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  • Networking

    Posted by Rubi Cammarota on 2/11/2016 04:31:24 PM

    Networking is often considered to be the key to success in business school and to reaching one’s career goals. In fact, ask almost any MBA candidate for a few reasons why they decided to go back for their degree and you’ll likely hear “networking opportunities” from many of them. 

    Networking is for more than just to meet potential employers and business contacts. It helps you to harness your soft skills (see the previous blog for more on soft skills), expand your horizons, and practice pitching your most valuable assets. Seattle University has taken this into account and provides us many chances to rub shoulders with both fellow students and also industry leaders.

    The Albers Placement Center and SU Advantage (part of SU’s Career Services) offer a number of special programs throughout the year to connect us to the community and to each other. The mentorship program links us with professionals in our desired industry and we work with them over the year. Oftentimes our mentors will also introduce us to their professional network. There are multiple career and internship fairs throughout the year to give us face to face time with recruiters from important companies. Mock interviews with local businesses also give us a chance to practice our interview skills and to speak with industry professionals.

    An exciting announcement is that the Graduate Advisory Board is currently planning a new networking series! This monthly meeting will feature someone in the business community who will speak on a specific topic. After the presentation, students will share ideas, best practices, share job leads, make new contacts, and begin to build our network. This will be a fun, engaging, and non-intimidating space for us to form new connections. Stay tuned for details!

    Rubi Cammarota

    PMBA Candidate 2017

    Soft Skills

    Posted by Alexis Thornton on 1/23/2016 03:25:16 PM

    Practical applications are a big concern for a lot of our students. A lot of my colleagues in the Business School are already working professionals looking to both leverage and add on to their existing skill set. We all have our individual learning goals as well, often looking to become an expert in our specific field. However, a subtext of many of our discussion is soft skills.

    A quick Google search for the term pulls up the following definition: "Soft skills is a term often associated with a person's "EQ" (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, interpersonal skills, managing people, leadership, etc. that characterize relationships with other people." Everybody has 'em (some more than others), and to be a great leader you have to constantly work on them. In reading several articles on the topic, it seems fair to say that while the technical skills will get you a job, it is the soft skills that will help you to keep your job. How we interact with our coworkers, managers, peers, clients, etc. is a huge piece of the pie that equates to your overall success at work.

    It has been exciting to see the incorporation of this "sub-discipline" in to much of our course work. I recently completed the course "System Modeling" wherein our classwork focused on building complex financial and accounting models in Excel. While the concepts and numbers were the focus, the subtext was soft skills. Being able to present the data in a clear and user-friendly way both internally and externally is the next step when it comes to utilizing what we learned in the course. Your client should be able to read your spreadsheet with ease, see in the inputs and understand how you are generating a profit model for them. Same goes for your coworker- he should be able to look at your work and understand the mechanics, formulas and rationale behind your model through detailed notes and explanations included in the project. We were using Excel to work on our communication and teamwork skills all at the same time. 

    I was initially drawn to this university because of their "whole person" approach to education. It is great to see the proof in that message and encouraging to know that we have the opportunity to enroll in classes like "Leading with Emotional Intelligence" to dive deep in to the subject. It is also great to know that even when we aren't working on our soft skills...we actually are.


    Alexis Thornton

    MPAC/ MSF Candidate 2017

    A New Beginning

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 1/5/2016 01:11:36 PM

    Although yesterday was a wet, dark, and wintry morning, I woke up full of so much joyful anticipation. This is the first week of winter quarter and I am so ready to get back to class! After finals wrapped up in mid-December, my classmates and I were all ready for a break. Now, after three marvelously relaxing weeks, we can’t wait to get started again. 

    You can really feel the excitement in Pigott (the business school building). Friends happily greet each other to catch up on the holidays and then meander to the bookstore to get their textbooks. The smell of coffee permeates the air and fresh faces head into warm classrooms. Flyers are being posted for all of the fun social and academic events taking place on campus throughout the coming months.

    This is nothing like the week after winter break I experienced in high school or undergrad. Unlike those weeks, no one here bemoans coming back to school because it is a new opportunity to learn. SU graduate students chose to devote their time to their studies and their personal investment is obvious. We are a group of students who are serious about our education and want to use our newfound knowledge to do good things in the world. 

    This quarter I am taking 4 more credits than I did in fall quarter, and while I am nervous about the work I will have to do in the months ahead of me, I am thrilled to prove to myself that I can do it and to see where my hard work takes me.

    Rubi Cammarota
    MBA Candidate 2017

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by Alexis Thornton on 12/21/2015 11:58:16 PM

    Huge thanks to our professors for a great quarter. If there was one big takeaway from the last ten weeks, it's that school can definitely push me out of my comfort zone. This was my first quarter that I had to do a presentation in class (actually I had 3) and share some of the knowledge I have garnered over the past twelve months. That was scary, but this is the process. These are the steps that you take to become a professional or an expert in your field. One year down, year and a half to go.

    I am certain I am not the only person out there who is happy to have this brief break. Rest up Redhawks. Looking forward to another great year of learning, growth, community, mentor meetings, group projects, executive speakers, coffee from the Bottom Line and Graduate Student Council socials.

    Check out the super cute video on the main page of Seattle U's website (find it here). Happy holidays to all of you out there.

    Teams, Creativity, and Decision Making Retreat

    Posted by Rubi Cammarota on 11/30/2015 12:33:04 PM

    Over a weekend in early October I learned what it means to truly be a part of a fully-functioning team. It may seem that after three decades of working with other people I would have already experienced true group cohesion. However, it wasn’t until Teams, Creativity, and Decision Making (the first class in our core curriculum) that I realized that what society calls “teamwork” and “leadership” are actually misnomers. 

    During the three days of the retreat I formed lifelong friendships with my fellow cohort members. We learned to problem solve in the beautiful woods surrounding Bastyr University just outside of Seattle and challenged our preconceived notions of what defines introverts, extroverts, leaders, and followers. We got to climb walls, swing on rope swings, belay huge log ladders, and learn to tight-rope walk. After dinner we stayed up well into the night getting to know our 35 new friends. As much as it sounds like a party, it was hard, emotional, and deeply gratifying work. 

    In the beginning of the quarter, the idea of studying emotional intelligence didn’t make sense to me in a business school curriculum. However, I now believe that this experience will in fact be one of the most important parts of my MBA journey. Through reflection, journaling, and extended leadership practice, I can say that what I learned on the retreat will make me a better co-worker and manager in my professional life and will probably make me a happier person all around! 

    Rubi Cammarota
    PMBA Candidate

    The Mentor Program

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 11/16/2015 10:52:26 AM

    Every year we begin the school year with one of the most exciting programs offered here at the Albers School- the Mentor Program hosted by the Placement Center. We are fortunate to have such a strong connection with our alumni and the business community that students have the opportunity to connect with 124 prospective mentors in numerous fields of business. The program lasts for 6 months and is an opportunity for us to explore potential career paths, network and, most importantly, gain an ally in the Seattle business community. 

    For our introduction to the program we had a chance to meet with some of the mentors here on campus during an evening event, chat, ask questions and see if they were a fit. Applications are then submitted wherein we request our top 5 mentors. To paint a picture of the variety of industries available in this program, I looked at mentors from Weyerhauser, Chef’n, Getty Images and KPMG. Assignments have been handed out and now we, as students, are tasked with making the experience a valuable one.

    I have had my initial check in with my mentor and our plan going forward is to have weekly calls and monthly lunch meetings. We will be discussing real-time challenges that he and his team are facing, leveraging skills (new and old) for when that new, post-graduation job comes around, and examining the business community as a whole and looking for areas where professional opportunities may lie. This last one is important because, as students, we often have a general idea of what field of work we would like to go in to once we complete our degrees, but rarely have the option to get an inside look at the “dream job.” We have been smart in making decisions about our educational future. This mentor pairing will help with making a smart decision about the next step- putting all this knowledge in to action. 

    I’m definitely looking forward to making the most out of my time with my mentor and taking another step towards a career in accounting and finance. 

    Alexis Thornton
    MPAC candidate

    Graduation and New Beginnings

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 6/15/2015 11:19:01 AM


    It was a joyous and emotional weekend for many graduate students in the MBA, MPAC, and MSF programs as they transitioned from being students to being alumni.  For most people, it took between 1.5 and 3 years to achieve their graduate business degrees.  Some people will use their degrees to find new career paths, some will advance in their current careers, and others will create new businesses.  Although people may have different roads ahead, the friendships and networks they built in graduate business school will remain forever.  The Albers School is proud to know that this talented group of people will go forth and use their knowledge and skills to help build a more just and humane world.

    Status Update and Leading with EQ

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 5/14/2015 01:47:17 PM

    I’m about 2 quarters away from graduating and it’s seriously crunch time.  Among worrying about homework, projects, and exams, I’m also actively networking and preparing for stepping into a new career.  Spring quarter is always busy because students are frantically finishing up coursework in order to graduate and the school is offering plenty of events such as business ethics week, networking events, and the last executive speaker series of the year.  I was also graciously awarded the Albers Leadership Award for my service as AGSA co-president so thank you to the Albers School for the recognition.

    However, I wanted to talk about a peculiar elective course offered at Albers called Leading with Emotional Intelligence taught by Bill Weis.  This course is widely revered by many students and alumni and it is commonly described as “sitting around and talking about your feelings”.  Why would anyone want to do that and how is that skill relevant to the graduate business student?

    On the recommendation of both of my mentors and several colleagues, I reluctantly took the Leading with EQ course this quarter and finished my retreat 2 weeks ago.  When I came back from the 3 days at the Treacy Levine Center near Mt.Vernon, I felt strangely alone.  As it turned out, I realized that I was actually sad that the retreat had ended and that I genuinely missed the wonderful strangers who spent the weekend with me.  This came as a shock because I never imagined that I would feel this way from a course in business school.

    Simply put, this course was life-changing.  It taught me the power of vulnerability and changed the way I view people.  If every manager had high emotional intelligence, I honestly think business as we know it would be transformed.  But make no mistake, the course description above is spot on.  To be succinct, if you’re someone who has perfect relationships and a perfect life, you probably don’t need this course.  For everyone else, this course should be mandatory not only in business school, but also in life. 

    A warm thank you to facilitators Bill, Leilani, Carly, Hartley, and Glenn; my T-group members Crystal, Narmeen, Caity, and Ray; my coaches Jessica, Riley, Lindsey, Mike, and Livia; and my entire spring 2015 EQ course.  You are all wonderful people.

    Loc Nguyen, 2016 MBA Candidate,  

    AGSA Spring End of Year Social

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 5/13/2015 04:13:45 PM

    It's that time of the year again when many students finish their graduate business school journey and prepare to transition into new or old careers as SU alumni!  For many, it's a time for joy but it's also a time for reflection on the friendships made and the experiences that will never be forgotten. 

    Come celebrate the end of the year with your fellow grad students, faculty, and alumni at The Chieftain Irish Bar & Restaurant on Wednesday, May 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 pm.  Food and drinks will be provided with your student ID!

    AGSA 15 spring social flyer

    Finance Career Insights

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 1/30/2015 02:21:31 PM

    Last week, the Albers Placement Center hosted an industry panel on careers in finance.  Earlier in my MBA program, I skipped these types of events but now that I’m halfway through, I decided to attend one.  The panel consisted of two finance managers from Microsoft and one from Amazon.  Each person gave an overview of their careers in finance and highlighted where they started and how they got to where they are today.  Their experiences shed light on how to break into the finance industry.  Specifically, both managers from Microsoft suggested starting in large, structured companies in order to learn and gain valuable experience before moving to less structured companies such as Microsoft.  Their collective insight and advice was extremely helpful as I prepare for the final stretch of my MBA with a Certificate in Corporate Finance.

    Interestingly, my mentor this year, a senior finance manager from Microsoft, was unexpectedly on the panel.  We originally planned to be in the audience but he was asked to speak because one of the original panelists cancelled at the last minute.  Afterwards, we debriefed and shared our holiday experiences at a bar in Capital Hill.  As always, his insight was invaluable and such an important supplement to the finance theories and models I learn in my finance courses.

