Through our Wisdom and Chocolate Speakers Series, attendees interact with nationally known entrepreneurs who share what they have learned in establishing their businesses. The speakers all convey vibrant messages about the value of loving one's business and how to make dreams achievable. Those messages are made sweeter with servings of chocolate desserts! The Saint Martin's School of Business sponsors Wisdom and Chocolate in partnership with the Washington Center for Women in Business at the Thurston Economic Development Council.

Previous lectures

Melanie Matthews — Wed. Sep 18, 2019, 7 p.m.
CEO of Physicians of Southwest Washington (PSW) Melanie Matthews led the discussion on the innovations in healthcare, including the journey of healthcare over the last 100 years through the lens of childbirth as well as healthcare costs in the U.S. She has more than 20 years’ experience in health care services including operations, financial, human resources, and product marketing.

Renee Radcliff Sinclair — Mon. Dec 3, 2018, 7 p.m.
President and CEO of Washington’s public affairs media network Renee Radcliff Sinclair addressed the value of engagement and communicating constructively across the public/private sector divide. Her professional history includes 14 years as a journalist, policy leadership roles with the American Electronics Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Apple, and four terms in the Washington House of Representatives.

Howard Lim — Wed. Oct 14, 2015, 7 p.m.
After branding hundreds of companies, products and services, and generating billions of dollars in revenue, brand-value and equity, Howard Lim taught over 75,000 entrepreneurs and leaders the most important aspects of business development and branding. He has represented and contributed to Apple, Namco, Disney, Intel, HP, Adobe, Oracle, Xerox, Toshiba, Mattel, Honda, and many other companies.

Cindy Solomon — Tues. Jan 27, 2015, 7 p.m.
Internationally recognized speaker, consultant, author and entrepreneur, Cindy Solomon has helped leaders find their courage in leadership to take their businesses to the next level. She has helped Google, The Ritz Carlton, State Farm and The Mayo Clinic to create cultures of leadership and strong customer skills in today's challenging economy.

Zev Siegl — Tues. Nov 18, 2014, 7 p.m.
Co-founder of Starbucks Coffee, Zev Siegl is recognized as an international speaker and business coach and has served as consultant for over 200+ early-stage SMEs. Passionate about enabling entrepreneurs to navigate today's fast-paced market, he has helped many enterprises grow into successful and steady businesses.