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August 3, 2021

The Amazon Opportunity

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The Amazon Opportunity


During this information-packed 3-hour event, we will hear from Amazon executives leading a variety of different initiatives within the organization, as well as Amazon’s business partners, real estate developers, nonprofit partners, and economic development experts about the best ways to partner with Amazon, what programs the company is focused on and where Amazon is focusing on next. This will be a can’t-miss event for business and civic leaders in any city where Amazon does business, particularly the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Nashville, and Arlington.

This event is taking place 8:00 am – 11:00 am PDT



Brought to you by the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Nashville Business Journal, and the Washington Business Journal.


8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. PDT – Welcome & Keynote
Jay Carney  Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Amazon

8:20 a.m. – 9:00 am PDT – Talent Pipeline Discussion
Amazon Speakers:
Ardine Williams – VP, Workforce Development, Amazon
Tammy Thieman – Senior Manager, Amazon Career Choice, Amazon

Kyle Allen – Managing Partner, Vaco
Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange – President, Seattle Central College
Amy Liu – Vice President and Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. PDT – Housing, Infrastructure & Transit
Amazon Speakers:
Catherine Buell – Head of Community Development, Amazon
Guy Palumbo—Director, Public Policy, Washington State, Amazon

Marshall Crawford – President & CEO, The Housing Fund
Kimberly Driggins – Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy
Heather Raspberry – Executive Director, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
Peter Rogoff – CEO, Sound Transit

9:40 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. PDT – Community Engagement Discussion
Amazon Speakers:
Brian Kenner – Director, Public Policy, External Affairs, Amazon
Alice Shobe – Global Director, Amazon in the Community, Amazon

Katie Cristol – Vice-Chair, Arlington County Board
Marty Hartman – Executive Director, Mary’s Place
Joe Woolley – CEO, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce

10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT – Commercial Real Estate Discussion
Amazon Speakers:
John Schoettler – Vice President, Amazon Global Real Estate and Facilities, Amazon
Holly Sullivan – VP of Worldwide Economic Development, Amazon

Ada Healey – Chief Real Estate Officer, Vulcan
Matt Kelly – CEO, JBG Smith
Cary Mack – Managing Partner, Southwest Value Partners

Event Details

Date & Time

August 3, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm