About

WiB exists to serve the women of the Foster MBA community and their allies. As an MBAA club, WiB has 3 main goals:

  • Building Community

  • Unpacking Gender Dynamics

  • Professional Networking

We recognize the intersectionality of diversity efforts and aim to promote greater collaboration between WiB and the wider Foster community–including fellow MBAA clubs, faculty, alumni, and the Seattle business community.

Mission:

Our mission is to support the personal and professional development of Foster women MBA students by creating opportunities for women to grow into leadership positions and increase their visibility in the classroom, the workplace, and the community. We encourage our members and everyone at Foster to engage in behaviors, activities, and dialogue that fosters a welcoming environment where women MBA students can thrive. 

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Goals for 2018-2019:

  • Build community

    • Build stronger relationships between first years and second years full time, evening and full time and with undergrad women.

  • Build awareness of gender dynamics with professors and classmates of all genders.

  • Build our professional network

    • Forte Foundation

    • NAWMBA

    • Professional groups & ERGs

Interested in learning more about Foster Women in Business? Send us a note via out contact form!

 

Leadership
RACHEL JOHNSON  PRESIDENT     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Austin, TX  Previous/current role?  Project Manager in Software Implementation   What does WiB mean to you?  A supportive and empowering place for women, who are navigating a male-dominated field  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Hillary Clinton; I would ask her how she manages criticism and defeat and keeps going.   Favorite Seattle attraction?  Natural beauty – mountains, trees, water, etc.   What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Peggy Olsen (Mad Men) – she is driven to be the best, but she’s not perfect.  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  The whole experience at Foster has changed how I look at the world, from the classes to my classmates, and the professional opportunities I’ve had so far. I’m a different person and the world is a different place after coming to Foster.

RACHEL JOHNSON
PRESIDENT

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Austin, TX
Previous/current role?
Project Manager in Software Implementation

What does WiB mean to you? A supportive and empowering place for women, who are navigating a male-dominated field
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Hillary Clinton; I would ask her how she manages criticism and defeat and keeps going.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Natural beauty – mountains, trees, water, etc.
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Peggy Olsen (Mad Men) – she is driven to be the best, but she’s not perfect.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
The whole experience at Foster has changed how I look at the world, from the classes to my classmates, and the professional opportunities I’ve had so far. I’m a different person and the world is a different place after coming to Foster.

JAMIE YOUNG  PRESIDENT     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  San Francisco, CA  Previous/current role?  Sales Development at The RealReal   What does WiB mean to you?  Inclusive, empowering, and supportive  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Michelle Obama. I’d ask her about how she feels about being a role model for millions of women and girls around the world. I would want to talk with her about being an accomplished and intelligent woman of color while moving in spaces where there is no one (or very few!) who look like you. How do you stay grounded when society has difficulty reconciling all sides of your identity?  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Seattle Art Museum  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Susie Carmichael from Rugrats. She cares endlessly about her friends/family, she stands up to bullies, and still makes time to have fun!  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Taking the lead on a finance case along with a fellow woman in the program. Neither of us had a finance background, but we motivated and supported each other as we worked our way through the WACC. In the end, we proved to ourselves that we could kick some serious ass.

JAMIE YOUNG
PRESIDENT

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? San Francisco, CA
Previous/current role?
Sales Development at The RealReal

What does WiB mean to you? Inclusive, empowering, and supportive
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Michelle Obama. I’d ask her about how she feels about being a role model for millions of women and girls around the world. I would want to talk with her about being an accomplished and intelligent woman of color while moving in spaces where there is no one (or very few!) who look like you. How do you stay grounded when society has difficulty reconciling all sides of your identity?
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Seattle Art Museum
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Susie Carmichael from Rugrats. She cares endlessly about her friends/family, she stands up to bullies, and still makes time to have fun!
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Taking the lead on a finance case along with a fellow woman in the program. Neither of us had a finance background, but we motivated and supported each other as we worked our way through the WACC. In the end, we proved to ourselves that we could kick some serious ass.