    Loc Nguyen, MBA & Certificate in Finance Candidate,  

    AGSA Fall Social

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 11/3/2014 02:50:07 PM

    We had an amazing turnout for our first graduate student event this year and congratulations to the two students who won the gift cards!  Over 70 graduate business students came out to meet and mingle with each other.  Even one of the new MBA cohorts came from Bellevue to participate.  I had a chance to speak with the cohort and they had great things to say about the social nature of the new curriculum and they especially enjoyed their teams course retreat.  As an event planner, it's rewarding to see my fellow grad students participate and embrace the social aspects of graduate business school.  It's a reminder that it's not just what we learn in class that matters.

    14 AGSA Fall Social

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    MBA Second Year

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 10/9/2014 03:27:10 PM

    I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my MBA program! It’s gone by way too quickly. As I begin my second year, I remind myself of the reason why I’m in graduate business school- to change my career and meet new people along the way. To that end, this year I’ll be focusing on everything job related and fortunately, the Albers Placement Center has plenty of great events lined up. Furthermore, my course schedule this quarter has been noticeably more difficult. As expected, these second year courses are more demanding, especially when it comes to group work. For example, my marketing course has a consulting project where we need to assist a local business improve their marketing strategy and then at the end of the quarter, we present our findings to their ownership. It’ll no doubt be time consuming but will also be very rewarding.

    Mentor Fair 2014

    The turnout this year was impressive. There were about 150 mentors available and around 300 students will participate. During the fair, I was able to meet several consultants from different companies around Seattle and learn about their unique descriptions of the industry. My mentor last year was a consultant so it was interesting to compare and contrast them. I’m looking forward to a great experience this year!

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    One Year Over

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 6/20/2014 02:31:01 PM

    The end of spring quarter marks my first year in the MBA program and it has gone by too quickly.  Last night as I was doing my usual orientation presentation for incoming students, I couldn’t help but feel like it was only yesterday that I was sitting where they were, anxious and nervous to go back to school.  Over the 9 months that I’ve been a graduate student at Albers, I’ve learned a tremendous amount, not only in the classroom but also about myself.  Many things come to mind as I reflect on my experiences and I’d like to briefly share some of them.

    MBA 510 – The absolute best part of my MBA experience so far was my time in this class.  I met some of my best friends in Seattle here and I severely miss everyone from my group.  I’ve seen many of them in other classes throughout the year and it always brightens up my day when I see a familiar face in the halls.  I plan my classes with these people and I always know working with them will produce great results.  I’m also very fortunate to be involved with AGSA because planning student events has allowed some of us to stay together.  I can’t say enough great things about this class and I hope to meet many new people in my second year.  Also, those of you in the new MBA program taking MBA 5205 are in for a treat!

    AGSA – We are deeply appreciative of the student and faculty support of our mission and events this year.  We successfully hosted 4 events: a social mixer, a pizza party, a Mariners game, and an end of the year graduation celebration.  Next year will be even more exciting with more community building events that add value to our shared graduate school experience.

    Albers Mentor Program –  My experience was certainly atypical of the program because many of my friends had great experiences with their mentors.  However, I honestly have mixed feelings about my experience because I was only able to meet with my mentor twice this year.  Although both of the meetings were informative and rewarding, due to busy schedules, we were unable to meet as much as we would have liked.  I have high hopes that my experience next year will be more comprehensive.

    Classes – I’ve taken 9 courses so far and I’ve enjoyed most of them, particularly Business Ethics & Social Responsibility with Marc Cohen, Management of People with Colette Hoption, and Managerial Finance with Katya Emm.  These courses were especially memorable because of intensely rewarding discussions, a reflective case presentation, and discovering new interests, respectively.  I also want to say that graduate school is no walk in the park.  There’s a rumor that no one can fail in graduate business school but believe me, maintaining all A’s with 3 courses per quarter is both challenging and satisfying.

    Overall – I’ve sincerely enjoyed my experience at Albers.  Some things I could improve are participating more in class and making a stronger effort to engage people outside of class.  However, I’m positive that next year will be even better and I’m excited to begin year 2.

    Please have a safe and relaxing summer break!

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    AGSA Mariners Game

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 5/14/2014 03:04:15 PM

    Our first AGSA sponsored Mariners game was a huge success!  34 graduate business students and friends came out in the cold to cheer on the M’s against the Royals.  AGSA covered 56% of the ticket cost and we had awesome seats pretty close to the field.  We also met at Pyramid Alehouse before the game to distribute tickets and pregame.  I’ve been in Seattle for 9 months and this was my first Mariners game and it was fun!  Safeco Field was clean, well laid out, and had tons of food and drink options.  Consider me a new fan!

     Mariners Game Night

    Please visit our AGSA webpage at:

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    AGSA Welcome Back Pizza Party

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 4/23/2014 02:48:14 PM

    Thank you everyone who attended our pizza party last week!  We had another huge turnout- over 80 graduate students came to mingle over Pagliacci’s Pizza, beer, and wine.  There is definitely a huge demand for these social events and AGSA is excited to continue to organize them for us graduate students.  Our next event will be a Mariners Game Night on May 9 from 7-10 pm.  If you’re interested, please RSVP by sending me an email at

    Visit our AGSA webpage at:  

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    New Curriculum

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 4/11/2014 03:29:26 PM

    Albers is modifying the MBA curriculum ( check-out comparison sheet). If you are a new student talk to Jeffrey Millard. If you are a current student trying to figure out which way to go this may help.

    Overall there seems to be some major advantages in the new curriculum such as:

    • More Electives: There will be 10 electives. This will give you a chance to focus more on your area of interest as well as to take some that interest you a lot and are not part of your specialization.
    • Lesser Number of credits: Now for an MBA you need 54 credits (much lesser than what I have to doL). Core would be 24 credits.
    • Cohort: The new core (19 of the 54 credits) is designed in such a way that you will be spending more time with your cohort. Instead of taking every other core class with a whole new bunch of people. You will take all core classes with your cohort.
    • Focus on Industry requirement: The new program has two core courses :
    • Professional & Interpersonal Communication
    • Business Career Planning and Development
    • Flexibility: You can go at your own pace.
    • Still starts 4 times per year.
    • You can take 1 or 2 core per term
    • You can choose electives the way you want, you do not have to choose electives as per your cohort.

    Needless to say the old curriculum was also focused on industry requirements but with time “needs” change. Stronger focus on soft skills has made it necessary for a MBA to master this domain as well.

    I wish these changes were introduced a little earlier. Now I am half way through and it would not be an intelligent decision to switch. Here is some information for the students sticking to old curriculum:

    • All the courses starting summer 2014 will have 4 digit code instead of old 3-digit format.
    • If you have already taken 3 or more core courses sticking to the old format could be a better choice. (Remember when in doubt speak to Jeffrey Millard)
    • At this time it would be an intelligent decision to concentrate on core and fundamental courses since all the electives would be offered in the new curriculum as well.
    • By spring 2015 you should be done with your core and fundamental courses.
    • All the core courses may not vanish over-night so if you still need to prioritize and are finding it difficult “speak to Jeffrey Millard”.

    Over all I believe the change is happening for the good. It may cause a slight stress to the current students but we are blessed with a great team of “friends, philosophers and guides” in Albers. They would help us get through and of course Albers and Seattle University as always would make sure our interests are given utmost priority. 

    Here are some useful links with detailed information:

    Professional MBA new curriculum 

    Professional MBA current curriculum

    By: Vaishali Agarwal,

    AGSA 2014 Kick Off Mixer Success

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 3/6/2014 01:34:01 PM

    Thank you everyone who attended and made our 2014 Kick-Off Mixer a huge success!  We had a turnout of over 80 people including current graduate students and faculty and staff.  The purpose of the event was to invigorate the Albers graduate student community through an evening of social mingling over beer, wine, and appetizers.  We certainly achieved our goal and look forward to hosting many more fun and value-oriented events in the future. 

    Albers Graduate Student Association (AGSA) is a student-run organization committed to enriching the education experience of graduate business students in the Albers School of Business.  We plan to achieve this through hosting community building events that also add value to each student’s program.  Graduate business school is about building on your strengths and finding others who can push you to become great.  Most MBAs agree that the most valuable aspect of their graduate business school experience was making connections and forging lifelong friendships.  Thus, AGSA exists for graduate students by graduate students. 

    Please join us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,  

     AGSA 2014 Kickoff Mixer 2

     AGSA 2014 Kickoff Mixer 1

    Thank you, Seahawks

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 2/7/2014 04:34:47 PM

    I realize that I'm new to Seattle, but there's no denying how inspiring the Seahawks story is.  

    So-called experts predicted this team to lose and certainly doubted them from the beginning.  Russell Wilson was a 3rd round pick and they said he was one of the worst picks in the 2012 draft .  He's also the lowest paid and shortest quarterback in the league.  Richard Sherman was a 5th round pick and Malcom Smith, the Super Bowl MVP, was a 7th round pick in 2011.  Coach Pete Carroll was fired from the Jets and the Patriots before he went to coaching college ball at USC.  They said his "rah-rah" coaching style only worked at the collegiate level and would never be successful in the NFL.  He's also the second oldest coach in the league and is now one of only 3 coaches with both a NCAA Championship and a Super Bowl win. 

    "That moment in time to me is just a moment in time… It didn't dampen my spirits. It didn't slow me down. If anything, it just kicked me in the butt in a better way."  -Pete Carroll, after Seattle's first Super Bowl win

    I think Pete's statement sums up a very important and relatable concept- that failure can be a necessary ingredient for success.  These guys practiced and played every day with a chip on their shoulder and it fueled their hunger to show everyone what they're capable of.  

    Seattle is not known for major sports victories.  In fact, we don't even have a NBA team anymore (I won't get into that).  In the entire pacific northwest, only Washington has a NFL team and that creates a wide fan-zone spanning across several states.  United in the blue and green, the 12th man showed up in force at every game and during the Super Bowl, cheered so loud that poor Peyton couldn't communicate with his team on the field.  Sometimes it can be difficult to see how fans can affect the game but it doesn't get much clearer than that.

    This Super Bowl victory is the first in Seahawks franchise history but it transcends the game of football.  This team represents resolve and perseverance in the face of adversity.  In our own lives, how many times have we focused on our weaknesses and doubted ourselves?  The path to being mediocre is trying to fix our weaknesses.  Instead, let's focus on and build up our strengths in order to become great.  You may be thinking that I'm looking too much into this because it's just a game, and you may be right.  But I continue to be astounded by how an entire team of underdogs not only beat, but completely shut down one of the best quarterbacks and offensive teams in the NFL on the largest stage in the world.  

    "Why not us?"  -Russell Wilson's reminder to his team, taught to him by his late father 

    GO HAWKS! 

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,  

    Winter Quarter Fly By

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 1/29/2014 03:11:43 PM

    I'm taking 3 courses this quarter, up from 2 last quarter and it has been noticeably more difficult.  It takes about 2 hours every night to just keep up with course readings and my accounting course requires another 2-3 hours of homework a week.  Add to that 3 different group projects, work, and managing AGSA, and I barely have time for anything else.  We are almost at mid quarter and I feel like time is flying by! 

    However, here are some highlights so far:

    At the Albers Execute Speaker event a few weeks ago, Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, gave an informative presentation about the current state of Boeing, the problems they faced last year, and the challenges that lie ahead.  I was especially impressed with his candor and humble beginnings at Boeing. 

    Albers Graduate Student Association

    We are now fully operational and excited to begin 2014 with a social mixer in February!  AGSA is a student-run organization committed to enriching the educational experience of graduate business students at Seattle University.  AGSA is designed to meet the needs of graduate students through social events and guest speakers.  The goal of AGSA is to foster a strong sense of community among graduate students by encouraging networking between students, faculty, and members of the business community.  Please join us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    End of Fall Quarter

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 12/11/2013 03:35:51 PM

    As the fall quarter comes to an end, so does my first quarter in graduate school.  It's a stressful time full of finals and papers but it's also a time for reflection.  What did my professors want me to take away from their courses? 

    MBA 510 - Leadership Skills & Team Development:  A highly rated course that lived up to its reputation.  Bill Weis effectively taught the importance of listening, support, positivity, teambuilding, and reflection.  The weekend retreat was unforgettable and the people I met were amazing.  An excellent way to start graduate business school.

