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Evening MBA Student and Alumni Ambassadors

The culture of the Foster School of Business is characterized by a strong sense of community in which every MBA has their own story. The MBA Ambassador program is designed to introduce prospective students to the Foster community. Evening Ambassadors share their perspectives regarding admission, classes, faculty, and life as a MBA student.

Connect with Evening MBA Ambassadors

  • Chat: Get to know our Evening MBA Student Ambassadors. Chat with a Foster MBA student ambassador via email at mbavisit@uw.edu.
  • Visit: Attend a Foster MBA class hosted by a Foster Evening MBA student ambassador.
  • Connect with Alumni: Find out what life is like after the Foster MBA. Chat with an alum via email.
  • Connect with Veteran MBAs: Learn about our strong veteran community and veteran MBA success. Chat with an MBA Veteran via email.
  • Diversity at Foster: Chat with the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator and current MBA or our Director of Diversity and Inclusion to learn more about our community.
  • Sign Up: Go to the Admissions Events page

Meet Our Evening MBA Student Ambassadors

Kelly Wood

Kelly WoodClass of 2020
Hometown: Pewaukee, WI
Current employer: The Boeing Company
Job Title: Financial Planning Analyst
MBA field of study: Finance, Strategy
Undergraduate Degree: Economics and Psychology
Email Kelly.

 

Why you chose Foster: The idea of a full-time MBA experience in a part-time program is what sold the Foster Evening Program to me. I wanted to make the most out of my MBA experience, not just “check the box” on my resume. Foster offers so much beyond classroom learning that enhances the MBA experience, from clubs, to tailgates, to networking events! The Foster culture also creates a community that will last far beyond my time spent in the program.

Advice to prospective students: Immerse yourself in what Foster has to offer to see if it’s the right fit for you! Every information session, class visit, and campus visit night I attended made me more certain that Foster was the place I wanted to be. I highly recommend the application webinars put on by the Admissions office! They are extremely helpful for the application process. Also – don’t feel overwhelmed by all that Foster has to offer. There are so many things you can be involved in – pick a few to start that are important to you!

Yue Tu

Yue TueClass of 2020
Hometown: Tianjin, China
Current employer: Microsoft
Job Title: Energy Project Manager
MBA field of study: Global Business, Entrepreneurship
Undergraduate Degree: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Email Yue.

 

Why you chose Foster: The quality of the peers, faculty and staff is exceptional. The evening program structure minimizes opportunity cost of obtaining a MBA and maximizes immediate application of the learning. I want to be part of a cohort and collaborative community as I learn and challenge myself. The program is rigorous and structured to ensure that students are fully engaged.

Advice to prospective students: 1, Attend a class visit. 2, Meet current students and ask them questions that you care about. 3, Understand your motivations, other priorities, and opportunity costs. 4, Apply early and decisively.

Lacey Wulfe

Lacey WulfeClass of 2020
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Current employer: Alamo Aircraft
Job Title: Federal Contracts Compliance Specialist
MBA field of study: Supply Chain Management
Undergraduate Degree: Applied Learning and Development
Email Lacey.

 

Why you chose Foster: Initially I considered Foster based on its reputation and location. Seattle has great opportunities and Foster is highly respected within its community as well as around the world. When I came in for my class visit, however, I was blown away and knew Foster was the best fit for me. The small size of the program made the classroom feel personable and welcoming. I saw qualitative discussion and could sense that this was a community of people who were passionate and dedicated to learning from each other as opposed to just getting the grade.

Advice to prospective students: Do your research! Attend as many admissions events as you can and make sure to do a class visit. Another thing I would recommend would be to continually evaluate how you are organizing your tasks. It is easy to compartmentalize so I have found it very helpful to have a weekly list of things I need to do for school, work, and life in general – be sure to include fun things like going out with friends or date night with your boo.

Praveen Kumar

Praveen KumarClass of 2020
Hometown: Chennai, India
Current employer: Expedia
Job Title: Software Engineer
MBA field of study: Finance and Strategy
Undergraduate Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Email Praveen.

 

Why you chose Foster: The quality of professors, peers, network and program structure. The Evening Program specifically provides students a great opportunity to maximize their learning experiences by directly applying classroom learnings to work, and vice versa. I started work at Amazon about a month before my first quarter in the Evening program and within the first few classes we did an analysis of Amazon’s annual financial statements. As simple as that sounds it taught me so much about my company and gave me a new perspective on how my department (Video) fits in to Amazon’s overall business.

Advice to prospective students: Don’t be Intimidated if you don’t have a “traditional” background. One of the greatest things about Foster is its diversity. Get involved in your application process. Come sit in on a class. Talk to a current student. Attend the online information sessions. Email questions to the admissions staff (really, they are so friendly!). These steps will help you guide your thinking and find out if Foster is a good fit for you.

Lindsey Hoeft

Lindsey HoeftClass of 2020
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Current employer: The Boeing Company
Job Title: Program Manager
MBA field of study: Finance, Strategy
Undergraduate Degree: Master of Public Health, BS Dietetics
Email Lindsey.

 

Why you chose Foster: I am pursing the MBA degree as a career accelerator. The Foster culture was a big sell to me, as I wanted an environment that was collaborative and not competitive. I also value Foster’s ties to the businesses and the community in the Puget Sound. There are endless opportunities to learn and build your network outside the classroom.

Advice to prospective students: Taking on a graduate program while working full-time and raising kids can seem daunting, but there will never be a perfect time. The Foster cohort structure is a built-in support system that will help you navigate school and balance whatever work and life challenges that happen during the program. If you are contemplating applying, come to one of the admissions events to see if the culture seems right for you and then seize the moment!

