November, 2009

CISB International Night

Monday, November 30th, 2009
Let's the international gastronomic adventures begin!

International Feasting

On November 12th, Andrea Gomes said a few words, we kicked off the coming Global Biz Week with an all-CISB, buffet style, multicultural dinner.  The evening provided a perfect opportunity to mingle with students from other areas of study as well as experience some culture through food.  Each of the different tracks brought a dish or two to represent their language focus, providing a world tour for the taste buds!  Everything from sauerkraut to quesadillas to pot stickers made brief appearances and were consumed in record time. 

Based on the number written on your nametag, everyone was divided at random into 10 tables of students from different tracks.  After we’d finished eating and socializing it was time for International Trivia.  Each table worked as a team to answer 30 questions, some of which were pretty simple, some of which were not.  For example, Q: After which castle in Germany was the Disney “Sleeping Beauty” castle designed? A: Neusch…. I would give you the answer but for fear of spelling it wrong, you can look that one up yourself.  Congrats to tables 7 and 10 for winning!  Go Team.

One last quick reminder, don’t forget to check out some of the events going on this coming week! If they’re anything like last nights dinner, you won’t want to miss them.   

-Sarah Peterson (Sophomore, CISB- Spanish Track)

CISB presents: Ed Bland of Unitus

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Last Thursday the CISB program invited Ed Bland, the president of Unitus to speak. Unitus is an international nonprofit organization that fights global poverty by accelerating the growth of microfinance. Before he joined Unitus, Ed received an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and was the General Manager in the Entertainment and Devices Divison at Microsoft.

It was fun and enlightening to hear him speak! The first thing he showed us was a video of how Unitus has helped individuals, so we got to hear about personal stories of how people living in poverty suffered, but then overcame their financial struggling with the help of small loans. One woman, with a $65 loan, showed just how resourceful one could be with a little bit of financial help. She gathered cast-off chicken heads and entrails and potatoes and made “chicken head sausages,” which are now very popular in her village. Pretty innovative, eh? Another woman who joined Grameen Koota received a loan of $200 dollars and started her own dress shop. Before Unitus stepped in, she said that it was difficult to even get one meal a day. Did you know that more than half the world lives on less than $2 a day? It’s definitely not enough to meet even the most basic human needs. An even more depressing fact is that in 2007, 9.2 million kids died before their fifth birthday because of poverty.

If you’re interested in helping alleviate global poverty, Ed says that there are plenty of ways to get involved. There are internships out there that deal with global poverty, like at Unitus, or you could donate money or start your own microfinance institution in the future. Plus, we also have our very own Social Entrepreneurship Club (SEC) and Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition run by the Global Business Center at the UW.
-Nancy Peng (Junior, Marketing & International Business)

YEOC – Ethics

Monday, November 30th, 2009
Femme Fatale Plus Deux on the steps of the Quad.

Femme Fatale Plus Deux on the steps of the Quad.

On November 7th, the Young Executives of Color Program (YEOC) held its second session of the 2009-2010 school year. November’s theme was Ethics and with the support  of Ernst & Young, Jilberto Soto—a YEOC mentor—led an amazing day. After introducing students to the six pillars of ethics and sample frameworks, Jilberto started off the morning by asking students to create their own ethical mission statements. Creating statements allowed students to process the information as well as evaluate their own moral priorities. They then broke out into college prep groups for focus topics on UW admissions, planning for college, and academic success strategies.

Ernst & Young took center stage in the afternoon with presentations on resume building, negotiations, and ethics in the workplace. Students paired up and put their negotiation skills to the test – assuming the roles of a buyer and car salesperson. Teams were required to compromise on key issues with the ultimate goal of enlarging the pie for everyone involved. Some sellers drove a hard bargain though and buyers are still bitter today……. Ultimately the negotiation was a fun learning experience for students, showing them the importance of fair dealing and lifetime customers—if a seller wanted repeat sales—versus short term profits. How amazing is it that high school students can gain first hand experience with key business terms such as “distributive barganing” and “logrolling”?

The session concluded with announcement of team Femme Fatale Plus Deux as winners of October’s photographic scavenger hunt competition. Cleary the group to beat!

 A big thanks to Jilberto our project lead for the session!!

 Thanks also to EY contributors: Yhoni Keleta, Annie Graebner, and Robiel Isaac! 

And our college prep presenters: Jennifer Rance, Toka Valu, and Pam Lacson :D

Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is is politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.

