The Foster MBA Finance Society is a club for students interested in the world of finance and pursuing a career in the field. We add value to our members through networking opportunities, student and alumni panels, corporate and academic guest speakers, West Coast company visits, recruiter information sessions, and interview preparation.
Finance Happy Hour: Warren Buffett’s 2011 Shareholder Letter
Enjoy refreshments at Schultzy’s on the Ave and discuss Warren’s view on Gold as an investment.
2/5/2019: 7:30 AM – 8:20 AM
Boardroom Speaker Series: Charlotte Guyman—Berkshire Hathaway Director, Brooks Running Director, former Microsoft Director.
2/12/2019: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dissecting an Earnings Call (Amazon) with professors Sarah McVay and Ed deHaan
Quarterly earnings releases—what firms say, how they say it, and sometimes even what they don’t say—can be an invaluable source of information about a company. Understanding how to think critically about earnings releases is important for internal and external stakeholders, and they can be great resources to prepare for interviews across many functions.
2/19/2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Speaker Series: Women in Finance Speaker Panel with Jennifer Koski and Sophie Gilbert
The event will feature a panel, including Foster Finance Professor Jennifer Koski and Head of Business Solutions at Russell Investments Sophie Gilbert. Panelists will discuss topics ranging from research on gender in finance, challenges faced improving gender representation in finance professions, and the panelists’ experiences facing gender issues in their field. Drinks and light appetizers will be served following the panel.
3/11/2019 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Speaker Series: Machine Learning and Investing: Kevin Zatloukal--UW CS Lecturer, former Google and Microsoft programmer with a PhD from MIT.
Kevin will be discussing value traps, canonical correlation among investment factors, and the application of ML methods such as ensemble decision stumps and random forests to investing.
5/3 – 5/5
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska
This May, The Finance Society will be organizing a group of students to attend the 2019 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting – also known as “Woodstock for Capitalists”— in Omaha, Nebraska.
5/15/2019 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speaker Series: MIT’s Andrew Lo
Professor Lo will be going over his ground breaking research and newest financial theory – The Adaptive Market Hypothesis. The Adaptive Market Hypothesis is an attempt to reconcile economic theories based on the efficient market hypothesis (which implies that markets are efficient) with behavioral economics, by applying the principles of evolution to financial interactions: competition, adaptation and natural selection.
Amazon FLDP Preperation
Heard from two Amazon FLDP employees--Priyanka Balasubramanian & Mackenzie O'Berry--to help prep current Foster students for FLDP interviews.
Speaker Series: Fireside Chat with Tren Griffin
Tren Griffin, Senior Director at Microsoft, Author of popular finance blog 25iq, expert on value investing, and author of Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor, A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs, and The Global Negotiator sits down for a discussion on business and investing.
Annual Stock Pitch Competition at the historic Canlis Restaurant
The competition will give students the chance to select, analyze, and pitch a stock to financial professionals from the Seattle area. Judges currently include professionals from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Kosmos Management, Russell Investments, Windrose Partners, Fulcrum Capital, US Trust, Morgan Creek Capital Management, and the UW Endowment.
Training The Street 2 Day Workshop
TTS is the world’s leading financial learning services company, offering state-of-the-art, instructor-led courses in financial modeling and corporate valuation to corporate and educational clients. Founded in 1999, TTS’s clients include the world’s leading universities, investment banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies.
Speaker Series: ESG Investing Panel
The Foster Finance Society and Net Impact Club welcome:
Martha Strebinger, CFA - Investment Strategist at Parametric Portfolio Associates
Emily Steinbarth - Quantitative Research Analyst at Russell Investments
Alex Bernhardt - Head of Responsible Investment, US at Mercer Investments
Speaker Series: Investing Legends – Fireside Chat with Howard Marks
Mr. Marks is known for his incredible track record in the world of distressed debt investing and his insightful investment memos about which Warren Buffett states, “When I see memos from Howard Marks in my mail, they're the first thing I open and read. I always learn something, and that goes double for his book.”
Mr. Marks will be discussing, among many topics, his investment career, risk and uncertainty, his investment philosophy, and his new book Mastering the Market Cycle.
Finance Breakfast: Warren Buffett’s 2008 Annual Shareholder Letter
Breakfast at Costas on Ave and deep discussion revolving around Warren Buffett’s iconic 2008 shareholder letter.
The Foster Finance Society is excited to host a full slate of events this year to enable students to explore finance careers, network with industry professionals and alums, and prepare for landing a job in finance. Keep an eye out for additional events, as we’re constantly identifying new opportunities for our members.
Apptio’s IPO with Co-Founder and CFO Kurt Shintaffer, October 4th, 12:30-1:20pm
Preview into the World of Finance, ft. John Connors & Thomas Gilbert, October 17th, 5:30-6:30pm
Full-time interview prep sessions, October
M&A Investment Banking with Shaun Westfall, October 27th, 12:30-1:20pm
CAIA and Alternative Investments with Geir A. Watland, CFA, CAIA, November 1st, 5:30-6:30pm
CFA Society Information Session, November 7th, 5:30-6:30pm
Combined Finance/Tech Trek to the Bay Area, November 9th-10th
Corporate Finance Career Pathing and Alumni Networking event, November
Internship interview prep sessions, January – February
Finance Electives panel, January
Earnings Calls Drinks and Discussion, January
Career Paths Lunch & Learn, February
Finance Movie night for C4C, February
Boardroom Speaker Series, February – March
Local company visits, February – March
Career Paths Lunch & Learn, April
Boardroom Speaker Series, April – May
Local company visits, April – May
Things I Wish I Would Have Known (for my internship), May
Spring Alumni Social, May