ASAL MIRSALIMI  VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Seattle, WA  Previous/current role?  Trust & Estate CPA   What does WiB mean to you?  Empowerment   If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Sheryl Sandberg – She is the symbol of resilience, grace, intelligence, and influence.  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Starbucks Roastery   What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Alice  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Resilience

ASAL MIRSALIMI
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Seattle, WA
Previous/current role?
Trust & Estate CPA

What does WiB mean to you? Empowerment
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Sheryl Sandberg – She is the symbol of resilience, grace, intelligence, and influence.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Starbucks Roastery
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Alice
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Resilience

 
GINA JOHNSON  VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Bothell, WA  Previous/current role?  Account Manager at Epic   What does WiB mean to you?  Community, and a platform for highlighting and incrementally improving one of the hairiest of problems.  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  The Notorious RBG on how to kick ass, take names, be and icon, and have an amazing marriage. And the future of America and whether she plans to tell people she’s going to live forever or just keep being subtle about it.  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Golden Gardens Park in the summertime  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. She’s an opinionated woman who can’t help but sign up for everything, has a great sense of humor, and loves breakfast food. She’s sillier, more positive, and more vocal than I am, but I can both see myself in her and see her as inspiration for growth.  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  I was on a Google Hangout with a couple of classmates while they were in the middle of a jam session. The call was not at all productive, but hearing their excitement and awe at our class’s talent (and hearing a little bit of that talent myself!) was so joyful. I’m continually reminded how much this community has to offer and am consistently impressed.

GINA JOHNSON
VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Bothell, WA
Previous/current role?
Account Manager at Epic

What does WiB mean to you? Community, and a platform for highlighting and incrementally improving one of the hairiest of problems.
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
The Notorious RBG on how to kick ass, take names, be and icon, and have an amazing marriage. And the future of America and whether she plans to tell people she’s going to live forever or just keep being subtle about it.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Golden Gardens Park in the summertime
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. She’s an opinionated woman who can’t help but sign up for everything, has a great sense of humor, and loves breakfast food. She’s sillier, more positive, and more vocal than I am, but I can both see myself in her and see her as inspiration for growth.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
I was on a Google Hangout with a couple of classmates while they were in the middle of a jam session. The call was not at all productive, but hearing their excitement and awe at our class’s talent (and hearing a little bit of that talent myself!) was so joyful. I’m continually reminded how much this community has to offer and am consistently impressed.

ALLI GREEN  VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Stamford, CT  Previous/current role?  Marketing and Brand Management Intern, Precept Wine   What does WiB mean to you?  WiB is a community of badass business women and allies that support one another and seek to educate the broader Foster community about gender issues and dynamics in the MBA program, the workplace, and beyond.  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, Inc. I’d talk to her about her experiences as a business woman, activist, and environmentalist in private equity and her transition to Patagonia, first as CFO and then as CEO. I’d also love to nerd out about regernerative organic agriculture, sustainability, and ethical supply chains.  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Underground Tour in Pioneer Square  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  C.J. Cregg from The West Wing because she’s smart, witty, and doesn’t let anyone push her around.  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  I’ve learned that everyone has struggles in the classroom. It’s just that some of us are more willing to talk about them than others.

ALLI GREEN
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Stamford, CT
Previous/current role?
Marketing and Brand Management Intern, Precept Wine

What does WiB mean to you? WiB is a community of badass business women and allies that support one another and seek to educate the broader Foster community about gender issues and dynamics in the MBA program, the workplace, and beyond.
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, Inc. I’d talk to her about her experiences as a business woman, activist, and environmentalist in private equity and her transition to Patagonia, first as CFO and then as CEO. I’d also love to nerd out about regernerative organic agriculture, sustainability, and ethical supply chains.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Underground Tour in Pioneer Square
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
C.J. Cregg from The West Wing because she’s smart, witty, and doesn’t let anyone push her around.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
I’ve learned that everyone has struggles in the classroom. It’s just that some of us are more willing to talk about them than others.

GIULIA PELLEGRINO  VICE PRESIDENT, MENTORSHIP     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Pasadena, CA  Previous/current role?  Graduate Program Manager at Caltech   What does WiB mean to you?  Community  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Michelle Obama – I would talk to her about her time in the White House and her experience transitioning after Obama’s presidency.   Favorite Seattle attraction?  The Chihuly Museum – it’s so beautiful!!  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Monica from Friends – I am a clean freak just like her.   Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Bollywood dancing at the last TG was one of the coolest things I experienced at Foster. There was such a sense of joy and community that really made it special and a ton of fun!

