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Organizational Benefits

As we steered our international consultancy through the various phases of the pandemic and a major east coast acquisition concurrently, the leadership and organizational change content from the Executive Development was incredibly useful. Equal parts compass, flashlight and utility toolkit.
Andrew DimitriouSenior Principal SLR Consulting

Microsoft Corporation, Costco, Holland America, Premera… these Northwest leaders are among more than 440 companies and organizations that have sponsored their most talented employees to attend the Executive Development Program (EDP). For more than 50 years, organizations large and small in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors have discovered that the Executive Development Program is an effective way to provide leaders with advanced business education without demanding substantial time away from work and personal schedules.

EDP participation results in better decision-making and evaluation methods, a more enterprise-wide perspective, and out-of-the-box thinking that comes from learning best practices from leaders in other industries. Managers have an opportunity to learn innovative strategies and processes from top MBA faculty members at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and a group of experienced peers.

Since 1970, the business community has sponsored more than 2,000 EDP participants by underwriting full or partial tuition, ensuring the participant’s schedule allows them to attend the Monday evening classes, and supporting their employees’ application of new concepts in the workplace.

Participants and sponsors report strong returns on their investment in the Executive Development Program, including:

  • Improved leadership and managerial skills to motivate and inspire their team.
  • Increased understanding of financial data to make more informed decisions.
  • Improved budgeting and cost management.
  • Better communication and negotiation skills that will improve outcomes with employees, other managers, vendors, suppliers, and customers.
  • A deeper understanding of overall company operations and insights into the functioning of other teams in the organization outside of their initial areas of expertise.
  • New methods to assess marketplace issues and develop and implement competitive strategies.
  • More innovative and creative strategies to spur positive change in their department and organization.
Organizations that have sponsored employees to attend the Executive Development Program include:

Adobe Systems, Inc. AeroTEC
Alaska Airlines AT&T
Boston Scientific Corporation Brooks Sports Inc.
Coastal Pacific Food Distributors Costco
Cray Incorporated Cupcake Royale/Verite Coffee
EMC Corporation Emeritus Senior Living
F5 Networks Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco First Choice Health
Foss Maritime Company Google
Holland America Line Inc. Intellectual Ventures
Kimberly-Clark Corporation King County Department of Natural Resources
Korea International Trade Association Lease Crutcher Lewis
LG Group Microsoft Corporation
Nintendo Company, Ltd. PACCAR Inc.
PEMCO Corporation Philips
Port of Seattle Port of Tacoma
Precor, Inc. Premera Blue Cross
 Puget Sound Energy Quadrant Homes
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) SAFECO Corporation
Seattle Children’s Hospital Seattle City Light
Starbucks Coffee Company Swedish Medical Center
Tacoma Art Museum The Boeing Company
The Box Maker, Inc. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
 The Mountaineers Books The Robbins Company
 The Wilderness Land Trust Thyssenkrupp Aerospace
Tommy Bahama United Airlines
US Navy US Postal Service
Verizon Wireless Vigor Industrial
Weyerhaeuser Company Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Zones Inc. Zymogenetics

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