About

Our Mission: To help Foster MBA students learn about, prepare for, and secure high quality career opportunities in consulting

Our Vision: To establish the Foster MBA program as a premier source of consulting talent on the West Coast

Club Overview:
The Foster Consulting Society (FCS) is a student organization for Foster MBA students and with about 150 active members is the largest MBA club on campus. Over half of the full-time MBA students at Foster are members of the FCS. The FCS has found success in providing student members with invaluable professional and personal development. FCS has also provided employers an engaged and talented group of students from which to recruit and hire.

The FCS offers its student members 3 distinct value propositions:

1) Education: We strive to help our members learn what consulting is, the differences between various national and local consulting organizations, and what working in consulting is like.

2) Preparation: One of our club’s most valuable resources is providing members the opportunity to prepare and practice for case interviews. Almost all consulting firms and many other organizations use case interviews as an evaluative measure of how well applicants can think about business problems. We also provide members with training in how to be a successful consultant after they land an internship or full-time job.

3) Networking: We offer events throughout the year that are hosted by consulting firms or where current consultants are invited to join. Members are given the opportunity to network with Foster alumni and others working in consulting.

 

Leadership
RACHEL JOHNSON  PRESIDENT    Hometown: Nashville, TN  Former Industry & Position: Technology, Implementation Project Manager  Why MBA: In my role prior to MBA, I developed strong soft skills in client service and project management. I chose the MBA to build my business knowledge and skills to increase my mobility and impact within different organizations.  Fun Fact: I enjoy swimming, ballet, and spending time with my dog.

RACHEL JOHNSON
PRESIDENT

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Former Industry & Position: Technology, Implementation Project Manager

Why MBA: In my role prior to MBA, I developed strong soft skills in client service and project management. I chose the MBA to build my business knowledge and skills to increase my mobility and impact within different organizations.

Fun Fact: I enjoy swimming, ballet, and spending time with my dog.

ASAL MIRSALIMI  SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS    Hometown: Seattle, WA  Former Industry & Position: Trust & Estate CPA  Why MBA: I wanted to diversify my skill set and work in a position/industry that I can continue making an influence in Clients/Firms bottom line, while making a positive social impact.  Fun Fact: I am a big foodie and love trying new restaurants. I continue to expand on my wine knowledge when I can. I also love traveling and constantly looking into new places to visit and new cultures to learn from!

ASAL MIRSALIMI
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Former Industry & Position: Trust & Estate CPA

Why MBA: I wanted to diversify my skill set and work in a position/industry that I can continue making an influence in Clients/Firms bottom line, while making a positive social impact.

Fun Fact: I am a big foodie and love trying new restaurants. I continue to expand on my wine knowledge when I can. I also love traveling and constantly looking into new places to visit and new cultures to learn from!

CHASE KANIA  SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TREASURER    Hometown: Redlands, California  Former Industry & Position: Audit Manager  Why MBA: To build on my accounting/finance background and develop a skill set that will allow me to create impact at a larger scale.  Fun Fact: I’m a huge soccer fan! You’ll find me either playing soccer, watching soccer, or at a Seattle Sounders game (season ticket holder)!

CHASE KANIA
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TREASURER

Hometown: Redlands, California

Former Industry & Position: Audit Manager

Why MBA: To build on my accounting/finance background and develop a skill set that will allow me to create impact at a larger scale.

Fun Fact: I’m a huge soccer fan! You’ll find me either playing soccer, watching soccer, or at a Seattle Sounders game (season ticket holder)!

 
CRAIG MURPHY  VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT    Hometown: Seattle, WA  Former Industry & Position: Oil & Gas, Account Representative  Why MBA: I chose to pursue an MBA to strengthen my business acumen and strategic leadership to solve complex business problems, build teamwork, and drive organizational value.  Fun Fact: I like to ski, fly-fish, golf, and hike.

CRAIG MURPHY
VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Former Industry & Position: Oil & Gas, Account Representative

Why MBA: I chose to pursue an MBA to strengthen my business acumen and strategic leadership to solve complex business problems, build teamwork, and drive organizational value.

Fun Fact: I like to ski, fly-fish, golf, and hike.

RACHEL FORST  VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS    Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona  Former Industry & Position: Social Impact, Technology Consultant  Why MBA: I am pursuing my MBA to strengthen my business acumen and build hard business skills that I can bring to the social impact space.  Fun Fact: I’ve lived, worked, and studied in five countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

RACHEL FORST
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

Former Industry & Position: Social Impact, Technology Consultant

Why MBA: I am pursuing my MBA to strengthen my business acumen and build hard business skills that I can bring to the social impact space.

