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

CISB Program Hosts International Business Career Panel

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Last Thursday the CISB program (Certificate of International Studies in Business) hosted an international business career panel featuring four exciting individuals from across the global career spectrum. Panelists discussed their professional backgrounds and international experience as well as provided valuable advice to participants.

Susana Murillo, VP and Country Manager for Latin America, Canada, Spain and Portugal, US Bank
Susana provided a wealth of advice for students. First and foremost–follow your passion! Even if you can’t achieve your dream job right away, invest the time to learn as much as you can. Susana suggests conducting informational interviews to discover how people sitting in your ideal career got to where they are. Also, be persistent. You can be turned away from a hundred jobs, but it only takes one offer to get you on your way.  Concerning international business, she says it is much more than travel. Globalization is about experiencing new people, cultures, and business. Business has the power to do good things—Susana originally was interested in the Peace Corps.

Eric Hsu, Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce
Eric brought a unique set of experiences to the panel as the only member from the public sector. After a start in the banking industry, he made a move into the Department of Commerce as a Foreign Commercial officer. He has lived all over Asia including Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, and New Delhi. He illuminated the fact that despite popular thought, the government actually provides ample overseas opportunities. Most of these are available as a Foreign Service Officer for the USDA, State Department, or Commerce Department.  His other guidance included having a focus but remaining flexible. You might not be able to get from point A to B in one step, but be patient and adaptable. If you take the time to develop a skill-set, opportunities will come to you.

Coletta Vigh, MBA student
Coletta is one of our very own Husky alumna and Foster MBA candidates. After graduating from the UW with a degree in Japanese language and literature, she moved to Japan for two years to cement her language skills. She says foreign language can be key to gaining access to certain industries—she was able to land a technology related position with no tech experience! It also provides you visibility with people that not might not otherwise be possible and can lead to expedited promotions.
How can an upcoming graduate handle this tough economy? Volunteer! Volunteer positions can open doors….Colletta was offered a position based on her work with a salmon fishery.

Stephen Svinth, CISB Chinese track alumnus, New Product Buyer, Fire Mountain Gems
Carpe diem! Stephen found his first job by calling up a company he saw on a box at Home Depot. He then landed his current position by chatting with the company CEO on an airplane—now that’s networking. For whatever position you end up in, Stephen recommends being analytic and able to build a strong argument.

-Elizabeth Comley (Senior, Marketing & International Business)

CISB PanelistCISB Students Engaged in LectureCISB Panelists

UBC Peer Mentorship Kick-Off

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Two students discuss goals for the quarter during the UBC Peer Mentorship Kick-Off

Two students discuss goals for the quarter during the UBC Peer Mentorship Kick-Off

The Undergraduate Business Council’s brand new Mentorship Program got off to a great start with our Peer Mentorship Kick-Off last Wednesday, October 14th. The program, which has two tiers, focuses on pairing new students with an upper classmen mentor during Autumn Quarter, and then pairing those upper classmen with professional mentors later in the school year.  New students learned about the program during their summer orientations, and were encouraged to register in order to ease the transition to UW.  Over the course of the Autumn quarter, mentors are required to meet up with their mentees on at least five occasions and are encouraged to attend Foster and campus events together.

More than 80 students are participating in the program this quarter as either a mentor or mentee. The majority of the students involved were at the Kick-off, where mentors and mentees discussed goals and swapped contact information over pizza in a casual setting.   

Ashley M. Farnsworth (Senior, Marketing & HR Management),  Co-Chair – Undergraduate Business Council 

Mike McLaughlin and Alex Wortman get to know each other over pizza.

Mike McLaughlin and Alex Wortman get to know each other over pizza.

Foster Fall Welcome 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Officers from MUSH table at the Fall Welcome

Officers from MUSH table at the Fall Welcome

This year’s Foster Fall Welcome was the largest yet with 22 groups tabling and a many students making their way through Balmer Commons during the event. Student organizations and program offices set up displays to help new and returning Foster students understand all of the opportunities that are available, and snacks and drinks were provided.

This annual resource fair is a tradition in the first few weeks of the Fall quarter, and allows students to connect with Foster clubs, departments and programs in order to enhance the undergraduate experience. 

If you missed the Fall Welcome and are interested in checking out the student clubs, you can find them on the Foster School of Business website!

2009 Business Career Fair

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
UMCA officers coordinate the annual Business Career Fair

UMCA officers coordinate the annual Business Career Fair

Undergraduate Management Consulting Association (UMCA) hosts the annual Business Career Fair every fall quarter in the beginning of the school year. Even though UMCA focuses on careers in management consulting and investment banking, the Business Career Fair features companies hiring for all types of careers. This fair has always been advertised campus-wide and is a great opportunity to interact with recruiters. Hence, this event has always been highly anticipated by both students and employers. Both parties have consistently found success each year where students receive internship and job offers as well as employers hire talented students to add value to their companies.

 In the current state of the economy, we were presented with a few problems in planning for the Business Career Fair 2009. As companies continue to cut their budget, recruiting continues to decline. Therefore, the main concern was: With more students seeking jobs than ever, how do we increase employer attendance to offer more networking opportunities for students?

Students meet recruiters at the annual Business Career Fair

Current student Holly Rubert talks with alum Susan Kramer (BA '07) during the Business Career Fair.

 This year, a committee of eight worked meticulously on developing ways to increase employer attendance and cut costs without degrading the students’ or employers’ experience at the fair. On October 13th, after over 3 months, 1100 emails, and 450 hours of planning later, it all came together in 4 hours as students interacted with over 80 employers, developing relationships, and finding the right fit for themselves and the company. Employers were impressed with the quality and quantity of the students. Many recruiters complimented our UMCA Resume Book, which was given to all employers, featuring the profile and resumes of all UMCA members. In regards to the quantity of students, a recruiter quoted, “I haven’t spoke with this many students in four years.” As for me, it was an extreme pleasure to be working with an enthusiastic committee of UMCA members and officers; although, none would have been possible without the help from the Foster School of Business, UW Career Center, SAO office, and HUB services.

 If you are interested in being involved with the Business Career Fair 2010, come to our UMCA meetings on Wednesdays 7PM in Balmer 214.

 We wish all students the best of luck during recruiting season!


Rocky Tang (Junior, Finance)
Career Fair Coordinator
Undergraduate Management Consulting Association

Dawg Daze Ice Cream Social

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
UPO staff serves ice cream while students choose their toppings.

UPO staff serves ice cream while students choose their toppings.

Over 300 students, faculty and staff converged on Balmer Commons on September 29th for the annual Foster Ice Cream Social, which is a part of the Dawg Daze program to welcome students to campus.  

The Undergraduate Programs staff served free ice cream and everyone was encouraged to build their own sundae with various toppings. 

The event was the first chance for newly admitted Freshman Direct students to mingle with faculty and staff, while older students and a wide array of students interested in business from across campus enjoyed the festivities as well.