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Student Ambassadors

The student ambassadors below are just a few of the many current students who generously volunteer their time to answer your questions about the Foster MBA program.


Featured Ambassadors: Class of 2020 and 2021

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JB Simpkins
Class of 2020
Hometown; Texas, USA
Pre-MBA Job: Education-Administration
Email JB
Desired Industry: Consulting, Product Management
Why Foster?: Location, small class size, culture
Advice: Don’t overthink the admission process. Be yourself.
Clubs: Consulting Club, Tech Club, Outdoor Sports Industry Club, Leadership and Management Society, Net Impact
Austin Montgomery
Austin L Montgomery
Class of 2020
Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Pre-MBA Job: Utilities Manager, Military
Email Austin
Desired Industry: Finance, either investment banking or corporate finance
Why Foster?: Foster offered a great sense of community.
Advice: If you can, visit your prospective schools, sit in on classes and talk to current and former students. Look beyond rankings and really try to get an idea of what the community is like.
Clubs: Foster Research Partners, Finance Society, Diversity in Business, Foster Veterans Association
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Ruchi Singh
Class of 2020
Hometown: India / Singapore
Pre-MBA Job: Strategy & Account Management, Financial Services
Email Ruchi
Desired Industry: Strategy/Management Consulting, Investment Management
Why Foster?: I was looking to focus on building my academic toolkit and wanted a program with a high level of engagement in the classroom, both from the students and teachers. A class visit confirmed that both the students and teachers really wanted to be in the room and valued a healthy discussion. I couldn’t ignore how Foster ‘felt’ right when I came to visit on-campus. All my interactions with faculty, staff, and students were very genuine, so I knew what I was getting myself into, and it just felt right.
Advice: Be true to yourself. Figure out what you’re looking for in the next 2 years during b-school and the kind of activities, opportunities, and people you’d like to surround yourself with. Once you determine these ‘non-negotiables’, stick to them and seek these out when you visit campuses and interact with people from different programs to determine the best fit for you. Don’t ignore your gut feeling!
Clubs: Consulting Society, Women in Business, Strategy Club, Finance Society, MBA Association
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Mariana Xu
Class of 2020
Hometown: Hong Kong(China)
Pre-MBA Job: Financial Service Wealth Management
Email Mariana
Desired Industry: Marketing Strategy
Why Foster?: Foster is a small program with strong branding. It is in a great location with access to many companies in the IT industry.
Advice: School culture and location may affect your decision more than the rank.
Clubs: Marketing, Women in Business
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Tim Li
Class of 2020
Hometown: China
Pre-MBA Job: Supply Chain Operations
Email Tim
Desired Industry: Strategical Sourcing, Product Management, Consulting
Why Foster?: Foster offers lot of networking opportunities within Seattle’s strong tech environment.
Advice: Be aware of what you want, stay focused and be aggressive in finding what you need to make a decision.
Clubs: Consulting Society, Tech Club, Strategy Club
Sean Class 2020 imageSean Kim
Class of 2020
Hometown: Korea/Guam
Pre-MBA Job: Corporate Strategy in Travel and Hospitality industry
Email Sean
Desired Industry: Transition into the Tech Industry
Why Foster?: I figured that Foster School would yield the biggest growth for myself throughout the MBA journey, as both Foster and Seattle are rapidly growing. I also appreciated the spirit of collaboration that was felt throughout Foster. I realized that Foster classmates would go above and beyond to help each other in many ways, whether it is helping one another in settling down at a new city, or in finding their dream career. This very idea of lifting each other up is what makes Foster very successful in achieving top job placement rates and in growing an intensive alumni network.
Advice: Spend time thinking about how you want to grow during the next two years in MBA. By identifying your priorities, you’ll have an easier time choosing the school that provides the opportunities you are seeking. If you have any unique personal or professional experiences, be ready to tell your stories. Being able to articulate your experiences can be crucial. Most importantly, contact us if you want to learn more about Foster!
Clubs: Technology Club, Foster Research Partners, Consulting Club, Level Up
Aditi Class 2020 imageAditi Narayanan
Class of 2020
Hometown: Ann Arbor Michigan
Pre-MBA Job: Consulting
Email Aditi
Desired Industry: Product/Brand Management in Tech.
Why Foster?: I wanted a smaller class and access to the Seattle tech ecosystem.
Advice: Take your time and find a school that you believe fits your goals as a person and professionally.
