Gary Locke

Washington’s 21st Governor

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and America's Ambassador to China

Live streamed programs. Advance registration required.


Consensus Drives Strong Policy: the need for a comprehensive approach to our most challenging problems

In this seminar series we will explore the need to work collectively on this nation’s most pressing problems, whether the local, state, national or international stage. Gary Locke brings decades of experience in forming alliances, and consensus on the issues of the day. Leading conversations on our relations with China, how technology will impact our workforce, and exactly how do we run government in an effective way now and in the future. This dynamic series will lead us on a conversation to reveal our challenges, discuss our options and look at potential solutions.

Dates & Times
 - Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)
 - Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)
 - Wednesday, March 3 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)
 - Wednesday, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)
 - Wednesday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m. (ET) NEW DATE: Tuesday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m.

About Gary Locke

As Governor of Washington State (the first Chinese American to be elected governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor on the mainland), U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and America's Ambassador to China, Gary Locke has been a leader in the areas of education, employment, trade, health care, human rights, and the environment.

As Washington’s 21st Governor from 1997-2005, the nation’s most trade dependent state, Mr. Locke increased exports of Washington State products and services by leading trade missions to Mexico, Europe, and Asia, more than doubling the state’s exports to China.

During his tenure, he achieved bipartisan welfare reform and oversaw the gain of 280,000 private sector jobs, despite two national recessions. Mr. Locke also had the most diverse cabinet in state history. More than half his judicial appointments were women and 25% were people of color.  

His innovations in government efficiency, customer focus, and priority-based budgeting, as well as successful and under-budget management of high-risk initiatives, have won him acclaim from nationally recognized authors and organizations, including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In his two-terms as Governor, Washington was ranked one of America’s four best managed states.

Seminar Details

- February 10, 12:00 Noon (ET)

The US and its Future with China: Policy and Partnership Options


- February 17, 12:00 Noon (ET)

The Local, State, National and International connection of our Global Economy


- March 3, 12:00 Noon (ET)

What do we do about Artificial Intelligence and Technology’s impact on our Current and Future Workforce?


- March 31, 12:00 Noon (ET)

Running Government Like a Business?


- April 14, 12:00 Noon (ET) NEW DATE: April 13 at 3:00 p.m.

From the State House to the White House: Have Democrats and Republicans Failed the Working Class?Register