About

The Foster Diversity in Business club (DiBs) is a space to embrace the range and depth of individuals in the Foster MBA program. We host events and workshops to celebrate traditional and non-traditional diversity identifiers (gender, race, nationality, ability, faith, etc) and encourage diversity of thought, perspective, and idea. We encourage everyone to join and are excited to learn from and about what makes you, you!

 
Leadership
LI-ANN YAP  PRESIDENT    Li-Ann’s (she/her) appreciation for diversity is enriched by her roots in Canada and Singapore, and her work with children and youth, individuals with disabilities, and underserved communities. Prior to the MBA, she was merging her love of sport with her passion for social justice. She is thrilled to continue pursuing these passions at Foster as President of DiBs and Vice-President of the Outdoor and Sports Industry Club.  In her spare time, she can be found scaling rock walls, baking gluten-free cookies, and fostering rescue animals

LI-ANN YAP
PRESIDENT

Li-Ann’s (she/her) appreciation for diversity is enriched by her roots in Canada and Singapore, and her work with children and youth, individuals with disabilities, and underserved communities. Prior to the MBA, she was merging her love of sport with her passion for social justice. She is thrilled to continue pursuing these passions at Foster as President of DiBs and Vice-President of the Outdoor and Sports Industry Club.

In her spare time, she can be found scaling rock walls, baking gluten-free cookies, and fostering rescue animals

CHELSEA WENDT  BOARD MEMBER, EVENING MBA    Chelsea’s (she/her) appreciation for diversity stems from her experiences traveling professionally and personally across the globe. She believes food is the universal language of the world and wants to experience as many dialects as possible! When she’s not at Boeing or Foster, she is breaking a sweat at CrossFit, hanging with her rescue pup, or daydreaming up future adventures.

CHELSEA WENDT
BOARD MEMBER, EVENING MBA

Chelsea’s (she/her) appreciation for diversity stems from her experiences traveling professionally and personally across the globe. She believes food is the universal language of the world and wants to experience as many dialects as possible! When she’s not at Boeing or Foster, she is breaking a sweat at CrossFit, hanging with her rescue pup, or daydreaming up future adventures.

ANDREW CAPONI  BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA    Andrew’s desire to better understand and support diversity of all kinds grew from his experience living and studying in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then he has endeavored to learn more about the experiences of others through participation in various community and activist groups. Prior to starting his MBA, Andrew worked as a data scientist in Chicago, where he was able to take on side projects with a focus on social good.  In his free time, Andrew can be found biking, hiking, and playing with his adopted Pit Bull, Rosie.

ANDREW CAPONI
BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA

Andrew’s desire to better understand and support diversity of all kinds grew from his experience living and studying in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then he has endeavored to learn more about the experiences of others through participation in various community and activist groups. Prior to starting his MBA, Andrew worked as a data scientist in Chicago, where he was able to take on side projects with a focus on social good.

In his free time, Andrew can be found biking, hiking, and playing with his adopted Pit Bull, Rosie.

PRIYA GUPTA  BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA    Born and raised in India, Priya has interacted with diverse cultures while living in Japan for 10 years and working in Global Sales at Toshiba Corporation. After moving to the US, she continued working with global customers and managed international logistics at a freight forwarder.  Priya believes that it is important for future business leaders to respect diversity and is a Board Member of DiBs and Co-President of Global Business Association. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and going on hikes with her daughter.

PRIYA GUPTA
BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA

Born and raised in India, Priya has interacted with diverse cultures while living in Japan for 10 years and working in Global Sales at Toshiba Corporation. After moving to the US, she continued working with global customers and managed international logistics at a freight forwarder.

Priya believes that it is important for future business leaders to respect diversity and is a Board Member of DiBs and Co-President of Global Business Association. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and going on hikes with her daughter.

YUN LU  BOARD MEMBER, EVENING MBA    Growing up in an immigrant family and in New York City, Yun (she/her) gained appreciation for diversity and inclusiveness. She believes that these values are important for all communities, where people from all backgrounds are encouraged to feel confident in their ability to achieve the best.  Prior to the MBA, she served as a mentor to less experienced female engineers and served on the board of Boeing Asian Professional Association. Yun is excited to join DiBs and help strengthen these values in the Foster community.

YUN LU
BOARD MEMBER, EVENING MBA

Growing up in an immigrant family and in New York City, Yun (she/her) gained appreciation for diversity and inclusiveness. She believes that these values are important for all communities, where people from all backgrounds are encouraged to feel confident in their ability to achieve the best.

Prior to the MBA, she served as a mentor to less experienced female engineers and served on the board of Boeing Asian Professional Association. Yun is excited to join DiBs and help strengthen these values in the Foster community.

TASHIYA GUNESEKERA  BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA    Having lived in multiple countries (Sri Lanka, US, Italy, Rwanda) over the course of her life, Tashiya appreciates the value and importance of diversity. Her best stories come from her days taking motorcycle taxis up steep Rwandan mountains in the Peace Corps. Tashiya is excited to bring her diverse perspective to Foster and her future career. Tashiya loves exploring, hiking, and traveling – in the PNW and beyond!

TASHIYA GUNESEKERA
BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA

Having lived in multiple countries (Sri Lanka, US, Italy, Rwanda) over the course of her life, Tashiya appreciates the value and importance of diversity. Her best stories come from her days taking motorcycle taxis up steep Rwandan mountains in the Peace Corps. Tashiya is excited to bring her diverse perspective to Foster and her future career. Tashiya loves exploring, hiking, and traveling – in the PNW and beyond!

YASAR AMMAR  BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA    Yasar holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in telecommunication & electronics from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan). Prior to Foster, he pivoted into public policy where he worked as a diplomat in the United Nations. Serving as a member of United Nation’s administrative and budgetary committee in New York, he participated in the UN’s budget making process and worked on human resource management reform and spearheaded initiatives for increasing the representation of under-represented groups at UN Secretariat and for more diverse composition of UN peacekeeping forces.  Yasar is passionate about providing technology-based solutions for business development. This summer, he is interning at T-Mobile as a Technology, Economics and Strategy intern.

YASAR AMMAR
BOARD MEMBER, FULL-TIME MBA

Yasar holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in telecommunication & electronics from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan). Prior to Foster, he pivoted into public policy where he worked as a diplomat in the United Nations. Serving as a member of United Nation’s administrative and budgetary committee in New York, he participated in the UN’s budget making process and worked on human resource management reform and spearheaded initiatives for increasing the representation of under-represented groups at UN Secretariat and for more diverse composition of UN peacekeeping forces.

Yasar is passionate about providing technology-based solutions for business development. This summer, he is interning at T-Mobile as a Technology, Economics and Strategy intern.

 
 
Events

See a list of upcoming events on our VP of Diversity Page

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