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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.

 
Leadership
CHANDNI SIKARWAR  PRESIDENT    Prior to attending Foster, Chandni spent 7 years in financial services, most of it in Credit Risk and Portfolio management for Private Label Retail portfolios at Citibank. She has worked across various analytics and strategy functions and hopes to continue inform strategy with data-driven decisions. This summer, she will be interning at Microsoft as a Finance Manager in the Engineering/Product finance division.  Chandni holds a B.Tech in Communication and Computer Engineering from LNMIIT, Jaipur in India. Outside Paccar Hall, Chandni enjoys reading, Pilates, wine tasting, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

CHANDNI SIKARWAR
PRESIDENT

Prior to attending Foster, Chandni spent 7 years in financial services, most of it in Credit Risk and Portfolio management for Private Label Retail portfolios at Citibank. She has worked across various analytics and strategy functions and hopes to continue inform strategy with data-driven decisions. This summer, she will be interning at Microsoft as a Finance Manager in the Engineering/Product finance division.

Chandni holds a B.Tech in Communication and Computer Engineering from LNMIIT, Jaipur in India. Outside Paccar Hall, Chandni enjoys reading, Pilates, wine tasting, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

ABBY GREENBERG  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Prior to attending Foster, Abby spent time in the Financial and Technology sectors in various roles. Abby developed an interest in Finance during her career path leading up to Foster which was then amplified after taking Finance classes at Foster. For her summer internship, Abby is working in Finance at Intel.    Abby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. She grew up in the Bay Area but has been converted to a proud Pacific Northwesterner. She enjoys hiking, craft beer, and going on adventures with her dog Stella.

ABBY GREENBERG
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to attending Foster, Abby spent time in the Financial and Technology sectors in various roles. Abby developed an interest in Finance during her career path leading up to Foster which was then amplified after taking Finance classes at Foster. For her summer internship, Abby is working in Finance at Intel.

Abby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. She grew up in the Bay Area but has been converted to a proud Pacific Northwesterner. She enjoys hiking, craft beer, and going on adventures with her dog Stella.

VEHRO TITCOMB  VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS    Prior to attending Foster, Vehro co-founded and operated Five Ultimate, a boutique sports apparel company serving the emerging sport of ultimate frisbee. As CFO, and later CEO, he developed a passion for finance and data-driven decision making. At Foster, Vehro is concentrating in Finance and Marketing. This summer, he will be interning at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Management Division.  Vehro holds his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys family, motorcycles, and snowboarding.

VEHRO TITCOMB
VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS

Prior to attending Foster, Vehro co-founded and operated Five Ultimate, a boutique sports apparel company serving the emerging sport of ultimate frisbee. As CFO, and later CEO, he developed a passion for finance and data-driven decision making. At Foster, Vehro is concentrating in Finance and Marketing. This summer, he will be interning at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Management Division.

Vehro holds his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys family, motorcycles, and snowboarding.

 
BARBARA LEE  VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE RELATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS    Prior to joining Foster, Barbara worked in operations at a healthcare startup One Medical, Inc. and clinical research at UCLA Health. In a more previous life, she worked in the media and entertainment industry, launching Snoop Dogg's first mobile app among other marketing/PR campaigns for companies like Verizon Wireless and Warner Music Japan. This summer, she will be interning as a summer associate in global investment banking at RBC Capital Markets in NYC.  Barbara holds a B.A. in Linguistics from UC San Diego. She grew up in Los Angeles and in her spare time, enjoys finding great coffee spots with her husband and two rescue dogs, yoga, boxing and most recently, brushing up her rusty golf skills.

BARBARA LEE
VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE RELATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Prior to joining Foster, Barbara worked in operations at a healthcare startup One Medical, Inc. and clinical research at UCLA Health. In a more previous life, she worked in the media and entertainment industry, launching Snoop Dogg's first mobile app among other marketing/PR campaigns for companies like Verizon Wireless and Warner Music Japan. This summer, she will be interning as a summer associate in global investment banking at RBC Capital Markets in NYC.