–Martin Luther King Jr.

Business Undergraduates In Leadership Development (BUILD) Program

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
Toni Driver of Nordstrom speaks during a recent BUILD Program Workshop

Toni Driver of Nordstrom speaks during a recent BUILD Program Workshop

The BUILD Program has had a very successful start to the year with 205 students attending at least one of our Fall events. That’s double the participation rate for the Fall 2008, and there are no signs that we’re slowing down. By now, many students have learned that the BUILD Program hosts leadership workshops and events, and business students can earn a certificate and an invitation to a recognition reception after attending eight BUILD Program events. There is no need to register ahead of time, just attend the events and sign in as requested.

This quarter, BUILD kicked off the year by partnering with the Retail Management Program to welcome Toni Driver of Nordstrom who spoke about communicating correctly in the work place, and how to increase your professionalism.  Larry Flax, the CEO and Co-Founder of California Pizza Kitchen, flew in from California just for our event, and the students enjoyed hearing about his entrepreneurial experiences as much as they enjoyed the free CPK pizza. Toward the end of his speech, Larry asked students to always remember the acronym ROCK– Respect, Opportunity, Communication and Kindness– because in his opinion, you can’t advance in business without them.

 On November 11, many students celebrated the Veteran’s Day holiday by sleeping in, but we had over 60 students join us for the Student Leadership Summit, a day full of workshops, discussion groups and teamwork challenges. An impressive group of students contributed their ideas of what “leadership” really means, practiced communications and conflict resolution skills, learned about dress etiquette, officer roles and resume building and even completed a scavenger hunt around campus while taped together in large groups.

 The BUILD Program is wrapping up the Fall quarter events this week with a video conference sponsored by Global Business Week.  This opportunity will allow undergrads to sit in on an MBA course and observe the class interactions with the Chairman and CEO of Orix, Japan, Yoshihiko Miyauchi. The Global Business Center is providing a copy of the case to be discussed to everyone in attendance.
If you haven’t attended a BUILD Program yet, it’s not too late. There are 11 more events planned for Winter and Spring quarters, most noteably an “Effective Networking” workshop in January, followed by the annual Foster Career Networking Night on January 27. Keep up with all of the BUILD Program events on the website or the facebook page, as new events are continually posted. 
A student contributes to a communication activity during the Student Leadership Summit.

A student contributes to a communication activity during the Student Leadership Summit.

Annual Undergraduate Diversity Services Autumn Quarter Kick-Off Karoake & Games Night 10/22

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Hey: what can i say? I’m a sucker for karaoke.

I can’t sing to save my life, but the Annual Undergraduate Diversity Services Autumn Quarter Kick-Off Karoake & Games Night was all fun.
-oh and more than that:
…there was free food!

Prospective and Current Foster students belt out R & B Hits

Prospective and Current Foster students belt out R & B Hits

-but more than that too:
…there were internship opportunities and academic advancement all over the place!

From PWC Pricewaterhousecoopers [we had a celebrity in the house; current Foster Student, Matt Herring who was on the back of the PWC magazine talked to us! lol] and other organizations were on-hand to meet with students  personally like INROADS, and then Foster student organizations on campus, like the Association of Black Business Students, Hispanic Business Student Assocation and other organizations as well as specific academic programs interested in working directly with students of color. My favorite was learning about getting a Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB) to attach to my Business Administration Degree and incorporating study abroad. I also learned about Case Competitions for Foster school locally and nationally – we got the FRESH-men-FOUR going into our first one next weekend, so that will be something to look forward to in future posts!

-Jordan Dacres (Pre-Business, Freshman)

2009 DECA Leadership Conference – Reflections from a Undergrad

Monday, November 9th, 2009


Although the DECA Leadership Conference, held on Monday October 26, was early in the academic year, the early timing didn’t hold back the eager high school DECA students. With business hopes and dreams, the students came loaded with questions looking for advice and any knowledge they could attain.

A DECA leader and national champion myself, I remember the fall being an overwhelming time of year, applying to colleges and putting time into the DECA competitions.  Representing the Foster School our team gave students relatable guidance as many of us were in their shoes only a few years ago.   Without a huge difference in age we were able to help build their confidence at a stressful time of the year and talk to them about the Foster School of Business.  It was nice to be able to give them the advice I  wish I had received.  I am very thankful for the experiences I had being part of DECA and hope to see them on campus in the near future!

Submitted by Brandon Barron’12 – Foster School of Business Student Ambassador