1. Congressman Jay Inslee opens the retreat by providing a national context and identifying federal priorities for investment in innovation and education with the assembled business, academic and policy leaders.
2. State Representatives Bob Hasegawa (left) and Deborah Eddy take the opportunity to chat with participants before our evening program gets underway.
3. State Senator Derek Kilmer (left), chair of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, talks with TA board member Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at University of Washington.
4. Roger Nyhus (left), president & CEO of Nyhus Communications, facilitates a question-and-answer session with opening night speaker Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association.
5. Technology Alliance Chair Jeremy Jaech, CEO of Verdiem, outlines our objectives for the 2009 Institute in preparation for the highly interactive, content-rich program we have planned for them.
6. TA Chair Emeritus Marty Smith, director at MetaJure, Inc., offers data on student performance and degree attainment to frame our education discussion.
7. Thomas Kane, deputy director of Education-U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, shares findings from his research on identifying effective teachers.
8. Apex Learning CEO Cheryl Vedoe (at podium) leads the panel discussion on K-12 education featuring (left to right) Jane Broom, director of Puget Sound community affairs for Microsoft; Thomas Kane of the Gates Foundation; Chris Korsmo, executive director of the League of Education Voters; and Trish Millines Dziko, co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation.
9. John Garder, Washington State University's vice president of economic development & international engagement and co-chair of the Higher Education System Design Study Group, provides an overview of current and future needs in our higher education system.
10. Gerald "Jerry" Grinstein, strategic director at Madrona Venture Group, facilitates a dialogue between university leaders and state policymakers.
11. Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd (left) and University of Washington President Mark Emmert discuss the budget challenges facing Washington's research universities.
12. Senator Derek Kilmer offers his perspectives on higher education as a priority for state investment.
13. Technology Alliance board member Ron Howell, CEO of the Washington Research Foundation, moderates our panel on the impact of technology transfer and commercialization as an economic driver.
14. State Representative Phyllis Kenney (left), chair of the House Committee on Community & Economic Development and Trade, outlines ways the legislature can support the movement of research from the lab into the economy alongside University of Washington's Vice Provost for Technology Transfer, Linden Rhoads.
15. Accelerator Corporation Chairman & CEO Carl Weissman participates in our panel following his presentation on Accelerator as a model for commercialization and company formation in the life sciences.
16. State Senator Jim Kastama, chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Trade & Innovation, discusses the importance of cultivating entrepreneurial talent at our institutions while Ulrich Mueller, vice president of industry relations and technology transfer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, listens.
17. Mike Schwenk (left), vice president & director of technology deployment and outreach at Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, highlights the need for institutions to collaborate to solve big challenges and have greater impact, while fellow panelist Senator Jim Kastama looks on.
18. Evergreen Venture Capital Association President Andy Dale, managing general partner at Buerk Dale Victor LLC, moderates our panel examining how angel investors and venture capitalists support company growth and Washington's innovation economy.
19. Former TA chair Tom Alberg (left), managing director at Madrona Venture Group, and Lucinda Stewart, managing director at OVP Venture Partners, exchange views on the state of the venture capital industry in Washington.
20. Experienced angel investor Geoff Entress, venture partner at Voyager Capital, talks about the important role angels play in supporting fledgling technology companies.
21. Serial entrepreneur Jeremy Jaech (left) uses humor to make his point, which is not lost on fellow panelist Geoff Entress.
22. TA board member Mike Kluse, Battelle senior vice president and director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, talks about the new, STEM-focused Delta High School in Tri Cities to kick off our Tuesday evening program.
23. Keynote speaker Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, shares data on student performance in Washington, across the U.S., and around the world to press the case for education reform in our state and nation.
24. Daniel Malarkey, deputy director of the Washington State Department of Commerce, outlines the work being done to reorganize and refocus the agency to grow jobs and our state economy.
25. Chris Endresen (left), state director for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and State Senator Fred Jarrett identify their key takeaways during a roundtable discussion to wrap up the Institute.
26. Tim Martin, director of global government affairs for Amgen, and State Representative Jeff Morris share their observations - and a few laughs - on the final morning.
27. Technology Alliance founding chair William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, helps bring our program to a close with his observations on the lessons learned during the retreat.