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Leadership Fellows

Leadership Fellows are second-year, full-time MBA students in the Foster School of Business who support first year MBA students to adjust to Foster and enhance their leadership and team capabilities. They do so through peer coaching, mentoring, and more.

  • They help individual MBA teams focus and reflect on their team process and functioning. Each first-year team’s assigned Fellows provide input on the team’s contract, and facilitate activities such as a check-in meeting early in the quarter to reflect on how the team is doing, as well as a mid-quarter feedback session.
  • Each Fellow also meets individually with their assigned first-year students throughout their first six months in the program to check in on how things are going. First-year students can use them as a sounding board for topics such as transitioning to MBA life, as a thought partner to help identify developmental priorities, as a peer coach to help figure out how to handle challenging situations, etc.

Fellows work closely with each other and with the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking’s coaching staff in a supportive network to enhance and refine their own leadership, strategic thinking, and coaching skills.

Become a Leadership Fellow

Being a Fritzky Leadership Fellow offers a select group of second-year students with a unique, hands-on leadership development opportunity. Each Fellow coaches and mentors up to 3 teams of first-year MBA students in autumn and winter quarters. See former fellows on the Foster blog.

Program Features


  • participate in training focused on learning leadership development strategies, models and methods of coaching.
  • engage in a two-credit Leadership and Coaching Practicum during autumn and winter quarters that exposes them to the latest work on leadership, strategic thinking, coaching, effective communication, and team performance. This course will earn them 2-credits total across the 2 quarters.
  • create leadership development goals and action plans, track progress toward these goals and receive developmental feedback from others
  • receive individual coaching from a professional leadership coach
  • work closely with other fellows in a supportive network that is focused on developing their leadership

Program Benefits

  • Greater self-awareness about your leadership
  • Increased ability to effectively lead others and manage interpersonal relationships
  • Improved skills in team development, conflict resolution, coaching and group facilitation

All Fellows are paid a stipend in fall and winter quarters for participating in this developmental experience.

These stipends are funded by a permanent endowment supported by the Fritzky family.

Interested in becoming a Leadership Fellow?

Click on the headings below to find out more about the roles and responsibilities of Leadership Fellows, as well as application information.

The Leadership Fellows Program provides a select number of full-time second-year MBA students with the unique opportunity to significantly advance their leadership. The primary roles of Leadership Fellows are to support the team and individual development of first-year MBA students during autumn and winter quarters and to serve as a role model for developing others for their second-year cohort. Through workshops, experiential activities, coaching, and mentoring activities Leadership Fellows strengthen their own leadership skills as well as their skills in coaching, team facilitation, conflict resolution, giving feedback, and team and leadership development.

The approximate time commitment during the autumn and winter quarters is 5-7 hours per week.

Leadership Fellows are expected to:

1. Act as an ambassador of the Leadership Fellows program to the entire Foster community.

2. Serve as a Fellow once selected until after Leadership Fellows for the following year have been oriented.

3. Attend and participate in all Fellow-related events, including workshops, coaching & training sessions. These include a multi-day kick-off session and skills training called Leadership Fellows Lead Week in September 2020 (dates TBD).

Note: Prior to accepting an offer to join Leadership Fellows, one must commit to arranging summer internship, travel, and personal plans to enable participation in the activities that will take place during a week in September (dates TBD). We also highly recommend that Fellows allocate a few hours if at all possible, the following week to meet with assigned first-year teams.

4. Develop and execute a plan for personal leadership growth over the course of your time as a Fellow. This includes periodic self-evaluation of progress and getting structured feedback from others.

5. Support up to 3 first year core teams per quarter. You will meet with your teams on a regular basis during autumn and winter quarters.

6. Meet with assigned team members individually based on a schedule TBD during the Leadership Fellows Lead Week.

7. Attend and fully participate in all MGMT 511 sessions during autumn and winter quarters.

8. Participate in the Leadership Fellows recruiting process for the following year and attend recruiting-related events.

Each Leadership Fellow will receive a stipend for autumn and winter quarter for successfully fulfilling the Leadership Fellow responsibilities. Stipend details will be provided prior to interviews.

