Young Executives of Color Ethics & Business 101 Session

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


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2010-2011 Young Executives of Color

 

 

 

 

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

 


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CISB International Business Career Panel

CISB

On October 28, the CISB program invited five distinguished professionals from the international business community to speak about working globally and to give advice on how to make an internationally oriented career.

Melissa Peabody, a graduate of the Foster School and CISB, spoke about her time at Bryant Christie Inc. and how starting at a smaller firm gave her the confidence and the network to go after larger challenges when she moved to Starbucks in June of 2006. She said that in order to work internationally, one must be flexible: there will be conference calls at odd hours and there will be times where clear communication is key.

Pedro Piedra described his motivation for pursuing an international career starting when working next to the foreign exchange desk at one of his first jobs.  He saw the huge amount of activity and extremely active nature of the foreign exchange department and decided that is where he needed to be. Years later, Pedro has worked for many international firms in New York, Tokyo, and London.  Currently he works as the Vice President of International Foreign Exchange at Key Bank.

June Chino grew up in both the United States and Japan and so working internationally felt like the obvious choice for her.  This made her pursue a job at the Washington State Japan Office, a perfect fit for someone with familiarity of both Seattle and Japan.  As the sole representative of the public sector at the career panel, June said focusing more on the people and what you are doing, rather than the salary makes jobs in government extremely rewarding.

Steven Grimmer is the Vice President of Account Management at Expeditors International of Washington.  Steven talked a lot about the importance of networking and making a name for yourself in the community where you want to seek a career. He said that, when interviewing job candidates, the one thing that puts people over the top in his book is writing a personalized, hand written card after the interview to follow up and thank the potential employer for the opportunity. He said the personal touch can sometimes make all the difference.

Last, but certainly not least, Jess Estrada, a fellow UW graduate, talked about her career in marketing and the importance of social networking.  She said that if an employer can look you up on Google and find a blog you’ve written, or even just posts on Twitter about things that interest you and get a feel for what you are all about, it adds a whole other dimension to your application.  In 2008, Jess started a blog about local events, business, fashion, music, and other things that interest her. 

All of the panelists acknowledged the importance of getting involved and networking when pursuing a career in international business.  It never hurts to at least introduce yourself.

 

–Brian James, Senior, Finance and CISB (Custom Russian Track)


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BUILDing Leaders

Students participate in a discussion group based on leadership topics

Students participate in a discussion group based on leadership topics.

The second annual BUILD Leadership Summit brought together business and pre-business students of varying experience for one day of workshops and networking. While many at UW took the day off, Foster freshman through seniors participated in discussions, communication activities, a campus scavenger hunt and various workshops held during the Veteran’s Day holiday.  

The day-long event was part of the popular BUILD Program (Business Undergraduates in Leadership Development) and earned student participants two  BUILD credits– 1/4 of what is needed to earn a BUILD Certificate.  Students who earn 8 BUILD Program credits throughout the school year can earn a certificate and an invitation to a VIP reception at the end of the year. The BUILD Program hosts five events per quarter.

Alumni volunteers came back to help Undergraduate Programs Office advisers facilitate discussion groups and activities aimed at improving students’ leadership skills. Each student walked away with new contacts of peers and alumni, as well as a certificate of completion for participating in the day’s events.  

Mandy Baker helps guide her teammates through a communication exercise.

Mandy Baker helps guide her teammates through a communication exercise.


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Dawg Daze Afternoon

The 2010-2011 school year kicked off on Tuesday, September 28th, with the annual Dawg Daze Ice Cream Social. Foster Undergraduate Programs Office staff scooped ice cream and doled out a variety of toppings as the line stretched out the doors of the “campus entrance” on the second floor of the brand new Paccar Hall. Students, faculty and staff wandered around the new space as more than 450 people were served free ice cream sundaes during the one-hour event.

Dawg Daze, sponsored by UW First Year Programs, happens prior to the start of classes each Fall quarter and acts as the UW’s official welcome week.

The line winds outside of Paccar Hall


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Congrats Foster Grads!

Congrats to the Class of 2010!

Congrats to the Class of 2010!

