UW EMBA Alumni Highlights!
Spring Quarter 2008
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issue includes information on:
Upcoming EMBA Events
Business School News
2007-08 Alumni Events
Now in its 18th year, the CEO Lunch series features CEOs of companies in a dynamic program that attracts a wide range of Foster School of Business alumni and members of the Puget Sound business community.
May 6 - Harbor Club
"Boeing Commercial Airplanes - Strategies and Challenges"
Scott E. Carson, EMBA '85
The Boeing Company
RSVP for the May 6 event
Scott Carson is the commencement speaker for the EMBA, TMMBA and GEMBA graduation to be held Wednesday, June 11.
May 22, 2008
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussions begin 6:30 p.m.
* Email invitations will be sent within the next couple of weeks *
RSVP for the May 22 event
A panel of local experts (also EMBA alums!) will discuss the current US Health Care System and the challenges that it presents. They will also discuss potential changes to the system and the effects those changes would have. There will be plenty of time for dialogue.
Moderator: Karma Hadjimichalakis
- Lloyd David, Executive Director, PolyClinic (EMBA 1987)
- Peter Dunbar, MD, Co-Founder, Talaria (EMBA 2003)
- Chris Leininger, MD, Swedish Executive Health Center (EMBA 1997)
- Mary Kay O'Neill, MD, Market Medical Executive for the Pacific Northwest, CIGNA HealthCare (EMBA 2003)
The group represents a variety of viewpoints on health care including: physician practice, hospitals, academic medicine, public health, health care policy, global health, organized medicine, research, health information technology, health care quality, health insurance and other health related business.
July 22, 2008
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Bank of America Executive Education Center
(Next to Balmer Undergraduate Commons)
* Postcard invitations will be mailed in June *
Enjoy good food while catching-up with classmates and faculty, and networking with other EMBA alumni.
Last September the UW Board of Regents approved the renaming of the UW Business School to Michael G. Foster School of Business in recognition of gifts from The Foster Foundation totaling $50 million. Michael G. Foster is an alum of the UW Business School and a co-founder of The Foster Foundation. The gift will help create a state-of-the-art facility and help achieve the school's goal of becoming America’s top public business school. The Foster Foundation, in 1990, had donated $3 million to help build a new business library which is currently known as the Albert O. and Evelyn W. Foster library.
The Foster School of Business is breaking ground in fall 2008. The Michael G. Foster School of Business named the first of its two new buildings ”PACCAR HALL” in recognition of an $18 million gift from PACCAR and the Pigott Family. PACCAR Hall will be a 135,000 square foot facility offering a combination of classrooms, faculty office space, a 250-seat auditorium, student lounges and a boardroom. Completion of the second building is expected in 2012. PACCAR Hall is scheduled for occupancy in 2010.
In addition to this significant gift PACCAR renewed the funding of its PACCAR Award for Teaching Excellence from $25,000 and $35,000, which makes it the most prestigious graduate school teaching award in the nation.
Randell Hernandez has joined the Executive MBA team as our Associate Director of Marketing and Admissions replacing Bronica Sam (Wan) who accepted a position in December at Microsoft as an MBA recruiter. Randell has spent 15 years in undergraduate admissions including University of California (San Diego), the University of Oregon (Eugene), and the University of Toledo (Ohio). Prior to an undergraduate admissions career, he worked in the Student Affairs office. Randell has a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from the University of Toledo.
Michelle Gradt has joined the Executive MBA team as our Program Manager replacing Lori Bradshaw. Michelle spent three years as Program Coordinator for Administration and Student Services at the International Business School at Brandeis University and most recently at UW International Outreach Programs. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Minor in Psychology from Portland State University.
Ann Girarde, Senior Career Counselor, has joined the EMBA team to provide career services, resume review and strategic career planning to Executive MBA students and alumni. Ann's office is in Kirkland, at the University of Washington’s Eastside Executive Center, however, she will come to the UW Campus for meetings and individual appointment requests. This is Ann's third year, working with UW - MBA's at all levels. She has a Master's degree in counseling, and strong background of consulting and coaching in the outplacement industry, with managers and executives affected by downsizings, layoffs, and mergers. She is pursuing certification as an Executive Coach, through the College of Executive Coaching in California.
Ann can be reached at 206-897-1638 or by email at email@example.com
Thirty-four second year students from Regional 24 and North America 9 attended the 2008 International Study Seminar to Prague (Czech Republic) and Munich (Germany) from March 8 to March 16, 2008. Dick Moxon, former EMBA faculty and Director of Investment Analysis, Global Partnerships, Bob Bowen, Jane Kennedy (MBA Faculty), and Belina Makonnen accompanied the students. In Prague, the students attended a lecture on “Economic overview of the Czech Republic”. The students visited Linet (a company that specializes in high-tech beds, medical furniture and equipment for hospitals and nursing homes) as well as visited Proctor and Gamble and Unicorn (an IT company). In Munich they visited Allianz (a financial services company) and BMW (BMW World and a tour of the plant). They attended a presentation by the Principal Commercial Officer from the U.S. Commercial Service on “Overview of the German economy and business”. The highlight of the trip was a panel discussion with senior representatives from Bloomberg News, European Commission and Siemens. They shared their views on the role of the European Union and responded to questions from the students. The end of the trip included a poignant visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp.
