessary.

TOPIC 2:  How does SBGE contribute to human flourishing?  As a PRME member, what do Sustainable Development Goals look like in SBGE curriculum?  What do they look like in Seattle-based companies?  This topic was lead by Dr. Brad Murg.
The summary of this discussion is included in this SDG NOTES.pdf.  Please be aware that these detailed and concise notes were created by SPU students studying Global Development. I think you will agree that these notes were well done.

TOPIC 3:  Developing a SBGE Academic Think Tank to address next steps in SBGE Initiatives. Is it artificial intelligence and the future of work or sustainable development?  Or something else?   SBGE is located in the heart of Seattle and seeks to find that significant place between business, government and civil society infused with a faith perspective.
Summary of comments:  When given the two examples of artificial intelligence and sustainable development the group became interested in AI.  Discussions included several points:
 -- To have an academic institution on the front edge of this kind of work would create an excitement around this current topic and perhaps attract additional monies, expertise and increase enrollments.
 -- This 'sweet spot' in a city with so much technological activity is a natural fit.
 -- How is this buildout brought in quickly?  Where does the money come from?
 -- This area of study, by nature, brings in ethical questions.  This is a current strength of SPU and it could be developed in extraordinary ways to build our uniqueness.

These discussions are ongoing and we welcome your input at any time.  Please feel free to contact Kristi Drake or Ross Stewart.
OUR NEXT EAB MEETING IS SET FOR APRIL 12, 2018 at 11:30AM-1:30PM.  We hope you can join us!

January 18, 2018 Photos