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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

We are pleased to offer career advising and development services to Executive MBA students and alumni, leveraging our dedicated Career Coach’s expertise. Building on a 20-year career in branding, marketing and communications for companies ranging from agencies and start-ups to the Fortune 50, Donna L. Sellers is a Certified Coach dedicated to supporting people who want to pursue greater professional (and personal) fulfillment. She holds an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Donna partners with students and alumni on a range of career development areas, including:

  • Personal brand development
  • Elevator pitches
  • Cover letters
  • Resumes
  • Interview preparation
  • Networking strategies and materials
  • Salary/offer negotiation
  • Job search and transition strategies
  • Career exploration

Available on-campus (and ‘virtually’) for EMBA students for alumni, Donna provides a customized approach, working one-on-one to identify and leverage core competencies and unique value to maximize professional presence, communications and potential. To schedule an appointment, please email Donna at dlscoach@uw.edu. Donna is generally on campus Wednesday through Fridays, and can also take phone calls on other days.

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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