Alumnus Andrew Zydel and the Technology Management MBA Program were featured in a recent article in the Horizon Air Magazine about students in innovative degree programs in the Northwest. Andrew is a graduate from the TMMBA Class of 2009 and now manages a team of IT professionals at Swedish Medical Center in his role as Manager of Informatics. He leveraged his TMMBA education, informatics experience, and networking skills to make the switch to his current position. Read the full article.
Tina Bassir, TMMBA Associate Director
When you join the TMMBA Program, you become part of the accomplished TMMBA community: a powerful network of nearly 800 professionals, including entrepreneurs, CIOs, senior managers, and directors.
As an alum, the TMMBA program continues to provide opportunities to learn and to stay connected to this network of top technology leaders. By staying connected and involved, alums continue to gain the networking and educational benefits. A variety of events happen throughout the year ranging from continuing education and networking, to family fun and recreation.
“In today’s economy, a vibrant network is even more critical than normal. Thanks to the TMMBA program and all the alumni events it supports, I’m able to easily stay in touch with my fellow classmates.”
–Steve Montgomery, TMMBA Class of 2008
TMMBA alumni are invited to audit classes with current students as a refresher to particular topics, and they have access to a variety of continuing education courses each year. (In fact, a course on Selling Professional Services is happening this week.) These courses provide a chance to connect with fellow alumni and Foster School faculty while returning to the classroom.
Additionally, the TMMBA Alumni Book Group has been meeting quarterly for over two years, spanning topics from strategy, leadership, ethics and finance. The book group is a great opportunity for alums to dig into a business topic then gather to discuss the book in an academic setting. Book groups are facilitated by Foster School faculty members.
“The TMMBA book groups help me maintain a connection with the program while keeping me up to date on current topics. I’ve been able to apply the books we’ve discussed to my current work.”
– Tamaira Ross, TMMBA Class of 2008
While a great deal of networking happens at the education events, there are also events focused on reconnecting with classmates and meeting other members of the TMMBA alumni network. From speed networking night to happy hour, alums are able to meet fellow graduates from practically any local company or functional area. If someone isn’t currently working there, chances are good that someone has at some point in their past.
Graduates from TMMBA also become part of the Foster School of Business alumni network of nearly 48,000 graduates. Each year, the Foster School welcomes all MBA graduates. The Foster MBA Reunion held in Oct 2010 brought together all MBA programs at the Foster School from Classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005.
“To me, the value of the alumni network has been mainly of social value. It feels good to be connected with good, smart people.”
–Sumant Hattikudur, TMMBA Class of 2005
The TMMBA Alumni Network truly provides a lifetime of connections and a lifetime of learning!
Aaron Lykken, Manager – Academic Services & Technologies
TMMBA staff and students laced up their running shoes with other Foster MBA programs to raise money for University of Washington student scholarships by participating in the 2010 Dawg Dash. Little did we know that epic sheets of rain and gusty wind would greet us on a chilly and grey Seattle Sunday morning (we’re talking the type of day where you curl up with a book or movie next to the fire place and drink a hot cup of coffee). Instead I found myself shaking my head and grumbling as I pulled together my race gear. On my way to Husky stadium I remember at least 4 distinct times when I almost aborted on the race and sought refuge from the elements back at my house. The guilt of abandoning my teammates brought me back to focus each time and soon I was parked and deciding when I was ready to fling open the car door. Through the waves of water running down my windshield I saw a teammate and decided that it was time. Stepping into this kind of rain meant being wet and cold instantly and set the tone for the rest of the morning until the “Purple Wave (10k)” was called to the starting line. The scarcity of covered areas was apparent as I observed runners hiding in every stadium tunnel To the amazement of the runners, the rain ceased as we lined up and executed some last minute stretching, leg shaking, and jumping in hopes of staying loose and warm. And then the gun popped…
Come race time the Foster runners shook off the rain and cold and found racing success in both the 10k and 5k flavors of the race, with finishers in the top 15% of their division. The race spans the length of the UW Seattle campus from Husky Stadium in the south to running up the hilly campus past the Foster business school campus in the far north. It was a painful race but certainly one with an intense feeling of accomplishment at the finish due to the inclement weather. 2010 was the 25th anniversary of the Dawg Dash tradition which raised more than $10,000 last year. Record attendance last year was beaten by more than 800 registrants this year.
(Tina Bassir, Associate Director)
The TMMBA alumni book group has been meeting quarterly for over two years, spanning topics from strategy, leadership, ethics and finance. The book group is a great opportunity for alums to dig into a business topic then gather to discuss the book in an academic setting. The events are a chance for alums to reunite with their classmates and to meet people from other TMMBA classes. In addition to connecting with classmates, they are able to reconnect with faculty. Each book group is facilitated by a Foster School faculty member. The next book group is on Sept 14 and we have selected a marketing book: “The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times” by Scott D. Anthony. The discussion will be guided by marketing lecturer Joe Dodson.
