Ideas Fuel Industries

In hindsight, 2020 will likely be remembered as a year like none other. Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Schwabe interviewed some of our clients to learn how they were using their businesses to move the dial and innovating for good in this unprecedented time.


We’re proud to share the stories of how Schwabe’s clients are fueling change and innovating for good.

A-dec video

Marv Nelson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at A-dec, shares how a culture built on a foundation of caring enabled A-dec to pivot and innovate in uncertain times.

To discover more about our client, explore Why Caring is Good for Business, and check our conversation with Marv and his team (text only version).


Explore the video story of two chapters rallying to work within the restrictions of state guidelines and federal oversight to reopen the construction industry during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests include Mike Salsgiver, Executive Director, AGC Oregon, David D’Hondt, Executive Vice President, AGC Washington, and more. For a deeper dive into this collaborative effort, check out ACC: A Tale of Two Chapters (text-only version here). 

AGC OR WA video

Global Partners video

Global Partners

Eric Slifka, President and CEO, Global Partners, offers insight in this interview about how communication has been key in Global Partner's pandemic response. To learn more about how our client's entire organization stepped up in the face of uncertainty, please view the illustrated Innovation Behind the Front Line (text-only version).

OHSU/PSU School of Public Health

Dr. David Bangsberg, Dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, delivers a dose of optimism for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through policy, science, and education. For an additional shot of inspiration, view how OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is Weaving Public Policy, Science, and Education to Change Healthcare (text version here) and watch it all in action.

OHSU/PSU School of Public Health video

Port of Seattle video

Port of Seattle

Sam Cho, Commissioner, and Chad Aldridge, Operational Readiness Activation and Transition ‎Manager, Port of Seattle, explain how to tackle human trafficking through an innovative educational program. After you've seen the video, make sure to view the extended article: How to Stop the Invisible Problem of Human Trafficking (text version here).

Qwake Technologies

Sam Cossman, Founder, Qwake Technologies, walks us through how collaboration fuels innovation when working for the greater purpose of saving first responder lives. Further explore how Quake is Designing Technology with One Very Important Purpose in Mind: Saving Lives (text-only here).

Qwake Technologies video

Seamus Golf Co. video

Seamus Golf Co.

Akbar Chisti, CEO, and Founder, Seamus Golf, candidly explains why Seamus Golf pivoted quickly to innovate and "just do something!" to help fight COVID-19. For more, we invite you to uncover how Seamus Golf is Continuing to Pivot and Fuel Change (text version here).

We invite you to dive into these encouraging interviews to learn how innovation happens when people use creativity and communication to work together for the common good.

Download the publication

For the first edition of Fueling Change - Innovating in the Pacific Northwest, we explored how our clients responded to a changing marketplace. Learn how these PNW power-houses fueled-change within our region’s unique ecosystem.

Fueling Change - Innovating in the Pacific Northwest


For the second edition of Fueling Change - Innovating for Good, we learned what our clients were doing in an era of uncertainty. Get inspired by these stories of lifesaving tech, manufacturing production pivots, and calls for social justice.

Fueling Change - Innovating for Good

Thank you to our Fueling Change Innovators:

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