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.

Is it Time to Go for a Part-time MBA?

So you’ve started your career and you’ve landed a good job. Work is satisfying, but you know there are other opportunities out there and your options are limited by the scope of your job and the industry you’re working in. You know you’ll need to build your knowledge and skills to compete for those opportunities. Is it time to earn a part-time MBA? For Evening MBA students Tom Clendenin, Etta Mends and Olga Shapiro, the answer was “Yes!” They describe how they reached the decision to go back to school for an MBA while they continued working. Is it time to make your move?

BPC bonanza

Guest post by Claire Koerner, co-founder of nomON and Foster School class of 2014
nomON is a randomized food delivery app. Claire and the rest of the nomON team competed in the 2013 UW Business Plan Competition and made it into the Sweet 16 round. In this guest post, Claire reflects on the BPC experience and lessons learned.

nomON for blog postnomON’s Business Plan Competition (BPC) journey drew to a close on May 23 at the Awards Dinner amid friends, mentors, and fans. After two months of hard work, we were all very eager to reach the culmination of the event, and be able to look back at all we have learned along the way. At the beginning of the BPC, we had a 7 page executive summary that was absolutely gorgeous (thanks to Tarryn!) but with some major holes. Our financials were complete estimates, we had yet to sort out credit card processing, and much of our plan was built upon assumptions. After advancing to the investment round, we had the chance to perfect our 2 minute pitches for judges, create nomON swag, and start raising hype about the brand. But it was when we advanced to the Sweet 16 (yay!!) that the learning really began: we met with multiple coaches and mentors – thank you Sanjay Kumar, Craig Sherman, Emer Dooley, Charles Seybold and several others along the way- who helped us find and fill the holes in our business. nomON went from being a quirky mobile app cobbled together at Startup Weekend to a real business with well thought out financial projections (you should see the spreadsheets), a solid partnership with ordr.in, and an entirely new user interface. What a roller coaster! Although we didn’t advance to the Final Four, nomON is now armed with a full 15 page business plan, an investor slide deck, and most of all, important insights and truths about our business. Thank you to the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and everyone who helped us during this process. We are excited to move forward with the business, continue learning and improving, and most of all…bring nomON to you soon!

Top 5 things we learned:

  1. Businesses are hard- the to do list keeps growing, no matter how many things you check off
  2. Pitch to everyone- you never know who is going to have a random genius insight
  3. All it takes to keep a designer happy is free-flowing white chocolate mochas with extra whip
  4. Practice makes perfect
  5. Businesses are fun- the deeper you go, the more you learn, and the more you love your team :)

The nomON team:
Claire Koerner – Business Administration (Marketing)
Stephanie Halamek – BA (Finance)
Tarryn Marcus – BA (Entrepreneurship)
Evan Cohen – Informatics
William Voit – Electrical Engineering