Barbara holds a B.A. in Linguistics from UC San Diego. She grew up in Los Angeles and in her spare time, enjoys finding great coffee spots with her husband and two rescue dogs, yoga, boxing and most recently, brushing up her rusty golf skills.

CIRO EDUARDO GONZALEZ PENA  VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS    Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Ciro is a passionate and experienced corporate banker and former management consultant. He began his career in Accenture as a management consultant, more specifically in strategy, where he advised companies such as Heinz, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Mondelez and many others.  Short after his consultant role, Ciro joined Monex Corporate Banking division, where he mainly pitched opportunities to the lending committee and managed his own lending portfolio.  Outside of school and work, he is an avid endurance athlete and has successfully finished 4 Ironman triathlons, 20 marathons and has summited Iztaccíhuatl, a 17,160 feet mountain peak. He hopes to participate in the Boston marathon and the Ironman World Championship at some point in his life.

CIRO EDUARDO GONZALEZ PENA
VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS

Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Ciro is a passionate and experienced corporate banker and former management consultant. He began his career in Accenture as a management consultant, more specifically in strategy, where he advised companies such as Heinz, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Mondelez and many others.

Short after his consultant role, Ciro joined Monex Corporate Banking division, where he mainly pitched opportunities to the lending committee and managed his own lending portfolio.

Outside of school and work, he is an avid endurance athlete and has successfully finished 4 Ironman triathlons, 20 marathons and has summited Iztaccíhuatl, a 17,160 feet mountain peak. He hopes to participate in the Boston marathon and the Ironman World Championship at some point in his life.

SHANE SCHRADER  VICE PRESIDENT, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT    Prior to joining Foster, Shane was a senior systems engineer at Samsung Austin Semiconductor where he worked in primarily a product management role. Before that, he was a process engineer at the same company. Shane enjoys a passion for data analytics and using data as a storytelling tool when making decisions. He is pursuing strategy-focused roles, including finance and product management, within tech firms.  Shane holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

SHANE SCHRADER
VICE PRESIDENT, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Prior to joining Foster, Shane was a senior systems engineer at Samsung Austin Semiconductor where he worked in primarily a product management role. Before that, he was a process engineer at the same company. Shane enjoys a passion for data analytics and using data as a storytelling tool when making decisions. He is pursuing strategy-focused roles, including finance and product management, within tech firms.

Shane holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

EMILY MAYNARD POWELL  VICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINABILITY    Emily is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of building effective teams and designing innovative strategies to solve wicked problems. She holds a Master in Urban and Environmental Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in History, both from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Emily spent five years at The Nature Conservancy working on impact investment and private capital strategies to solve water scarcity challenges, as well as honing her expertise in water management and sustainable development. Post-MBA, she plans to continue solving sustainability challenges, but from the private sector side in sustainability-focused investing. When not in school, you’ll likely find her exploring rivers in search of whitewater and trout.

EMILY MAYNARD POWELL
VICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINABILITY

Emily is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of building effective teams and designing innovative strategies to solve wicked problems. She holds a Master in Urban and Environmental Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in History, both from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Emily spent five years at The Nature Conservancy working on impact investment and private capital strategies to solve water scarcity challenges, as well as honing her expertise in water management and sustainable development. Post-MBA, she plans to continue solving sustainability challenges, but from the private sector side in sustainability-focused investing. When not in school, you’ll likely find her exploring rivers in search of whitewater and trout.

KEVIN XU  VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS    Prior to Foster, Kevin lived in Edmonton, AB and worked as a project manager in the insurance/financial services industry. His duties include overlooking various finance and budget-related projects and building different models to help analyze the cost and expected return of these projects. Kevin also worked as an investment bank analyst at CMIG in Shanghai, China, focusing on creating various valuation models for its M&A sector. Kevin will work at Airbnb this summer on its insurance solutions team.  Kevin is from Alberta, Canada and holds a B.Com. in Finance from University of Alberta. Outside of Foster, he enjoys traveling, videos games and hitting the gym.

