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Curriculum and Faculty

The Minority Business Executive Program combines lectures, discussions, guest speakers, panels, interactive simulations, team exercises, and self-assessments. Participants will gain knowledge, tools, and a valuable network to help them achieve their business goals. Some materials and reading assignments will be sent to participants prior to arrival in Seattle.

The program has given solid structure to my natural entrepreneur capabilities. I plan to apply the techniques and knowledge gained to my business.
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Finance and Accounting

  • Learn to interpret and use accounting data for planning, decision-making and financial reporting.
  • Enhance your understanding of finance principles and practices, including cash flow analysis, capital budgeting, risk, and return.

The Innovation Value Chain

  • Understand how innovation can be thought of as a process flow by learning the three broad phases of innovation: idea generation, idea conversion and idea diffusion.
  • Learn a framework to screen ideas for success.
  • Explore how to manage risk during innovation.


  • Learn to apply successful leadership and decision-making models to develop your full potential as a leader.
  • Develop critical leading and influencing skills necessary to sustain long-term organizational success through a combination of lecture, discussion, simulation, and self-assessment.

Brand and Marketing Strategy

  • Learn how to develop marketing strategies that uniquely serve your customers and maximize customer lifetime value.
  • Identify brand execution tactics that leverage your strategy and increase product and firm equity.

Strategic Thinking

  • Understand the concept, content, and process of strategy formulation and implementation.
  • Explore the role entrepreneurship plays in creating opportunities for growth.
  • Learn about the strategies of high growth firms.
  • Explore strategy frameworks and how to identify ways to grow a venture.


  • Become a more effective communicator and decision-maker, learning proven techniques for building and maintaining relationships, applying appropriate power and influence, structuring agreements, and developing buy-in.
Below is the list of faculty instructors from the 2018 MBEP. 2019 updates are coming soon.

Patrick Bettin, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Michael G. Foster School of Business
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology

Gregory Bigley
Associate Professor of Management

William Bradford, Ph.D.
MBEP Faculty Director
Professor of Finance and Business Economics
Business and Economic Development
Endowed Professor

Jean Choy, MBA
Associate Dean, Executive Education and International Initiatives

Mark Forehand, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing
Pigott Family Professor in Business Administration

Apurva Jain
Associate Professor of Operations Management
Faculty Co-Director of the Master of Supply Chain Management Program

Suresh Kotha
Professor of Management
Chair of the Department of Management and Organization
Olesen/Battelle Excellence Chair in Entrepreneurship
Research Director of the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth Umphress
Associate Professor of Management
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow

Below is a basic schedule reflecting the week’s schedule at MBEP. The weekday programming begins daily at 8:00AM, and the day concludes by 6:00PM, except in the case of evenings with social events.


  • Arrive in Seattle
  • Afternoon Program Orientation
  • Communications Skills
  • Evening Welcome Dinner
  • Team Assignments with Program Director


  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Business Performance Evaluation
  • Negotiations Skills
  • Supplier Diversity Guest Panel
  • Networking Reception


  • Marketing Strategy and Branding
  • Guest Speaker(s) and Lunch
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Leading Organizational Change


  • Financing the Business
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Guest Speaker(s) & Lunch
  • Technology Disruptions
  • Networking Dinner


  • The Essence of Effective Leadership
  • Guest Speaker(s) & Lunch
  • Leadership Simulation
  • Teamwork: A Critical Leadership Obligation


  • The Impact of Culture: Creating & Sustaining a Successful Organization
  • Guest Speaker(s) & Lunch
  • The Leader of the Future
  • Graduation ceremony
  • Graduation and Sponsor Dinner