    MBA 512 - Business Ethics:  Marc Cohen promoted asking questions rather than giving answers.  This was challenging because the natural reaction to a question is an answer, not another question.  Through different frameworks, we were encouraged to think critically about the situations around us and by seeking questions, we can eventually reveal the right answers.

    Business Calculus Online:  I was initially skeptical about taking an online course but Lawrence Morales presented the material practically and effectively.  His video lectures were clear and concise and the ability to pause and resume lecture was conducive for learning.

    Overall, it was a relatively calm quarter filled with readings and papers as opposed to quizzes and exams.  Easily, the best part was meeting thoughtful people and making new friends.

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,  

    Leadership, Teamwork, and Friendship

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 11/18/2013 11:21:54 AM

    A few weeks ago, I went on a 3 day retreat as part of MBA 510, Leadership Skills and Team Development, a course that is required for all new MBA and MPAC students.  The retreat was an outdoor, experiential learning experience that took place on Bastyr University's beautiful campus and surrounding forest. 

    Over those 3 days, I was in constant, close contact with a group of 28 people I had just met a few weeks earlier.  We bonded through team challenges involving everything from hiking to climbing, many of which were physically demanding and mentally draining.

    I learned numerous lessons out there including the importance of positivity, the formation of effective leadership, and the power of need.  Each challenge required the full support and cooperation of every team member in the group and when one person was incongruent, morale sank and success became elusive.  Leadership was demonstrated in various ways, from bold ideas to supportive words but all included listening to one another.  When people were needed, they rose up and tackled the most daunting tasks and achieved something they didn't think they could. 

    It was difficult to come back to the "real world" after this experience.  The level of comradery, positivity, and support was almost unreal.  One of the most difficult things for me was maintaining that momentum and applying it in my own daily life.  It is easy to escape for a few days and act like a different person, but it is much more difficult to permanently become that person afterwards. 

    From the silly games to the heartfelt class discussions to the eye-opening retreat experience, this course exceeded my expectations and I am grateful for meeting so many good, thoughtful, and inspirational people.  Going forward, I am hopeful that we will all become not only more effective leaders but also more conscientious and supportive people.

    To my friends in the Fall 2013 MBA 510 Thursday evening class,

    What an amazing adventure.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you everyone for such an unforgettable journey.  Every one of you has a warm heart and I can confidently say that I learned something from each one of you.  You guys were the best group of people any one could have asked for and I truly hope I see you all again in future courses, parties, and beyond.

    To Bill, Hartley, and Carly, thank you for being such excellent role models and facilitators.  I hope someday I can be as positive and inspirational as you all are.


    Loc Nguyen, MBA candidate,

    Mentor Fair

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 11/5/2013 10:58:07 AM

    So far, I have had several incredible experiences at Albers and the Mentor Fair was another one. It is an evening that brings out the Business Professional in you. There are so many things about the Mentor Fair that makes it a valuable event. How often do you get a chance to meet top professionals from all the industries in your area under one roof? How often can you walk up to an executive and ask questions? How often do you get a chance to learn soft skills by observing top notch professionals? The list is endless.
    It is an evening where you talk to the people from your favorite companies or your favorite job profiles and sip some wine along with tempting appetizers (yes, I am a big foodie). I was nervous. To select just a few out of a list of almost 200 experts is a tedious task. I wanted to talk to everybody. They all have rich experience and a lot of wisdom to share. But that was not possible, so I focused on their work descriptions. Was there something I would like to know about their jobs? Was there job something I would like to do in the future? Even that got me an impossible list of some 20-30 mentors. Ultimately, I had to apply more and more filters to get my final 6 preferred mentors.

    Finally, I got to meet some of the people I had chosen at the Mentor Fair. Their mannerisms taught me a lot. In the end, I was wondering if by just spending an evening with some of these executives could motivate me so much, how having a mentor for a year would make a whole lot of a difference. I have been assigned my mentor along with a fellow mentee. I am looking forward to our first meeting and will keep you all updated about it. I am very excited.


    30 new friends

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 10/11/2013 10:20:40 AM

    Last night was my first meeting of Leadership Skills and Team Development (MBA 510) with Bill Weis and I have to say it was awkward, weird, uncomfortable, challenging, and wonderful.  I can tell that this class will shatter my notions of what a graduate course should be. 

    Let me preface by saying that I spent my undergraduate years in a school where you simply show up, listen and take notes, and then go home with little to no interaction between students.  In Bill's class, by the end of the first hour, I met 30 new people and memorized all of their names.  By the end of the second hour, I learned where they were born and raised, where they went to school, where they work, what they love to eat, what physical activities they prefer, what they do for recreation, what program they're in, and a unique fact about them.  In between that, there was twirling, dangerous games of tag, sqeaky hammers, hula hoops, stop watches, animal noises, and plenty of laughs. 

    Many people have said this will be the most rewarding class in the MBA program so it has a lot of hype to live up to.  Our 3-day class retreat is only 2 weeks away and I look forward to seeing what Bill has in store for us!

    Loc Nguyen,

    San Antonio to Seattle

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 10/1/2013 11:21:18 AM

    A year ago, sitting behind a desk in a mostly empty 15 story building in stodgy  San Antonio, I made the decision that led me to Albers.  I took a hard look at what I had accomplished so far... a paltry Psychology Degree from the local university and an uninspiring 9 to 5 job at a local radio station.  Sure, it paid the bills and I was grateful for the opportunity to learn from one of the founders of Clear Channel Communications, but it was merely sufficient.  I realized that I had become complacent and asked myself, where was my ambition?  Around me were too many young and often single parent families scrambling from paycheck to paycheck and knew I had to escape.  But to do what and where?

    My psych degree just didn't provide enough practical skills that most employers were looking for.  After some research and reading endless articles about the value of a graduate business degree, I decided to go back to school.  The next big question was where.

    Anyone who has done research on b schools knows just how difficult it can be to narrow them down so instead, I decided on a city.  Seattle had always been on my radar because of its liberal views and location in the beautiful Pacific North West but it was just too far away so I set the idea aside.  Now Austin, 90 miles north of San Antonio seemed perfect; most of my friends had already migrated there and McCombs was highly ranked.  As I worked on my McCombs application, the idea of moving to Seattle kept poking at me until I stopped and decided to look up some schools there.  A simple Google search of "business schools in Seattle" quickly found Albers.  As I scrutinized the Seattle University website, I discovered the school mission: "Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world."  I had never seen a school preach social responsibility before and it definitely caught my attention.  I resumed my McCombs application but I couldn't concentrate and decided to look up The University of Texas mission statement to compare and it was something along the lines of: "to achieve excellence in all areas...”  Not nearly as inspiring.  Albers offered a more intimate education experience, far different from my undergraduate experience.  But perhaps the most appealing thing of all, Albers offered the means to better our world through more conscientious business.  After combing through the MBA program curriculum and thoroughly reading the student blogs, I applied and was accepted a month later.

    2 months ago, I made the biggest, scariest and riskiest decision of my life and drove nearly 2,500 miles from San Antonio to Seattle.  My ambition has led me to Albers and I can't tell you how excited and nervous I am to be back in school and to meet new people!

     Loc & ThuAnh Nguyen at Four Corners

    My sister journeyed with me and here we are at Four Corners (AZ, NM, CO, & UT).

    Loc Nguyen,

    Leadership skills and team development (MBA 510)

    Posted by Liz Wick on 9/18/2013 03:23:39 PM

    Summer quarter is definitely a difficult one. Just eight weeks of classes and each class three and a half hours long. But all the hard work is worth it since you get almost a month long break once it is over. I missed my post last month because during the first half I was busy with my finals and during the second half I was recuperating from summer quarter. Good to be back. This post is exclusively dedicated to MBA 510 and Dr. Bill Weis.

    Once you enroll in this course, you start a journey that is a sure shot promise of rich experience. From the very first class you know it is way too different from any of the courses you have taken. It is not a classroom course (I was lucky to take it in summer but I am sure it would be even more interesting in any other quarter as well), it is not a course where you learn certain principals and are tested on them, it is not a course where you are told how ideally you have to be in order to succeed. It is a course in which you discover your own unique strengths. You discover how easy it is to build relationships and how easy it is to nourish them. Here is a glimpse of what you get to do in this course:
    The MBA 510 Experience  

    Dr.Bill Weis is not a teacher or professor, he is somebody you want to be, he is filled with so much positive energy that you start questioning all your negativity. Inspiration is not the right word, he is beyond that, he involves you in every task and just brings about that desired/required change in your attitude. I feel blessed that I had a chance to do this course with him. This is an unconventional course and it may seem fun to just play games all the time. But the depth that’s hidden underneath these activities and the learning is precious.

    I was also lucky in terms of whom I did this course with. I had a great bunch of class-mates (now friends). Different personalities, different people and different cultures. It’s just amazing how you become close to a bunch of strangers in this short duration. You make some of the strongest bonds in this class, people who you would love to see in every course you take in the rest of the program (unfortunately that may not always happen). But once you start taking this course you love to go to Albers since you would have somebody smiling and waving at you from some corner of the campus every day.

    The thing I loved most about this course was that it made me feel like I was part of something, not a stranger standing in the crowd. No matter how different I am or anybody else is, I love to smile back and wave back and that smile comes so naturally ( I am happy to see you my friend or rather I am happy to have you as my new friend). I also loved the retreat and the community service part. It gave me a whole new perspective.

    The most important aspect of the MBA program is networking. MBA 510, along with Dr.Bill Weis, would teach you how it is more about human relationships not just robotic networks. Human interaction is more about that smile that automatically comes on your face when you see the other person, whether they are a client or boss or co-worker. The idea may sound utopian but it is not, once you take this course you will understand what I am talking about.

    Vaishali Agarwal 

    Eastern Washington

    Posted by Kari Lio on 7/12/2013 12:00:42 PM

    I recently visited Eastern Washington. So here is a picture blog of the places that took my breath away.

    Have you ever been mesmerized by enormity of Niagara Falls? Here is an ice age water fall ten times the size of Niagara. The largest water fall that ever existed in the history but has dried now.  “The dry falls” is part of Sun Lakes State Park.

    EW 1

    To add to it were fascinating views along the drive.
    Driving east we went to Steptoe Butte State park. This park had stark, dramatic beauty with the panoramic view of surrounding farmlands, the Blue Mountains, and other neighboring ranges and peaks. From the top of the butte, the eye can see 200 miles, 360 degree.

    EW 2
     Next on our itinerary was Palouse Falls State Park. Palouse Falls is among the most beautiful water falls Washington State has.

    EW 3

    Charming town of Walla Walla was our stop after this. Farmer’s market, BMX track, winery and exquisite restaurants Walla Walla has a lot to offer.

    EW 4 EW 5




    Surrounded by magnificent wheat fields and adding to the sight are giant windmills.

    EW 6 EW 7





    Time flew quickly and now that I think about it I want to spend much more time at each of these places. No camera can do justice to the grandiose of Eastern Washington.

    By Vaishali Agarwal, 

    Mid-terms, Group Projects and the End of the Quarter

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 6/11/2013 02:42:29 PM

    Albers is a very busy place these days. We had a career fair, business ethics week, Morgan Stanley career day, Marcus & Millichap career night, business career in technology seminar, Microsoft MBA recruiting mixer, Tableau student career night and many more. Albers is keeping everybody busy be it day or night (career day/career night). We also had a wine and cheese event for grad students of Seattle U and ice-cream social.

    Amongst all this I was busy with my assignments, group projects and mid-terms. An important lesson I have learned is - if you are a full time student, taking classes in the main campus is a better option. You get to attend more events, though east side has its own advantages such as shorter travel (if you live on east side), classes get over a little early (generally), and it interesting location. But still main campus is main campus.  

    Next couple of weeks are going to be hectic and thrilling. Final presentations, exams and final grades. I had great teams to work with, the outcome is absolutely astonishing. At no point it felt like work, I think that’s most exciting aspect of MBA. Assignments and projects are based on how you apply your knowledge. It’s fun to solve problems. In many of my classes we had great discussions on unique cases, it always gave me a chance to appreciate the different opinions people have.  

    Assignment by assignment, week by week we are almost through our spring quarter. I am really excited and looking forward to summer quarter for 2 reasons. Firstly, I am taking leadership class, so I will be able to go on a weekend trip with my classmates and secondly I am taking my very first elective. It may sound crazy but I am so looking forward to it. This summer Albers is introducing new certificate courses and specialization, one of them is Business Analytics and that is the one for me.  So let’s see where it’ll take me.