"The International Trip is a first rate experience. You get to spend a week that is a perfect combination of college lecture series and traveling with and getting to know your classmates better."
We are going to India next year for our 2009 International Study Seminar. Please let us know if you have contacts or suggestions for possible company visits.
Bill Ayer, chairman, president and CEO of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group has graciously agreed to lead the Leadership Speaker Series for a second consecutive year. Bill (MBA 1978) was recognized at the 2007 University of Washington Business Leadership Banquet, November 1 at the Sheraton Seattle, for his contribution to the Business School and the Seattle Community.
Bill Ayer’s 2008 speakers included:
- Phyllis Campbell, President, Seattle Foundation, EMBA 1987
- Jeff Brotman, Chairman and CEO, Costco Corporation
- Mark Pigott, Chairman and CEO, PACCAR Corporation
- Caroline Boren, Managing Director, Strategic and Corporate Communications, Alaska Airlines
- Patty Bedient, CFO, Weyerhaeuser Company
- Sean Quinn, Manager U.S. Research, RiskMetrics Group
The fifth Annual Executive MBA Business Plan Competition will be held on Saturday, June 7. Study groups from Regional 24 and North America 9 second year classes, as part of their Corporate Entrepreneurship course (taught by Suresh Kotha), will present their business plans to a group of judges including venture capitalists, faculty and entrepreneurial alumni as a capstone to their program participation.
Recruiting for our program is a year-round effort. Our final application deadline is May 1. We accept applications after the deadline on a space available basis. Please have colleagues interested in joining us in the fall, contact the EMBA Office right away!
Our 2007-8 Information receptions were held in Anchorage, AK (2), Boise, ID; Portland, OR (2); Spokane, WA; Vancouver, BC (2), as well as on-campus at the Bank of America Executive Education Center and at our Eastside Executive Center in Kirkland. Sincerest thanks to alumni who joined us at this year's information receptions to describe their EMBA experience: Cindy Price, Natasha von Imhof, Noah Edelstein, Ganesh Balakrishnan, Randy Dearth, Yvonne Sertich, Jason Eddy, Binoy Unnikrishan, Susie Hasty, Steve Harper, Will Einstein, Joe Pakootas, Denise Cully, Bill Downing, Amy Lodge and Cherie Gardiner.
Our Annual VIP event was held on Wednesday, December 5 at the Sorrento Hotel (Top of the Town). Our keynote speakers were Craig Dobbs, Investment Director, Schnitzer West, LLC, (EMBA 2002) and his wife Kelley Dobbs, Vice President, Human Resources, Strategy, Culture and Inclusion, Alaska Airlines, (EMBA 2005). Craig and Kelley shared their experience in the Executive MBA Program and provided the prospective students valuable insights and takeaways. We had about fifty attendees including prospective students, alums, and faculty (Rocky Higgins, Bob Bowen, and Andy Siegel).
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Executive MBA Program hosted a continuing education event for EMBA alumni on Thursday, September 13. The participants thoroughly enjoyed both the speakers and the panelists who were EMBA entrepreneurial alums.
Topics and Speakers:
- “Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur” - Scott Lipsky, Gallery Player, AQuantive, Amazon
- “Reality Check I: The Founding Team” - Ralph Derrickson, Carena, Watershed Capital, Vulcan Investments
- “Reality Check II: The legal Side” - Parag Gheewala, Wilson Sonsini
- EMBA Alumni Panel:
- Charlie Robbins, Founder and CEO, Sea To Ski Premier Home Management (EMBA 2004)
- Brian Johnson, President/CEO, StickyDrive LLC (EMBA 2005)
- Peter Dunbar, CEO, Talaria Inc. (EMBA 2003)
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Members of EMBA Class XIII (Class of 1997) were on campus for the Back to Business School and Reunion Weekend. Alums heard from President Emmert and Dean Jim Jiambalvo about the exciting changes within the school. Reunion volunteers presented their class gifts to the school.
Karma’s Breakfast was held at the Washington Athletic Club on Tuesday, November 6. Approximately 130 EMBA alums attended this very popular breakfast. Karma’s topic “Economic Prospects and Policies in the U.S. and beyond” was very timely. She highlighted the troubled U.S. economy, in particular the real estate sector and sub-prime lending. The breakfast ended with question and answer session. Download a video from the presentation - large file, give it time to download. (username: embaalumni / password: execmba)
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