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Student Leadership

The Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the University of Washington Foster School of Business helps accelerate the development of Foster students by offering resources, fully integrating with core curriculum, leveraging natural learning opportunities and exposing students to leaders in the Seattle and alumni community.

In the classroom, in study teams, and through outside panels and speakers, we link leadership with strategic thinking to promote integrative learning and the capacity to see problems from multiple perspectives. By producing the most current and well-researched methods and models, we ensure that Foster graduates are leaders who think differently and make a difference in the face of complex, unstructured, real-world problems.

CLST currently offers several student programs including:

Fritzky Leadership Fellows connects a select group of second year full-time MBAs with teams of first-year students. Each Fellow coaches and advises a team of first-year MBA students to enhance leadership and strategic thinking skills and works closely with each other and with the Leadership Center’s coaching staff in a supportive network to enhance their coaching skills. Visit the Leadership Fellows homepage for application information.

Leading Across Boundaries (LAB) – Launched by the CLST and then MBAA Executive VP, Colin Beazley (MBA class of 2012), “Leading Across Boundaries” or LAB aims to help develop the roughly 30 MBA Association executives and club presidents who serve during their second year as class leaders and are committed to enriching MBA student life and networking opportunities outside the classroom. Read about LAB on the Foster blog.

School of Public Health – Nine-month long leadership development interventions for 90+ students in two graduate programs: Master of Health Administration and Executive Master of Health Administration.

Undergraduate Leadership Conference – Co-developing an undergraduate leadership development conference for Spring 2015 that will explore ways to support capstone case competition in order to provide a broad, evidence-based analysis of companies. Read about the 2015 conference on the Foster blog.

Husky Leadership Initiative – Working with the Director of the Husky Leadership Initiative—a campus-wide effort to provide leadership development/experience to all undergraduates—by providing the following:

  • Provide leadership development portal
  • Leadership development apps and assessments
  • Curriculum development

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program – The CLST undergraduate research program provides a unique opportunity for University of Washington undergraduate students to get hands-on experience working in leadership research and leadership development program administration. Each year the CLST recruits and selects a small group of undergraduates who have demonstrated an interest in further developing their research skills, while deepening their understanding of the field of organization and leadership development.

In the program, students work alongside CLST staff on applied research projects and leadership development programs.  Students learn about the multiple components involved in running leadership development programs, will deepen their understanding of leadership models/theory, and will develop and strengthen basic research and quantitative analysis skills. Typical activities include conducting literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and providing assessment/survey support.  Students may also be involved in preparing workshop materials, assisting with event planning and support, and preparing reports for program participants. Students also engage in regular lunch-and-learn sessions with CLST staff to provide additional training and opportunities to discuss research theory, methods, and applications to the work of the CLST.

Students interested in being involved in the CLST Undergraduate Research Program should contact Kaeleen Drummey ([email protected]).