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Curriculum and Faculty

The University of Washington has offered this popular program for more than 40 years, yet the original goals are still relevant today: to enhance banking and decision-making skills in a changing global economy by addressing current challenges; to develop a network of business contacts; and to provide multicultural perceptions and understanding necessary to work with those contacts and beyond.

Richard Jadulan

I like the overall focus on innovation, which allows bankers, who are normally drawn to conservative thinking, to think beyond their comfort zone and look for ways to improve operations and customer service.Richard Jadulan, Deputy Director, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Philippines
Gain a better understanding of your personal communication style and the styles of others. Learn to adapt your approach to maximize effective communication with your customers and stakeholders.

Negotiations Skills

Become a more effective communicator and decision-maker through techniques for building and maintaining relationships, learning to apply appropriate influence, structuring agreements, and developing buy-in.

Technology Innovation

Sessions will focus on how to be more innovative and entrepreneurial in thinking about your customers and products. Consider ways to develop new technologies and services to better meet customer needs.

Effective Leadership

Focus on the critical leadership attributes, qualities, skills, and competencies needed to create and sustain organizational success. We will explore the dynamic leadership issues facing today’s financial institutions.

Leading Organizational Change

Gain tools for diagnosing your work unit’s current operational state, envision how to improve performance, and develop a plan to bring about the desired change.

Industry Practices, Products, and Prospects

Learn from executives in the banking and financial industry on topics such as industry ethics, deregulation, cybersecurity, and global economic change.

An interactive and rich learning experience

With the Global Bankers Program’s highly interactive format, the way you learn is as engaging as the learning itself:

Lectures and discussions:
Learn frameworks and techniques for analyzing the most current and relevant issues important to bankers, and benefit from fellow participants’ insights, knowledge, and experience.

Study teams:
Participate in small group exercises to build teamwork skills while forging international relationships for future connections.

Case studies:
Understand how to analyze strategic banking issues through examining real-world problems within a team setting and discussing your findings across teams in class. Instructors facilitate the learning discussions and provide key takeaways.

Bank seminars and guest speakers:
Get the inside track from guest speakers representing major banks and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as they discuss current issues related to banking and business.

Hot topic presentations
Influential professionals in the banking industry facilitate a presentation and question and answer session about current issues. These presentations are intended to provide an in-depth overview of topics most applicable to the challenges you face today. Previous presentations have focused on wealth management, mergers and acquisitions, managing risk, and sub-prime issues.

Sightseeing in Seattle and San Francisco
Enjoy the sights, flavors and shopping destinations in two beautiful West Coast cities. Free time in Seattle and San Francisco will give you an opportunity to explore with the group or on your own.

The very best of the best – that is the essence of the faculty of the Global Bankers Program (GBP). They are insightful, experienced, and dedicated to progressive thinking. Participants have called GBP faculty thought-provoking, stimulating, inspirational, even entertaining. They are scholars grounded in reality, yet they believe in the magic of thinking big and in creating an interactive environment where students can ask challenging questions during class – or afterwards over a cup of coffee.

Jean Choy
Associate Dean, Executive Education & International Initiatives
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Elizabeth Umphress
Associate Professor of Management
Everett McCabe Endowed Faculty Fellow
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington

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

Michael Johnson
Associate Professor of Management
The Boeing Company Endowed Professor in Business Management
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Patrick Bettin
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Senior Lecturer
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington