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
RUCHI SINGH  PRESIDENT    Hometown - India, Singapore  Former industry - Financial Services  Why MBA - In my last role prior to b-school, I was part of a legal-tech startup that I helped tee up for sale. During this process, I realized that I wanted to be back in the classroom to diversify my academic toolkit and focus on developing strategic macro-level skills. I loved Foster when I came to visit, and have enjoyed learning from my peers during my time here.  Summer Internship - Strategy Consulting Associate, Deloitte  Other leadership positions at Foster - VP, Women in Business; VP, Diversity in Business, Student Ambassador  Fun Fact - I love trying new restaurants and have a running list of over 300 of my favorite bars and restaurants in New York, London, Singapore, and many other cities all over the world. If you're ever in need of a recommendation, hit me up. I also enjoy traveling, baking, boxing and spending time with my husband and 2-yr old Goldendoodle, Simba (follow "Simbathelillion" on Insta!)

RUCHI SINGH
PRESIDENT

Hometown - India, Singapore

Former industry - Financial Services

Why MBA - In my last role prior to b-school, I was part of a legal-tech startup that I helped tee up for sale. During this process, I realized that I wanted to be back in the classroom to diversify my academic toolkit and focus on developing strategic macro-level skills. I loved Foster when I came to visit, and have enjoyed learning from my peers during my time here.

Summer Internship - Strategy Consulting Associate, Deloitte

Other leadership positions at Foster - VP, Women in Business; VP, Diversity in Business, Student Ambassador

Fun Fact - I love trying new restaurants and have a running list of over 300 of my favorite bars and restaurants in New York, London, Singapore, and many other cities all over the world. If you're ever in need of a recommendation, hit me up. I also enjoy traveling, baking, boxing and spending time with my husband and 2-yr old Goldendoodle, Simba (follow "Simbathelillion" on Insta!)

MORGAN FRIEDMAN  SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS    Hometown – Austin, TX  Former industry – Professional Services Start-Up  Why MBA – I was looking to make a career switch into in consulting, build-up my core business skillset, and expand my global business acumen  Summer Internship – PwC, Customer Practice in Seattle  Other leadership positions at Foster – Board Member for Women in Business  Fun Fact - Outside of work and school, a few of my favorite pass times include yoga, reading mystery novels (the cheesier the better) and exploring my new home by hiking around the pacific northwest.

MORGAN FRIEDMAN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS

Hometown – Austin, TX

Former industry – Professional Services Start-Up

Why MBA – I was looking to make a career switch into in consulting, build-up my core business skillset, and expand my global business acumen

Summer Internship – PwC, Customer Practice in Seattle

Other leadership positions at Foster – Board Member for Women in Business

Fun Fact - Outside of work and school, a few of my favorite pass times include yoga, reading mystery novels (the cheesier the better) and exploring my new home by hiking around the pacific northwest.

MIKE SMYLIE  SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CASE ROADMAP    Hometown - Warren, OH  Former industry - Digital marketing  Why MBA - I wanted to transition from digital marketing to a career where I could solve a broader variety of problems for brands, and an MBA will give me the education I need to make that pivot.  Summer Internship - Dell Technologies  Other leadership positions at Foster - VP, Professional Development, Tech Club  Fun Fact - I’m a huge music fan. I go to concerts whenever I can, I play guitar, and I used to be a radio DJ.

MIKE SMYLIE
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CASE ROADMAP

Hometown - Warren, OH

Former industry - Digital marketing

Why MBA - I wanted to transition from digital marketing to a career where I could solve a broader variety of problems for brands, and an MBA will give me the education I need to make that pivot.

Summer Internship - Dell Technologies

Other leadership positions at Foster - VP, Professional Development, Tech Club

Fun Fact - I’m a huge music fan. I go to concerts whenever I can, I play guitar, and I used to be a radio DJ.

