Last Lecture

Last Lecture 2017 with Dr. Marvin Washington


The nominations for the 2017 Last Lecturer are in. The students have spoken, and their chosen professor to deliver a lecture that throws away the syllabus and goes off-book is Dr. Marvin Washington!

This dynamic professor, elite-level basketball coach and published author has been called “charismatic,” “inspiring” and “engaging” by his students. His research runs the gamut from the gambling industry to wild dogs in Africa, and he is one of the most sought after leadership speakers in the province.

About the Speaker

Dr. Marvin Washington

Dr. Washington is a full professor in the Alberta School of Business. His  research, consulting, and teaching focus is on processes of organizational and institutional change. He is the author of two books on leadership and organizational change: Pack Leadership: Lessons from the Wild Dogs of Africa (with Stephen Hacker), and Successful Organizational Transformation: The Five Critical Elements (with Stephen Hacker and Marla Hacker).  In addition, he has published many academic and practitioner articles and presented his research at conferences all over the world. Marvin has taught undergraduates, graduates, and executives during his 11 year tenure at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Washington has also worked with a variety of organizations such as Bayer, Core Mark, Stantec, Enbridge, AIMCo, Blue Cross, YMCA, Delnor, many ministries and departments in the Government of Alberta, Parkland, and the Forzani Group (SportChek).

Dr. Washington has worked with the government leaders of the Country of Botswana since 1999 and the State of Oregon since 2009. Prior to life in Academia, Marvin was a manufacturing manager for Procter and Gamble where he was responsible for Zest Bar Soap.

About the Last Lecture Series: Inspiring Education

The Last Lecture asks one of the most amazing educators on campus to answer one question: “If this were your last time to address a group of students, what would you say to them?”. The Last Lecture is an opportunity for the broader UAlberta community to hear from a favourite faculty member.

The concept of a "Last Lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 with Dr. Randy Pausch, who gave his "Last Lecture" speech on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon.