Former Chairman of Russell Investments to Speak at Tacoma Graduation Celebration

June 9, 2011

Michael Phillips will speak on the theme of “With Liberty and Justice for Whom.”  His remarks will concern both his pride in his adopted country as an immigrant and the need for reform to ensure that America actualizes a commitment to both liberty and justice.

The event celebrating Tacoma’s Evergreen graduates will take place on June 11 at 1 PM at the Tacoma campus of The Evergreen State College, 1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma.  The event is free and open to the public.

“The individual is slowly taking control of his or her destiny in many spheres,” says Phillips.  “This process is systematic and irreversible, but, as this happens, we must ensure that the inequalities in our society are reduced not increased.”

Phillips is chairman of the independent non-profit Russell 20-20 Association.

He retired from Russell Investment Group after serving as Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2003.  Under Phillips leadership, Russell Investment Group was awarded Washington CEO magazine’s “Best Companies to Work for in Washington State, and was among Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.”

Phillips graduated with honors in law from University College, London. He is a board member of the Tacoma Youth Chorus, the Harold LeMay museum, and on the advisory board of the University of Washington, Tacoma.