 
BEN FISHMAN  VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & OPERATIONS    Hometown  -  Bay Area, California Former industry -Technology, Cybersecurity, Product Management  Why MBA - The main motivating factor for coming back to school was to build my business skills toolbox that would allow me to be successful in a management role. I have always been interested in strategy and consulting and felt that establishing a base of knowledge that I could use to apply to my future career would be the best step forward. All in all, the business acumen, the chance to grow my network, and the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded people drove me back to school.  Summer Internship – PM at VMware  Fun Fact - During my younger and more athletic years, I competed in an international baseball tournament in Beijing and Shanghai China!

BEN FISHMAN
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Hometown - Bay Area, California
Former industry -Technology, Cybersecurity, Product Management

Why MBA - The main motivating factor for coming back to school was to build my business skills toolbox that would allow me to be successful in a management role. I have always been interested in strategy and consulting and felt that establishing a base of knowledge that I could use to apply to my future career would be the best step forward. All in all, the business acumen, the chance to grow my network, and the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded people drove me back to school.

Summer Internship – PM at VMware

Fun Fact - During my younger and more athletic years, I competed in an international baseball tournament in Beijing and Shanghai China!

NIDHI AGARWAL  VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS    Hometown – Philadelphia, PA  Former industry – Financial Services, Insurance  Why MBA – I was looking to move from analytics to corporate strategy or consulting, where I could help organizations make larger scale strategic decisions. The MBA was a great next step for me to pull myself out of the weeds and become a more well-rounded business leader  Summer Internship – Google, Mountain View office  Other leadership positions at Foster – Fritzky Fellow  Fun Fact – I love dancing and have been training since I was 4! I have continued dancing through college up until now, from hip-hop to classical Indian dance I’ve been on some kind of dance team most of my life.

NIDHI AGARWAL
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS

Hometown – Philadelphia, PA

Former industry – Financial Services, Insurance

Why MBA – I was looking to move from analytics to corporate strategy or consulting, where I could help organizations make larger scale strategic decisions. The MBA was a great next step for me to pull myself out of the weeds and become a more well-rounded business leader

Summer Internship – Google, Mountain View office

Other leadership positions at Foster – Fritzky Fellow

Fun Fact – I love dancing and have been training since I was 4! I have continued dancing through college up until now, from hip-hop to classical Indian dance I’ve been on some kind of dance team most of my life.

DALE LI  VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT DEVELOPMENT    Hometown - Ottawa, Canada  Former industry - Automotive, Product Development  Why MBA - In my pre-MBA career as an engineer, I really enjoyed working with the various business functions like marketing and finance, and I came to business school to gain a more formal education in these functions and exposure to different industries. After my MBA, I hope to transition into a management consulting role.  Summer Internship - Sr. Product Manager at Amazon  Other leadership positions at Foster - Fritzky Leadership Fellow  Fun Fact - I love to travel, so much so that I lived out of a suitcase in a hotel for almost a year on a "business trip" in Spain.

DALE LI
VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Hometown - Ottawa, Canada

Former industry - Automotive, Product Development

Why MBA - In my pre-MBA career as an engineer, I really enjoyed working with the various business functions like marketing and finance, and I came to business school to gain a more formal education in these functions and exposure to different industries. After my MBA, I hope to transition into a management consulting role.

Summer Internship - Sr. Product Manager at Amazon

Other leadership positions at Foster - Fritzky Leadership Fellow

Fun Fact - I love to travel, so much so that I lived out of a suitcase in a hotel for almost a year on a "business trip" in Spain.

JAMIE DIRIENZO  VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & OUTREACH    Hometown - Vero Beach, Florida  Former industry - Retail  Why MBA - To pivot to a career in consulting.  Summer Internship - West Monroe Partners  Other leadership positions at Foster - Student Affairs Board  Fun Fact - In my spare time, I LOVE working out and all things fitness. I have run 4 marathons and a 50K.

JAMIE DIRIENZO
VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & OUTREACH

Hometown - Vero Beach, Florida

Former industry - Retail

Why MBA - To pivot to a career in consulting.