GIULIA PELLEGRINO
VICE PRESIDENT, MENTORSHIP

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Pasadena, CA
Previous/current role?
Graduate Program Manager at Caltech

What does WiB mean to you? Community
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Michelle Obama – I would talk to her about her time in the White House and her experience transitioning after Obama’s presidency.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
The Chihuly Museum – it’s so beautiful!!
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Monica from Friends – I am a clean freak just like her.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Bollywood dancing at the last TG was one of the coolest things I experienced at Foster. There was such a sense of joy and community that really made it special and a ton of fun!

ISABEL WILLIAMS    VICE PRESIDENT, EVENING PROGRAMMING     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Bainbridge Island  Previous/current role?  Forecast Analyst at REI   What does WiB mean to you?  WiB means badass women making an impact!   If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Katharine Graham who, at a critical moment, did the right thing as a minority in the room! Fascinating to see how this extraordinary woman was all but airbrushed out of history till now.  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Westward and Little Gull. Get some oysters and relax by the lake!  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  I would like to think of myself as a Hermione Granger but end up falling into the category of Ron Weasley. I may have moments of brilliance during the epic battle of/for justice, but am also willing to sacrifice my knight on the chessboard for other’s brilliance!   Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Foster opens many doors. Don’t forget to lift your head up and recognize all that you’ve already accomplished!

ISABEL WILLIAMS
VICE PRESIDENT, EVENING PROGRAMMING

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Bainbridge Island
Previous/current role?
Forecast Analyst at REI

What does WiB mean to you? WiB means badass women making an impact!
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Katharine Graham who, at a critical moment, did the right thing as a minority in the room! Fascinating to see how this extraordinary woman was all but airbrushed out of history till now.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Westward and Little Gull. Get some oysters and relax by the lake!
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
I would like to think of myself as a Hermione Granger but end up falling into the category of Ron Weasley. I may have moments of brilliance during the epic battle of/for justice, but am also willing to sacrifice my knight on the chessboard for other’s brilliance!
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Foster opens many doors. Don’t forget to lift your head up and recognize all that you’ve already accomplished!

KELSEY ZHOU  VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL LIAISON     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Chicago, IL  Previous/current role?  R&D Engineer at Praxair   What does WiB mean to you?  WiB is like family to me  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  It would be Daphne, my mentor at my previous role. I would ask her about how to empower herself at a male-dominated environment.   Favorite Seattle attraction?  Betsutenjin Ramen  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Amy Farrah Fowler, you’ll know why if you speak to me.  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:  I had a very inspiring WiB retreat at Portland during the winter, when I felt a strong sense of belonging and encouragement, and tons of Voodoo donuts.

KELSEY ZHOU
VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL LIAISON

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Chicago, IL
Previous/current role?
R&D Engineer at Praxair

What does WiB mean to you? WiB is like family to me
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
It would be Daphne, my mentor at my previous role. I would ask her about how to empower herself at a male-dominated environment.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Betsutenjin Ramen
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Amy Farrah Fowler, you’ll know why if you speak to me.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you’ve learned so far during your time here at Foster:
I had a very inspiring WiB retreat at Portland during the winter, when I felt a strong sense of belonging and encouragement, and tons of Voodoo donuts.

SHILPA BOTHRA  VICE PRESIDENT, FACULTY AND BLUE DOT AFFAIRS     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Kolkata, India  Previous/current role?  Program Manager at Intel Technologies   What does WiB mean to you?  WiB to me means building a community where people support each other. It also means working towards creating awareness of challenges/difference that we as women face.   If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Malala Yousafzai. I would love to talk to her about how she is so humble and modest while being so influential and so young. She is taking initiatives to change the world after going through immense hardships at an age when I was busy thinking about how I look or how I make friends. I would like to know how she is able to keep away distractions and focus on things that are so important to making world a better place.   Favorite Seattle attraction?  Definitely UW's Bomb af view of Rainier.  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games. Her character, very much like mine is level headed and brave and cares a hell lot for her loved ones.   Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Always consciously make time for friends, health, and family. It is easy to get caught up in the MBA life of running around and getting things accomplished, but it is very important to not let go of relationships that you had your pre MBA life.