Chad Delrose

Chad DelroseClass of 2020
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current employer: Accenture
Job Title: Mergers & Acquisition Manager
MBA field of study: Finance, Strategy
Undergraduate Degree: Finance, International Business
Email Chad.

 

Why you chose Foster: Cultural fit. I visited numerous programs to: attend information sessions, sit-in on classes, and talk to current students. At no other program did I feel the sense of inclusion and community that I did at Foster. The focus on collaboration and working in teams is a standout differentiator which provides a vast support network throughout the program. Additionally, the diversity of the program, quality of the instructors, and career opportunities in a booming city like Seattle made Foster the right choice.

Advice to prospective students: Be thorough in your research and make sure you know what you are signing up for. A class visit is a great place to start to get a feel for what the Foster community is like. Also, the admissions team and current students are more than willing to help with your search so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Aaron Bowen

Aaron BowenClass of 2019
Hometown: Issaquah by way of Seoul
Current employer: Amazon – Prime Video
Job Title: Program Manager
MBA field of study: Finance, Strategy
Undergraduate Degree: Journalism & Mass Communication
Email Aaron.

 

Why you chose Foster: The quality of professors, peers, network and program structure. The Evening Program specifically provides students a great opportunity to maximize their learning experiences by directly applying classroom learnings to work, and vice versa. I started work at Amazon about a month before my first quarter in the Evening program and within the first few classes we did an analysis of Amazon’s annual financial statements. As simple as that sounds it taught me so much about my company and gave me a new perspective on how my department (Video) fits in to Amazon’s overall business.

Advice to prospective students: Do your research! Attend as many admissions events as you can and make sure to do a class visit. Another thing I would recommend would be to continually evaluate how you are organizing your tasks. It is easy to compartmentalize so I have found it very helpful to have a weekly list of things I need to do for school, work, and life in general – be sure to include fun things like going out with friends or date night with your boo.

Bryan Williams

Brian WilliamsClass of 2019
Hometown: Parkdale, Oregon
Current employer: Terex AWP
Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer II
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Industrial Engineering; B.S. Manufacturing Engineering
Email Bryan.

 

Why you chose Foster: Originally, I was looking at other programs and online programs from a location flexibility and cost standpoints but I ultimately determined Foster was the only program that was the right fit. Foster offered everything I was looking for from the Networking, Extra Curricular Opportunities, and Academics. And now, I am excited and appreciative to now be a part of the Foster Family.

Advice to prospective students: Determine if Foster is the right fit for you, it might not be and it very well could be! In my opinion the only way to determine that decision, which was extremely helpful for me, is to go to as many admission events, class visits, and talk to current/previous students. Don’t be shy, everyone was in your shoes at one point. I wouldn’t recommend only basing the decision by the program statistic and the brochures, you should experience it.

Nicholas Sibran

Nicholas SibranClass of 2019
Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Current employer: Russell Investments
Job Title: Financial Analyst
MBA field of study: Finance
Undergraduate Degree: Economics, International Studies
Email Nicholas.

 

Why you chose Foster: I attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate and had a chance to get a sense of the amazing learning experience that Foster offers. The faculty is incredibly knowledgeable, and students are hardworking, dedicated, and come from a diverse background. It’s a very welcoming atmosphere that encourages innovation and creativity to solving problems. The program offers a plethora of opportunities to get involved outside the classroom from clubs through workshops and plenty of casual social events to provide a truly immersive education.

Advice to prospective students: joining Foster feels like joining a big family. It can get overwhelming at first since there’s just so much going on. However, like a good family, Foster takes care of its students well. Everyone from staff through faculty to fellow students is so helpful and they are excited to contribute to each student’s academic, professional, and social goals. My advice to prospective students is to take their time exploring all that Foster has to offer – being successful in the program depends greatly on what one is willing to put into it.

Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie MurphyClass of 2019
Hometown: Puyallup, WA
Current employer: Nordstrom
Job Title: Merchandise Analyst
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
Email Stephanie.

 

Why you chose Foster: I chose Foster for several reasons. I’d always wanted to earn my MBA to hone my technical business background and build upon my undergraduate studies. Having attended a small liberal arts university for undergrad, it was very important for me to be in a collaborative environment where I could build relationships with both my classmates and professors. After attending several admissions events, I fell in love with the sense of community that Foster has and was hooked on the cohort style of the program.

Advice to prospective students: Be yourself! I was a bit intimidated coming from a more qualitative work background in an applicant pool full of engineers, but I was happy to find that my perspective is valued and often enlightening. Additionally, the professors teach in a way that is engaging and easy to pick up subjects that may be a bit daunting. The entire Foster staff genuinely wants you to thrive in the program so they provide an incredible amount of resources to help you succeed.

Will Levin

Will LevinClass of 2019
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Current employer: Turner Construction
Job Title: Project Manager
MBA field of study: Operations and Entrepreneurship
Undergraduate Degree: BA – Architecture, BS – Construction Management
Email Will.

 

Why you chose Foster: I chose Foster for its emphasis on the cohort. As someone who values collaboration and teamwork, I sought to learn in an environment focused on diversity of thought, varied experiences and integrated learning. Each time I visited Foster prior to my acceptance, I was impressed by the students in the program. I appreciated their enthusiasm, intellect and knowledge. The environment and community was inspiring, and I wanted to be part of that atmosphere. Finally, the rigor of the Foster program and faculty was important.

Advice to prospective students: Think about what inspires you in life, and consider how an MBA might help you achieve your goals. If you think coming to Foster will help you get there, tackle the entire experience with passion, and commitment to your peers and hard work.