About Eastside Leadership Conference

The Eastside Leadership Conference is a showcase of cutting-edge innovations, technologies, resources and people that are advancing the economic vitality of the region and the global economy. 

The conference is known for providing attendees powerful information on trends, opportunities and connections that add value to your company and your network.


16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052

Date & Time

June 22, 2018, 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM


  • ENTREPRENEURIAL ECO-SYSTEM: Access to original technologies encourages companies to rethink their business plans and utilize the new tech to serve customers and drive down costs

  • DISRUPTIONS & PIVOTS: A look at disruptive technologies impacting traditional companies

  • THE VERY HUMAN FUTURE OF WORK: By 2030 we'll be facing an $8.5 trillion talent shortage

  • BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESS MAGIC: Delve into the world of cryptocurrencies, digital ledgers and blockchain

  • AUTONOMOUS, CONNECTED, ELECTRIC & SHARED: The eco-system and the opportunity aligning on the Eastside

  • HEAT MAP: Day in the life of travel in Bellevue

  • WHAT TIME IS IT ON MARS: Explore Mars and learn about the team that manages the United States' rovers

  • 5G AND HOLOGRAPHIC BEAM FORMING: Economic benefits as both a business and a resident

  • UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON'S DISCOVERIES: Find out how a robotic system that grows human organoids can help save real live humans, see the first wireless flying robotic insect, discover an earthquake early warning system


John Connors

Managing Partner, Ignition

John spent sixteen years at Microsoft in several high-level, strategic roles. From January 2000 to April 2005 he was senior vice president of finance and administration, as well as the company’s chief financial officer. He also served as vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise Group and vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Before becoming CIO, John held a number of positions within and outside finance, including a corporate controller; general manager of worldwide financial operations; director of business operations at Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris; and director of business operations for the Worldwide Sales and Support Strategy Group.

Joe Roets

Architect, Founder & CEO, Dragonchain

Joe is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dragonchain. He has over 20 years of experience in software architecture focusing on security and scalability. He has created and led multiple technology startups since the mid-1990s. He is a visionary and thought leader in blockchain technology has led or contributed to projects in the space since 2010 at companies such as Overstock, Coinbase, Symbiont, and the Walt Disney Company.

Nagin Cox

NASA/JPL Engineer & Explorer, Speaker, Fighter

Nagin has been exploring since she decided as a teenager that she wanted to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As a spacecraft operations engineer for over 20 years, Nagin had held leadership and system engineering positions on multiple NASA/JPL interplanetary robotic missions including the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Kepler exoplanet hunter, InSight, and the Mars Curiosity Rover (MSL).She is currently a Mission Lead on the Curiosity Rover that landed on Mars in August of 2012 and has been exploring ever since.

Dr. Benjamin Freedman

Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Freedman became fascinated with stem cells as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied the ability of mammals to regenerate body parts. He went on to earn his doctorate in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he learned how fertilized eggs develop into an organism. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Freedman used stem cells to invent the first human mini-kidneys. Using gene editing and robotics, Dr. Freedman currently leads a research group at the University of Washington in Seattle devoted to using mini-kidneys to discover drugs and develop on-demand, immunocompatible transplant organs.

Gary Guenther

Senior Vice President, partner, Kidder Mathews

Gary Guenther is a senior vice president, partner, and has served the board of directors at Kidder Mathews. Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, Gary worked with the real estate affiliate of the Government of Singapore. He is recognized as one of the most successful and trusted real estate advisors in the Puget Sound Region. Since 1994, Gary has been involved in hundreds of leasing and sale assignments, including corporate relocations, renewals, subleases, acquisitions and dispositions. His market knowledge, relationships, and strategic planning help his clients achieve maximum value and flexibility with all their commercial real estate needs.


Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond

16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052

Join us on June 22

Accelerating Tomorrow Today


Online registration is closed. Walk-ins may be accepted based on availability.

All registrations include breakfast and lunch

Individual Attendee: $95 members | $125 non-members
Corporate Table of 10: $900 members | $1200 non-members


16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052

Date & Time

June 22, 2018, 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Co-Presenting Sponsors


Symetra is a diversified financial services company. In business since 1957, the company provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. Headquartered in Bellevue, Symetra is one of the city’s largest employers with nearly 900 employees. It is also an active community partner, committed to contributing to its hometown and neighboring communities through programs like its annual Symetra Week of Service (held earlier this month) and Symetra Heroes in the Classroom.

Washington Federal

Washington Federal takes your business personally. For nearly 100 years, they have been committed to protecting clients’ long-term interests. Consider Washington Federal’s bankers to be your own trusted advisors, dedicated to working with you to develop a straight-forward plan that’s right for you. After all, they understand that their success depends on yours. Washington Federal has nearly $15 billion in assets and is the largest bank headquartered in Washington. They have the 9th-best capital ratio in the nation amongst the largest 100 publicly-traded financial institutions. Washington Federal has the capacity to work with you, your families, and your companies.

Major Sponsors

The ACES northwest Network is a unique collective working to bring Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared vehicles to the Puget Sound region.
AT&T gives you more for your thing. From near real-time streaming, and on-demand entertainment, to super-fast internet, and unlimited data plans. More for your thing, that's our thing.
Home to over 200 shops, the region's largest Dining District with over 50 local-to-global restaurants & nightlife adventures, plus 3 luxury hotels, all in one place.
Bustling high-tech urban center and a city in a park. The city where you want to be.




King County government provides fiscally responsible, quality-driven local and regional services for healthy, safe and vibrant communities.
Port of Seattle is a special-purpose municipal corporation serving the citizens of King County; its mission is to create good jobs here and across the state by advancing trade and commerce, promoting manufacturing and maritime growth, and stimulating economic development.
Homes, neighborhoods and experiences designed for people and the lives they want to live.

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Media Sponsors

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Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
330 112th Ave NE, Ste 100, Bellevue, WA 98004