SHILPA BOTHRA
VICE PRESIDENT, FACULTY AND BLUE DOT AFFAIRS

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Kolkata, India
Previous/current role?
Program Manager at Intel Technologies

What does WiB mean to you? WiB to me means building a community where people support each other. It also means working towards creating awareness of challenges/difference that we as women face.
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Malala Yousafzai. I would love to talk to her about how she is so humble and modest while being so influential and so young. She is taking initiatives to change the world after going through immense hardships at an age when I was busy thinking about how I look or how I make friends. I would like to know how she is able to keep away distractions and focus on things that are so important to making world a better place.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Definitely UW's Bomb af view of Rainier.
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games. Her character, very much like mine is level headed and brave and cares a hell lot for her loved ones.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Always consciously make time for friends, health, and family. It is easy to get caught up in the MBA life of running around and getting things accomplished, but it is very important to not let go of relationships that you had your pre MBA life.

CARRIE BLODGETT  VICE PRESIDENT, NETWORKING AND OUTREACH     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  San Francisco, CA  Previous/current role?  Product Manager   What does WiB mean to you?  Community for female empowerment  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Carrie Fisher - Finding and championing wit and humor in a world that always tried to objectify her  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Washington Park Arboretum  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Samwise Gamgee - As a hobbit, he loves food, loves to garden, and loves supporting his friends.  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Playing Settlers of Catan with my first quarter team comprised of members from China, Hong Kong, Nashville, Oklahoma, Seattle, and San Francisco. The bonding and coming together of amazing people from different parts of the world and perspectives has been fantastic.

CARRIE BLODGETT
VICE PRESIDENT, NETWORKING AND OUTREACH

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? San Francisco, CA
Previous/current role?
Product Manager

What does WiB mean to you? Community for female empowerment
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Carrie Fisher - Finding and championing wit and humor in a world that always tried to objectify her
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Washington Park Arboretum
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Samwise Gamgee - As a hobbit, he loves food, loves to garden, and loves supporting his friends.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Playing Settlers of Catan with my first quarter team comprised of members from China, Hong Kong, Nashville, Oklahoma, Seattle, and San Francisco. The bonding and coming together of amazing people from different parts of the world and perspectives has been fantastic.

SKYLER BROWN  VICE PRESIDENT, ALLYSHIP     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  San Jose, CA  Previous/current role?  Green Beret, US Army   What does WiB mean to you?  Equity  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Kaki King. I would ask for guitar tips.   Favorite Seattle attraction?  Ballard street art.   What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Wade Wilson  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Meeting a Venture Capitalist who distilled their life down to a single plant and choice furniture so they could spend more time making an impact outside the home.

SKYLER BROWN
VICE PRESIDENT, ALLYSHIP

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? San Jose, CA
Previous/current role?
Green Beret, US Army

What does WiB mean to you? Equity
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Kaki King. I would ask for guitar tips.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Ballard street art.
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Wade Wilson
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Meeting a Venture Capitalist who distilled their life down to a single plant and choice furniture so they could spend more time making an impact outside the home.

NANCY LI  FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, COMMUNICATIONS      Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Berkeley, CA  Previous/current role?  Senior Transportation Planner at King County Metro   What does WiB mean to you?  A platform for women and allies to network and learn from each other  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Angela Merkel. What is your leadership style and what is your biggest lesson learned in building partnerships?   Favorite Seattle attraction?  Alki Beach  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Andrea Sachs, Devil Wears Prada  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Cruising and floating on a hot summer day with my fellow classmates in Lake Washington!

NANCY LI
FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, COMMUNICATIONS


Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Berkeley, CA
Previous/current role?
Senior Transportation Planner at King County Metro

What does WiB mean to you? A platform for women and allies to network and learn from each other
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Angela Merkel. What is your leadership style and what is your biggest lesson learned in building partnerships?
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Alki Beach
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Andrea Sachs, Devil Wears Prada
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Cruising and floating on a hot summer day with my fellow classmates in Lake Washington!

 
COLETTE HULL  FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, NETWORKING AND OUTREACH     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Seattle is my hometown and I am a proud Double Dawg!  Previous/current role?  Client Manager in Private Wealth Management   What does WiB mean to you?  Community of talented and motivated women and allies encouraging and empowering one another to achieve our personal and professional goals.  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Definitely Ruth Bader Ginsburg because of her contributions to equal protection for women. I would want to talk about her career as the second female Supreme Court justice, the Supreme Court appointment process and bipartisanship (she had an extremely close friendship with Antonin Scalia despite the differences in their ideologies).  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) because my significant accomplishments are typically the result of a lot of hard work! I also strive to do the right thing and always be nice!  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  The survival challenge in Greg Bigley's jump start course because it reminded me of how much stronger we can be when we work together!