    By Vaishali Agarwal,  


    Great Beginning

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 5/1/2013 08:58:48 PM

    This is my first quarter at Albers and I am a full-time student. Originally from India I moved to Seattle almost 2 years back.

    Before joining Albers I was trying to be a professional blogger. It was an interesting adventure. I had huge plans for my “Blogging Career”. But plans do go awry as this one did. That is when I realized my different experiences (4 years in technology companies, 2 years of community service and now almost 2.5 years of blogging) were not enough. I needed to go out of my shell and get a new perspective. Most importantly there were certain market dynamics that were beyond my comprehension. This little journey of thought brought me to Albers.

    I always tell my friends “I do not want to survive, I want to succeed” and that’s why here I am at Albers. I am here to learn and grow. I am here to fill the gaps in my understanding. I am here for a 360 degree experience. I am here to get the maximum mileage from the amalgamation of my experiences and the tools/skills Albers will provide me. 

    At the beginning of my course I was little nervous because I was going back to school after a very long time and I was also not sure if would be able to adjust. My doubt was how I would get along with people from so many culture and background. I remember the night before my first class I could not sleep. I even questioned my decision of doing an MBA, for a person like me, a MBA is an investment. I was asking myself again and again am I making the right decision.

    So did I make the right decision…well…absolutelyJ. Three weeks into it and I am loving it. So far I have met people from various countries (Romania, Philippines, Ukraine, China, Pakistan, US) and from various industries (Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Paccar, Vulcan, Intercall). The diverse culture of Albers provides me tools to broaden my horizons. When you decide to do MBA you decide to make one the most important career move. This is a degree in which experience outside your class is equally important. Every teacher has a unique way of teaching. Every course is a different experience. But every class has an open and interactive environment.

    It is said Well Begin is Half Done. The beginning no doubt has been amazing and I am sure the journey would be equally exciting. Would you like to walk along with me?

    By Vaishali Agarwal,

    Ringing in the New Year

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 1/2/2013 03:59:40 PM

    By Dan Klein


    To our incoming students, welcome to Seattle U! And to the rest, welcome back everyone! Hope you all had a good break and holiday season! 2013 is looking to be a great year, and there are some fun activities coming up. The grad student group, AGSA, is putting on a joint networking event with the University of Washington MBA program later this month (January 25th) – a tribute to the efforts Seattle University is making to expose its students to opportunities off campus. The graduate student council is also planning several activities, such as snowboarding trips and Redhawks basketball games.  You can see a full list on their website: which will be updated soon.Stay tuned and stay active!      

    Dan Klein,

    Career Fair Result

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 11/13/2012 02:53:45 PM

    By Dan Klein

    Last month I mentioned how the Albers Placement Center (career services) organized a career fair, and how beneficial I thought it was and would be.  Well, this week I have been proven right, as I have three interviews scheduled – all with different companies who took my resume at the fair!  With the resume reviews, mock interviews, and career advice, I definitely feel like I have the Placement Center to thank for the good fortune.  And because of all their support, I am confident that I am well prepared for all three.  Now, I’m not sure everyone gets the same kind of response rate that I’ve received, but it’s important to know that it’s possible!  I’m hopeful that at least one of these positions is a good fit, even though they’re a little out of my area of expertise.  Keep your fingers crossed, and hopefully I can report back with great news in a few weeks! 

    - Dan Klein,

    Making Connections

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 10/25/2012 05:21:11 PM

    By Dan Klein

    As I near the end of my MBA program (and also because my bank account has reached an all-time low!), I have started looking again at new career opportunities.  Unfortunately, I am in the difficult position of trying to transition from banking to something else.  But, to what?  Fortunately, as I’ve gotten to know classmates over the last year, I’ve been able to make some great relationships. And they have been tremendously helpful in sharing their experiences, describing their job positions, and offering advice about career opportunities that matched my interests and background. One person I worked in a group with even took my resume to HR at Boeing for a Financial Analyst position. And another classmate, who works at Amazon, submitted a referral for me to HR for an Account Manager position.    

    Meanwhile, the Albers Placement Center, here, has been invaluable in my job search (as well as many other job seekers).  The Career Services department offers advice, resume reviews, and practice interviews.  But they also bring in companies who are looking to hire graduate students, and last Thursday’s career fair was a perfect example of how the Placement Center can connect job seekers and employers.  Based solely on my interactions at the event, I submitted several resumes directly to HR representatives – rather than just sending my resume into the black hole of CV’s and job applications. (I wonder where those go, anyway?). Just two hours at the event proved more useful than two weeks searching for those job opportunities. 

    But the relationships Albers has been able to maintain with Alumni is also commendable. The Career Center is more than happy to make introductions, as well, and sometimes even goes the extra mile by alerting you when they make a connection with someone they think will be helpful in your job search.  In fact, when the counselors at the Career Center found out I was also looking into the consulting field, they automatically CC’d me on an introduction email to several alumni currently working in the industry. 

    I continue to be impressed with Seattle University and their dedication to the success of their students. This is one of the factors I considered when looking into MBA programs, and coming to Seattle U has once again proven to be a great decision! 

    - Dan Klein,


    A sneak peek into the 2012 Albers Study Tour to Asia

    Posted by Kari Lio on 10/17/2012 10:08:57 AM

    Who would pass up the chance to spend two weeks in Hong Kong, or in Vietnam?  What about both in one trip?
    Yeah, neither would I.  So I jumped at the chance to travel there in September with the Albers Study Tour.  It was a great offer, 6 full credits (3 in Management and 3 in Economics) towards my degree requirement and 2 weeks in East and Southeast Asia.  Plus, the time spent studying abroad fulfills the International component of my Master’s of International Business degree.  That’s a whole lot of boxes ticked off for one summer’s worth of work.  Its not often a chance like that comes around.

    So what was it like?  Fun.  Exciting.  Informative.  Enlightening.  The adjectives could continue, but I’ll spare you.  We met several times over the summer, on Saturdays, to do some preparatory work for the classes.  We had a few lectures on the current situation in each of the countries and how it impacts both the economy and the local corporate management culture.  The class was divided into groups for our final projects and we gave our initial project presentations.  After each of the meetings, we had lunch as a group to get to know each other and to get a taste for all of the (wonderful) food we would be having once we were across the Pacific.

    Departure day.  Lots excitement and anticipation.  I was very eager to have what I was sure was going to be such a rewarding and positive new experience.  The only obstacle was a borderline unbearably long trans-Pacific flight.  But no matter, a few in-flight movies later and we walked off the plane into a hot and muggy Hong Kong night.  One frenetic taxi ride through the canyons of skyscrapers, a restful night’s sleep and a quick breakfast later and we were off on our packed itinerary of company visits, business lunches and a bit of sightseeing.
    If Hong Kong was wonderful, Vietnam was amazing.  If the people we met in Hong Kong were warm and eager to share, the people of Vietnam welcomed us with open arms.  The students of Duy Tan University brought us into their daily lives for a few days and shared their school experiences, shared their working lives and even shared meals with us.  I have never felt more welcomed by anyone in my experiences abroad and I love knowing that I would gladly return the favor if they came to Seattle to visit.

    The last part of the trip was spent doing a bit of service with PeaceTrees Vietnam, a Seattle-based NGO that aids central Vietnam in the removal and disposal of unexploded ordinance and mines leftover from the Vietnam War.  PeaceTrees also helps the families and victims of landmine explosions to lead better lives after they’ve been so horribly injured.  We spent time listening to the stories of the victims, learning about PeaceTrees landmine education projects and planting trees to aid in the reforestation efforts.

    Everything about this trip was a win.  The classwork we did here in Seattle before and after the trip was engaging, the time spent abroad was incredible, even the plane rides were ok, I guess.  Was it worth it?  Oh yeah.  Was it what I hoped for?  Yup.  Would I do it again?  Yes, in a heartbeat.  In fact, I’ll probably be signing up for another one as a celebration of my pending graduation.  I wonder where we’ll go?  Antarctica, maybe…

    By Corey Cocker, Albers MIB student


    Feeling fall

    Posted by Kari Lio on 10/3/2012 01:38:10 PM

    Campus is buzzing again! After a mellow summer in which I did two classes in summer quarter and another for intersession, enjoying the extra time I had to prepare for each class and the sunny warm days, fall almost caught me by surprise. Professors and students came back on campus, the lines in the cafes are longer and the calendar is quickly filling up. Now it’s back to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night classes, every one of them with weekly assignments plus a decent amount of challenging readings. Three classes and 20 hours of work a week is definitely enough to keep me busy and borderline stressed.

    Although the days are getting shorter and the rain is around the corner, there are a few small things on campus that actually make this time enjoyable. The incredibly bright orange, red and yellow fall colors start popping up everywhere, perfectly matching the Chihuly glass sculpture in the Pigott building. Hot pumpkin flavored coffee drinks from Starbucks on 12th Avenue bring comfort in the chilly weather. Fall inspired salads and the occasional treat from the Bottom Line café help me get through the evening classes. The 7:15 pm breaks are great for catching up with classmates about their summer adventures and seeing familiar faces in hallways and elsewhere around campus makes me feel part of the greater SU community.
    These are some of the things that make a hectic and busy fall bearable to me. Feel free to share your fall highlights!

    By Kari Lio, MBA Candidate at Albers School of Business and Economics

    Take advantage of the Mentor Program

    Posted by Kari Lio on 9/26/2012 03:28:55 PM

    This Friday the Albers Placement Center’s Mentor Program kicks off with the Mentor Fair, where graduate (and undergraduate) students have the opportunity to meet with over 150 upper level executives from leading companies around Seattle. As I missed the opportunity last year, I am definitely getting involved now, my last year at Albers. I have heard great things about the Mentor program, from students getting valuable help brushing up their resumes to career advice and networking opportunities. One student even landed a job through her mentor. As an international student with a background in the non-profit sector, there is so much I need to learn – both about the business world and American work etiquette. Here are some of the things I hope to get out of the mentor program:

    How do I leverage my network to advance my career? In my first year at Albers I met a number of highly interesting and well-connected people. Some I established contact with through LinkedIn, Facebook, or even the odd informational interview. I am hoping that my constant effort to network and talk to people, sharing my interest and experiences, eventually can lead to an interesting job opportunity. But am I strategic enough? I would really like to hear from an experienced business leader about how they got their jobs, and how they recommend I go about talking to the right people, at the right time in the right way.    

    What is the key to a successful interview process? What are companies looking for? I’ve heard stories of interviews that last for days, with panel after panel of HR representatives, subject matter experts, and managers grilling you to see if you are the right fit for their company. What are they going to ask me? How do I prepare? Looking forward to tips from someone who has experience sitting on the other side of the interview table.

    How did they get to where they are today? I think one of the most valuable take-aways you can get from the mentor program is learning from the mentors’ experiences as managers and leaders. How did they get to where they are today? What inspires them? How do they deal with conflict? What would they do differently knowing what they know today? What are the biggest challenges facing new MBA graduates looking to land their dream jobs? I hope that meeting with a mentor can answer some of these questions, serving as food-for-thought, advice, and guidance.

    I would love to hear from those who have participated in the Mentor program already. What was your experience like? Would you do it again?

    By Kari Lio, MBA Candidate at Albers School of Business and Economics

    Fall is Here!

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 9/20/2012 12:24:35 PM


    While it might still feel like summer outside, pumpkin spice lattes are in at Starbucks and the first week of the fall quarter at Seattle U is officially underway. As a new MPAC grad student, I can already tell this year is going to be a totally different experience than my undergrad years here at SU. Transitioning to only having night classes is going to mean sleeping in, adjusting to doing homework during the day,and I can already forsee myself becoming a regular at Subway and Yoshino’s Teriyaki.

    I graduated with my undergrad accounting degree in June of this year. Being a member of the SU swim team for four years, my undergrad years consisted (for the most part) of studying, swimming and sleeping. After graduation in June, I interned at public accounting firm Ernst & Young in the audit practice. Ernst & Young was an amazing experience and while I am excited to have another year of college, I am anxious to start studying and sitting for the CPA exam in January and I am also looking forward to entering the public accounting world upon graduation.

