Category Archives: Student Life

Executive MBA students team up to lead change in healthcare

It was serendipity when Guy Hudson, MD, a pediatric specialty surgeon, met Shelley Cathrea Roy, a chiropractor, and Laureen Driscoll, a nursing administrator, for the first time at their EMBA orientation meeting in 2011. Though Guy and Laureen were both working at Swedish Medical Center at the time, neither they nor Shelley could have guessed that their EMBA experience would soon result in teaming up to lead change in pediatric services at Swedish. Pursuing a career shift, Shelley sold her practice and, leveraging her EMBA network, joined Swedish the following year as a clinic administrator. All three quickly found innovative ways to apply the business tools they were learning in the program in the hospital setting. Executives took notice, and supported their efforts to marry their growing business savvy to their professional expertise on the job. Leadership opportunities and promotions followed, with more to come.

Learning with – and from – Classmates

Often new Evening MBA students are surprised how much they learn from their classmates in the program. At the start, the program’s staff takes care to form study groups that allow students with diverse strengths to share their knowledge and get each other through challenging course material. Fellow students often develop strong and lasting friendships as well, and form a whole new career network for each other, representing most of the Seattle area’s major employers. Evening MBA students Olga Shapiro, Etta Mends and Tom Clendenin describe how their fellow students add value to the Evening MBA Program.​​​

New facilities transform, energize the Foster School

A virtual tour highlights how new facilities have transformed and energized the Michael G. Foster School of Business School since it was renamed in 2007. PACCAR Hall (opened in 2010) and Dempsey Hall (opened in 2012) now form the nucleus of the school, which also includes the Bank of America Executive Education Center, Mackenzie Hall and the Foster Business Library on the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus and the Eastside Executive Center in Kirkland.