Fun Fact: I’ve lived, worked, and studied in five countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

NICK OLIVER  VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS    Hometown: Los Altos, CA  Former Industry & Position: Clean Energy/Non-Profit Project Manager  Why MBA: While I was working at the Center for Sustainable Energy, I was fascinated by how quickly new companies and technologies were disrupting the energy sector. I wanted to be a part of driving that change and growing on of those companies but felt that I needed some additional hard skills and a more diverse set of experiences before I could provide value such a role. Ultimately, I would like to serve in a corporate strategy role and an MBA seemed like an excellent way to start that journey.  Fun Fact: I love backpacking and running and was drawn to the incredible scenery that PNW has to offer.

NICK OLIVER
VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Former Industry & Position: Clean Energy/Non-Profit Project Manager

Why MBA: While I was working at the Center for Sustainable Energy, I was fascinated by how quickly new companies and technologies were disrupting the energy sector. I wanted to be a part of driving that change and growing on of those companies but felt that I needed some additional hard skills and a more diverse set of experiences before I could provide value such a role. Ultimately, I would like to serve in a corporate strategy role and an MBA seemed like an excellent way to start that journey.

Fun Fact: I love backpacking and running and was drawn to the incredible scenery that PNW has to offer.

BRIAN KAJIOKA  OFFICER    Hometown: Visalia, CA  Former Industry & Position: Manufacturing, Process Improvement Engineer  Why MBA: I came to business school to switch industries and to strengthen my business acumen and finance skill-set.  Fun Fact: My interests include, Texas Hold’em poker, golf, and fishing.

BRIAN KAJIOKA
OFFICER

Hometown: Visalia, CA

Former Industry & Position: Manufacturing, Process Improvement Engineer

Why MBA: I came to business school to switch industries and to strengthen my business acumen and finance skill-set.

Fun Fact: My interests include, Texas Hold’em poker, golf, and fishing.

PHILLIP BOZARTH-DREHER  OFFICER    Hometown: Corvallis, OR  Former Industry & Position: Architect  Why MBA: I came to Foster because I wanted to explore different industries and roles outside of architecture, and because I love business and finance.  Fun Fact: My interests include reading, skiing, hiking, and happy-hour.

PHILLIP BOZARTH-DREHER
OFFICER

Hometown: Corvallis, OR

Former Industry & Position: Architect

Why MBA: I came to Foster because I wanted to explore different industries and roles outside of architecture, and because I love business and finance.

Fun Fact: My interests include reading, skiing, hiking, and happy-hour.

CHARLIE BAO OFFICER   Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI  Former Industry & Position: Automotive, Financial Analyst  Why MBA: I wanted an opportunity to take more time off for travel. Additionally, I was looking for a guaranteed means of entering the Seattle job market. Also, education.  Fun Fact: My interests include running, climbing and trips to IKEA.

CHARLIE BAO
OFFICER

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Former Industry & Position: Automotive, Financial Analyst

Why MBA: I wanted an opportunity to take more time off for travel. Additionally, I was looking for a guaranteed means of entering the Seattle job market. Also, education.

Fun Fact: My interests include running, climbing and trips to IKEA.

MARSHELLE SLAYTON  OFFICER    Hometown: Camas, WA  Former Industry & Position: Regional Process Improvement Leader in Packaging Manufacturing  Why MBA: I have decided to get my MBA to increase my aptitude and experience in diverse business fields. With a background in Lean Manufacturing and as a committed problem solver who thrives on engaging others and leading diverse teams, I am excited to use this position as a hands on learning experience. Post MBA, I hope to transition to the management consulting space to increase exposure and gain experience with a variety of business problems.  Fun Fact: My interests include soccer, running, skiing, hiking, food, and anything active or adventurous!

MARSHELLE SLAYTON
OFFICER

Hometown: Camas, WA

Former Industry & Position: Regional Process Improvement Leader in Packaging Manufacturing

Why MBA: I have decided to get my MBA to increase my aptitude and experience in diverse business fields. With a background in Lean Manufacturing and as a committed problem solver who thrives on engaging others and leading diverse teams, I am excited to use this position as a hands on learning experience. Post MBA, I hope to transition to the management consulting space to increase exposure and gain experience with a variety of business problems.

Fun Fact: My interests include soccer, running, skiing, hiking, food, and anything active or adventurous!

GINA JOHNSON  OFFICER    Hometown: Bothell, WA  Former Industry & Position: Healthcare Software Technical Services Representative at Epic  Why MBA: I chose to pursue my MBA to switch careers. I loved the customer-facing and analytical aspects of my job at Epic, but after a few years felt my learning curve flattening. I decided it was time to pursue something with the ultimate constantly steep learning curve: consulting.  Fun Fact: My favorite podcast is called The Adventure Zone. It’s a recording of three brothers and their dad playing Dungeons & Dragons… and it’s hilarious!

GINA JOHNSON
OFFICER

Hometown: Bothell, WA

Former Industry & Position: Healthcare Software Technical Services Representative at Epic

Why MBA: I chose to pursue my MBA to switch careers. I loved the customer-facing and analytical aspects of my job at Epic, but after a few years felt my learning curve flattening. I decided it was time to pursue something with the ultimate constantly steep learning curve: consulting.

