The Foster Evening MBA is known for its collaborative culture, thanks to its students who enjoy helping others succeed. In true Foster form, recent graduates from the Class of 2015 share their takeaways from the Evening MBA Program.
Top Foster Evening MBA takeaway: “I found that the best way to enhance your experience at Foster is to trust your classmates and get out of your comfort zone with them – both in and outside of the classroom.”
Advice for incoming students: “Time stops for no one; if you have time and interest in a Foster event – do it now! A future unforeseen event may occur and you may never be able to attend later.”
Top Foster Evening MBA takeaway: “Stay curious. Always be helpful to your friends, classmates, and people around you. Relationship is the key. Like Dan Poston & Tim Hossain mentioned at orientation, focus on mastering the 3Cs (Competency, Connection, Confidence) and live the Foster values.”
Advice for incoming students: “Be resourceful, take interesting risks, make amazing mistakes, and don’t let people’s opinions drown out your inner voice.”
A portion of commencement is dedicated to recognizing one student and one faculty/staff member with the Service Award, as voted on by the Class of 2015. This year, there was a tie between two incredible faculty/staff. Congratulations to Adam Rubens, Lloyd Tanlu, and Tim Hossain!
Chris Cunningham shares his appreciation for his fellow classmate at commencement:
Each year, the evening MBA votes on the student service award. This year, our recipient is a good friend and familiar face to so many in the program. Students describe Adam Rubens as “involved in all things foster,” ” friendly, welcoming and kind without ever exhibiting ego.” I personally can attest to his willingness to be the first to arrive and the last to leave. He takes care to make everyone feel included, contributes thoughtful, creative work in the classroom, and his contributions on the MBAA board have been recognized across campus.
Adam Rubens describes what makes Foster Evening MBA faculty & staff unique:
Top tier MBA programs are reliant on faculty and staff who make a profound impact on the educational trajectory of the students. In the Evening MBA program we measure that impact in terms of passion, connection, knowledge, and a willingness to go beyond the classroom to engage our minds in our concurrently progressing careers. A great staff or faculty member challenges us like Apple to “Think Different”, like Nike to “Just Do It”, and like Sprite to “Obey Your Thirst”…for knowledge.
The winner of this year’s faculty/staff award exemplifies all of these criteria and more. Professor Lloyd Tanlu is known for driving the Foster student experience both inside and outside the classroom. While his reputation is sometimes synonymous with a generous love of red meat and uncanny ability to remember all of his students, there are few people who can make quarterly budgeting, balanced scorecards, and corporate governance as interesting and meaningful as this professor.
This year, we had an honest to goodness tie in the voting for this award. For our second winner I think this quote from a nominating student sums it up well- “I’ve never had a faculty/staff member that cared so much about the lives, goals, and accomplishments of individual students. He really shows how much he cares daily and goes well above and beyond to support this program”. I am proud to personally call Tim Hossain a mentor and am joined by the rest of the 2015 Evening MBA class when I thank him for all the hard work he puts in on a regular basis to make this an incredible and valuable experience for all of us.
One of the highlights of the academic year at Foster is the opportunity to recognize students who represent all that Foster stands for and who consistently strive to make a difference.
2015 Evening MBA Outstanding MBA Student Award
Every year, the faculty and staff have the pleasure of nominating a graduating student who has, during her or his time in the program, exhibited a broad range of qualities which are held in high esteem by the University of Washington, including contribution to the UW Foster MBA community; contribution to the community at large; business professionalism; leadership; and class representation.
The two recipients of the Outstanding Evening MBA Student Awards made major contributions to the Foster Evening MBA Program inside and outside of the classroom. They truly embody what it means to be a Foster MBA. Foster is proud of them and has previously highlighted their experience in spotlight videos. Congratulations, Lisa Dahlby and Allison Waddell!
Lisa took it upon herself to forge strong relationships with all of her professors. She worked hard with both administration and faculty on creating a strong academic experience for her classmates. She instituted a standardized mid-quarter feedback session for all core faculty and facilitated the discussion with strong professionalism. Economics professor Ed Rice had this to say about her:
“She served her fellow students as a strong advocate for academic excellence. Lisa is as an example of how to make the most of the program by having a positive attitude, caring about fellow students and challenging yourself. ”
Outside of the classroom, Lisa served as the Evening MBA representative to the Master’s Program Committee, a superstar Ambassador and a Vice-President in the MBA Association.
Beyond her leadership, she will be remembered for her constant professionalism and dedication to the Foster School of Business.
Lisa shares why she chose Foster: “I knew this was my calling. The MBA makes you look at the world in a different way and it makes you a much better citizen of the world.”
Many in the Evening MBA Program call Allison “THE Face of Foster”. When Allison started the program she knew the MBA Program was not just a set of academic courses, but an overall experience that reached beyond the classroom. This quote from her nomination sums it up:
“She arrived at Foster and quickly became a face of the program. Her ebullient personality, willingness to roll up her sleeves and work with anyone to get the job done, and her genuine interest in learning more about people made her well-liked by her classmates. As she went through the program, she continued to shine as a leader. Whether it was finding effective ways to communicate to all Evening students or just lending a helping hand, her presence was felt by everyone during her time at Foster. She has the knack and drive to go anywhere and be extremely successful in her future endeavors – and Foster’s Evening MBA Program will be extremely lucky to count her as an alumna.”
Allison shares the most memorable aspect of her Foster experience: “I will never forget the people I met through Foster. The faculty, staff, students, and alumni are what make Foster great and it is those relationships that I will never forget.”
Saloni Sonpal is a 2014 graduate from Foster’s Evening MBA Program. She has her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and an M.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has been a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft for the past 7 years. Below is a post that she shared with her social network on graduation day.
Some things that will stick with me after the nine quarters of Foster’s Evening MBA program:
Debits and Credits
Incentives change behavior
Positive NPV projects
4Ps and 3Cs
Bottlenecks, Kanban and Kaizen Bursts
GDP and volatility
Conjoint and bundles
Listen to your customer
What’s your BATNA?
Segregate gains, aggregate losses
Be Lean and Agile!
Less is more.
Oh wait, did I mention the awesome people, life-changing experiences and the endless fun?! That stuck more than anything else!