Can You Succeed…? with Roger Levesque and Mary Knell

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Can you succeed in business without really trying? Our Community Engagement Specialist, Kwapi Vengesayi wanted to find out. In this first of a three-part series, we meet Roger Levesque and Mary Knell and hear what they have to say. It’s interesting to consider how many of these suggestions and recommendations for succeeding in business are applicable to working in the arts as well!

Inspired by our production of How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying, I went out into the community with my little camera and tripod to ask a few inspirational people from diverse backgrounds and professions a few questions about their success. Here were their answers.


Roger Levesque is the Director of Community Outreach with Sounders FC (Football Club), the official soccer team of Seattle. He graduated from Stanford University where he played soccer for the Cardinals and was named second-team All-American at the end of his junio year. He was drafted by the Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes before joining the Sounders. After he stopped playing, he took time off from the soccer world and earned his Master’s degree at the UW Foster School of Business. Since coming back into the organization, Levesque has endeavored to strengthen the club’s presence in the community, spearheading many community focused initiatives and programs.

Hear what Levesque had to say about succeeding in business in the video below.


Mary Knell is the Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo’s Washington and Western Canada Commercial Banking teams. She is a Seattle native and graduated from the University of Washington. While in college she worked part-time as a teller and after completing her studies, she continued to work in the banking industry. Her involvement in the community and the initiatives she champions have undoubtedly inspired and empowered girls and young women who will be tomorrow’s CEOs and leaders in the business world.

Mary’s advice for succeeding in business? You can never be too prepared, but it’s still important to be flexible! Listen to some other suggestions Mary has in the video below.

Produced by KWAPI VENGESAYI, Community Engagement Specialist

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