    Since I am a newbie grad student, I am open to any suggestions anyone might have to conquering the night school schedule, the best ideas for home packed dinners that I can eat in class, and learning how to ease myself into drinking coffee!

    By:  Alexis Morehouse /

    Welcome Back!

    Posted by Daniel Klein on 9/19/2012 04:47:38 PM

    Grades & Justice

    Posted by Daniel Klein on 8/22/2012 09:13:50 AM

    By  Daniel Klein

    Who really cares about grades in Grad School, anyway?  I mean, isn’t the whole purpose of going back to school is simply to understand how to apply these concepts in the real world?  At least that’s what I thought until I got my first bad grade!  What gives?  I read (and really enjoyed) the case studies for the class, was well-prepared every week, and studied enough to feel confident going in to the mid-term.  But the test was hard.  Really hard.  There were terms I didn’t recognize and applications of concepts that were a little tricky.  The result:  a “C”.  Actually, more like a C -, but who’s counting?  I was stunned.  And frustrated.  During the break after the test, many of us in the class huddled around to go over the questions and to see if everyone else had a hard time, as well.  Turns out I wasn’t the only one who struggled, and I decided it would be worth it to e-mail the professor and share with her our concerns; especially since the mid-term counted for 25% of our grade.  The following week, our professor made a good case that the material was nothing new, and that she had even given us a heads up on the test format.  We were disappointed, but understood.  Three weeks later, we had another mid-term.  To our surprise, she had added five extra credit questions that would give us an opportunity to recover some points from the first test.  Not surprisingly, the results were much better.  Still, it looked like there was little chance that I would get an “A” in the class.  Again I was frustrated, but so be it.  But on the final, she added another section for extra credit.  Awesome!!!  When it came time to check my grades for the quarter, I figured I would get a “B” or “B+” at best.  To my shock, I had scored an “A-“!  I wasn’t just happy, though - I was more impressed with how our professor had given us the chance to earn a grade worthy of our efforts.  This is the type of university we have at Seattle U.  When I shared my story with another student, he mentioned that the same thing happened to him in another class.  The entire experience, here, is intended to help us grow as leaders and individuals.  And, there is credence to the idea that grades should only be secondary to the real-world knowledge we gain.  In reality, though, most of us are here because we are motivated and passionate about everything we do.  And just as in other aspects of our lives, mediocre is not acceptable.  Our professors and instructors seem to understand that, and in the true spirit of Seattle U’s Jesuit tradition and its commitment to its mission statement, justice was served.


    Posted by Daniel Klein on 7/26/2012 11:47:33 AM

    By Daniel Klein

    One of the most popular electives in the MBA program is Negotiation Skills, MGMT 588.  It sounds like a conference on manipulation, right?  In actuality, whether it is at the office, at home, or out in the world, we are constantly negotiating in our daily lives. 

    Every week we have a new practice negotiation, from selling our Kayak business to selling pharmaceuticals in South America, to being an agent for Omarosa (yes, from the Apprentice).  All have been practical and fun ways to learn how to be better listeners, how to uncover the real motivations behind each other’s’ feelings and actions, and how to determine optimal or win-win situations.  And, although it’s fun to win more arguments at home ;), ultimately, this course is helping us learn how to manage the situations around us.  In fact, I’ve already had practice when helping my girlfriend buy her new car last week!  With graduation coming soon and the prospects of a new job on the horizon, I’m eager to see if I can use these skills once it comes time to negotiating a salary!!

    For more information about this class and a list of other popular electives, just visit:



    Posted by Daniel Klein on 7/9/2012 01:00:01 PM

    By:  Daniel Klein /

    I continue to be impressed with the opportunities Seattle U. provides with regards to networking and social events outside of class.  A few weeks ago, one of our student associations, AGSA, sponsored an “Albers Night at Safeco” by providing free Mariners tickets and a happy hour at FX McRory’s.  FX McRory’s has helped host this event for years because their GM is also a Seattle U. alum!  I was a little hesitant to go, as I didn’t recognize many people on the guest list.  But the event was a blast, as it was a great chance to meet casually not only with students, but with faculty and alumni, who joined the group as well.  The Mariners may not have won that night, but it didn’t seem to matter.  The fact that we were able to experience a group outing was the fun part, and seeing those same people on campus the following week just helps make the graduate program that much more rewarding.  Looking forward to the next event!  To learn more about the graduate student clubs and to get a feel for the added benefits of being a graduate student at Seattle U., visit

     Albers Night at Safeco

    MBA 571 - Adventure Based Leadership

    Posted by Daniel Klein on 6/18/2012 10:27:54 AM

    By Daniel Klein

    I just got back from a weekend of rock climbing and conflict training with a group of Seattle U. students.  While this might sound like an interesting activity in general, it turns out this is actually a class offered through the MBA program!  According to the course syllabus:  “The Adventure-Based Leadership class offers an opportunity to shift beyond the workplace and academic spheres into a learning laboratory setting. This learning opportunity does not take place in isolation, but is supported by strong background training in leadership skills (goal setting, team building, effective communication, risk taking, problem solving, and trust building), as well as an appropriate grounding in the outdoor environment that serves as the course “classroom.” Participants will be asked to experiment with and practice various roles necessary to an effective, high performing team.” 

    I am very thankful for this class and all that it has offered.  It has provided an opportunity to learn more about my own management style, to learn how to work better with others, and to learn communication strategies that are already helping with my current conflicts.  Thank you, Bill, for teaching this class, and Kudos to Seattle U. for making it an available part of the curriculum. 

     Climbing 1  climbing 2


    Posted by Daniel Klein on 5/23/2012 08:59:40 AM



    It is my 2nd quarter, here at Albers, and I am adjusting quite well.  It had been 12 years since I had last set foot on campus, and I was starting to freak out!  Will I know what classes to take?  Will I meet people I can learn from?  Will my class workload be reasonable?  Is this really worthwhile?!!  Well, I am happy to say that I can honestly reply “yes” to all of those.  First, your advisors make themselves easily available to you to answer any questions, recommend classes, and help you plan a course for your life at Seattle U.  Secondly, the people you will meet in classes are from all walks of life, with backgrounds in many different fields and who work for many different companies.  Classes are designed to be interactive, which gives you an opportunity to truly learn from other students.  Everyone seems to be living their own “case study” (a term you will become very familiar with!), and is encouraged to share their story with the rest of the class.  Thirdly, although I can only speak to the 6 courses I’ve taken so far, my professors have been very sensitive to the fact that most people are working professionals.  They understand that we are juggling other responsibilities to our families and to our work, and try hard to be realistic about their expectations.  But rather than see coursework as a nuisance, I have found that I look forward to the readings and the projects.  Now that I have that work experience, I am able to apply everything I learn to the real world.  Finally, yes, this is definitely worthwhile and a great experience!

    By: Daniel Klein


    Posted by Farani Aryono on 5/7/2012 02:42:24 PM


    I chose Seattle U. for several reasons.  The first is that I wanted to start school right away, rather than having to wait until the beginning of a school year.  This was a very unique feature that truly separates Seattle U. from other schools.  I also wanted the flexibility to choose which classes I take.  If some topic or course strikes my interest, I can simply sign up for it without disrupting my progress to my degree.  After taking 1 leadership class, I was hooked.  I was ecstatic to see that there are several other classes in the leadership and management field, and plotted a strategy for taking as many of them as I could.  It turns out that there is even a specialization in this field, which I am excited to put on my resume.  And finally, after visiting classes and talking to students, I learned that one of the best features of Seattle U. is that the faculty are easily accessible.  And after 2 quarters, here, I can happily say that whether it be professors, advisors, alumni relations, or the career center, everyone is here to help.  Kudos to Seattle U. for their dedication and commitment to providing students with the resources they need to succeed, and even excel.  I’m excited to return to the workforce and demonstrate all of the lessons I’ve learned to be a stronger leader, student, and person.      

    By Daniel Klein.



    Leading with Emotional Intelligence

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 2/27/2012 03:52:28 PM

    Last Saturday, I had my last session of MGMT 575 - Leading with Emotional Intelligence class. I have to say the class is a lot different from other classes I've taken in Albers. The class focuses on four attributes of EQ (see below) and how you can enhance each of the four attributes. We started with classroom experiences for about  3 weeks followed by a 3 day retreat near Wallace Falls in Gold Bar, WA, and then final class session a week after the retreat. I enjoyed this class and would recommend it to who are interested to take it. The class is offered every winter and summer, and you also have option to take it with your friends, spouse, guests, and also open for Alumni (Italian Dolomites). For more information, please click here


    Your ability to accurately perceive your emotions and stay aware of them as they happen. This includes being aware of how you tend to respond to specific situations and people.


    Your ability to use the awareness of your emotions to positively direct your behavior - managing your emotional reactions to all situations and people.


    Your ability to accurately read the emotions of others and understand what is really going on -understanding what others are thinking and feeling, and being able to effectively see and navigate organizational culture.


    Your ability to use the awareness of your emotions and the emotions of others to successfully manage interactions and relationships.

    Written by Farani Aryono,


    Winter Quarter Executive Speaker Series

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 1/26/2012 02:58:14 PM

    Winter quarter is on its third week and yesterday I attended the first session of Albers Executive Speaker Series. The featured speaker was John Stanton, Chairman of Clearwater and Trilogy International Partners. He discussed “Navigating Unintended Consequences” and his experience in the wireless industry.

    Stanton is also founder and former CEO of Western Wireless Corporation and former chairman and CEO of Voice Stream Wireless. It was a great session and I hope you were able to hear him speak yesterday. If you were unable to join us, I hope you can make it to the next session. The next featured speakers would be David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World on Tuesday Feb 28th and Jim Sinegal, Former CEO of Costco Wholesale on Thursday March 1st. For more information about the Albers Executive Speaker Series, click here.

    Upcoming Events in November

    Posted by Liz Wick on 11/1/2011 03:07:35 PM



    Fall quarter is probably the busiest quarter of the year and we have several events coming up in this and next week hosted by AGSA, GSC, Albers Placement Center and Albers Business School. All are open for students and free. You're also welcome to invite your friends in some of these events. Hope to see you there!

    Advisory Board Chat  

    When: Wednesday, November 2nd (5:00 PM - 5:45 PM)  

    Where: Pigott 416

    What:    An informal 30-40 minutes chat with the Dean’s Advisory Board, top business people from a variety of organizations around Pudget Sound. It’s a unique chance for students to meet today’s top decision makers and for them to share their knowledge directly with next generation of leaders. Hosted by AGSA (Albers Graduate Student Association).

    Who:     Bob Johnson, Sr. VP. Family Wealth Management of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He will give a brief presentation on “Building Relationships with Your Clients and Yourself”


    Grads @ The Garage 

    When: Wednesday, November 2nd (8:30 PM - 11:00 PM)  

    Where: The Garage, 1130 Broadway, Seattle WA

    What:    All SU graduate and professional students as well as their friends and family

    Who:     An opportunity for graduate and professional students to mingle, play pool, enjoy appetizers and beverages. Free appetizers and pool will be provided. Please bring ID for beverages and entrance. Hosted by Seattle U Graduate Student Council (GSC). For more info contact

    LinkedIn Webinar 

    When:  Thursday, November 3rd (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)  

    Where: Online. You can attend from your home or office

    What:    Web seminar on the importance of LinkedIn in today’s marketplace. RSVP REQUIRED  here . Topics will include: Why should you be on LinkedIn, how to use LinkedIn to foster and build business relationships, quick tips to enhance your profile, tools and tips to build a strong network, simple strategies that will maximize your efforts on LinkedIn, general LinkedIn etiquette.  Hosted by Albers Placement Center.

    Who:     Presented by Paula Fitzgerald Boos. Paula has 20 years of experience and expertise as recruiter and life coach. She has actively used LinkedIn for over 5 years to build, maintain, and manage relationships.


    Albers Executive Speaker Series 

    When:  Thursday, November 3rd (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)  

    Where: Pigott Auditorium

    Who:     Tod Nielsen, Co-president, Applications Platform, VMware will talk on “Career Lessons from the Software Industry"

    What:    Executives from around the Puget Sound region are invited to speak on a topic of their choice (first 30 minutes) and then respond to questions from a selected panel and the audience (second 30 minutes). The Albers Executive Speaker Series is free and open to the public.