KEVIN XU
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

Prior to Foster, Kevin lived in Edmonton, AB and worked as a project manager in the insurance/financial services industry. His duties include overlooking various finance and budget-related projects and building different models to help analyze the cost and expected return of these projects. Kevin also worked as an investment bank analyst at CMIG in Shanghai, China, focusing on creating various valuation models for its M&A sector. Kevin will work at Airbnb this summer on its insurance solutions team.

Kevin is from Alberta, Canada and holds a B.Com. in Finance from University of Alberta. Outside of Foster, he enjoys traveling, videos games and hitting the gym.

SHAMA RANGNEKAR  VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS AND MEMBER ENGAGEMENT    Prior to Foster, Shama worked in a boutique tax consultancy firm in Mumbai and was responsible for auditing and tax planning of various clients across industries like manufacturing, pharma, service providers etc. She then moved on to handle credit and risk management at J P Morgan, working with teams across Asia-Pacific and driving risk optimization initiatives for their portfolios. Shama came to Foster to get a deeper understanding of the interplay between finance, operations and strategy in today’s fast-paced corporate world.  Shama is a Chartered Accountant (India) and has a Master in Commerce from The University of Mumbai along with a Master in Business Administration from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. Shama grew up in Mumbai, India and loves singing. She is also an avid traveler, having been to over 20 countries.

SHAMA RANGNEKAR
VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS AND MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

Prior to Foster, Shama worked in a boutique tax consultancy firm in Mumbai and was responsible for auditing and tax planning of various clients across industries like manufacturing, pharma, service providers etc. She then moved on to handle credit and risk management at J P Morgan, working with teams across Asia-Pacific and driving risk optimization initiatives for their portfolios. Shama came to Foster to get a deeper understanding of the interplay between finance, operations and strategy in today’s fast-paced corporate world.

Shama is a Chartered Accountant (India) and has a Master in Commerce from The University of Mumbai along with a Master in Business Administration from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. Shama grew up in Mumbai, India and loves singing. She is also an avid traveler, having been to over 20 countries.

ABE CURRY  VICE PRESIDENT, EVENING AFFAIRS AND MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT    Prior to attending the Evening MBA Program at Foster, Abe worked at Amazon in a variety of different roles including Sr. Account Management and Global Finance Program Manager. After leaving Amazon, Abe started his consulting firm where he helps private and public companies develop and execute strategy for the eCommerce world and build direct-to-consumer brands. Abe came to Foster to broaden his finance acumen and transition into a finance focused career.  Abe holds a B.A. in Digital Technology and Culture with a minor in Business Administration from Washington State University.

ABE CURRY
VICE PRESIDENT, EVENING AFFAIRS AND MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Prior to attending the Evening MBA Program at Foster, Abe worked at Amazon in a variety of different roles including Sr. Account Management and Global Finance Program Manager. After leaving Amazon, Abe started his consulting firm where he helps private and public companies develop and execute strategy for the eCommerce world and build direct-to-consumer brands. Abe came to Foster to broaden his finance acumen and transition into a finance focused career.

Abe holds a B.A. in Digital Technology and Culture with a minor in Business Administration from Washington State University.

 
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

1/20/2019
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.

Past Events

2018-2019 Events:

10/9/18
Amazon FLDP Preperation
Heard from two Amazon FLDP employees--Priyanka Balasubramanian & Mackenzie O'Berry--to help prep current Foster students for FLDP interviews.

10/17/18
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 InvestorA Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs, and The Global Negotiator sits down for a discussion on business and investing.

10/25/18
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.

11/17 &11/18
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.

11/28/2018
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

12/8/2018
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.

1/10/2019
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.

2017-2018 events:

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.

Autumn:

  • 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

Winter:

  • 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

Spring:

  • 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

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