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Organizational Benefits

The Executive Development Program is a fantastic business development program that helped me gain diverse, practical business knowledge and skills. It has helped me work more effectively throughout my organization and with my customers.
Dan SheridanVP, General Manager North America, Brooks Sports Inc.

The Boeing Company…Microsoft Corporation… Starbucks Coffee Company…PEMCO Insurance Company… these Northwest leaders are among more than 440 companies that have sponsored their most talented managers and employees in the Executive Development Program (EDP). For the past 45 years, both large and small companies, such as Hos Bros. Construction, Puget Sound Energy and Group Health Cooperative, have discovered that the Executive Development Program is an effective way to provide leaders with advanced business education without demanding substantial time away from work and family.

EDP participation results in better decision-making and evaluation methods, a more enterprise-wide perspective, and out-of-the-box thinking that comes from sharing best practices with leaders in other industries. Managers have an opportunity to learn innovative strategies and processes from top MBA faculty members at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and a group of experienced peers.

Since 1970, the business community has sponsored nearly 2,000 participants by underwriting full or partial tuition, ensuring release time one afternoon a week and supporting their application of new learning at work.

Participants and sponsors report strong returns on their investment in the Executive Development Program, including:

  • Improved budgeting and cost management
  • Increased confidence in reading and understanding financial statements
  • Better communication with employees, other managers, vendors, suppliers and customers
  • A deeper understanding of operations, from technology systems to supply chain management
  • New methods to assess marketplace issues and develop competitive strategies
360networks, Inc. Meggitt Aerospace Equipment
Absolute Manufacturing Inc. Merrill Gardens
Active Light Inc. MetLife Capital Corporation
Aculight Corporation Microserv Inc.
Acuson Microsoft Corporation
Adobe Systems, Inc. Mid-Mountain Contractors Inc.
AEI Music Network, Inc. Mikron Industries
Agilent Technologies Molecumetics Ltd.
AirTouch Cellular The Mountaineers Books
Airvana Inc. National Instruments Corporation
Akagi Nyugyo, Inc. Negev Industrial Minerals Ltd.
Alaska Airlines Nihon Unisys Limited
Alcoa Primary Metals Nintendo Company, Ltd.
Allied Building Products Corp. Norberry Tile
Alpha Cine Labs NORPAC
AREVA T&D Corporation North Pacific Paper Corporation
AT&T Northwest Int’l Bank
AT&T Wireless Norquest Seafoods Inc.
Augat, Inc. Optimas Corporation
B/E Aerospace, Inc. PACCAR Inc.
BMC West Corporation Pacific Alaska Forwarders
Biofournil of America Inc. Pacific Biometrics
The Boeing Company Pacific Capital Consulting Inc.
Boston Scientific Corporation Parker Paint
Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez Pediatric Associates, Inc.
Burnstead Construction Peekay Inc.
Business Interiors Northwest PEMCO Corporation
Cadman Gravel PEMCO Financial Services
Callisons, Inc. PEMCO Insurance Companies
Camwest Development Performance Radiator Inc
Capital Industries Peterson Pack Systems
Cascade Natural Gas Corporation Philips
Chester Dorsey Auto Salons Port of Everett
Cinnabon Port of Seattle
Coastal Pacific Food Distributors Port of Tacoma
Color Graphics Precor, Inc.
Communications Technology Center Premera Blue Cross
CompuServ Internet Division Predict/DLI
Courtaulds Aerospace Primus International
Crane Interpoint Profish International
Crane-ELDEC Puget Sound Blood Center
Cray Incorporated Puget Sound Energy
Crown Castle International Puget Sound Truck Lines Inc.
Crown Food Packaging USA / Crown Cork and Seal USA Inc. Quadrant Homes
Daiwa Securities Group Co. Ltd. Quaker Oats Company
Dana Waterproofing Qwest Communications International Inc.
Darigold, Inc. Radia Inc. P.S.
Diverse Employment, Inc. RealNetworks
Door to Door Storage Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
Eaton Corporation Recreation, Health & Exercise Consultants
Ederer Inc. Regional Trustee Services Corporation
ELDEC Corporation Renton Coil Spring Co.
EMC Corporation SAFECO Corporation
Evergreen Title Company, Inc. Safeguard
Experience Music Project SeaTab Software
F5 Networks Seattle City Light
Federal Emergency Management Agency Sekisui Global Trading Corporation
Fire Systems West Sherwood Forest Farms
Fisher Broadcasting, Inc. Seoul Regional Aviation Administration
First A.M.E. Child Development Center Serials Solutions, Inc.
First Choice Health SIMMCO
Flight Structures Inc. Simon Golub & Sons
Flow International Corporation Skotdal Real Estate
FMC Foodtech, Inc. SmithKline Beecham PLC
Fort Lewis Public Works Soft Coverings Inc.
FORE Systems Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Foss Maritime Company Spacelabs Medical
Foster Wheeler Environmental Corp. Spanish Civil Aviation
GC Forest/Johnson Company Spectrum Controls
Glacier Northwest, Inc. Sprint Nextel
General Dynamics-OTS Starbucks Coffee Company
General Services Administration Stevedoring Services of America
GeoEngineers Inc. Stokes Lawrence PC
Glacier Northwest Inc. Storage Technology Corporation
Greater China Industries, Inc. Strider Capital Management LLC
Group Health Cooperative SumTotal Systems
GT Development Corporation SuperValu Inc.
Gull Industries Inc. Tacoma Art Museum
Health Alliance International Tera Computer Company
HealthComm International Inc. Technical Molded Plastics
Hexcel Structures-Heath Tecna Toepfer Construction
Holaday Parks, Inc. Tommy Bahama
Holland America Line Inc. Trus Joist
HOS Bros. Construction Inc. U S WEST Communications
I.P. Callison & Sons U.S. General Services Administration
IKON Office Solutions Unisys Corporation
Index Sensors & Controls Inc. United Airlines
Intracorp Real Estate University House
The Institute for Functional Medicine University of Washington
ISH Ltd. URS Corporation
ISU Chemical Company Ltd. US Navy
Jesse Engineering Company US Postal Service
Jimale Technical Services LLC US West
Johansen Mechanical Inc. UW Business School
Key Tech Corporation Van Waters & Rogers Inc.
Kibble & Prentice, Inc. Verity Credit Union
Kimberly-Clark Corporation Verizon Wireless
Kinetic Construction, Inc. VIOX Corporation
King County Department of Natural Resources Virginia Mason Medical Center
Knoll Lumber Wall Data
Korea International Trade Association Washington Dental Service
Korean Broadcasting System Washington School Employees Credit Union
Lakeside School Waste Management Seattle
Landau Associates Inc. Watson Wyatt
Landor Associates Western Pioneer Inc.
Lease Crutcher Lewis Weyerhaeuser Company
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
LG Group Woodinville Lumber
LinksTime.com Xloom Systems
Lone Star Northwest Yakima Steel Fabricators
Loudeye Technologies Zones Inc
Markey Machinery Company, Inc. Zymogenetics
McRory & Company