The Evening MBA Association recently hosted a family-friendly BBQ for the Class of 2016. Classmates enjoyed meeting each other’s families in the beautiful sunny weather. The Class of 2016 has had a total of 21 babies since beginning the Evening MBA Program, thirteen of whom were at the BBQ. There is a special camaraderie among these students, many of whom are first-time parents. Foster has seen these bonds last long beyond graduation.
Members of the Class of 2016 reflect on the event:
“Foster’s Evening MBA Program has welcomed parents and non-parents alike, and I couldn’t have felt more welcomed than at the family-friendly BBQ that my class hosted this summer. As a parent of young ones, I don’t get to go to all the social events that I’d like to, and it felt great to go somewhere and see my MBA classmates and know that my children were welcome as well! It was also great to see so many non-parents there supporting us! Thanks guys!”
“It was great to see everyone out at the Baby-Q and all of the amazing kids in our program. With 21 babies born and counting, our class has shown that you can have kids, go to school, and develop your career simultaneously. These choices don’t have to be mutually exclusive. We have so much support from our families and the Foster community that makes the challenge possible.”
“The beauty of the Evening MBA Program is that it promotes ‘whole-life’ learning. For Evening MBA parents, learning does not end at 9:30 PM after class, leaving little time for networking with one another the way we would like. Foster saw this opportunity and brought together the parent community for a mid-summer BBQ. This event served my family. Specifically, it served my wife, who was able to meet fellow candidates, especially fellow professional and MBA moms with their kids. Meeting the other families, who are stretched across several responsibilities and still making the most of the Program, fosters a camaraderie that was definitely felt at the event. I hope that future classes can continue this event.”
Name: Shane Kigin Age: 32 Graduation Year: 2016 Profession: US Navy Pilot
My background: I’ve been in the Navy for eight years since graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006. After two years of helicopter flight training in Florida, I was stationed in San Diego, California. I deployed twice: first in 2010 off the coast of Central America to conduct counter-narcotics trafficking operations, then again in 2012 to Afghanistan part of a provincial reconstruction team. I began working at the University of Washington Naval ROTC in January, 2013.
What has been your most valuable academic experience at Foster?: Establishing a firm foundation in basic financial language and practices, including accounting, finance, economics, and statistical analysis.
What lead you to pursue an MBA?: Faced with decreasing budgets and a “do-more-with-less” mindset from our congressional financiers, the US Navy needs men and women with sound financial understanding. Given that my profession operates in a “move up or move out” promotion system, an MBA will hopefully help me promote within my organization and serve the nation and its Navy in the best way possible.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Foster?: I CAN trust other people — the teamwork-centric approach to learning at Foster was daunting, as we’ve all had bad luck with teams in the past… but it turns out our teams are pretty awesome and we produce high-quality products.
Summer Plans?: Between working a full time job and taking an extra MBA class this past quarter, I haven’t been this excited for summer since I was a kid! I’ll still be working, but plan to enjoy plenty of free evenings and weekends of Seattle’s beautiful summer weather. We’ll also head out of town once or twice to introduce our seven-month-old son Oliver to his extended family and to the world.
What has been your most valuable academic experience at Foster? Learning the immediately and practically applicable tools in the Stats class
How are you involved with Foster outside of the classroom?
Participated in the winter 2014 case competition – a great experience and excellent way to connect with fellow students.
Weekly happy hour. Great way to blow off some steam while getting to know classmates outside of the classroom
Upcoming C4C weekend at Stanford
What lead you to pursue an MBA? Seeking the ability to view the holistic world of business forces at work in an organization so as to be able to better leverage the focused skills developed during the last few years of my career.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Foster? *Everyone* has something valuable that they bring to the table. The better we get at recognizing the value of people’s experiences, the more effective we all will get at achieving success.