Biggest Seattle Venture You’ve Never Heard of: 5:30pm, Wed. 5/22 – Seattle


Save the Date!
A Special Evening with Booking.com North America’s Seattle-based President Todd Dunlap

Where’s the online travel/leisure industry headed? What hiring trends are coming down the pike? What lessons are being learned from operating across borders and cultures? Come join us for this thought-provoking, insightful discussion with Booking.com North America’s President, Todd Dunlap.

When: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Wed. 5/22
WhereSummit Law Group – Seattle’s Int’l District
What: Discussion w/ drinks and apps included
Price: $9.95 for recent alums*, $12.95 all others
Register: At this link.
* Recent alums include those who received undergrad degrees 10 years ago or less, or a grad/professional degree 5 years ago or less

A part of the Priceline Group of companies, Booking.com accounts for the majority of Priceline’s international business, which represents about 82% of its gross bookings and 92% of its consolidated operating income. While Booking.com is headquartered in Amsterdam, its North America subsidiary is based in Seattle and run by Puget Sound native and former Microsoftie Todd Dunlap. 

Seattle-area entrepreneurs, investors and MBA alumni are cordially invited to this event presented by Yale School of Management’s Seattle chapter (SOM Seattle) and the Seattle Business School Alliance (SBSA), in association with Summit Law Group.

Seats are limited. Register today: http://bit.ly/18rTg25.

ABOUT TODD DUNLAP
Todd Dunlap is President and Managing Director of Booking.com, North America (A Priceline Group Company). In this role, he’s responsible for all facets of growing and running the U.S. and Canadian markets for Booking.com. This includes business development, sales, customer service and all support functions in market. 

Described as a visionary and energetic leader, Dunlap is known for his ability to revitalize divisions, improve profitability, and enhance customer and employee satisfaction. He has a broad set of experience across sales, marketing, information technology, and operations. 

Prior to joining Booking.com in 2012, Todd worked at Microsoft Corporation for over 13 years. His last role being Vice-President & COO of Microsoft’s Advertising and Online Division. Prior to Microsoft, he led the Internet Business Group at WRQ (now Attachmate), a software and consulting firm based in Seattle. He also spent a number of years prior in high-tech or financial services roles at Spacelabs Medical, Safeco, and the U.S. Air Force. A Six Sigma Black Belt, Toddearned two Bachelor of Science degrees; one in aeronautic engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the other in Business Management from Park University. He has also completed graduate programs in Business and International Management from Stanford University and The Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

Outside of Booking.com, Dunlap serves on the Executive Leadership Council at Hopelink and is on the Board of Directors at NPower, two Seattle-area nonprofit organizations. Todd also enjoys golfing, reading, travel and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

ABOUT SOM SEATTLE
SOM Seattle is the local chapter of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association, which provides a voice for alumni and works to strengthen connections with the school and within the alumni community. SOM alumni can connect with SOM Seattle on Facebook or via the broader YaleSeattle club.

ABOUT THE SEATTLE BUSINESS SCHOOL ALLIANCE
The Seattle Business School Association (SBSA) was formed in order to provide enhanced educational and networking events to affiliated business school alumni and the broader community. SBSA is made up of Seattle-based MBA alumni club leaders who make some of their programming available to alumni from affiliated schools and work together to plan joint events. We believe we can offer richer events and stronger professional connections within Seattle by coordinating our efforts. For more information, visit www.mbaseattle.com.

ABOUT SUMMIT LAW GROUP
Summit Law Group is an innovative law firm built around a single mission: excellent customer service. We build working partnerships with our customers to deliver the highest caliber work product with entrepreneurial vigor. We think creatively, proactively and practically to formulate the most effective and efficient solutions to our customers’ needs. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness; our relationships with our customers and community; and our deep-seated responsibility for putting our customers above our bottom line. Our “value adjustment line” is just one example of our philosophy in action. Summit’s standard engagement letter empowers our customers to adjust our billing, upward or downward, based on their perception of the value received. To learn more, visit us at www.summitlaw.com.

Reminder: Yale Day of Service Projects Near Seattle – Sign Up Today!


It’s not too late to sign up for the Yale Day of Service. We have 5 projects here in the greater Seattle area: 4 on Saturday, May 11th and 1 on May 4th.

Please go to www.yaledayofservice.org to sign up. Feel free also to register family and friends. The projects are:

Washington Park Arboretum (near UW) – park clean up
Bethaday Community Learning Space (north Seattle)
Mercer Island – park clean up
Habitat for Humanity – home construction in Renton
May 4th afternoon food packing at Northwest Harvest Kent Warehouse

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, contact Nancy Cahill, the Yale Day of Service director for our Region.

Yale in NCAA Hockey Finals – Viewing Party @4pm PDT tomorrow (Sat 4/13)


After a thrilling OT victory yesterday over UMASS Lowell in the Frozen Four, the Yale Men’s Hockey team will be taking on #1 ranked Quinnipiac for the NCAA championship tomorrow at 4pm PDT which will be broadcast live on ESPN!

Come gather with fellow Bulldogs at World Sports Grille (formerly Jillian’s) in South Lake Union – the same venue where we watch the Game each year. Kids welcome! Turn right when you enter, go past the bar (where kids are not allowed to sit) into an area with regular tables and they will happily tune to ESPN. This is not an official or organized event, so just show up and root for Eli’s men!

