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Foster in the Media

The faculty, students, alumni and staff of the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business are in the news on a regular basis. From feature stories to faculty quotes, find a taste of recent media coverage below.

KOMO 4 | July 22, 2021
Concerns over spread of Delta variant affecting the economy | KOMO 4

The stock market staged a big comeback after plummeting Monday due to COVID-19 concerns. Economists believe the resiliency is a good sign as the COVID variants become more and more dangerous for the unvaccinated. Kevin Boeh, associate teaching professor of finance at the UW, is interviewed.

GeekWire | July 16, 2021
Tech moves: Ex-Tableau sales chief Kelly Breslin Wright joins Gong | GeekWire

Former Tableau executive Kelly Breslin Wright was named president and COO of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Gong, an AI sales startup. Wright is also an assistant teaching professor of marketing at the UW.

Northwest News Network | July 13, 2021
From ‘freaking pissed’ to ‘big things’: How a women-owned gym survived the pandemic | Northwest News Network

It was almost a year ago that Athena Fitness in Olympia was facing financial doom. The women-owned business had opened just before the pandemic struck. In August of last year, new COVID restrictions threatened to put the owners out of business. So, what’s happened since? The UW’s Jennifer Fan, assistant professor of law, and William Bradford, professor of finance, are quoted.

The Seattle Times | July 6, 2021
Amazon’s new CEO will need to be more than Jeff Bezos 2.0 | The Seattle Times

Twenty-seven years to the day after founding Amazon in a Bellevue garage, Jeff Bezos has relinquished control of his company. Bezos’ trusted deputy, Andy Jassy, steps into his new role as Amazon’s CEO Monday. The UW’s Margaret O’Mara, professor of history, and Jeff Shulman, professor of marketing, are quoted.

WIRED | July 6, 2021
The pandemic changed sleep habits — maybe that’s a good thing | WIRED

A growing body of research shows that to optimize health and productivity, workers should adjust their workdays to their sleep schedules. Chris Barnes, associate professor of management at the UW, is quoted.

Bloomberg | June 23, 2021
A higher minimum wage can lead employers to lower compensation | Bloomberg

Companies can cut workers’ hours to reduce their eligibility for benefits, according to a study. Masha Shunko, assistant professor of operations management at the UW, is quoted.

Parents | June 21, 2021
5 ways to build better money habits than your parents | Parents

Whether we like it or not, we learn a lot from our parents-including how we handle money. In fact, 30% of our financial behavior-good and bad-can be attributed to genetics, according to a 2015 study by the University of Washington that examined the financial decisions of identical twins.

GeekWire | June 9, 2021
A year after pledging to do more on racial injustice, Microsoft releases report on progress | GeekWire

Microsoft has laid out a broad initiative following the murder of George Floyd, setting goals for increasing the racial diversity of its employees, working to support racially diverse company partnerships and suppliers, and bolstering Black communities nationwide. Elizabeth Umphress, professor of management at the UW, is quoted.

MyNorthwest | June 8, 2021
‘Quite the conundrum’ as Washington businesses struggle to find workers | MyNorthwest

By May of 2020, more than a million Washington state residents had filed for unemployment benefits and other assistance due to the pandemic and related closures. Now, with the state poised to fully reopen on June 30, many Western Washington employers are sounding a similar refrain: They can’t find enough workers. Jeff Shulman, professor of marketing at the UW, is quoted.

KUOW | June 8, 2021
Why are there so many shortages at once? | KUOW

From groceries to lumber, the rise in demand for various goods is pushing prices up and inventories down. Couldn’t we have prepared for so many shortages? And how long will they last for? Debra Glassman, teaching professor of finance and business economics at the UW, is interviewed. [This is the first segment on “The Record”]


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