    Personal Branding Workshop 

    What’s your brand and why does it matter? 

    When:  Tuesday, November 8th (4:30 PM - 6:00 PM)  

    Where: Pigott 103

    Who:     Rod Brooks, VP and CMO of PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company

    What:    Workshop hosted by Albers Placement Center.  Topic of discussion will be the importance of Personal Brand, personal Brand Defined and Brand Framework, why your “Why” matters, 5 Top Social Media Tools, how to Act on Building Your Brand


    Written by Farani Aryono,


    A Call for Cross-Collaboration

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 9/8/2011 05:29:35 PM

    Sometimes, I get questions from potential/incoming students on leadership opportunities or collaboration with other departments in Seattle U. In Albers, we have AGSA (Albers Graduate Student Association) where students can network and socialize with fellow business students and faculty members. Outside Albers, Seattle U has GSC (Graduate Student Council). A friend and former Vice Chair of GSC, Sarah D. Fischer, wrote this piece below early this year which I think has a really great message. Supporting student organizations across campus including AGSA, GSC encourages graduate students to do cross collaboration with students within and outside their own departments. You can read more about GSC here. 

    A Call for Cross-Collaboration 

    Contrary to popular thought, the best part about Grads @ The Garage was neither the Mac & Jacks nor the free appetizers (although both were fab) in January. The Echo Room was filled with a mixture of students and the best part, in my humble opinion, was guessing what groups of people were from what school. In reflecting about this social event, I realized that something is missing from our graduate studies at SU.  

    This placing game was wildly entertaining and served as a great icebreaker when mingling around. Funnily enough, I had the pleasure of meeting some students who were playing the very same game. We joined our forces and debated over what we saw. While more of our guesses were wrong than right, it was a fun way to laugh about all of our programs’ stereotypes, take a sociological look at how people interact, and bond over how much we really were more the same rather than different. While comparing notes about our respective studies, I also got a glimpse of my fellow peers before seeing them in the ‘real world,’ where I believe our paths will likely cross more frequently than not. I was humbled in learning about other’s experiences in their externships, internships, specializations, and seeing the all-around zeal people had for their chosen path of study.  

    And this is where my experience in the Echo Room hinted at something I believe should be a part of our graduate studies at SU, which is missing—cross-collaboration between disciplines. So many of society’s ills could be aided through cross-collaboration rather than competition between these various industries we are striving to be an integral part of.  

    I was encouraged and challenged—if we could get together and learn so much from each other within a few hours in a mere social setting, what could we do if we had the challenge to collaborate across disciplines, using the ‘real world’ as our play pen? One needs to not look further than the Seattle University Youth Initiative ( for a way to make this kind of learning to become reality. Moreover, it would be a win-win for the community and our educational endeavors.  

    While we need to be the very best at our specialty we have chosen, why not also be the very best at contributing to society by embracing the countless opportunities cross-collaboration between disciplines holds for us, right here, right now?? 

    Sarah D. Fischer, Master’s in Business Administration Candidate, December 2011 


    Written by Farani Aryono,  


    Facebook and Seattle U

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 9/1/2011 04:03:36 PM

    I have two things I want to mention in this entry and I’m equally excited about both of them!

    The first news I want to share is that we now have a Facebook Page for Albers Graduate Programs !

     Facebook badge  

    Albers has an existing Facebook page before which caters to both undergraduate and graduate students, but the Graduate Programs feel it’s necessary to launch one specifically for our graduate programs (all four of them: MBA, MPAC, MSF, and MIB) so we created the page and will post updates on events such as speaker series, mentor fair, information sessions, pictures and many more! Like us now so you can stay in touch and get updates of what’s happening in Albers School of Business Graduate Programs!

    The second news I have is for those who are unfamiliar with 12th Ave and/or like to explore new places.  

    Our main campus is located in 12th ave neighborhood where there are lots of local businesses around the area. Laura Hauck, one of our Graduate Program Coordinators, sent me a website with an interactive map where it lists down different shops based on the categories. I find this website interesting and the map to be useful if I want to walk around before going to class or happen to be in the area. Check out the 12th Avenue website here.

    That’s all I have for this week – have a great long weekend everyone!

    Written by Farani Aryono, 


    Some Good Advice

    Posted by Peter Graziani on 8/25/2011 04:57:08 PM


    Some Good Advice 

    Recently, the subject of making the best of the SU MBA program has come up.  Having completed two years in the MBA program (I have one more to go), I have some ideas of how to maximize your time at SU, but I decided to solicit additional thoughts from some of my classmates that recently graduated to help with this blog.  

    I asked a few recent alumni a simple question; as you reflect on graduation, is there anything that you may suggest for in-coming students?  The results covered many topics, but the idea was the same….take advantage of the opportunities available to students! 

    It is easy to get so caught up in classes and work, that you can forget some of the other opportunities at SU.  For example, one person said that she wished she would have participated in the Graduate Leadership Formation Certificate program.     Another said the he would have liked to participate in the Mentorship Program from the very start of his graduate career.  Yet another said that he wished that he took the Business Plan Competition more seriously.  All of these are great suggestions to consider at the beginning of your program, but it’s NEVER too late to get involved. 

    Personally, I do suggest that you investigate all of the opportunities available to students.  Here is a small list of some of the activities: 

    Also, you will want to seriously consider a specialization early in your career.  This doesn’t have to happen before you start, but you will want to think about it early.  For some people, this is an easy choice, but, for me, it was difficult.  SU has some very good specializations so you should look into them all.  They include accounting, business valuation, entrepreneurship, leadership formation, and sustainability.  See for more information. 


    Is that enough info yet?  If not, here is a web site where MBA alums give free advice to students just starting their MBAs.  This site is not SU specific, but is meant for all MBA students. 

     I hope this helps!  As always, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 

    PJ Graziani
    Albers Graduate Ambassador 


    Written by PJ Graziani 


    Connecting with Friends of Albers in Alumni Happy Hour

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 8/4/2011 12:32:16 PM


    Yesterday I went to Albers Alumni Happy Hour at Palomino in downtown Seattle. I am usually not a big fan of career fairs or formal networking events, but the happy hour was much different than most networking events I've been to in the past.  

    The happy hour was organized by Albers Alumni and open for alumni, students and friends of Albers. The atmosphere was more casual and the setting was smaller - we could order some appetizers and drinks, sit/stand and move around while chatting with others. I talked to several alumni and asked about what they do and how their graduate degrees helped them in their careers. The alumni were friendly, engaging and I enjoyed my conversations with them. The happy hour was scheduled for 2 hours and there were about 30 people in Palomino bar area when I left around 5.30pm. 

    After the happy hour, I walked out with PJ and Eleina (both are Albers students) and PJ brought up several good points during our chat: 

    - Always bring your business cards to give/exchange with people you talking to. If you don’t have one, go to Albers Placement Center  and ask them to help you order some. The cards can have Seattle U logo in them and the printing fee is reasonably priced for what you get. 

    - When you go to networking events, focus on the present (your conversation and who you talk to). Do not worry too much about the ‘end product’. If you think too much if the person works in an industry you're interested in or if he/she could give you a job referral, you might come off as uninterested or inattentive.   

    I believe going to networking events like this is a good way to stay connected, practice your networking/people skill, and get to know more people from both same and different industries from yours. If you missed the happy hour yesterday, we’ll have another one next week – Cross School Event with UW Foster Business School students at the Garage lounge.  

    Please read about it on PJ’s blog entry below and I hope to see you there! 

    Written by Farani Aryono,  


    Summer Networking Events at Albers

    Posted by Peter Graziani on 7/28/2011 02:01:42 PM


     Summer Networking Events at Albers 


    This summer there will be two networking events with students, alumni and friends of the Albers School of Business and Economics.  These events should present a great opportunity to meet and mingle with business students both from Albers and the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. 


    Albers Alumni Happy hour 

    The first event is on Aug. 3 at 4:30pm at Palomino’s in downtown Seattle.  Alumni, students and friends of Albers will be at a happy hour to meet and greet each other.  I went to one of these events about a year ago, and was very impressed with the turnout and the people that I met.  Remember, this networking event isn’t for MBA’s only, but for all students and alumni associated with Albers.  Bring business cards and an appetite for good conversation.


    Event details 

    Date: Wed. Aug. 3, 2011
    Time: 4:30p to 6:30p
    Place:  Palomino’s
                 1420 Fifth Ave.
                 Seattle, WA 98101


    Cross-School Event 

    The Albers Graduate Student Association (AGSA) was contacted by a fellow evening MBA student at the University of Washington.  She was interested in organizing a networking event for all MBA students in Seattle, and wanted to get SU involved.  AGSA felt this would be a unique opportunity for students from other programs to come together and share what we’ve learned.  We hope to make this an ongoing relationship.  Some ideas for the fall have been for a joint tailgate at a UW game, and events before (or after) the annual SU/UW basketball game.  For now we have a social event planned for mid Aug. where we will be able to meet with some drinks and light appetizers.  Come and bring ideas for future events!  No need to RSVP, just show up.


    Event Details    

    Date: Thurs. Aug. 11, 2011
    Time: 7p to ? (it will still be going on after finals end at 9p though)
    Place: Star Lounge at the Garage
               1130 Broadway
               Seattle, WA  98122


    See you there!!


    PJ Graziani

    Graduate Student Ambassador


    MBA 510 Leadership Skills and Team Development

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 7/7/2011 04:24:01 PM

     MBA 510WSP 11 

    How can you sum up your  MBA 510 experience in less than a minute? 

    I took MBA 510 class in Spring and picked up my final paper & journal from the front desk last week. While flipping through the paper, I was surprised by the surging memories and emotions I had on the class. Although it has been more than a month since our last class meeting, I still think about the class and my classmates from time to time. 

    I’m sure everybody has different experiences in their 510. For me, I remember three things from the class. First, the people involved: Bill Weiss (Bill is one of the Professors teaching MBA 510 at Seattle U every quarter), Teams & Leaders staffs Kevin and Jen, then each of my caring classmates whom without them my class wouldn’t be the same. Second, the things I shared with them: the jokes, drinks, laughs, good times in happy hour/deep lounging, the connections with different people in the class, and many encouraging/touching moments we had in the retreat. Finally, I remember about the team work which transformed 28 strangers into team members helping each other to achieve mutual goals. These goals can be getting everybody over a 13ft wall with nobody getting injured, climbing a giant ladder 50ft above the ground, or simply completing paint job for a non-profit organization. 

    After completing the retreat and service project in this class, I was reminded that everybody has different strengths/weaknesses. My definition of a leader changed a lot in a way that now I believe a person can be a leader by being in the front leading others, on the side completing tasks, or in the back supporting others. I also learn to be an emphatic listener, appreciate my team members, focus on the strengths I bring to the table and give positive affirmations whenever somebody does a great job. In my opinion, MBA 510 is all about the people, experience, team work, and different kinds of leaders. Lastly, it’s up to you as a participant to decide what you want to get from this class. I strongly believe that the more time and energy you put in, the more you will get from this class. 

    People say pictures speak a thousand words, so here are the pictures from my MBA 510 Spring Wednesday class. Enjoy! 

    What is MBA 510? MBA 510 is a class that focuses on leadership and team development. All students are required to take the class in their first/second quarter. If you are a new student, I recommend strongly taking this class on your first quarter as one will make many friends and learn a lot about his/her own strengths and abilities in this class. It is also one of the best classes you can ever take in Seattle University!  

    Written by Farani Aryono, 


    MGMT 575 Leading with Emotional Intelligence

    Posted by Peter Graziani on 7/5/2011 05:08:57 PM


    I just completed MGMT 575, Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ).  This class is unique to Seattle University, and often attracts UW students or graduates students from other schools at SU.  EQ teaches students to use self awareness as a basis for self management and social awareness to reach the ultimate goal of relationship management.  This is accomplished by placing students in situations where they must evaluate their ‘here and now’ feelings and utilize intense empathic listening skills.  Many of the exercises for EQ are extremely powerful, emotional, exhausting, yet very rewarding.  I made strong connections with my coaching triad, and my 6-person training group as well as the remainder of the class.  EQ is the one of the classes in the SU MBA program that creates strong, intense bonds within the students.  MBA 510 is the other.     