Location: 731 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109; 206-223-0300

Admitted Students Reception: This Sat. 4/6 – Seattle

Saturday, April 6th: Class of 2017 Admitted Students Reception 
(RSVP for Free, $20 suggested donation)

Where: Fado Irish Pub, 801 1st Ave., Seattle
When: 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Come help the latest batch of local Yale admits make the right decision at a reception jointly hosted by the Yale Association of Western Washington and the Alumni Schools Committee! Area high school seniors will be finding out their respective Admissions decisions tomorrow night (Thu 3/28) and we need to congratulate them properly before sending them off to Bulldog Days on April 15. This is a casual event so please feel free to don school colors / Yale paraphernalia!

As in previous years, we ask that you contribute $20 to help cover the cost of the event, but any other amount is welcome too. Please let us know if you’re coming by going to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5999347209 and “register” as soon as possible so that we can get a solid head count and order enough food. Information about getting us your contribution online or via check is also on the site.

Please RSVP and donate here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5999347209.

“Dodging Bullets”: Startup CFO Roundtable – 4/12

Startup CFO Roundtable

“All Quiet on the Western (Cap Table) Front: Bullets Dodged and Lessons Learned in the Startup Capitalization Trenches.”

Featured guest: Seasoned venture CFO Mary Baker Anderson

Where: Surf Incubator – downtown Seattle
When: 11:30am-1:00pm, Fri. 4/12
Who: CFOs and VPs of Finance
What: Discussion w/ lunch provided
Price: $7
Register: At this link.

Startup CFOs and VPs of Finance are cordially invited to join this informal discussion featuring veteran startup CFO Mary Baker Anderson. Ms. Anderson has held financial leadership positions at a range of early-stage and growth ventures, from CFO at HomeGrocer.com to VP of Finance at McCaw Cellular. Full bio here.

Seating is limited. Those who register will be contacted regarding lunch and may express any dietary restrictions at that time.

Presented by the Yale School of Management’s Seattle alumni chapter (SOM Seattle) and the Seattle Business School Alliance, a consortium of alumni groups from Ivy League, Stanford, UW and other business schools.

Sponsored by Summit Law Group.

Summit Law Group is an innovative law firm built around a single mission: excellent customer service. We build working partnerships with our customers to deliver the highest caliber work product with entrepreneurial vigor. We think creatively, proactively and practically to formulate the most effective and efficient solutions to our customers’ needs. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness; our relationships with our customers and community; and our deep-seated responsibility for putting our customers above our bottom line. Our “value adjustment line” is just one example of our philosophy in action. Summit’s standard engagement letter empowers our customers to adjust our billing, upward or downward, based on their perception of the value received. To learn more, visit us at www.summitlaw.com.

WANTED: Venue for Yale admits event – April

WANTED: Venue for Yale admitted student reception

Help! Our traditional venue at which we convince area high school seniors why they should go to Yale is NOT available this year due to renovations! We can’t let these students go to Harvard or (heaven forbid!) Princeton without being fully informed. Does anyone have access to/know of a nice venue that would meet the following specs:

50-60 person capacity for a standing reception
Available for a few hours in the middle of the day on either Sat 4/6, Sun 4/7 or Sat 4/13
Ideally Seattle; nearby towns ok
Allows us to bring in our own food/beverages (no alcohol) OR has reasonably priced nibbles available
Low cost; free is even better

Possible options could be a community/activity room within one of the new high-rise apartment buildings, a nice conference room at an alum’s office, the home of an incredibly generous alum…

Please contact Seattle area ASC director Thuy or YaleSeattle board member Stella if you have any leads. Thank you!

Reminder: Yale Softball – Sat. 10/9

Last chance to buy tickets to root on the mighty Yale Softball team in their match-up against Seattle U.  @UW Softball Stadium this Saturday.

Game starts at 12PM.  Tickets $15 for reserved seating.  Questions? Please contact Nancy Cahill at 206.715.2576 or by email.

To purchase tickets, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5645736550.

Museum of Flight: Special Event – Sat. 3/9


Our fellow Ivy Plus counterparts at Stanford have extended an invitation to join them at a special Museum of Flight event this Saturday.

A once in a lifetime experience! Bring your families to The Museum of Flight for an afternoon of learning and exploration! Enjoy the museum’s galleries on your own, then gather in the Space wing to view the newly acquired space shuttle trainer and engage Astronaut Barbara Morgan (Stanford ’73) in discussion about her experiences in the space program. With an introduction by Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King (Stanford ’69) and followed by a reception.


Tickets: $40 adult, $35 adult SCW member and guest, $30 youth (5-17), $25 Museum of Flight Member (please include membership number), ages 4 & under free. Includes admission to museum, program, and reception.

When: 3-5 p.m. Museum Tour, 5-6 p.m. Program, 6-7 p.m. Reception.

Please register by emailing Robin and Elizabeth by Friday, March 8 to reserve your space with the pre-registration price. $5 more at the door.

Registration contacts:

Elizabeth Ayer ’10/MA ’12
Robin LaSota, MA ’96

Yale Law Prof. Akhil Amar – Th. 3/21


On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Yale professor and constitutional scholar Akhil R. Amar will speak to members and guests of YaleSeattle on his recent book, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By.

Professor Amar describes how the solution to many constitutional puzzles lies not solely within the written document, but also in the vast trove of values, precedents, and practices that complement and complete the text.  He shows how the complementary relationship between the Constitution’s written and unwritten components is one of America’s greatest and most enduring strengths.

This event will be held in downtown Seattle at 1201 Third Avenue, 48th floor; this is the Perkins Coie law office. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and light refreshments, which will be followed by Professor Amar’s talk at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of the event is $25 per person. Space is limited, and advance payment is required. Please purchase tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5638591178.