Are you wondering what books have been discussed at past book group meetings? Here’s the list:
- Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
- Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
- Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition
- How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living
- In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The TMMBA Alumni Book Group is just one of the many opportunities for alums to stay connected and continue learning.
Tracy Gojdics, TMMBA Director
Congratulations to Jim Bricker and his company OrderMapper for being named Seattle-area ”startup of the week” by TechFlash. Jim graduated from TMMBA in June 2008.
Scott Hannah, TMMBA Student (Class of 2010)
Sitting here basking in the relief and exciting that comes from having been part of a successful capstone presentation, I’m amazed at how fast these 18 months have been. So much has been packed in this past year-and-a-half it seems almost a blur. This truly has been a wonderful adventure, with it’s share of excitement and drama. When I initially started this program I was somewhat uncertain as to how management of technology would be brought out the course. What I discovered was that it was less about the technology and more about the contacts and shared experiences with professionals in the fields of technology. One of the key benefits of this program is the exposure you get to diverse backgrounds and experiences over the 18 months we’re together, and the contacts we make now will benefit us in years to come.
Having just had the course, I can liken my experience to Leading Organizational Change. There was some resistance along the way, but the TMMBA program has been successful in transforming our organization (the student body) into MBA graduates. And to paraphrase the leading organizational change course, there are some things I will miss (learning something new, the shared comraderie of classmates, the pampering of the TMMBA staff, and more), there are some things I won’t miss (16-hr exams, late study nights, too much coffee, having no free time), and things that I missed out on (hanging out at the Keg after classes).
As I sit here relieved and excited to be done, I cannot stress enough how rewarding an experience this has been. Eighteen months go by quickly, and to sit here and feel what I feel cannot be missed.
Go on, take the leap, and enroll in the TMMBA program. You won’t regret it!
Tina Bassir, TMMBA Associate Director
For TMMBA Class 9, there are only 6 days until graduation. While class sessions and weekly deliverables are coming to an end, a new opportunity is about to begin–class 9 is becoming part of the TMMBA Alumni Network. After next week, there will be over 580 graduates representing a wide range of diverse companies and functions.
As students are counting down the days, I’m putting together some resources that will help the students transition to the alumni network. As an alum, there are many ways to stay connected to the program and to each other. One way to stay connected is by participating in the many events we host throughout the year–ranging from continuing education and networking to family fun and recreation. A few examples of events include the quarterly book group (a chance for alums to come back in the classroom with a faculty member for an engaging discussion of a business book), speed networking night (a fast-paced evening with the opportunity to meet new connections and expand your network), and the annual global economic update (this popular evening features Karma Hadjimichalakis as she provides an update on the global economic scene).
TMMBA alums are also invited to participate in events with the Foster School of Business and are welcome to join the University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA).
In the TMMBA Program, we combine relevant knowledge you can use right from the start with a powerful network of technology professionals. This powerful network is composed of more than 650 alumni and students who represent over 150 companies in the Puget Sound region. In this video, Class of 2009 Alumna Cortney Jacobsen shares her view on the value of the TMMBA Network.
Would you like to talk with a student or alum who works in your company or industry? Contact us - we are happy to connect you.
Tracy Gojdics, Director
Basically students want to do one of three things when they are in the program or after they graduate: move up in what they are doing, move out of what they are doing – or change functions – or start their own business. I tell our students that the critical things they learn in the TMMBA Program is only one part of the equation in advancing their careers, the other part of the equation is being able to put the things they learn into practice and always look for ways to contribute at a higher level, communicate more effectively and to be determined.
So have students and alumni advanced their careers? We’ve done alumni surveys to help us determine this, but what I find to be a better indicator is what I’m seeing in my LinkedIn network. Of the 450 or so alumni I have tracked via my LinkedIn network approximately 75% have changed positions and 65% have changed companies. I’m finding many are in senior-level and even C-level roles and that those that had been in more specialized technical positions have moved to general management, marketing or product management roles. It is also great to see the number of entrepreneurs we have in the alumni network as well.
Tina Bassir, Associate Director
We all face tough decisions at one time or another. But which choice is the “right” choice? Last week, TMMBA alums came together for the quarterly Alumni Book Group. Attendees read the book “How Good People Make Tough Choices” by Rushworth Kidder and the evening’s discussion was led by Scott Reynolds, Associate Professor of Business Ethics. The discussion was very thought-provoking and engaging. From religion to role models and public media to core values, many topics were discussed. Is our population more or less ethical than past generations? Is it ok to lie? What is your ethical fitness? Thank you to all the alums who participated in the book group and thanks to Scott for facilitating.
The Alumni Book Group is one of the continuing education events offered to graduates of TMMBA. Alums engage in a great discussion on a business topic as well as reconnect with classmates and meet alums from other classes. Previous books discussed at the Book Group include Made to Stick, Leading at the Edge, and Blue Ocean Strategy.