Clubs: Women in Business, Marketing Society, Strategy Society, Operations Club
Shama Class 2020 imageShama Rangnekar
Class of 2020
Hometown: India
Pre-MBA Job: Banking & Finance
Email Shama
Desired Industry: Tech & Finance
Why Foster?: Smaller class size, favorable location of Seattle and proximity to tech players were some of the main reasons to join Foster. Foster’s career services, the diversity of incoming students and the very approachable professors and staff also played a part in my decision.
Advice: Do not just go by the ranking of the schools you look at. List out your priorities and expectations from the two years of MBA. Do only a few things and do them right.
Clubs: Consulting Club, Finance Club, Tech Club
Abhro Class 2020 imageAbhro Pal
Class of 2020
Hometown: India
Pre-MBA Job: Technology, Engineering
Email Abhro
Desired Industry: Technology, PM
Why Foster?: Tech Industry in Seattle and my love for this city!
Advice: Foster is great school for a future career in Tech.
Clubs: Foster Tech Club, Foster Consulting Society
Mike Class 2020 imageMike Lahoda
Class of 2020
Hometown: West Deptford, New Jersey
Pre-MBA Job: Nonprofit, Program Management and Marketing
Email Mike
Desired Industry: Brand Management in the CPG or Outdoor industry.
Why Foster?: I chose Foster because of the collaborative and welcoming community, smaller class size, established relationships in the industries and function I am interested in, and my love for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, where I have lived for the past seven years. After visiting several other business schools, it was obvious that Foster was where I felt most at home. Coming from a nonprofit background, I was confident that my experiences and perspectives would be valued while I would also be able to learn from an incredibly diverse and intelligent group of peers that are eager to help one another grow personally and professionally.
Advice: The application process is challenging – hang in there! Be sure to take time to think carefully about your goals before and during the process and solicit feedback often. I highly recommend visiting the schools you’re interested in (especially Foster, of course) to get a feel for the culture and to picture yourself as part of the community. I also found it incredibly helpful to speak to current students, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us – we’re more than happy to do what we can to help you along your MBA journey!
Clubs: Foster Marketing Association, Outdoor and Sports Industry Club, Net Impact
Shane Class 2020 imageShane Schrader
Class of 2020
Hometown: Kansas
Pre-MBA Job: Tech/MFG; Process/Project Engineer, Systems Engineer
Email Shane
Desired Industry: Strategy/Finance/Product Management in Tech
Why Foster?: The culture at Foster was a perfect fit for me. Students and staff were honest and up-front about what they didn’t like and I didn’t feel like I was being sold something. The school’s focus on and support for career management was also a key driver; many “higher ranked” schools have far fewer resources for students or even limit the face-time you have with your career coaches. I wanted to attend a program with strong ties to tech, a high employment rate, strong starting salaries, and a focus on student development. Foster checked all those boxes and more.
Advice: Really reach out and talk to students. Get a good idea of the fit because you’ll be spending the next two years here. Don’t focus on rankings or prestige above all else; if the school doesn’t fit what you want, don’t go there.
Clubs: Tech Club, Consulting Society, Finance Society, Strategy Club, Huddle, Creative Club, MBAA, and Net Impact
Nora Class 2020 imageNora Bright
Class of 2020
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Pre-MBA Job: Recruiting, Small Business & Nonprofit
Email Nora
Desired Industry: Human Resources, Marketing
Why Foster?: I chose Foster because of its very collaborative culture and location in Seattle
Advice: Talking to students is the most effective way to learn about a school!
Clubs: WiB, Net Impact, Marketing, Diversity in Business and Leadership & Management Society
Rekha Class 2020 imageRekha Mathew
Class of 2020
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Pre-MBA Job: Healthcare Strategy at Kaiser Permanente
Email Rekha
Desired Industry: Technology, Healthcare
Why Foster?: Foster MBAs are exposed to a beautiful city, collaborative community, and thriving technology industry.
Advice: Clearly identify what you want to get out of the program before beginning it. This will help you prioritize your efforts and personalize your experience.
Clubs: Foster Tech Club, Consulting Society, Healthcare & Biotechnology Association, Women in Business, Global Study Tour
Ciro Class 2020 imageCiro Gonzalez
Class of 2020
Hometown: Mexico
Pre-MBA Job: Corporate Banking and Consulting
Email Ciro
Desired Industry: Open my own fund in a 8 year time frame
Why Foster?: Foster, as a small class, has the opportunity to
make your experience tailor-made. I had the opportunity of visiting Foster while I was applying
and attended one class. I was amazed by the closeness of the professor with each of the
students. It was amazing how this closeness made the learning experience more intimate and
worthwhile. I wasn´t even a student, yet the professor dedicated her time to talk to me about
my goals and what I wanted to learn. That unique moment made me realize that Foster is
deeply engaged with each student which for me is the greatest learning environment..
