Great business education cannot be restricted to a textbook, a lecture, or even a laboratory. It is a living partnership between thought leaders in industry and academia, which is why the UW Foster School of Business requires additional resources to bring great businesses into our classrooms and take ambitious students into the working world through consulting projects and internships. Because of companies investing in Foster, we can continue to fund cutting-edge faculty research; offer students real-world, hands-on experiences; and grow the school’s diverse centers and numerous degree programs.
Investing in Foster means more than a financial donation. When you contribute to Foster as a donor, strategic partner, or event sponsor, you’re investing in business…and our future business leaders.
To learn more about the numerous ways your company can invest in the Foster School, contact Sara Jack at 206-221-6725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Consulting and Business Development Center takes business education out of the classroom and puts it to work in communities across Washington. Through the center’s programs, students build skills and gain experience in consulting and solving business challenges. As a business owner, learn how you can work with a consulting team of four to five undergraduate students and two to four professional advisors.
MBA Strategic Consulting Program
Foster’s MBA Strategic Consulting Program can help you grow your business and make it more profitable. Teams of Foster MBA students will work with you to research complex business challenges and provide you with actionable recommendations. Learn more about how to sponsor an MBA student consulting team.
Undergraduate Student Consultants
The Foster School offers several undergraduate courses which invite students to serve as consultants to real-world businesses. The students work in teams providing in-depth analysis and research and ultimately, recommendations to their client companies. Projects are ten weeks in duration and can range on topics from foreign market entry to comprehensive marketing plans. Learn more about undergraduate consulting oppportunites.
Business Plan Competition: Promotes student start-up ideas and venture creation by bringing together students with judges from the entrepreneurial community in a multi-stage, real-world challenge.
Global Business Case Competition: Brings together undergraduate students from the U.S. and 12–14 other countries to compete in a fast-paced challenging business case study.
Global Health Business Case Competition: Brings together students from multiple disciplines, including business, engineering, and health sciences, to tackle a critical global health challenge.
Russell Investments Global Case Competition: Provides undergraduate business students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-life international business problem.
Master of Science in Information Systems Case Competition: Provides MSIS students with an opportunity to gain hands-on leadership experience solving real industry business problems.
Strategy Development Case Competition: Positions undergraduate student teams in front of executives to make formal presentations on their recommendations. This is part of a required capstone course all seniors take.
UW Health Innovation Challenge: Provides a platform for interdisciplinary student teams to work on new solutions to existing health/health care problems, new approaches to helping people live healthier lives, new opportunities for care and treatment, and new products/services to market.
Minority Business of the Year Awards: Recognizes outstanding minority businesses as well as companies and individuals that have helped advance the Consulting & Business Development Center’s mission of growing jobs in under-served communities and accelerating student careers.
Financial Reporting Conference: Brings together accounting standard setters, SEC officials, corporate financial executives, professional accountants, and academics to discuss current issues in financial accounting and corporate reporting.
Leaders to Legends Breakfast Lecture Series: Spotlights notable leaders in an array of industries from greater Seattle and around the country.
Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking: Advances the science and practice that connects leadership and strategic thinking for high performance impact.
Center for Sales and Marketing Strategy: Aligns important sales and marketing problems with academic research and analysis techniques to develop strategies that improve business performance, and facilitate business-academic collaboration to create and disseminate sales and marketing knowledge.
Consulting and Business Development Center: Takes business education out of the classroom and puts it to work in communities across Washington. Opportunities for support include the Minority Business Executive Program, Board Fellows Program, Business Certificate Program, and Center Endowment.
Global Business Center: Develops future business leaders with the knowledge, skill, and vision needed to collaborate and compete across the globe. Opportunities for support include study abroad, global case competition club, global consulting projects, international student services, and Certificate of International Studies in Business Endowment.
Professional Sales Program: Provides students with the knowledge and real-world experience necessary to be successful in sales.
Masters Programs: Provide support for career management, student clubs, leadership retreats, professional development classes, community-building events, student awards, and class gifts. Foster offers three one-year Masters programs: Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems, and Master of Science in Supply Chain Management. There are five MBA Programs: Full-time MBA, Evening MBA, Technology Management MBA, Executive MBA, and Global Executive MBA.
Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA) Business Program: Offers a paid summer internship program for University of Washington students interested in exploring business as a major and career.
Business Bridge: Gives students first-hand experience with both the UW and Foster School of Business, thereby fostering a greater understanding of college life and academic expectations.
Celebration of African American Alumni Achievement: Recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to advancing the success of African Americans in the business world.
Young Executives of Color (YEOC): Cultivates the academic potential of underrepresented high school student leaders in Washington State through college preparation, powerful mentorship, and the development of real life business skills.
Academic Department Support: Gifts to academic departments can be used to support faculty research, department initiatives, and student-focused activities such as funding to defray the cost of traveling to compete in case competitions. There are five academic departments at Foster: Accounting, Finance & Business Economics, Information Systems & Operations Management, Management & Organization, and Marketing & International Business.
Endowment: Endowments are permanent gifts that create scholarships in perpetuity; they’re truly a gift to the community in the present and in the future. Currently an endowment pays out about 4% annually toward a scholarship.
PhD Fellowships: The Foster School PhD Program is full-time and year-round. It is research-based, designed to train scholars who explore the frontiers of their disciplines, advance knowledge relevant to education and business, and skillfully convey this information to students and practitioners. At a cost of approximately $20,000 per year, each teaching and research assistant is a tremendous bargain, but the PhD Program must be so much more.