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Foster the Future

Imagine doing
the impossible

We live in a time of incredible transformation

where fusing vastly different ideas with vastly different minds

breaks with the immediate past.

Together, we heal what is broken and build what does not yet exist.

It is time to foster imagination.

Foster doing the impossible.

Foster. The Future.

About Foster

UW Foster is a world-class business school in a pioneering city perched on the Pacific Rim. The world’s best and brightest leaders are here, applying ingenuity to better humanity. We celebrate our rich and uniquely Foster partnerships with iconic companies – we collaborate, we innovate, we call them neighbors. From entrepreneurial ventures to world-class companies, you will find Foster alumni working to create their greatest impact.

Community is the heart of who we are – it is why we start our purpose statement with “together.” We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment that inspires everyone to be better together. We encourage every individual to bring their full self to all that we do. We foster leaders who better humanity through action. We foster the future by striving to be better tomorrow than we are today.

Our approach relies on fostering imagination, curiosity and innovation to solve unstructured, real-world problems. We gather insights by listening and truly hearing each other. We find strength in diversity and originality. We proactively lift each other up.

Our Purpose Statement serves as our North Star

Together…

We Foster Leaders
We Foster Insights
We Foster Progress
…To Better Humanity

Foster Leaders

Hannah DeKay and Kim Peifer
Foster students play lead roles in state and county COVID-19 response

COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s life and livelihood. For two students in the Technology Management MBA Program at the UW Foster School of Business, it has triggered unexpected career turns straight into the teeth of the pandemic.

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Bruce Avolio
Avolio named #2 most influential researcher in leadership, #3 in organizational behavior

Two new studies establish Bruce Avolio, a professor of management at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the study of leadership and organizational behavior.

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Josh Rodriguez
Josh Rodriguez carries indelible memories—and they carry him—from combat to finance

“What I did, if anything, was facilitate the management or the execution of things. Literally, you live and die by that in the military, especially if you’re on the front lines.”

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Foster Insights

Foster Faculty
Trio of Foster faculty named Marketing Science Institute Scholars

The MSI Scholars program recognizes researchers whose ideas can be used for practical application. Selection is highly competitive—only two schools claim four members—and considers field service, leadership, citations and impact, research productivity/quality and the relevance of the candidate’s research.

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Ryan Fehr
How to cultivate gratitude during difficult times—and why it can make us all feel better

During times of high anxiety, it’s actually more important than ever to think of others. This is according to research by Associate Professor Ryan Fehr, a world-renowned expert on gratitude—which is a virtuous force in good times, and may have even more positive power in bad times.

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Foster faculty
Foster faculty offer Covid-19 Recovery & Reconstruction workshops

Faculty from the University of Washington Foster School of Business offer a series of free workshops to help companies pivot to new opportunities and position themselves for sustainable growth over the next two years.

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Foster Progress

EMBA student team
EMBA capstone becomes real-world business plan: providing financial services to the underserved

The capstone project marks the end of the EMBA experience–unless the business idea is put into play. Taking an idea from Jeff Ivey, an EMBA team came together to work on how to better reach and serve the financially underserved and unbanked households in a market.

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Ridwell
Amid pandemic, MS Entre grad pivots startup to distribute critical household goods to non-profits

With a company built on the premise of helping customers do good within the community, it’s no surprise that Seattle startup Ridwell jumped into action early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, the company has been using its logistics resources and driver network to distribute donations of essential household goods to non-profits struggling to keep up with the crisis.

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HIC winners
$48,500 Awarded to Students at 2020 Health Innovation Challenge

Student teams at the 2020 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) impressed the final round judges enough for many to call it the “best competition yet.” ApnoMed won the $15,000 IntuitiveX Grand Prize with an innovative solution to sleep apnea.

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