Fun Fact: My favorite podcast is called The Adventure Zone. It’s a recording of three brothers and their dad playing Dungeons & Dragons… and it’s hilarious!

JOHNATHAN DUONG  OFFICER    Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK  Former Industry & Position: Oil & Gas, Controls Project Engineer  Why MBA: I was seeking more diverse career opportunities and felt that an MBA would broaden the skill sets needed to be able to perform in diverse management functions such as product management, finance, and marketing.  Fun Fact: I love cooking.

JOHNATHAN DUONG
OFFICER

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

Former Industry & Position: Oil & Gas, Controls Project Engineer

Why MBA: I was seeking more diverse career opportunities and felt that an MBA would broaden the skill sets needed to be able to perform in diverse management functions such as product management, finance, and marketing.

Fun Fact: I love cooking.

NATHAN LEWIS  OFFICER

NATHAN LEWIS
OFFICER

MAX BOOMER  VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT DEVELOPMENT    Hometown: Detroit, MI  Former Industry & Position: Automotive, Marketing and Strategy  Why MBA: I decided to attend business school in order to switch careers and move into a consulting career post-MBA. Additionally, I have been very fortunate to meet a lot of incredible people at Foster as well as gain more expertise across disciplines.  Fun Fact: I like spending time outside – hiking, golfing, paddle boarding and mountain biking. I also really enjoy playing basketball, cooking and trying new restaurants.

MAX BOOMER
VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Former Industry & Position: Automotive, Marketing and Strategy

Why MBA: I decided to attend business school in order to switch careers and move into a consulting career post-MBA. Additionally, I have been very fortunate to meet a lot of incredible people at Foster as well as gain more expertise across disciplines.

Fun Fact: I like spending time outside – hiking, golfing, paddle boarding and mountain biking. I also really enjoy playing basketball, cooking and trying new restaurants.

 
Events/Offerings

Education

1) Consulting 101 and 102: These informative sessions help students understand what consulting is, the landscape of consulting, the different types of firms, and some recruiting tips.

2) 2nd-Year Panels: These panels offer students the opportunity to hear about the recruiting process and internship experiences of 2nd-year students who interned at a consulting firm over the previous summer.

3) Speakers: We bring in speakers who are either currently in senior roles at consulting firms or worked in consulting and left for other opportunities.  These speakers give students the opportunity to hear about the experiences of someone who made consulting a career or used consulting to advance their careers in other industries.

4) Alumni Panels: Alumni are invited to come discuss what their everyday lives are like as consultants and what the interview process was like for them.  These panels offer students the chance to have more intimate discussions with alumni in a less formal setting.

Preparation

1) Group Case Interview Prep Sessions: In these sessions, students learn various frameworks and how to apply them to cases, learn how to approach market sizing problems, and go over practice cases.

2) Small-Group Case Interview Prep Sessions: In these sessions, students are offered the opportunity to practice real case interviews in small groups with a 2nd-year who is experienced in case interviews.

3) 1-on-1 Practice Case Interviews: Students have the chance to participate in a mock case interview with a 2nd-year who is experienced in case interviews and then offers direct and objective feedback to the interviewee.

4) Case Book: As members, students are given a case book which contains consulting firm overviews, industry overviews, a review of frameworks, and numerous practice cases with suggested solutions.

5) Other preparation opportunities: We hope to offer students chances to do mock case interviews with alumni that work at Seattle consulting firms.  This will give students an invaluable experience of practicing with someone who knows what their firms expect from interviewees and can give great feedback.

Networking

1) Spring Social: This is Foster Consulting Society’s penultimate event of the year.  Typically, this event is held at the prime location of the Columbia Tower Club in Downtown Seattle.  Representatives, many of which are Foster alumni, from Seattle’s consulting firms are invited to interact with students over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

2) Alumni Networking Event: This event typically occurs in the Winter quarter and is held at the UW Club.  It offers students the chance to network with Foster alumni in consulting and gives 1st years a great chance to meet and network with firms, especially as recruiting for internships gets into full swing.

3) Consulting Walks: We expect to offer 2-3 of these events during the school year.  These events allow students to visit two consulting firms in one day.  The students get a chance to see the firms’ offices and meet several current consultants along with learning more about the type of work performed by and the culture of each firm. Firms visited on past Consulting Walks include Accenture, ACME Business Consulting, Alvarez & Marsal, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, ECG Management Consultants, Hitachi, PwC, Slalom, and West Monroe Partners.

4) Other Firm Events: During the year, we reach out to consulting firms or they approach us to offer great events on campus or in their office.  For example, in the past year we had a global consulting firm come in to offer students a case interview workshop and a local Seattle firm gave a small group of students the chance to visit their office for lunch and discuss a case that they have worked on.

5) Net Impact’s Service Corps: The Foster Consulting Society develops and maintains relationships with external consultants who mentor consulting teams working with social impact companies as a part of Net Impact’s Service Corps.

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