    One of the more powerful exercises for me was the reading of our autobiographies during the first day of the 3 day retreat at Snoqualmie Pass.  We read our 4-page autobiographies to our t-group members.  I was more moved by the stories of the others in my group, and how emotional they were while reading about the events and people that had an impact on their lives.  All of us showed vulnerability and trust while we read our life stories and that created a strong bond between us. 


    The main feature of the class is the t-group exercises.  I was placed in a circle with 5 other classmates to discuss our feelings and wants with each other.  The facilitators prevented the conversation from leaving the ‘here and now’.  That means that all of the feelings must be current and the conversation must be internal to the group and not include anything outside of the circle.  I realize this is very difficult to understand from a short blog entry, but take it from me; this exercise was difficult, but powerful.  It made me stop to think about my true feelings and how I react to the feelings and thoughts of those who I interact with. 


    We had the opportunity to practice coaching with our coaching triad.  We were instructed to listen to a life or career oriented problem that a member of our triad is currently involved in.  We practiced intense listening skills and how to ask questions that dug deeper into the issue and how the person truly felt.  I learned that a coach needs to refrain from providing suggestions too early in the investigation process.  A good coach keeps asking questions that allow the client to come close to the solution on their own. 


    EQ is one of the most rewarding and challenging classes that I have taken so far at SU.  I highly recommend it to anyone considering a leadership or people management role.  We are lucky at SU to have the opportunity to take a class such as this one so consider taking advantage of it!                


    Greetings from Your New Student Ambassador

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 6/27/2011 11:27:06 AM

    When informed that I’d be one of the Graduate Student Ambassadors for 2011-2012, I was very excited (and to be honest – nervous too, although just a little bit). It is exciting because this position gives me an opportunity to share and express my views/experiences, which hopefully will be helpful for current/new/prospective students in Albers Business School. 

    In the beginning of 2011, I started taking classes at Seattle U. At first, I wasn't sure if getting into a business school and obtaining MBA were the right decisions for me. However, after spending two quarters being a part of the community, I'm very glad I chose the right school. I knew I chose the right school for me because I gained more knowledge in different business areas (accounting and finance for example), improved my people skill, and most importantly, I enjoyed the time I spent with classmates & faculties both inside and outside the class room. I honestly could not imagine myself studying anywhere else and still receiving the same rewarding experience that I've had so far. 

    Seattle U and Albers have so many things to offer to their students, such as strategic location, flexible schedule, attentive faculty members, classmates with diverse backgrounds, and other valuable attributes. Although, I have yet to experience most if not all of the opportunities offered, I look forward to 2011-2012 academic year and to share my experiences here in the blog. I also strongly encourage everyone (current/new/prospective students) to learn about the graduate resources/opportunities that Albers have here 

    Since I am not taking any classes this summer, I will have more time to enjoy the two months of sun that Seattle will have; I will still be on campus several days a week and if you happen to see me in Albers or somewhere else, please say Hi! 

    Finally, I wish everyone a great summer and stay tuned for more updates from PJ and I. 

    Written by Farani Aryono. 

    Summer Session Courses

    Posted by Peter Graziani on 6/8/2011 02:12:28 PM


    As summer approaches I again am hearing mixed feelings about taking summer session classes.  Some of my classmates want to enjoy the weather, while others see it a way to get through classes quickly.  I see both sides of the argument, and believe that each person has to make their own decisions on the subject. 


    This is my second summer as a grad student, and I will be studying throughout the summer for the second time.  Last summer, I took an 8 week course, and then participated on a study tour that met through the intersession (early Aug. through mid Sept.), but I knew classmates that took three courses during the 8 week session.  In my experience, summer classes are not easier or more informal that fall, winter, or spring quarter classes so expect to do the same amount of work during the summer as you would during the other seasons.  The only difference is that the class is only 8 weeks (including finals week) as opposed to 10.  This means that each class meeting is longer as well.  Summer classes start at 5:30pm and go to 9pm.  There is also the option of taking classes that meet for only 4 weeks, or you can take intersession (Aug. 15-Sept. 13) classes; these normally meet twice a week from 5:30pm to 9pm.

    One thing to consider is that some classes are only offered in the summer, or there will be other occasions where a professor only teaches in the summer.  I am taking a class that fits into the former category, Extraordinary Leaders.  I have a classmate that theorizes that it is best to take classes that involve plenty of reading so that he could go outside and read, that way he can enjoy the weather and get school work done simultaneously. 


    So if you are trying to decide whether to plan for summer session course consider all of the options and the opportunity costs with taking classes, but do not consider these classes to be easier.  Regardless of the decision, there is one thing we all must do….have a great summer!! 



    Take-aways from an experience of a lifetime

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 5/31/2011 05:49:53 PM

    I must say that this has been, by far, the most challenging, enriching, and rewarding experience of my life. I came to Seattle exactly one year and two months ago with an undergraduate degree in Business, four years of professional experience and a luggage full of expectations, questions, and dreams. I knew from the start that it would not be an easy endeavor, but nothing ever prepared me for the life-changing experience that was ahead of me.


    Weather was at first the biggest challenge. Coming from a tropical weather city, with no seasons, where the sun shines everyday throughout the entire year, the Emerald city was a bit of a change. As I started my immersion in the program, a lot of things started changing. Not only was I learning a lot about business practices and theories, but I was increasingly learning about myself, about how to become a better leader, discovering my strengths, and leveraging them to improve my performance in every area of my life.


    One of the major things that I have appreciated from my experience at Seattle University is my ability to get in touch with many diverse cultures while being a student. Not only was I able to take course-work related to it, and learn about how culture has an impact on business worldwide, but I was also able to have a first-hand experience with those cultures. My classes were full with people from all over the world, who brought in their own life experiences, and coming from different cultures, made the classes even more enriching and exciting. I also had the chance to learn a lot more about American culture, which for some reason I had thought I knew before, but was very mistaken. Most importantly, as a result of my experience here, I learned that the best way to leverage cultural differences is to acknowledge, understand, and learn from them.


    I learned that the best managers are those who can identify the strengths in their own people, help them acknowledge them, and then leverage those in order to improve performance. I was very impressed with the kindness and openness of people in this area, and I enjoyed many cups of coffee with interesting individuals on and near campus.


    The most important take-away from my experience at Seattle University, and I believe that for it I can thank the element of Jesuit tradition in my graduate education, is my acknowledgment of the need to have a very positive impact in my community as I continue to achieve both my professional and personal goals along the way. Changing the world might be an unrealistic goal for one individual, but significantly contributing to this change is not. This, above all, has been the greatest lesson I have learned, one that supersedes and guides my new path as an international business manager.




    Albers Award Ceremony last Friday May 13th

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 5/16/2011 04:58:52 PM


    I had the chance to ask one of the award recipients after Friday’s ceremony, how does it feel? “It is both refreshing and motivating”. She went on to explain that having the people around you acknowledge the value of all your effort and hard work is very rewarding. At the same time it boosts your energy to keep going and continue pushing the limits and exceeding expectations.


    This is one of the reasons that each year, Dean Joe Phillips along with members of the Faculty and staff teams at Albers get together to celebrate Albers students who have managed to stand out from the crowd and make a difference in their particular programs, activities, and groups.


    The event also had the presence of Father Steve, University President, who warmly congratulated each and every one of the awardees, taking a picture with each one of them. After the ceremony, the Dean hosted a brief reception at the Pigott Atrium to further salute the awardees and their families.


    With the motivation to reach out to the Albers community, and have a new form of communication, Dean Phillips has started his own blog. Click here to read it!

    Written by Natalia Varela Donado. 


    Albers’ Executive Speaker Series

    Posted by Farani Aryono on 4/28/2011 05:16:43 PM

    “The most important thing I can do as President and CEO of Puget Sound Energy is lead by example”. Kim Harris at Albers’ Executive Speaker Series   


    It was an interesting afternoon last Wednesday here at Albers. Kim Harris, President and CEO of Puget Sound Energy, PSE, was the guest speaker at the School’s increasingly popular Executive Speaker Series.


    Harris comes across as an inspiring leader, an assertive businesswoman, and a remarkable strategist.

    She told the audience about Puget Sound Energy and its priorities not just as a utility company, but as an organization that thrives to bring energy to our homes and companies. Furthermore, she explained how creativity and sustainability are not only prior standards at PSE, but they are an imperative in today’s environmental awareness agenda. Washington State, as the Chief executive put it, is not just a “green” State. It is one committed to the preservation and optimization of the use of natural resources.


    When asked by a member of the audience about the challenges she faced as woman in such a predominantly male industry, she wisely pointed to the fact that anything and everything is possible and achievable when you are truly passionate about it. This, along with an outstanding career in business, has led her path to the leading position of Puget Sound Energy.


    Written by Natalia Varela Donado. Contact Natalia at  


    Red Winged Leadership Award

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 4/20/2011 05:16:06 PM


    Last night I went to a networking event hosted by the 2010-2011 Graduate Leadership Formation Cohort.  The purpose of the event was for members of the cohort and of the SU community to meet the 2011 nominees of the Red Winged Leadership Award.  Two of the three nominees were present, and shared their stories with the attendees.  I was mesmerized by the passion and energy that these two have for their non-profit organizations, and how much wisdom can be gained by just taking the bull by the horns and following a vision.  Both Danna Johnston and Shan Greene had moments in their lives when they decided to take a huge chance at starting a non-profit that would help others.  It was extremely empowering to hear the excitement in their voices and the concern that they have for the people that they help.    


    Shana’s company, Village Volunteers, sponsors professional volunteers (doctors, lawyers, and engineers) as they travel to Africa and conduct projects or staff clinics that aid inhabitants of small villages that would otherwise be neglected.  Danna’s company, the Danna K. Johnston Foundation, works with young inter-city girls to get them into college.  Both of them shared success stories along with the challenges that they face daily.  The third nominee Chris Fontana, who was in Guatemala on a service project, started Global Visionaries which connects students from the US with students from Central America, and challenges them with community service projects.    


    The Red Winged Leadership Award will be held at 6pm on May 12, 2011 in Campion Hall, and will celebrate the dedication that Danna, Shana, and Chris give to their organizations.  Everyone is welcome to come to the award ceremony and celebrate these local leaders.  I almost guarantee that you will be energized by their commitment and hard work.   


    Learn more about the award at: 


    Written by Peter Graziani. Contact him at

    It's Service Week at Seattle U!

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 4/7/2011 05:24:38 PM

    During the week of April 11 the Albers Graduate Student Association (AGSA) will be participating in the Jesuit MBA Service Week.  The service week is part of a nationwide campaign to help the communities near the Jesuit MBA programs.  Seattle University will be collecting non-perishable food items and baby materials and toiletries for the Central Area Motivational Program.  You can bring these items to the Paccar Atrium in Pigott Building during the week of April 11. 


    In addition AGSA will have a table in the atrium to provide more information about service week, and the activities that AGSA has planned for the MBA students at Albers.  There will be free cookies and coffee.  Most professors will conduct a common break time on Thursday night. 

    This means that all of the classes will take their nightly break at the same time, and the students will have the opportunity to reconnect with each other.  Sometimes is it difficult to talk with classmates or that 510 buddy, but the common break will give you a window of opportunity. 


    I, for one, am happy to see AGSA taking the initiative to help with the service week.  Often times we forget that there are others in our community that can use a little help, especially in this economy.  AGSA does plan to increase involvement with service week next year so drop by their table and give them suggestions, or just say hi!!


    Written by PJ Graziani. Contact PJ at


    Click here to view the Service Week information flyer.

    My emotion rises with graduation

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/19/2011 09:27:15 PM

    I cannot believe that this is my last week of my MBA program at Seattle University Albers Business School.  It is good to have a MBA degree on a piece of paper, but more importantly, it is all about the experiences I have had during these two years.

    Albers has given me tons of opportunities to develop my talents.  For example, I met one of the greatest mentors in my life Jerry Huffman (VP of HR at SU) who provided me career advice and leadership building within a company.  He has made me understand much more about myself including my strengths and weaknesses so that I could be very focused on how to improve these.

