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Career Coaching and Career Management Resources

Most students pursue an Executive MBA degree to advance their careers. Whether your ultimate goal is to gain access to promotion opportunities with your current employer, seek opportunities with other employers or even start your own business, the Foster School offers a wide range of services and resources tailored to the needs of mid-career professionals with executive ambitions.

Career Coaching

Alice Amato-Knapp, ACC, is an Executive & Career Coach who brings over 25 years of leadership experience, and is a Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. She holds an MBA in Finance from DePaul University of Chicago; an MSW and Graduate studies in Organization Development from Loyola University of Chicago; a B.S. in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington. We are pleased to offer career advising and development services to Executive MBA students and alumni, leveraging our dedicated Career Coach’s expertise. Alice can assist with all aspects of career development including:

  • Cover letters
  • Resumes
  • Interviews
  • Networking
  • Salary negotiation
  • Job search strategy
  • Career exploration
  • Talent management strategies

To schedule an appointment, please email Alice at She is generally on campus Wednesday through Fridays, and can also take phone calls on other days. Email her with some options and she will get back to you with meeting invitations. In person coaching appointments are typically held in a conference room in Paccar.

Executive MBA Network

When you become a Foster Executive MBA student, you gain access to a power network of alumni. EMBA students become well acquainted with classmates and members of their study teams and also have multiple opportunities to network with other students and alumni at special events hosted by the program. Whether you want to explore a new career path or land an informational interview with a key employer, the EMBA network will open doors for you.

EMBA career transition stories

From independent consultant to senior marketing manager

Darko Spoljaric, EMBA 2010, had pursued a varied career in the medical technology and device industry, first in an entrepreneurial role, then in a corporate role after his company was acquired, and later as an independent consultant. Consulting gave him…

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February 25, 2014

From senior sales consultant to territory sales manager

David O’Farrell, EMBA 2008, had built a successful career selling medical devices, but yearned for a management job that would be more rewarding and require less travel. He enrolled in the Executive MBA Program as a way to fill in…

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February 15, 2014

From general manager to CRM campaign manager

Devika Bashani, EMBA 2013, had built a successful career in retail marketing, most recently with a family-owned business based in Pune, India. But she faced a number of obstacles when she decided to pursue a new career in the Seattle…

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February 10, 2014

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