  Over 500 Foster graduates participated in the annual Undergraduate Graduation Celebration on June 6, 2010 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Families and friends watched as keynote speaker Ken Denman spoke about his experience and passed on words of wisdom to the audience. Student speaker Buddy Waddington encouraged his classmates that the Class of 2010 can ”go with the flow of the current and still create our own wake”  and the Senior Class Gift Committee presented the deans with their collected total. The graduates crossed the stage to thunderous applause, some with creative designs on their mortarboards or leis around their necks. Foster faculty and staff were excited to congratulate the graduates and mingle with the families, and GradTrak photographers were on hand to commemorate the day.

Grads get ready to walk into the ceremony.

Grads get ready to walk into the ceremony.

 
Associate Dean Sefcik speaks to the crowd.

Associate Dean Sefcik speaks to the crowd.

 
 
Front row grads excited to get started.

Front row grads excited to get started.

Senior Class Gift Committee with the Deans

Senior Class Gift Committee with the Deans

Student speaker Buddy Waddington delivers his message.
Student speaker Buddy Waddington delivers his message.

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Foster Business Week 2010

UBC members sell t-shirts and tickets at the BizBQEach year, the Undergraduate Business Council coordinates the largest student-run event at the Foster School each May. Foster Business Week is made up of individual events– from speakers to barbeques to awareness events– all put on by Foster clubs and organizations in order to raise awareness of the business school on campus, and to celebrate our Foster community.

This year, Michelle Choe won the FBW Theme Contest with her submission of  ”Work it Harder, Make it Better, Do it FOSTER, Makes us Stronger” and the planning kept rolling from there. By the time the week was over, events included: Musical Chairs Tournament sponsored by ABBS;  the 2nd Annual Ethics Case Competition sponsored by MUSH and UBC; the  Spring Cruise sponsored by AKPsi; Salsa Dance Lessons sponsored by HBSA; Sales Career Fair sponsored by USC and the always popular Foster Pub Crawl on the Ave sponsored by UBC.

This was the last year that the annual BizBQ was held at Balmer Hall, due to the building’s scheduled demolition in the Fall. Undergraduate Programs Office staff flipped burgers and veggie burgers for the 12th year in a row, and all of those burgers fed over 450 people in two hours– including some of the construction workers who are completing the new Paccar Hall!

The week was a huge success, and plans are already under way for Foster Business Week 2011!

Members of UBC and MUSH with the winners of the 2nd Annual Foster Ethics Case Competition.

Members of UBC and MUSH with the winners of the 2nd Annual Foster Ethics Case Competition.

Students scramble for seats at the Musical Chairs Tournament sponsored by ABBS.

Students scramble for seats at the Musical Chairs Tournament sponsored by ABBS.


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Ernst & Young/UMCA Case Competition

 Ernst & Young

 

 

On April 9th 56 students participated in the first annual Ernst & Young and UMCA case competition.

Case Competitions provide an excellent opportunity for students to work together in groups and practice their business skills, analytical thinking, and public speaking.  In the Fall of 2009 the Undergraduate Management Consulting Association (UMCA) decided that as a consulting organization it needed to offer a case competition so that students could actually get their hands on analyzing and solving a business case; just like they would in consulting.

There are numerous case competitions on campus but few that are hosted by the “all-star” companies that numerous students try to get jobs with.  This was where UMCA reached out the Ernst & Young.  As it turned out Ernst & Young was more than eager to partner in setting up a case competition.  The partnership between UMCA and Ernst & Young allowed for both entities to focus on what they specialize in.  UMCA focused on reached out to students and organizing logistics and Ernst & Young set out to find judges and a case.

14 teams, making a total of 56 students, analyzed a case related to how Pandora Radio can generate profit.  The judges were impressed with what solutions the students came up with, ranging from hardware devices to online advertising.  Ultimately the judges were most impressed and awarded first place to Vance Rouch, Venkat Rao, Elaine Raymond, and Cameron Chin.  These students will get the opportunity to have dinner with numerous Ernst & Young Partners and Recruiters.

The first annual Ernst & Young and UMCA case competition was a huge success and with numerous teams on the waitlist this year, we are eager to expand the case next year.

-Peter Fantham, Senior, Marketing/Info Systems


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Global Business Brigades Spring Break

29 UW students traveled to Panama with Global Business Brigades

29 UW students traveled to Panama with Global Business Brigades

A spring break somewhere warm is the ideal for the average college student in the northwest.  However, for a group of 29 UW students who traveled to Panama this past spring break as a Global Business Brigade, the experience was less about laying on the beach and more about working on the farm.

