“The Essence of Leadership - Learn to Sustain Your Soul”

Featuring Sheri Flies, Assistant Vice President, Global Sustainability and Compliance, Costco 


Thursday, June 8
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1105 Sixth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
Online registration is now closed. We will be accepting walk-in registrations at the event.
Please note below the walk-in registration fee.


In our recent conversation with Sheri Flies, one of her many pearls of wisdom about leadership that sticks the most is finding the place “when the heart’s desire and the world’s needs meet.” It captures the essence of the person and how we show up every day in that intersection to deliver the most value with the greatest of ease. It is a big thought that keeps coming up, bringing loads of questions about the deeper meanings and applications of a pretty simple concept.

“What needs to happen to get more women in corporate leadership roles? Mentoring by both men and women, beginning at entry level, to help her develop the confidence and courage to stretch beyond what she thinks she can do and cross-training to prepare her for various facets of the business.” Sheri Flies, Puget Sound Business Journal

We hope to see you over breakfast in June to meet this wise and gifted leader as she shares about her diverse journey from the legal world through merchandising then to the halls of sustainability, a concept critical for both people and our world. She will reflect on how we can all collaborate and co-create to embody many leadership styles and improve our own lives and the lives of others.  


Speaker Bio: 

Sheri Flies,
is Assistant Vice President, Global Sustainability and
Compliance of Costco Wholesale Corporation. She began her career with Costco over 23 years ago as Corporate Counsel, where she was responsible for Costco’s legal issues related to merchandising, its vendor code of conduct, intellectual property, pharmacy, export, e-commerce and privacy policies. In 2007, Sheri transitioned from legal into the buying side of the business in order to learn how to integrate sustainability practices into everyday buying decisions and her teams supported the development of numerous Costco private label Kirkland Signature products. From there she joined the Global Sourcing Department in 2013, where she was involved with various sustainability projects, both domestically and internationally. Her focus was on value-chain analysis to source to help ensure quality and supply, while also exploring multi-stakeholder market based solutions to address poverty, malnutrition, illegal trafficking and environmental concerns. Her responsibilities now include leading Costco’s sustainability practices worldwide. 

Sheri is a frequent guest lecturer at various universities discussing topics related to business, ethics and sustainability and recently has been invited to share the results of her work with the World Wildlife’s Fuller Symposium, The World Justice Forum at The Hague, The World Bank, The World Food Programme, USDA/FAS, and US Department of State.  She is a 2016 recipient of the Women of Influence for the Puget Sound Business Journal and a 2011 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. Sheri is currently on the Advisory Board for the Center for Business Ethics at the Albers School of Business of Seattle University and a former Trustee of Pinchot University/The Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Sheri also managed Costco's participation in a private/public collaboration to provide an affordable and high quality early learning center for children and families. She is a past Board Member of the Foundation for Early Learning and served on the Governor's Commission on Early Learning for Washington State. Prior to joining Costco, Sheri was a partner in a Seattle law firm. She is the proud mother of two daughters who inspire her daily with their wisdom. 


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 *Street parking may be limited.  There are parking garages in the area as well as access to public transportation.


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