COLETTE HULL
FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, NETWORKING AND OUTREACH

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Seattle is my hometown and I am a proud Double Dawg!
Previous/current role?
Client Manager in Private Wealth Management

What does WiB mean to you? Community of talented and motivated women and allies encouraging and empowering one another to achieve our personal and professional goals.
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Definitely Ruth Bader Ginsburg because of her contributions to equal protection for women. I would want to talk about her career as the second female Supreme Court justice, the Supreme Court appointment process and bipartisanship (she had an extremely close friendship with Antonin Scalia despite the differences in their ideologies).
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) because my significant accomplishments are typically the result of a lot of hard work! I also strive to do the right thing and always be nice!
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
The survival challenge in Greg Bigley's jump start course because it reminded me of how much stronger we can be when we work together!

NATALIE SULLIVAN  FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, MENTORSHIP     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Santa Cruz, CA  Previous/current role?  Enologist, Figgins Family Wine Estates   What does WiB mean to you?  Equity and access  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Beyoncé   Favorite Seattle attraction?  My dog and I love Volunteer Park  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Katniss Everdeen — smart, resourceful, driven   Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Foster has pushed me to think about risk in a whole new way, both in terms of business and my personal life. In addition to thinking about risk in the context of finance, I’ve been reflecting a lot about the risk one takes to take to be an effective, vulnerable leader. I look forward to digging in to what this means for me and my colleagues in the years to come.

NATALIE SULLIVAN
FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, MENTORSHIP

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Santa Cruz, CA
Previous/current role?
Enologist, Figgins Family Wine Estates

What does WiB mean to you? Equity and access
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Beyoncé
Favorite Seattle attraction?
My dog and I love Volunteer Park
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Katniss Everdeen — smart, resourceful, driven
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Foster has pushed me to think about risk in a whole new way, both in terms of business and my personal life. In addition to thinking about risk in the context of finance, I’ve been reflecting a lot about the risk one takes to take to be an effective, vulnerable leader. I look forward to digging in to what this means for me and my colleagues in the years to come.

MEGAN STEVENSON  FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, EVENING PROGRAMMING      Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Billings, MT  Previous/current role?  Industrial Engineering Business Lead at Boeing on the 737 Program   What does WiB mean to you?  A platform for empowering women allowing everyone to thrive and grow  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Melinda Gates! I'd ask her what personal accomplishment she is most proud of. I'd also ask her what accomplishment of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does she believe to be the most impactful.  Favorite Seattle attraction?  Taking a ferry to one of the nearby islands   What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Elsa! Mostly because I love the Let It Go song.  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  I am learning balance. With so many responsibilities between school, work and life, I am learning to prioritize the activities that are truly the most important.

MEGAN STEVENSON
FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, EVENING PROGRAMMING


Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Billings, MT
Previous/current role?
Industrial Engineering Business Lead at Boeing on the 737 Program

What does WiB mean to you? A platform for empowering women allowing everyone to thrive and grow
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Melinda Gates! I'd ask her what personal accomplishment she is most proud of. I'd also ask her what accomplishment of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does she believe to be the most impactful.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
Taking a ferry to one of the nearby islands
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Elsa! Mostly because I love the Let It Go song.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
I am learning balance. With so many responsibilities between school, work and life, I am learning to prioritize the activities that are truly the most important.

 
TIFFANY SUNG  FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & INTERNATIONAL LIAISON     Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Taichung, Taiwan  Previous/current role?  Business Analyst at Gravity Payments   What does WiB mean to you?  Women empowerment  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  I'd love to speak with Nancy Lublin about using data to drive positive change.  Favorite Seattle attraction?  MoPOP  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Luna Lovegood when I'm at my best - wise, kind, brave, and wonderfully weird.  Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  I learned that the Foster community is even more supportive than I thought it would be, and I'd like to try my best to contribute to it.

