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Meet the 2018-2019 class of Fritzky Leadership Fellows

Each year, second-year MBA students are paired with first-year MBAs to provide peer coaching, team–related support, and more. Get to know this year’s class of Fellows by reading their bios below. Learn more about the Leadership Fellows Program here.

Andrew CaponiAndrew Caponi
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Prior to starting his MBA at Foster, Andrew worked as data scientist for a technology startup in Chicago. In a more previous life, he worked with colleges and universities to forecast student enrollment, allocate financial aid, and improve student satisfaction and retention. In short, his job was to predict the behavior of 18-year olds and maximize student outcomes. This summer, Andrew will be working for Facebook as an Emerging Product Intern.

Andrew grew up in Illinois and Michigan, and his high school mascot doubles as one of his favorite foods. The Freeport High School Pretzels – You Can Eat Us, But You Can’t Beat Us! He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in economics and applied statistics, and spends his free time biking, reading, hiking, and playing with his adopted Pit Bull, Rosie.
Andrew is honored to have been chosen as a Leadership Fellow for the coming school year, and is looking forward to giving back to Foster community, connecting with the Class of 2020, and continuing to develop as a leader and mentor.

Anirudh Bharadwaj Anirudh Bharadwaj
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Anirudh is an engineer-turned-consultant deeply passionate about technology and empowering those around him. Prior to Foster, he worked at Deloitte for four years as a cyber-security consultant, where he led global teams on business transformation projects and enterprise risk assessments.
Originally from Bangalore, Anirudh came to Seattle to take advantage of the city’s booming tech scene and to satiate his passion for immersive technologies. He is inspired by how technology is transforming the way the world consumes content and post the MBA program, aspires to drive commercialization and marketing strategies for companies in the XR space. This summer, Anirudh will be interning at T-Mobile as part of their Business Portfolio Optimization team.

As someone who has greatly benefited from the Leadership Fellows program, Anirudh is excited to create a similar experience for the incoming cohort and consequently refine his own personal leadership skill set in the process. In addition to being a Fritzky fellow, Anirudh also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Foster Technology Club and is an active member of the Strategy Club and the Foster Marketing Association.

Catherine LaPlantCatherine LaPlant
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Catherine, a Seattle native, holds an undergraduate degree in marketing from Chapman University. Prior to starting the MBA program at Foster, she worked at a boutique commercial insurance brokerage firm specializing in maritime insurance. Since joining the Foster community, she has turned her attention to studying corporate finance and spent the summer of 2018 as a Finance Intern in the Datacenter Group at Intel. She is passionate about giving back and will be overseeing the 2019 Challenge for Charity auction fundraiser as the Auction Co-Chair. Catherine is honored to have been selected as a Fritzky Leadership Fellow and looks forward to getting to know the first-years, giving back by offering guidance and support, and further developing as a leader.
David ConeDavid Cone
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David grew up about 30 minutes outside of Seattle in Maple Valley, and went to the University of Washington’s Tacoma campus for his undergraduate studies. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Computing and Software Systems he spent 10 years working in information technology for SAFE Boats International, a marine manufacturer based in Bremerton. Working closely with the leadership team he experienced the value of good mentorship first-hand. As a leadership fellow David wants to support the class of 2020 as they pursue their goals and to convey the importance of the leadership component of their MBA. He also considers the Leadership Fellows program as a critical component in his own development as a future business leader. David is spending his summer in Hillsboro, OR in Intel’s corporate finance department.
Eric ArchibaldEric Archibald
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After graduating from Tufts University, Eric spent a year working in outdoor education before going to a digital marketing agency to work in strategy. While working across several client accounts, Eric found a passion for project-based work, creativity and strategic thinking. At Foster, Eric is the co-President of Out in Business, and a member of the Foster soccer team (Foster FC) and Outdoor and Sports Industry Club (OSIC).

As a Leadership Fellow, Eric is excited to help first year students make the most of their MBA experience and ease the transition back to school. He looks forward to the opportunity to play a supportive role to the class of 2020 and work on expanding his leadership skills.

Over the summer, Eric traveled to the Bay Area to intern at Premier Nutrition in a Brand Management capacity, focusing on marketing strategy and process improvement projects. Outside of school, Eric loves to travel, bake and be outside.

Gina JohnsonGina Johnson
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Originally from the Seattle area, Gina came home to attend Foster after graduating from Cornell and working at a healthcare software company called Epic. Her role at Epic had her doing everything from writing code to speaking weekly with CXOs. She learned a lot about the healthcare industry, IT, business, and herself, and after a few years decided it was time to pursue an MBA to transition into a new and challenging career: consulting. This summer, she will intern at ECG, a healthcare-focused management consulting firm, where she hopes to be able to apply both her past experience and her new business school toolset.

In the fall, Gina will be doing a lot (TAing, Fritzky Fellows, Peer Advising, and significant club involvement). She’s most excited for Fritzky Fellows, though, as an opportunity to give back to first years, build relationships, and continue improving as a coach and a leader.

Jeff RechlerJeff Rechler
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Prior to relocating to Seattle to attend Foster, Jeff lived in Philadelphia and worked as a marketing communications strategist in a variety of agency and in-house roles. He has helped dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations to articulate their competitive advantage, engage customers, and grow their business.

At Foster, Jeff has embraced the opportunity to be back in a classroom, develop new business skills, and grow as a leader. He is putting these skills to good use this summer as a marketing strategy consultant at Lenati. Outside of class, Jeff enjoys hiking, biking, playing soccer and exploring the region. He is excited to welcome the class of 2020 and contribute to the Foster community as a Fritzky Leadership Fellow and VP of the Foster Marketing Association.

