Business Leadership Club hosts UPS CEO

On Oct. 25, a president from one of the world’s largest package delivery companies will be coming to Bellevue College to speak to the Business Leadership Club. Nancy Koeper is the president of all United Postal Services operations in the Northwest District, including facilities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Koeper dedicates much of her time to getting involved with the community and using business principles to benefit the people she meets.

Koeper began her career in 1986 as a Package Car Driver in Saddlebrook, New Jersey. She was promoted to work in UPS management, where she worked with package and hub, industrial engineering and sales and marketing. Working her way up the corporate ladder, she explored many different sectors of UPS management. In 2006, Koeper became the president of UPS’s Red River District, which includes facilities in Oklahoma and Arkansas. She was responsible for nearly 5,000 employees.  Students can observe that powerful positions are attained by the practice of studying skills from many different careers.

The BLC is a thriving society at BC, which aims to foster engagement and collaboration between students, and support them in academics and careers.  The Business Transfer Program has alumni who have gone on to work in Boeing, Microsoft, Deloitte, Amazon, Safeway and many prominent small businesses.

“We are thrilled to be able to host such a high-level executive who can bring her own inspiring story, along with telling us how she develops leaders in a company that started in Seattle,” said Leslie Lum, who teaches multicultural consulting, statistics investing and introduction to business.

The BLC has mounted many events to help students learn about careers. The club has facilitated job shadows in accounting, hosted speakers from Starbucks, Costco, venture capital firms and student entrepreneurs. Members of the BLC have worked together to host at least ten events a year.

Koeper is great example of academic success, having obtained an undergraduate degree at Cortland State University in 1981 and completed her MC with a concentration in marketing in 1994 at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

Koeper serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Washington Business. As president of the UPS Northwest District, Koeper is responsible for over 14,000 employees. The Northwest District is currently the largest land territory covered by UPS. Koeper is responsible for delivery operations, customer relationship management, and revenue management of nearly $2 million annually.

Koeper is an avid volunteer who makes speeches and digital messages which emphasize the importance of giving back. She has been actively involved with Susan G. Komen for the Cure since the loss of her mother to breast cancer. Nancy Koeper will be discussing her personal journey as a businesswoman and social volunteer in her topic, “Delivering Leadership.” The BLC is hosting her presentation on Oct. 25, which will be taking place at 11:30 a.m. in N-201.