Summer Internship - West Monroe Partners

Other leadership positions at Foster - Student Affairs Board

Fun Fact - In my spare time, I LOVE working out and all things fitness. I have run 4 marathons and a 50K.

TANYA BO  VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE RELATIONS    Hometown - Zhengzhou, China  Former Industry - Asset Management  Why MBA - I come to Foster to explore other industries outside of Finance, continue building well-rounded business skills, and to meet people and make new friends from different background.  Summer Internship - Private Equity Data & Digital Strategy - Blue Point Capital  Fun Fact - I love the ocean and water activities, recently learned how to surf and hope to become a good surfer(someday)

TANYA BO
VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE RELATIONS

Hometown - Zhengzhou, China

Former Industry - Asset Management

Why MBA - I come to Foster to explore other industries outside of Finance, continue building well-rounded business skills, and to meet people and make new friends from different background.

Summer Internship - Private Equity Data & Digital Strategy - Blue Point Capital

Fun Fact - I love the ocean and water activities, recently learned how to surf and hope to become a good surfer(someday)

BHAVNA RAYCHA RECRUITING COACH   Hometown - Bangalore, India  Former industry - Technology (Software Development and Project Management)  Why MBA - I chose to pursue my MBA to gain expertise on finer business components like evaluating emerging markets opportunities, identifying customer needs, and understanding macroeconomic trends. An MBA will strengthen my business acumen and provide me the skills to manage high-stake projects and organizations.  Summer Internship - Deloitte, Summer Associate  Fun Fact - I love dancing a lot. I have learnt Bollywood and Tango before coming to business school.

BHAVNA RAYCHA
RECRUITING COACH

Hometown - Bangalore, India

Former industry - Technology (Software Development and Project Management)

Why MBA - I chose to pursue my MBA to gain expertise on finer business components like evaluating emerging markets opportunities, identifying customer needs, and understanding macroeconomic trends. An MBA will strengthen my business acumen and provide me the skills to manage high-stake projects and organizations.

Summer Internship - Deloitte, Summer Associate

Fun Fact - I love dancing a lot. I have learnt Bollywood and Tango before coming to business school.

ADAM SCHMIDT  RECRUITING COACH    Hometown - Pine Lake, WI  Former industry - Non-profit/Education  Why MBA - I cut my teeth in roles related to systems change in K-12 education. The MBA education and experience is strengthening my ability to lead teams and organizations through complex changes. My career interests are in tech and consulting, especially opportunities related to organizational effectiveness, workforce enablement, and enterprise-level digital transformation.  Summer Internship - HP, Inc., Global HR Leadership Team  Other leadership positions at Foster - VP of Career Development, MBAA; Co-President, Foster Business & Policy Group  Fun Fact - I've completed six marathons in the last six years - three running and three on cross-country skis!

ADAM SCHMIDT
RECRUITING COACH

Hometown - Pine Lake, WI

Former industry - Non-profit/Education

Why MBA - I cut my teeth in roles related to systems change in K-12 education. The MBA education and experience is strengthening my ability to lead teams and organizations through complex changes. My career interests are in tech and consulting, especially opportunities related to organizational effectiveness, workforce enablement, and enterprise-level digital transformation.

Summer Internship - HP, Inc., Global HR Leadership Team

Other leadership positions at Foster - VP of Career Development, MBAA; Co-President, Foster Business & Policy Group

Fun Fact - I've completed six marathons in the last six years - three running and three on cross-country skis!

NATHAN HALEY  RECRUITING COACH    Hometown  -  Houston, TX  Former Industry - Engineering & Construction  Why MBA - Career switch - diversify my qualifications and open my mind to new prospects.  Summer internship - PwC Advisory  Other leadership positions at Foster - President of the Operations Club  Fun fact:Over the last 10 years, I’ve lived in England, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana and the Netherlands. Most recently, I was working in The Hague for 3 years, where I picked up strong affinities for cycling and coffee.

