Young Executives of Color Ethics & Business 101 Session

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

YEOC Blog #2

Cheers to another amazing YEOC session!

Thank you to our Young Executives for giving up a sleep filled Saturday and joining us yet again for our November 20th  session. Our guests from E&Y and BEDC Fellow/YEOC mentor, Sabrina, offered engaging insights into the world of ethics. We hope that next time you are caught in an ethical dilemma, you will think back to Sabrina’s valuable photocopy video and do the right thing :)

The breakout team activity (Drawbridge Activity) taught us that ethics are situational and differ from person to person. This is an important fact to remember in all facets of life. Ethical behavior in the workplace can be defined by a different set of rules than in other areas of your life, so constantly be aware of your environment and the behavioral standards you are being held accountable for.

Our November session also provided Young Executives with a wealth of knowledge concerning their education. We hope students gained valuable insight to reference as they plan for their futures. (YEOC Seniors, please utilize the information and guidance provided during your workshop as you work through your college applications. Remember that the UW application deadline is Wednesday, December 15, 2010. Reach out to your mentors with any questions or need for clarification. We are here to serve you! Another important thing to note as you are completing your college applications (specifically for UW) is that you should select Business Administration as your major of choice.)

Our next session focused on Marketing  is just around the corner and we are very excited to see our Young Executives bright and early on December 11th.

Alexandria Hunter, Senior
International Business & Finance
BEDC Fellow

2010-2011 Young Executives of Color

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011




October Teambuilding Session

October Teambuilding Session

 Let’s Get it Started!!!

Congratulations 2010-2011 Young Executives of Color students!  Session one got us all off to an amazing start on October 16th  that was coupled greatly with the double overtime Husky Football Homecoming victory. 

Major kudos  to all of the Young Executives for showing such fantastic enthusiasm throughout the entire session, despite our insanely early start on a Saturday morning.  All of the mentors were extremely excited to get settled into our individual groups and spend time getting to know their mentees.  The creative spirit was clearly alive and well throughout the entire day. The freshness these high school students showed during our first team competition, the photo scavenger hunt, proved to be immensely entertaining.  It was exciting to see the originality each team displayed in capturing each photo’s theme assignment. 

Our next session is not until November 20th but the BEDC fellows will be keeping in regular contact with Young Executives - this is what makes the YEOC program such a unique program.  Good luck to our YEOC Seniors on your upcoming exams, SAT/PSAT, big games, etc.  Work hard, believe in yourself, and have fun!  See you next month!

‘One can never consent to creep when one feels the compulsion to soar’. Helen Keller

Alexandria Hunter, Senior
International Business & Finance
BEDC Fellow


Marketing makes the world go round – YEOC Marketing Session

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Marketing makes the world go round—well, at least the business world. And marketing just so happened to be the focus for December’s Young Executives of Color program. As one of my focuses at the Foster School, I was especially excited to lead this month’s session. Marketing is an incredibly dynamic subject, encompassing nearly all of a company’s strategic decisions making it incredibly difficult to decide what to include in an hour long introduction to the topic. The final product touched upon the basics—4P’s, target markets, mission statements—then moved on to the more specific areas of brand management and advertising. Students were also able to take a peek into the research of Brian Wansink and Robert Cialdini, prominent academics in the marketing world.

Peter Doubleday, a partner at Ernst & Young, as well as his colleague Bob Hilton, graciously made a visit to the YEOC group again leading an analysis on the visual identity of their company. With them were fellow Ernst & Young’ers Debbie Shih, Valerie Burris, and Kiyosha Baird who spoke about the importance of personal branding and networking. Although students should always be true to their personalities, they learned that certain elements could be emphasized depending on the situation—professional, social, academic. You wouldn’t joke around the same way with your boss as you do with your friends, would you?

Building on the earlier marketing lecture, students were able to employ what they learned about advertising in order to construct a commercial for future YEOC recruiting efforts. In true competitive spirit, teams had only 20 minutes to design a one minute video that would be used to attract new YEOC applicants. Musical numbers, classroom reproductions, and program value-adds all made appearances.

The college admission process again took the lead as our college prep topic. Seniors completed a workshop on writing personal statements with Jennifer Shoen. While Pamela Lacson and Jessica Rush led sophomores and juniors on the elements of analyzing and admitting college applicants – the roles were reversed and students decided who got admitted or denied into a mock university through an admissions case study.

Until January, wishing everyone a wonderful and restful holiday from the YEOC group!
-Elizabeth Comley, YEOC December Session Leader (Senior, 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.

NABA West Coast Conference ’09

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
UW Students at NABA Conference (Members - Association of Black Business Students)

UW Students at NABA Conference (Members - Association of Black Business Students)

Young Executives of Color Orientation
Young Executives of Color Orientation: YEOC Alumni Student Panel (Current UW Students)

In all seriousness on this one though; this has to be one of my greatest networking events that I’ve been to so far this year. It’s only been a couple of weeks into my freshmen year at the UW and before I know it, I am off on an all-expense paid trip to San Francisco for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Student Conference. I got this opportunity because I made a good enough impression on Ernst & Young exec’s during the YEOC alumni student panel at the September Young Executives of Color Orientation.

During the NABA Conference, I learned SOOOOO many things about myself and the others around me in just three days. The one thing that sticks out and I can’t get rid of: “You’re always on.” From the moment you walk in, someone is watching you. So you always have to mind your p’s and q’s –  from how you act, to what you’re wearing and your appearance. This is all taken into account.  I interviewed with a lot of people and met other students who were in the same place as me [4 freshmen out of roughly 100 college students]. I learned from others who have already been in my shoes and received great advice. I loved talking to people who were already in the workplace, ready to impart tons of knowledge on to young students like myself. Overall, it’s an experience I won’t forget.

-Jordan Dacres, YEOC Alumnus (Freshman, Pre-Business)

Welcome to the undergrad blog

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The Foster School of Business Undergraduate Program Office and our undergraduate students will blog about Foster Events, student experiences, student leadership opportunities, and much more.

Blog contributors are all UW Foster School of Business (Seattle campus) Undergraduate Program staff:

  • Jai Elliott, Associate Director Diversity & Recruitment,  Undergraduate Programs
  • Jennifer Kitchen, Coordinator of Student Development , Undergraduate Programs
  • Pamela Lacson, Program Manager, Undergraduate Diversity Services

Get a taste of undergrad life and business school. Find out if it’s the right major for you. Enjoy the blog.