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Organizational Benefits

The Executive Development Program is a fantastic business development program that helped me gain diverse, practical business knowledge and skills. It has helped me work more effectively throughout my organization and with my customers.
Dan SheridanVP, General Manager North America, Brooks Sports Inc.

Microsoft Corporation, Holland America, PEMCO Insurance Company… 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 45 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 sharing best practices with 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 nearly 2,000 EDP participants by underwriting full or partial tuition, ensuring release time one afternoon a week, 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 budgeting and cost management
  • Increased confidence in reading and understanding financial statements
  • Better communication with employees, other managers, vendors, suppliers and customers
  • A deeper understanding of overall operations
  • New methods to assess marketplace issues and develop competitive strategies
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 Holland America Line Inc.
Intellectual Ventures Kimberly-Clark Corporation
King County Department of Natural Resources Korea International Trade Association
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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