Welcome to the 2022 Executive Speaker Night Series.

In following Regis University's tradition of Jesuit education, the Executive Speaker Night Series aims to create a community of learners with a passion for transforming the world by examining the business ecosystem. The series was founded by Luka Powanga, Ph.D., professor of accounting, economics and finance at Anderson College of Business and Computing, to serve as a platform to inform, enlighten and engage. It is designed to expose Regis students, community members and sponsoring partners to the first-hand experiences of select elite industry experts who work to improve and transform society – creating pathways for innovation. Additionally, it is an excellent way for Regis students to expand their networks via LinkedIn and ask questions of the speakers to aid in planning their academic and professional career paths.

We are excited to present our lineup of global thought leaders through this virtual series. Dr. Powanga will lead the hour-long session, which includes time for an interactive Q&A. There are five sessions to the series throughout the year. I invite you to attend as many of the sessions as possible.

Speakers who are passionate about their work find this venue exceptionally suited to share their perspectives on new and innovative topics. If you are interested in presenting, contact Dr. Luka Powanga for more information at

Shari A. Plantz-Masters, Ph.D.
Academic Dean, Anderson College of Business and Computing
Regis University


Anderson College of Business and Computing

Programs in the Anderson College of Business and Computing integrate the latest developments in business and technology, providing students with business programs that combine an innovative business education with the technological foundation necessary in today's global marketplace and emphasize business acumen for those in the rapidly evolving computer science industry.

Upcoming Speakers


Phillip Washington
Event Details:

Date: Aug. 30, 2022
Time: 6-7 p.m. MT

Offered online via Zoom

Phillip Washington

Join us for a conversation with Phillip Washington, chief executive officer of Denver International Airport (DEN).

Event Description: Meet and learn from Phillip Washington, recent nominee to be the next FAA administrator by President Joe Biden, and the leader of the country’s third-busiest airport and the seventh-busiest airport by passenger volume worldwide. Washington will discuss building sustainability, resiliency, equity, diversity and inclusion into business strategy and infrastructure development to drive economic growth. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

About the Speaker: Phillip A. Washington was nominated by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and unanimously confirmed by the Denver City Council as chief executive officer (CEO) of Denver International Airport in July 2021. Washington previously served as CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the lead transportation, planning, programming and financing agency in Los Angeles County.

Previously, Washington held leadership roles at Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), where he served as assistant general manager for nearly 10 years before being named CEO in 2009. Washington led and implemented the FasTracks program, one of the country's largest voter-approved transportation expansion programs.

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Washington served 24 years in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of the highest a non-commissioned enlisted soldier can achieve. He retired as a disabled veteran and was awarded the prestigious Defense Superior Service Medal for exceptional service to his country.


Dr. Luka Powanga was involved in pioneering the Online MBA Program, which grew from zero to over 4,000 students worldwide. He chaired the MBA program and helped develop the Physicians MBA program and joint graduate degrees with Management Concepts, the University of ITESO (Mexico) and Ulster (Ireland). He was a founding board member of the Sullivan Center for Entrepreneurship at Regis University.

Read Dr. Luka Powanga's Full Biography

Energy Africa Conference logo

Energy Africa Conference is a sustaining partner of the Executive Speaker Night Series. The 14th Annual Energy Africa Conference was hosted virtually on November 11-12, 2021. This year’s theme was Unlocking Africa's Energy Investments' Potential Providing Accessible, Affordable, Sustainable, Clean, and Resilient Energy Solutions to Catalyze Economic Development and Improve the Standard of Living in African Urban and Rural Communities.

Visit the Energy Africa Conference Website


Contact Anderson College of Business and Computing for more information about the series.