2021 Virtual Alumni Awards Celebration
Friday, May 14 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

Since 1980, Western Washington University has honored distinguished and dedicated alumni who have shaped the world, strengthened the university community, and supported student success. Selected through a rigorous process, each recipient has made a lasting impact through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments. More information about our awards and the nomination process is available here.

This year, the WWU Alumni Association is pleased to honor four alumni who have used their educations to launch their dreams. Each has translated a unique set of passions and abilities into vocations that are impacting their communities and transforming lives.

Our virtual awards presentation will include remarks from President Randhawa, a current student ambassador, and a lively discussion/Q&A with the honorees moderated by Craig Dunn, Western's Wilder Distinguished Professor of Business and Sustainability.


Our 2021 Distinguished Honorees

TYler Malek

Tyler J. Malek ('10)

Entrepreneur of the Year

Tyler J. Malek (’10) set up a workspace in his cousin Kim’s kitchen one decade ago. Using an ice cream maker from Goodwill, he began his sweet journey to become co-founder and head ice cream maker for Salt & Straw Ice Cream based in Portland, Oregon.

Today, Salt & Straw has scoop shops in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, and the Downtown Disney® District in Anaheim, California. The company’s ice creams are also available in New York City at Daily Provisions and on first-class flights on Alaska Airlines.

In addition to its bold flavors and reputation for hospitality, Salt & Straw is known for its integration into the fabric of the communities it serves and for supporting local artisans, students, and organizations. Tyler was named: one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for “Changing the Way America Eats,” Zagat’s 30 Under 30 for 2017, one of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and an Eater Young Guns Semi-Finalist.

He currently lives in Portland with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and a blind cat. In 2019, he debuted The Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook.

Deborah Dull

Deborah Dull ('07)

Young Alumna of the Year

Deborah Dull (’07) has dedicated her career, and her considerable expertise in the supply chain field, to solving complex and challenging global problems. She has served in senior roles at Microsoft, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, General Electric, and the Circular Supply Chain Network.

Deborah received a scholarship as a Western student. In the spirit of giving back, she was later inspired to endow the Available to Promise scholarship for supply chain management students in 2016. The application process for the award is a problem-solving competition.

She earned a master’s degree in supply chain and operations management at the University of Liverpool and spent a year in Ethiopia with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Currently, Deborah is exploring the relationship between supply chain and the economy as she pursues her doctorate at Hariot-Watt University in Scotland. She is also developing the circular economy practice at General Electric and connecting global supply chain professionals through the Circular Supply Chain Network. She serves on the advisory board for her Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management undergraduate program, and often recruits new board members and donors.

Donald Hardwick

Donald L. Hardwick ('84)

Larry “Go Vikings!” Taylor Alumni Service Award

Donald L. Hardwick (’84) entered the computer industry fresh out of Western, starting out in sales at Data General Corporation and moving on to a variety of national, international, and worldwide leadership positions at Microsoft. During his career at the technology giant, Don led business development for Microsoft At Work, participated in two Windows product launches, and managed global relationships with many of the world’s largest computer manufacturers. Most recently, he served as director of OEM Sales and Marketing.

Don is currently an Emeritus Board Member of the WWU Alumni Association. He has also served as an executive committee member of the board, supported student scholarships, volunteered as a mentor for the first Leadership Studies program, and founded and chaired the university’s first alumni legislative advocacy committee. During Washington State legislative sessions, he works tirelessly to ensure higher education is a priority for state representatives.

Along with his two sisters Mary (’76) and Mardi (’96), Don was a member of the first generation of his family to attend college. All three are proud Western alumni.

Don is an avid golfer and resides in Woodinville with his wife Kimberly. The couple enjoys hiking and getting together with their daughter Alli.

Julie Larson-Green

Julie B. Larson-Green ('86)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie B. Larson-Green (’86) earned her degree at Western in business administration. The product design and engineering leader spent a long and distinguished career at Microsoft. Her journey with the tech giant began in 1993. She led the definition and design of many of the company’s most iconic products from the Microsoft Office Suite to the Windows operating system. 

She also headed the Devices and Studios Engineering Group, which included products like the XBOX One and Surface tablet. She became the chief experience officer for the company, working across all products to improve experiences. Julie has earned multiple awards, including the 2015 Woman of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership from the Anita Borg Institute.

Three years ago, Julie began a new adventure as chief experience officer at Qualtrics, an experience management software company. She remained there until her retirement in February. She is currently an investor at Flying Fish Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and Female Founders Alliance. She enjoys mentoring and coaching startups and is currently an advisor at Magic Leap, an augmented reality platform, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, in the health and wellness category. Julie serves on boards including Health Catalyst, and Goleadoras, a social enterprise leveraging the power of soccer to transform young girls’ self-confidence. She has left an indelible mark on billions of people and scores of companies during her pioneering 35+ year career.

Questions and Accommodations

John Dlouhy is your point of contact for the Alumni Awards Celebration event. Feel free to email dlouhyj@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-3629 if you have any questions or comments.
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