NATHAN HALEY
RECRUITING COACH

Hometown - Houston, TX

Former Industry - Engineering & Construction

Why MBA - Career switch - diversify my qualifications and open my mind to new prospects.

Summer internship - PwC Advisory

Other leadership positions at Foster - President of the Operations Club

Fun fact:Over the last 10 years, I’ve lived in England, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana and the Netherlands. Most recently, I was working in The Hague for 3 years, where I picked up strong affinities for cycling and coffee.

ETHAN RADINOFF  RECRUITING COACH     Recruiting Coach   Hometown - Irvine, CA  Former industry - Technology, Enterprise SaaS  Why MBA - I wanted to complement my account management/sales foundation with a more holistic business understanding, and make a pivot into consulting.  Summer Internship - Brand Management @ Church & Dwight  Other leadership positions at Foster - Student Affairs; VP of Talent Development, Foster  Marketing Association; VP of Community Engagement, Foster Strategy Club  Fun Fact - My family owns and operates a men's made to measure suiting brand so I spend an unhealthy amount of time staying up to date on the latest trends in men's fashion. Even more fun than that, part of my first job included being the cow on weekends at Chick-fil-a (more fun).

ETHAN RADINOFF
RECRUITING COACH

Recruiting Coach

Hometown - Irvine, CA

Former industry - Technology, Enterprise SaaS

Why MBA - I wanted to complement my account management/sales foundation with a more holistic business understanding, and make a pivot into consulting.

Summer Internship - Brand Management @ Church & Dwight

Other leadership positions at Foster - Student Affairs; VP of Talent Development, Foster

Marketing Association; VP of Community Engagement, Foster Strategy Club

Fun Fact - My family owns and operates a men's made to measure suiting brand so I spend an unhealthy amount of time staying up to date on the latest trends in men's fashion. Even more fun than that, part of my first job included being the cow on weekends at Chick-fil-a (more fun).

KC PRESKA  RECRUITING COACH    Hometown: Minneapolis  Former industry: healthcare technology  Why MBA: I chose to pursue an MBA to diversify my functional skill set and accelerate my strategic thinking skills.  Summer internship: Consultant in PwC's Customer Experience practice  Other leadership positions: Executive Vice President for Tech Club, Board Member for Healthcare & Biotech Association  Fun fact: I'm a huge Harry Potter fan! I've been to Hogwarts in two different countries.

KC PRESKA
RECRUITING COACH

Hometown: Minneapolis

Former industry: healthcare technology

Why MBA: I chose to pursue an MBA to diversify my functional skill set and accelerate my strategic thinking skills.

Summer internship: Consultant in PwC's Customer Experience practice

Other leadership positions: Executive Vice President for Tech Club, Board Member for Healthcare & Biotech Association

Fun fact: I'm a huge Harry Potter fan! I've been to Hogwarts in two different countries.

SHOBHIT GUPTA  RECRUITING COACH    Hometown - Lucknow, India  Former industry - Technology Entrepreneurship  Why MBA - Skills, People, Seattle and finding my jam to connect all 3 of this  Summer Internship - Amazon - Senior Product Manager – Tech  Other leadership positions at Foster – President of Foster Tech Club  Fun Fact - I love couchsurfing - It helps explore a deep empathetic side of humans while making amazing memories. Last visit was Paris before starting School!

SHOBHIT GUPTA
RECRUITING COACH

Hometown - Lucknow, India

Former industry - Technology Entrepreneurship

Why MBA - Skills, People, Seattle and finding my jam to connect all 3 of this

Summer Internship - Amazon - Senior Product Manager – Tech

Other leadership positions at Foster – President of Foster Tech Club

Fun Fact - I love couchsurfing - It helps explore a deep empathetic side of humans while making amazing memories. Last visit was Paris before starting School!

DANIEL LEDERMAN  RECRUITING COACH

DANIEL LEDERMAN
RECRUITING COACH

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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