Global Brigades is an international non-profit organization that sends groups of students into developing countries to sustainably improve living conditions for impoverished populations, and the UW chapter of the business brigades just returned from their second trip this past week.  The group of mostly Foster School of Business students lived and worked for one week on an agricultural cooperative near the village of Machuca in the Cocle region of Panama, conducting workshops, learning about the lives and livelihoods of the farmers, and investing $2900 in the business in order to improve the quality of life of the members in the long term.

Students listen and take notes at a meeting on the farm while in Panama.

Students listen and take notes at a meeting on the farm while in Panama.

The cooperative consisted of 7 families operating 3 businesses: chicken farming, goat farming, and agricultural production of various crops.  The students learned firsthand how the farmers made their living, in the process learning how to milk a goat, process a chicken, farm staple crops, and administer a rural farm.  Through working alongside the proprietors, the group was able to understand the farmers, their business, and how it could be improved, and through this knowledge tailored accounting and marketing workshops to the farm, and strategically invested in the community to best improve the farmer’s quality of life in the long term.  Infrastructure development and continual business practice improvement were the top priority for both the community and the students, and the money invested in a new chicken coop and other resources to better serve customer demand will help ensure the success of the cooperative.

See the Daily article on GBB here: http://dailyuw.com/2010/4/20/Global-Business/

–David Almeida, Junior


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BOLD Talent Networking Forum @ Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight
UW undergraduates representing the Foster School
UW undergraduates representing the Foster School
Foster students engage with Gwen Houston, GM Global Diversity & Inclusion, US HR Diversity
Foster students engage with Gwen Houston, Microsoft GM Global Diversity & Inclusion, US HR Diversity

I was fortunate enough to attend the BOLD Talent Networking Forum along with over 50 undegraduates representing the UW Foster School of Business on Monday, March 1 at the Museum of Flight.  This experience was educational, enriching, and a rare opportunity to network with high level executives.  The panel that was featured for dialogue and questions included CEO’s from Seattle’s top companies such as Puget Sound Energy, JP Morgan Chase, Alaska Airlines, Retail Lockbox Inc., and of course, Microsoft.  I was amazed and surprised at the CEO’s willingness to speak candidly with us on what they are looking for in an employee.  Words that were thrown out there include initiative-oriented, persistent, driven, strong work-ethic, and a willingness to learn and grow every day.  Along with these attributes, they each expressed how their companies are continually seeking diverse backgrounds of diverse cultures to come and work for them.  This was a true testament to me on how much companies nowadays are fervently seeking minorities with diverse upbringings to come in and offer new and fresh perspectives.  It was a great thing to see and hear for my own eyes and ears and it came directly from the leaders of these fortune 500 companies. 

The next portion of the night was dedicated to Small Group Networking where we were able to sit in a more intimate group with top level HR managers, recruiters, and other executives and have a discussion about the best ways we can advance ourselves along with the next steps we might be able to take in regards to an internship or job opportunity.  These managers were so helpful in identifying the keys to success in the application, interview, and follow-up process.   A story from one of the HR managers from Alaska resonated with me.  She explained how she started at Alaska in the call center and everyday she would ask to learn something new.  Finally, she had learned everything possible within that department and upper management took notice and sent her to corporate where she assumed a supervisor role in the company.  Ever since, she’s been moving her way up and now is a senior director.  Stories like this are inspiring and give me a great perspective on what makes a successful employee. 

Overall, this event was a huge success for me and I was able to put my face and name in the front of very important decision makers in their respective companies.  I would definitely encourage students next year to keep an eye out and to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. 

Special Thanks to:

BOLD Member Companies
Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air, Boeing, Costco, Eddie Bauer, Group Health Cooperative, JP Morgan
Chase, Liberty Mutual/Safeco, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, REI, Retail Lockbox, Russell
Investment Group, Starbucks, The Seattle Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser

BOLD Talent Partners
Act Six / Northwest Leadership Foundation, College Success Foundation, Rainier Scholars, University
of Puget Sound, UW Foster School of Business Business Economic Development Center (BEDC), UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate Diversity Services

-Vance Roush
Junior, Marketing & Information Systems


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