Leadership Lab

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Would you like to visit the headquarters of a variety of businesses and organizations? Would you value the opportunity to personally network with CEOs and executives as you pursue your educational and leadership goals? Are you curious about how successful businesses shape their leaders? Would you like to compare and contrast the key factors in how different companies, organizations, and leaders do business? Would you prefer to “test drive a business culture” as an alternative to finding an internship or before accepting a job offer?

Then, enroll in Leadership Lab © !

Leadership Lab takes School of Business undergraduate students, and other UWB undergraduates students who are interested in leadership development, out-of-the-classroom and into multiple local organizations to meet directly with senior leadership teams and CEOs. By participating in the lab series, students learn more about business cultures, missions, operations, and key business functions in successful organizations.

Leadership Lab completion includes a kick-off Cohort Convocation and a wrap-up Leadership Summit with a total contact time of 30+ hours of business networking. Successful completion of the program results in the award of a Certificate of Achievement.

Specifically, by the end of this leadership lab series, students will:

  • Observe multiple business operations and cultures directly
  • Experience different organizational and cultural settings first-hand
  • Watch and hear CEOs in action and identify with a range of successful leadership styles
  • Hear perspectives from top leadership and CEOs who represent a range of industries and sectors
  • Develop their own insights on desirable leadership competencies to pursue and acquire
  • Share individual reflections and summarizations of what was learned with executives and cohorts.


Program Description

This unique cohort program takes students onsite to multiple companies and organizations over the span of an academic year to create a broad view of organizational leadership in a variety of settings and industries. Students learn directly from CEOs and senior executives as these leaders discuss the organization’s mission, vision, and culture, its operations, financing, marketing, and management.  In each lab, students hear a high-level overview of the organization’s specific business functions and learn what makes the organization tick. Throughout the lab series, students actively engage in a variety of activities to stimulate further thought and in-depth dialogue about leadership. In addition, students learn how they can benefit by developing their own specific leadership competencies in parallel with what employers value. Each lab session concludes with a discussion of the leadership competencies desired within the specific organization.


Target Audiences

Focus is on School of Business undergraduates and the program is open to all UWB undergraduates.



  • Program spans the academic year
  • Students attend all of the labs in the series as a cohort group
  • Students register for the entire lab series, not for individual lab sessions
  • Each lab session is three hours total per organization
  • Each lab session is held 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on a Friday
  • Participation is limited to 45 students per Leadership Lab Series
  • Early registration is highly encouraged



  • Applicants must be a dedicated School of Business or UWB undergraduate student interested in leadership formation and development
  • Applicants must commit to participating actively in the series and attending sessions consistently to receive a Certificate of Achievement
  • Applicants must attend the opening Convocation and the closing Leadership Summit


Dates and Timeframes

{Note: Students must enroll in entire series, not in one singular session}

Academic Year: 2013 – 2014
Session One of Five in Series: January 10, Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Organization: Costco
Address: 1045 Lake Dr. Issaquah, WA 98207 (Lab will be held in Building #2, Budget Meeting Room)
Directions: From 90 East, take exit 15 for WA-900W/17th Ave. NW. Continue onto NW Sammamish Rd. Then take a right onto 11th Ave. NW. Take a left onto Lake Dr. The Issaquah Costco Warehouse parking will be on the left (near gas station).
SVP Speaker: Ron Vachris
Executive Speakers: TBD in collaboration with CEO, Dr. Krishnamurthy, and Susan Gibson

Academic Year: 2013 – 2014
Session Two of Five in Series: February 7, Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Organization: Smartsheet.com 
Address: 10500 NE 8th St, Suite 2000 Bellevue, WA (We will convene in a large conference room (Hotel operated) on the 2nd floor)
Directions: from I-405 Southbound, take exit 13B for NE 8th Street. Merge on NE 8th Street westbound. Just after crossing 106th Ave NE, look for the underground parking garage entrance on the right (just west of Chase Bank). Park in any stall, take the elevator to the 2nd Floor of the Wintergargen Lobby. Near Nova Eye Care on the 2nd floor, find the “Boardroom”. Our event begins there.
CEO Speaker: Mark Mader
Executive Speakers: TBD in collaboration with CEO, Dr. Krishnamurthy, and Susan Gibson

Academic Year: 2013 – 2014
Session Three of Five: March 7, Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Organization: SightLife
Address: 221 Yale Ave N, Ste 450 Seattle, WA
CEO Speaker: Monty Montoya
Executive Speakers: TBD in collaboration with CEO, Dr. Krishnamurthy, and Susan Gibson

Academic Year: 2013 – 2014
Session Four of Five: April 4, Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Organization: Eagle View
Address: 3700 Monte Villa Pkwy, Suite 200, Bothell, WA
CEO Speaker: Chris Barrows
Executive Speakers: TBD in collaboration with CEO, Dr. Krishnamurthy, and Susan Gibson

Academic Year: 2013 – 2014
Session Five of Five: May 9, Friday,  9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Organization: Outerwall/Redbox/Coinstar
Address: TBD
SVP Speaker: Jim Gaherity
Executive Speakers: TBD in collaboration with CEO, Dr. Krishnamurthy, and Susan Gibson

Academic Year: 2013 – 2014
Leadership Summit: June 13th, Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: TBD

**Refunds Are Not Provided**



Academic Year: 2013-2014

Location rotates from business to business settings. Convocation and Leadership Summit held on University of Washington Bothell campus or nearby offsite.



$149 per Leadership Lab Series

Must be paid in exact cash or check.
Registration is now closed for this year!