The MBA Executive Leadership Series welcomes Sheri Flies, corporate counsel to Costco Wholesale Corporation, on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Morken Public Events Room.
The series brings to campus prominent business professionals to share their experiences and offer advice. It is part of MBA program’s commitment to developing dynamic leaders in the global business environment.
Flies joined Costco in 1994. As corporate counsel, she is responsible for the legal aspects related to the company’s domestic and international merchandising agreements, vendor code of conduct, private label sourcing and packaging, export programs, global trademark and intellectual property portfolio, and the e-commerce programs, which include the Web site, pharmacies and privacy practices.
Recently, Flies was named Costco’s representative to the Sustainable Food Lab, an international group representing the diverse participants in food supply chains. She previously managed the company’s development of an affordable and high quality early learning center for children and families, which opened in 2002.
Prior to joining Costco, Flies was a partner with the law firm of Sylvester, Ruud, Petrie and Cruzen, which specialized in business and real estate transactions. She is a past board member of the Foundation for Early Learning, and was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Early Learning for Washington state.
Flies served as an adjunct MBA and undergraduate professor at PLU and at Central Washington University’s Seattle Campus, and she has also been a guest lecturer at Seattle University School of Law. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Montana and a juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law.
The series continues on Nov. 8 with alum Brad Tilden ’83, the executive vice president of finance and the chief financial officer of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group. Tilden is responsible for the company’s accounting, finance and information technology functions.
Prior to joining Alaska, Tilden spent eight years with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse at its offices in Seattle and Melbourne, Australia. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from PLU and an MBA from the University of Washington.
The fall series concludes with Melanie Dressel, Columbia Bank’s chief executive officer, on Nov. 13. She was named one of the 25 most powerful women in banking by U.S. Banker Magazine in both 2004 and 2005.
The MBA Executive Leadership Series is sponsored by the Dwight Zulauf Fund, PLUS Business Alumni Association, and the School of Business. For more information, call ext. 7330 or email email@example.com.