The Leadership Fellows program begins in the spring of the first year and continues through the spring of the second year with the main duties taking place during autumn and winter quarters of the second year. The approximate time commitment during autumn and winter is 5-7 hours per week.
Leadership Fellows are expected to commit to the responsibilities and events listed below.

Spring Quarter, first year

  • May or June 2020 (date TBD): Luncheon transition celebration with outgoing Leadership Fellows
  • April or May 2020 (Friday, date TBD): Half-day leadership development workshop

Summer between first and second years

  • Ongoing contact with program
  • September 2020 (dates TBD) Multi-day kick-off session and skills training

Note: Prior to accepting an offer to join Leadership Fellows, it is critical that you commit to arranging your summer internship, travel, and personal plans to enable participation in the activities that will take place during a TBD week in September 2020. We also highly recommend that you allocate a few hours if at all possible, the following week to meet with your assigned teams.

Autumn & Winter Quarters, second year

  • Mentoring and coaching support for assigned first-year MBA teams including 360 feedback sessions with teams
  • Individual mentoring and coaching of students on assigned first-year teams
  • Participation in MGMT 511 – Leadership and Coaching Practicum for 2 total credits
  • Support for recruitment of future Leadership Fellows

Spring Quarter, second year

  • Program transition to new cohort of Leadership Fellows

Fellows Info Session – January 8, 2020 at 12:30-1:20 Paccar 392
Fellows Info Session – January 21, 2020 at 12:30 -1:20 Paccar 294

The selection process for this program involves

  • An application packet
  • A structured interview
  • A review of other indicators of your ability to serve as a Leadership Fellow

Full-time MBA Class of 2021 students in good academic standing will be considered for selection.
The application process includes TWO key deadlines. You must complete both for your application to be complete:

Deadline #1: Tuesday, Jan 28th, 11:59pm – Submit your application package
Send the following application materials to [email protected]. Make sure to include your name and UW email address on all of your materials.

1. Application Essay – Write two short essays about the following topics (300-400 words per essay).

  • Topic #1: Describe why you would choose to be a Leadership Fellow above any other leadership role in Foster and how you would want to grow and develop as a leader during your time as a Fellow.
    • Describe the specific aspect(s) of your leadership you want to strengthen, along with what you have done so far and what you plan to do to develop in those areas.
    • How will serving as a Leadership Fellow help you achieve your leadership development goals?
  • Topic #2: What valuable piece of feedback has significantly shaped your leadership development since you’ve been at Foster?
    • How did you interpret it, what made it valuable?
    • What steps have you taken to act on it?

2. Updated resume

3. List of extracurricular activities tentatively planned for next year (e.g., MBAA or club offices, board fellowships, TA positions, etc.)

4. You will need to provide the information on 2 people whom you will ask to serve as references.

  • At least one reference should be a member of your autumn quarter core team.
  • Your team’s assigned Leadership Fellow(s) should not be used as a reference.
  • Please provide the following information about each reference: Name, relationship (e.g. MBA core team member, fellow club member), and email address.

5. The name of your Leadership Fellow(s)

Deadline #2: Thurs, February 13, 11:59pm – Complete online self-assessment survey and have your two references complete the same survey about you

  • After receiving your complete application package, CLST will send a message to your UW email address with a link to an online assessment survey. You will be asked to rate yourself on several qualities that are important to the Leadership Fellow role, such as your leadership, communication, and effectiveness as a team member.
  • Your references will receive an email with a link to the same online questionnaire/feedback form.
  • You’re encouraged to notify your two references in advance that they will receive an email from the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking inviting them to complete a survey about you.
  • To ensure that these emails get through, you and your references are encouraged to have the email address [email protected] added in your safe senders list.
  • Both your self-assessment and your references’ assessments of you must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm, February 13th. Completion of this survey is necessary for your application package to be considered complete.

Additional key dates

  • Week of February 24: Interview invitations sent (via email from [email protected]).
  • March 2 – March 27: Interviews
  • Early-April: Selection of 2020-2021 Leadership Fellows announced

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact [email protected]