TIFFANY SUNG
FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & INTERNATIONAL LIAISON

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Taichung, Taiwan
Previous/current role?
Business Analyst at Gravity Payments

What does WiB mean to you? Women empowerment
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
I'd love to speak with Nancy Lublin about using data to drive positive change.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
MoPOP
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Luna Lovegood when I'm at my best - wise, kind, brave, and wonderfully weird.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
I learned that the Foster community is even more supportive than I thought it would be, and I'd like to try my best to contribute to it.

TYLER KINGDON FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, ALLYSHIP    Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Seattle, WA  Previous/current role?  Operations manager at startup/restaurants   What does WiB mean to you?  Equity of opportunity for all  If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Nellie Bly - so many things. First: what would you have done different if there was equal access to opportunities for women in your time?  Favorite Seattle attraction?  "Beaches" in the summer time  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Samuel Hamilton from East of Eden. Crafty, compassionate, and thoughtful, but never really good at looking after his best interest - something I think is a good quality... in moderation!   Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Rock Box karaoke, watching all the personalities pop! Some among us have some serious pipes!

TYLER KINGDON
FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, ALLYSHIP

Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Seattle, WA
Previous/current role?
Operations manager at startup/restaurants

What does WiB mean to you? Equity of opportunity for all
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Nellie Bly - so many things. First: what would you have done different if there was equal access to opportunities for women in your time?
Favorite Seattle attraction?
"Beaches" in the summer time
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Samuel Hamilton from East of Eden. Crafty, compassionate, and thoughtful, but never really good at looking after his best interest - something I think is a good quality... in moderation!
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Rock Box karaoke, watching all the personalities pop! Some among us have some serious pipes!

MATT BISHOP  FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, ALLYSHIP      Hometown or where you were living before Seattle?  Seattle, WA  Previous/current role?  Touring musician + Assistant Director of Admissions   What does WiB mean to you?  WiB is a space to encourage and advocate for the voices of women in the business community.   If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?  Brene Brown, to hear about her latest research on vulnerability and leadership and ask her what Oprah's like.   Favorite Seattle attraction?  The ferry to Bainbridge Island  What fictional character do you most identify with and why?  Phil Dunphy. My best self is good-hearted, authentic, and willing to be dorky.   Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:  Singing "Say it Ain't So" at karaoke with 35 of my classmates after midterms.

MATT BISHOP
FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE, ALLYSHIP


Hometown or where you were living before Seattle? Seattle, WA
Previous/current role?
Touring musician + Assistant Director of Admissions

What does WiB mean to you? WiB is a space to encourage and advocate for the voices of women in the business community.
If you could have dinner with one influential woman who would it be?
Brene Brown, to hear about her latest research on vulnerability and leadership and ask her what Oprah's like.
Favorite Seattle attraction?
The ferry to Bainbridge Island
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Phil Dunphy. My best self is good-hearted, authentic, and willing to be dorky.
Favorite memory or something meaningful that you've learned so far during your time here at Foster:
Singing "Say it Ain't So" at karaoke with 35 of my classmates after midterms.


Events

Throughout the year, Women in Business offers programming and activities roughly centered around the following categories:

Discussion Forums | WiB hosts discussions throughout the quarter to provide a safe space for members to discuss topics important to them, from gender dynamics on MBA study teams to concerns about sexist language in the workplace.

Speakers & Workshops | WiB hosts guests speakers and clinicians to present on a variety of topics, including gaining higher levels of emotional intelligence and developing more confident speaking skills. These events are often delivered through a joint effort of multiple clubs and space can be limited. RSVP is typically required.

Career & Alumni Networking | WiB works to nurture relationships in the greater Seattle community by planning networking events that offer members the chance to connect with Foster alumni and executives from the city’s many outstanding companies. Casual networking events are held throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with other club activities. The club also hosts an annual Spring Alumni Networking Dinner, where current students dine with club alumni.

Mentorship Program | An initiative sponsored by the Women in Business chapters at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, the WiB Mentor Program matches MBA students with undergraduate women to discuss everything from academics to career paths. The program features an event each quarter, with a Kick-Off Meet & Greet in the fall; Coffee Chats in the winter, where mentors are provided with coffee cards to treat their mentee(s); and a closing Spring Luncheon, featuring a guest speaker from the business community.

Social Activities | Throughout the year, WiB offers evening and weekend social activities with a casual atmosphere. Additionally, off-campus retreats provide stress-free getaways for members to relax, connect, and recharge with activities ranging from yoga to cooking to hiking.

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