Jennifer FrancisJennifer Francis
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After graduating from University of San Francisco, Jennifer commissioned in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Nurse Corps Officer. She was a medical-surgical and PICU nurse, and now specializes as a pediatric perioperative nurse. She has served as a Division Officer overlooking seven surgical specialties and Department Head of Sterile Processing Department aboard the USNS COMFORT. This summer, she is interning at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Main Operating Room.

Jennifer had an invaluable experience with her Leadership Fellows and hopes to provide the same impact to the class of 2020. Further, she hopes to strengthen her leadership skills in preparation for the next stage of her professional journey. Jennifer also serves on the board for the Foster Veteran’s Association and Healthcare and Biotech Association. Outside of school, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, Joseph, and three girls, Paige, Claire, and Grace. Jennifer remains on active duty, and looks forward to her utilization tour at Yokosuka, Japan.

Mukund RajasekharMukund Rajasekhar
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Mukund is from Mumbai, India and prior to Foster was the Operations Manager for a fashion & retail startup based in Mumbai. In his spare time, he loves playing soccer, exploring Seattle breweries and fantasizing about getting a dog.

Mukund is of the opinion that the MBA will be one of the most fulfilling two years of your life and he feels that the guidance he received from his second years, especially his Fritzky fellows, have made his MBA an even more enjoyable and enriching experience. He says his Fritzky fellows were instrumental in setting him up for success within this program and he looks forward to doing the same for the class of 2020.

For his summer internship, he was at Amazon as a Product Manager with the Echo and Alexa team.

He is on the MBAA Executive committee as the EVP of Operations and also writes the ‘Inside the MBA’ student blog. If you have interesting stories to share about your various MBA experiences, please reach out to him and he will be glad to feature your story on the Foster website.

Nicholas OliverNicholas Oliver
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Nick grew up in the Silicon Valley and then moved south to earn a degree in Urban Planning at UC San Diego. After graduation, he worked as a project manager at the non-profit Center for Sustainable Energy, interfacing with consumers, utilities, and policy makers to support clean energy technologies. In this role, Nick spent two years living in Boston and getting to know the East Coast before moving back west to attend Foster and pivot into the private sector. At Foster, Nick serves as a VP of Alumni Relations with the Consulting Society and as member of Net Impact. He is also an avid runner and backpacker who loves all the outdoor resources that the PNW has to offer. This summer, he is interning as a Senior Associate with PwC’s Advisory Practice in Seattle.

Nick is honored to be a Fritzky Fellow and is excited to learn from the leadership styles of his peers and the class of 2020. He hopes to serve as a coach and sounding board for incoming MBAs and help make the transition to Seattle for them as seamless as possible while developing his own skills as a leader.

Patrick Swan Patrick Swan
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Patrick was raised in Melbourne, Australia, where he earned a B.A in Professional Communication from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Prior to moving to the US to pursue his MBA, he worked as a product marketer at Finch, an early-stage payments company based in Melbourne where he helped grow the initial userbase and raise the companies seed round. Patrick previously worked at Carat, the world’s leading media network, where he managed media investment and digital marketing strategy for Fortune 100 clients in the automotive, FMCG and financial services industries.

During his time at Foster Patrick has participated in the Venture Fellows program, during which he worked at Voyager Capital, a local venture capital firm, and he is presently interning at Madrona Venture Labs.

Patrick decided to become a Fritzky Fellow to return in-kind the valuable support to incoming first-year students and to develop his own. leadership skills

Rachel ForstRachel Forst
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Although her roots are in the Arizona desert, Rachel spent the past several years living on the East Coast and abroad before moving to Seattle to attend Foster. She got her undergraduate degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and worked in nonprofit operations and technology consulting before starting her MBA. She spent this past summer in PwC’s Advisory practice in Seattle.

Rachel came to Foster because of the collaborative community and emphasis on leadership development. She is thrilled to be a Fritzky Leadership Fellow to partner with first year teams and and provide support to her fellow students. She is honored to have the opportunity to grow as a leader in the program. Next year, she will also be a Global Innovation Fellow through the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Outside of school, Rachel enjoys hiking, sipping good coffee, and dreaming of creating her own podcast.

Shirley LiouShirley Liou
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An Eastsider-turned-Seattleite, Shirley developed mobile apps after graduating from UW with degrees in computer science and business administration. This past summer, she interned as a Senior Technical Product Manager at Amazon. She hopes to share her interest in the intersection of technology, creativity, and community as the President of Foster Level Up! Interactive Entertainment Association. Shirley is honored to serve as a Fritzky Leadership Fellow and is excited to help the incoming students navigate the program. Outside of school, Shirley likes to listen to podcasts (at 1.8x speed), eating (all the things), and showing off pictures of her nieces and nephew (you’ve been warned).
Tashiya GunesekeraTashiya Gunesekera
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Tashiya was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Southern California. After her undergrad at the University of Southern California, Tashiya served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda where she taught English and created the first library in her small town. Prior to Foster, Tashiya worked as a management consultant for a boutique Seattle firm that consulted for the public sector in Washington State.

This summer, Tashiya interned as a Financial Analyst at Icertis – a contract management software startup. She is currently Co-President of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club and Vice President of Diversity in Business. Tashiya chose to become a Leadership Fellow to help welcome the new members of the Foster community and to further develop her own leadership style.