Phyllis Campbell - JPMorgan Chase
Chairman, Paacific Northwest
Phyllis Campbell is the Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase. Previously, Phyllis was the President/CEO of The Seattle Foundation, the largest community foundation in Washington. Phyllis holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington, B.A. in Business Administration from Washington State University, graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Phyllis is devoted to civic activities focusing on education and human services issues. She currently serves on the boards of Alaska Air Group, Nordstrom, PATH, Initiative for Global Development, US Japan Council and the Diversity Advisory Board for Toyota, North America.
Why do you believe STEM education and Workforce is important to our nation?
To prosper in the 21st century market place, America depends on our ability to compete with nations around the world. As such, we need a qualified workforce to meet the jobs of today as well as the future. Our success is to educate and innovate. As our global economy changes, our young people will be called upon to activate their resiliency, and depth of imagination in order to lead innovations. STEM ensures that students have a strong foundation in science, technology, math and the arts. These skills are critical to ensure the students have effective careers in this global economy. Basic skills spark imagination and creation to ensure basic skills combined with the ability to integrate data. STEM education will enable us to prosper and share the sustainability of our world. Future generations will be finding cures for diseases we may not know exist. It prepares young people for careers to create a world that we can’t even imagine today.
Which woman leader do you most admire, and why?
My own mother was an inspiration to me. She was raised in Hawaii, in a traditional Japanese American family. As a female, she was not strongly encouraged to excel through higher education. In spite of that, she made her own way to the mainland and obtained her degree in medical technology. She had a distinguished 40 year career in the medical field, becoming a specialist in the field of hematology.