Advice: Come to Foster!
Clubs: EVCC; Finance Society; GBA;
Alina Class 2020 imageAlina Okhotnikova
Class of 2020
Hometown: Russia
Pre-MBA Job: Marketing
Email Alina
Desired Industry: Product Marketing for a Seattle-based Tech company
Why Foster?: I was excited by the great connections Foster has with Seattle based tech companies, the recruitment statistics and many opportunities to obtain practical experience. I believe in learning by doing and here at Foster there are plenty of options to try different things. Due to the small class size admissions team, faculty, career management professionals know you very well and are willing to help you grow and be successful!
Advice: Come and visit, talk to the students, have a chance to feel the atmosphere. Start your preparation early! Work on resume, cover letters and think of target companies during the summer.
Clubs: Women in Business, Marketing Association, Foster Tech
Vinayak Class 2021 imageVinayak Prabhakar
Class of 2021
Hometown: Chennai, India
Pre-MBA Job: Tech Start-up
Email Vinayak
Desired Industry: Tech Strategy or Tech Project Management
Why Foster?: Inclusive community, great interactions with past students, small class size.
Advice: Be proactive in understanding the schools culture, so you can make the most of your interactions, and also, ask a lot of questions, there is a lot of help/guidance out here, so just ask.
Clubs: Foster Tech
Parijat Class 2021 imageParijat
Class of 2021
Hometown: Muscat, Oman
Pre-MBA Job: Data Science and Retail
Email Parijat
Desired Industry: Product Management
Why Foster?: West coast, community based learning, applied projects, and culture of social well-being.
Advice: Come with an open mindset to learn & take this free time to relax before the start of school year.
Clubs: Foster Tech, Consulting Society, and MBAA Representative
Devin Class 2021 imageDevin Doyle
Class of 2021
Hometown: New York, New York
Pre-MBA Job: Tech and Human Resources
Email Devin
Desired Industry: Human Capital Consultant
Why Foster?: Seattle, Small Class Size, Student Driven Culture, ROI
Advice: Find your non-negotiables and priorities and stick to them. There will be trade-offs and you will use your order of importance for difficult decisions. Take care of yourself. Call Grandma.
Clubs: Consulting Society, Marketing Club, Women in Business (Ally)
Vivin Class 2021 imageVivin Manoharan
Class of 2021
Hometown: Coimbatore, India
Pre-MBA Job: Data analyst in e-commerce
Email Vivin
Desired Industry: Product Marketing or Technology Management
Why Foster?: Foster has a great track record of sending student into the tech industry. The connections that Career Management has with big tech firms and the location of the School makes Foster a great platform to pivot into the tech industry. The class size is small and this builds an close-knit community. Everybody is ready to help here.
Advice: Thoroughly research all schools that you are applying to and find the school that fits your personal and professional goals. Do not go with only the Rankings. You can always reach out to a student ambassador to have a candid discussion on the Foster experience. This goes for all schools.
Clubs: Foster Tech, Marketing Association, Consulting Society
Gustavo Class 2021 imageGustavo Malva
Class of 2021
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Pre-MBA Job: Project Management in Engineering
Email Gustavo
Desired Industry: Corporate Finance
Why Foster?: The close-knit community enables more meaningful connections with my classmates, alumni, professors, among others. Those connections are very helpful and reassuring, especially when you’re a career shifter – you can find a lot of people in the Foster community who has the same career goals as you, and their willingness to share information, and to help, you is amazing. Moreover, career management is a differential to the program. They have extremely competent personnel who will help you achieve your goals.
Advice: Don`t look at the ranks only. Search for a program that you feel it`s the best fit for you.
Clubs: Strategy Club, Finance Society, Challenge for Charity
Francesca Class 2021 imageFrancesca Essilfie
Class of 2021
Hometown: Diamond Bar, California
Pre-MBA Job: Social Media Manager in Entertainment
Email Francesca
Desired Industry: Brand Management or Media Marketing
Why Foster?: I chose Foster because of its community. I wanted to be in an environment where I could create close connections as well as make an impact.
Advice: Make time to learn more about yourself. Try to understand what makes you you, and think about what you can contribute as well as what you can learn from the communities you choose to be involved in.
Clubs: Diversity in Business, Foster Marketing Association