    Second, I have gained a solid education from the well-structured curriculum.  I was able to take many different electives that related to my future career (Retail Business Development).  I developed very good relationships with the professors.  To mention a few, Peter Raven, David Reid, Madhu Rao and Rubina Mahsud; all of them helped me so much not only on my course work, but also on my networking arena. Through Albers networking events, I was able to join Costco MIT (Manager in Training) program and now I am excited to move to Taiwan for Costco right after my MBA graduation this week.

    Last but not least, I want to thank Albers Graduate Programs for giving me the opportunity to work as an ambassador.  I got to meet so many different talented prospective and current students.  I am glad I could help make their graduate life more colorful and successful.  

    There were just too many amazing memories and fun things that happened at Albers such as climbing the Great Wall in Beijing, visiting the World Expo and cruising the Huangpu River in Shanghai with two faculty members and 20 plus students during the China study tour summer 2010.  Without the support of these people, I could not become who I am today.  So fellows, I hope you can take advantages of all the resources provided by Albers and be proactive for your education and career.  Good luck!

    By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:  


    Independent study has enhanced my MBA program experience!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/10/2011 10:52:30 AM

    Dear fellows, did you know that you have the option to do one independent study as one of your electives for your graduate program at Albers?  This quarter I had an opportunity to do an independent study under the guidance from one of our Albers management professor, Rubina Mahsud, who teaches Strategy, Strategic Leadership, and Global Business Integrated.  In my opinion, if you choose to do an independent study in one specific area, you at least should understand why you want to do it and what you want to get out of the study.  Everything is about passion.  For example, my passion and career goals lean toward retail business development, so I decided to study a big U.S. retailer and its future expansion in China.  I also looked into how this retailer can succeed in such a multi-layer retail environment in China.  What kind of strategy should this retailer implement in order to compete well?  First, I sat down with Rubina and tried to come up with different ideas.  In the meantime, I scheduled many phone and face to face interviews with different leaders in different industries.  Once I got this feedback, I organized them and shared with my professor, and then she helped me narrow down to a more specific topic so that I could get better insight into the Chinese retail market.  This back and forth collaboration with my professor was very helpful.  Interviews have played a big role on my study because they allowed me to interact with so many business leaders with questions and answers. 

    Another interesting thing that I learned is how I can turn a concept of learning into something that will be very practical and useful in my career future. 

    Last, I really encourage you to take advantages of the independent study and develop a deep understanding in certain industries that you are passionate about. 

     By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:  

    Transform a local brand to a global brand

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/7/2011 10:03:46 AM

    This quarter I am taking a very interesting class called Brand Management.  We spend lots of time looking at different giant companies with strong brand equity including Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, GE, Intel, Snapple, and many others.  All these companies are able to understand their customers extremely well, and they try every possible way to build unique relationship with their customers.  Of course, their marketing budget is playing a large role there.  I started wondering about how the small local businesses build their brand.  Last week, I attended an event hosted by Puget Sound American Marketing Association.  The speaker was Pierson Bob Clair, President and CEO of Brown & Haley, a confection company famous for buttercrunch toffee since 1923.  It was very interesting to hear him talking about how he added new flavors such as Mocha Roca, Cashew Roca and Macadamia besides the traditional flavor Almond Roca.  His products are now available in more than 30 countries worldwide.  The combination of tradition and innovation is one of the key strategies to make Brown & Haley successful.  Surprisingly, 40% of this local company’s sale is from export and China is the biggest market.  When I asked him about the possibility of opening a plant in China someday, he said that it would be a considerable option in the future.  The concern for him is how Chinese consumers perceive the value of domestically-made Roca comparing to original American made Roca.  Until today, Chinese consumers buy Roca because they associate it with high quality, high status and American tradition and culture. 

     By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:  

    “You’re only as good as the people around you”: Costco President last Tuesday at Albers.

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 3/3/2011 07:09:40 PM

    A candid speaker, Craig Jelinek, addressed the audience of students, faculty and staff members in the Pigott Auditorium, yesterday afternoon here at Albers.

    In one of Albers’ Executive Speakers sessions, Jelinek, the Fortune-500 company President shared the company’s future in terms of further global expansion. Costco is already a multinational company, with presence in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K., South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia: bringing to each and every one of these places its differentiating factor of major volume sales at competing prices. Jelinek sustains that this has been its main point of difference and success at its various locations around the world.

    Furthermore, the executive points the direction towards which the company will be gravitating for the next few years, both geographically and economically. Costco will continue to grow strong in Asia, where it has had considerable business success since it began, and is currently looking to expand to two other nations of the E.U.: Spain and France. The challenges, as the executive exposes, range from regulation to reaching cost-effectiveness in countries where property and living standards are high. He, nevertheless, assures that the potential that the company has seen in these locations serves to encourage them to find ways to make the business work there.

    One of his continuous focuses throughout his presentation and in his subsequent interaction with a panel of students, alumni, and the audience, is the importance of people within the organization as key actors to achieve its goals. He closes the presentation by enthusiastically declaring that for Costco, their people are their strongest asset. Building trust, helping people succeed, providing them with the best means to attain their goals, is the only way to subsequently contribute to the organization’s attainment of its goals.

    Finally, when asked about some of the challenges that a multinational corporation faces when going into foreign countries, Jelinek argues that communication is always one of the major issues. Furthermore, he makes a strong emphasis on how it is not sufficient to try to go into a new market, namely a new country, by merely sending “ex-pats”, as he calls them, but true success will only come from really connecting with the locals, finding people who “understand the culture and will buy into what you’re doing”.

    Written by Natalia Varela Donado.


    How do I make the most of my experience at Albers?

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 2/22/2011 03:29:04 PM

    One of the challenges graduate Business students face today is finding time to make the most of their program at both the academic and professional levels. Academically, we take as many courses as our schedule allows us to, and try to excel in our performance in class. At the professional level, one of the ways to get great value from our graduate experience is to take advantage of every chance we get to network with fellow graduate students, faculty members, advisors, and other connections made through our School.

    Albers has done a great job at facilitating these processes for both its graduate and undergraduate students. One example of this is the various programs and events that the Albers Placement Center,, holds throughout the academic year. From its highly acclaimed Mentor Program, which brings together students and senior-level executives in the Puget Sound area, resulting in a beneficial networking relationship for both the mentors and the students; to the various monthly and quarterly internship fairs, job fairs, networking events, and workshops that prepare students for the challenge of finding a great job once they graduate.

    The School also offers several opportunities for students to join various clubs and student associations, such as the Marketing club, which recently sponsored a trip of a group of students to Starbucks’ headquarters downtown. One of the most recently consolidated examples of these associations is AGSA, the Albers Graduate Students Association ( Jennifer Walker (, and Andy Compton (, two of our future MBAs, with full support of the Director of the Program, Professor Greg Magnan, have successfully put together this organization, which has planned and executed various events whose aim is to bring together the graduate student community. From my perspective, this is a great opportunity to get to know new colleagues, network with them and even in the best of cases, build long-lasting relationships.

    The invitation is for you, current and prospective graduate students at Albers, to find out more about these and many other opportunities you have to get the most of your graduate experience, so this becomes not only an academic journey but a highly enriching one in the professional dimension as well. Enjoy the last few weeks of Winter Quarter, Spring is just around the corner!

    Written by: Natalia Varela Donado.



    Interested in becoming a Graduate Student Ambassador at Albers?

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 2/16/2011 04:06:20 PM

    Come join the Albers team in enhancing the graduate experience for our students!

    This is a great chance for you to connect with current students and provide an inspiring and encouraging voice for those considering in applying to Albers Graduate Programs! You will also get a chance to participate and assist in marketing and recruitment activities actively communicating with prospective and current colleague students!

    This on campus position is for 8-10 hours per week with an ideal start date of late March, continuing through summer quarter and the 2011-2012 academic year.  Compensation will be $11.30 per hour.  Hours flexible but mostly weekday mornings or afternoons with occasional evenings or Saturdays.


    Current Albers graduate student in good standing who plans to graduate no sooner than Spring Quarter 2012.  Strong interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills are essential.  Computer skills necessary. 

    To apply:

    Please provide your resume and a *brief* statement of interest to Laura Hauck ( by Friday, February 25. 


    Get all the insights about the Albers School of Business, check our quarterly Newsletter.



    How can international students find jobs successfully?

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 2/9/2011 01:40:14 PM

    There is no guarantee for any international students to find a job in the tough economy unless you are very lucky. The most effective way for me to get a job is the combination of networking and hardworking. Career consultants all agree that more than 80% of positions never go public. Hiring managers all prefer references. As far as I know about international students who got job offers in US in the recent years, they all had certain connection with the company they went to. Therefore, networking, networking, and networking. I added Seattle University Alumni who work at my target firms in LinkedIn, asking them for informational interview and following up with them. I joined every social event at Albers school and Accounting Department to build relationships with many professionals. I told faculties, career advisors, friends, as well as friends’ friends that I was looking for a job, and asked them to refer me whenever they know a suitable opening for me. Albers faculty members and the consultant in the Albers Placement Center all greatly helped me while I was doing job hunting.  


    If it is hard for international students to work as an intern outside of school, working as a student assistant at school is a very good idea. Although working and studying at the same time will bring you a tight schedule, the experience is definitely worth it. I learned great organizational, interpersonal and leadership skills while working as a Graduate Assistant for the Graduate Program Office. Such experiences allowed me to come up with vivid and convincing examples that managers in accounting firms like to hear during interviews. 


    Last but not least, opportunities indeed go to those well prepared students. First, keep working hard and networking.  Second, look for different learning opportunities to improve skills such as mock interview, resume review, internships, community events, mentor fair and so forth.  When your profile is strong enough, I believe job Offers will come to your door. 


    Written by (Julia) Qian Deng, MPAC student, anticipating to graduate in June 2011, Albers Business School   


    Costco’s Global Expansion Strategies

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 2/7/2011 10:38:50 AM

    With the strong performance over the years, Costco is aiming to expand its market presence globally.  As of 11/24/10, Costco Wholesale runs 582 locations including 157 are overseas. These international stores are located in Canada, UK, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Australia and Mexico.   

    Please join our Albers Executive Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  

    Craig Jelinek, President & COO of Costco Wholesale, will come to Albers to share his experiences and to discuss Costco’s global expansion strategies.   

    Time:5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

    Place: Pigott Auditorium 

    Hosted by:Albers School of Business and Economics

    The Albers Executive Speaker Series is free and open to the public. 

     By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:  

    Join Albers at Key Arena this Saturday!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 2/1/2011 09:36:42 AM

    This Saturday, February 5, is Albers Night at Key Arena when the Men’s basketball team will take on the Portland Pilots.  Pre-game reception begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Seattle Center Pavilion.  Coach Dollar will speak at 5:30, and the game tip off is at 7:10 in the arena.  Students can pick up two free tickets with their SU ID at the East Entrance Will Call. 

    For more information, please contact Matt Johnson or Jennifer Walker 

    Hope to see you there! 


    Leadership + Innovation = Sustainable Success

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 1/24/2011 02:32:18 PM

    In the present time, CEOs of different companies are looking for sustainable success.  But how can a company achieve sustainable success? Jim Albaugh, Executive VP of The Boeing Co. and President & CEO of The Boeing Commercial Airplanes, points out that the combination of leadership and innovation will get a company to where it wants to go.  I, and many other SU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, had the opportunity to listen to Jim speak as part of Albers’ Executive Speaker Series. 

    Jim said, “As a leader, we need to inspire the organization, develop many future talented people and create an open and honest work culture.”  First, leaders need to understand why employees want to work, what employees want to care about (e.g.: colleagues, company, community?) and create a collective sense of common goal.  Second, in order for a company to stay competitive and innovative, that company must invest in people by looking for new talents, training these talents and retaining the talents.  Throughout the years, Jim has been spending a lot of effort in building an open dialogue between the management teams and employees so that everyone is benefitting from the different opinions and ideas.  Jim also points out leaders should set a good example for their employees because employees are more motivated to work with such leaders. 

    Another thing I learned from Jim was his comment on innovation.  He made it very clear that innovation is the key for future success including Boeing.  For example, Boeing continues to strike to build the best airplane in the world by its brightest people with highest quality materials.  At the same time, Jim has understood that Boeing must expand from its Seattle boundary to more international destinations especially in emerging countries such as China and India. 

    With the challenges that Boeing is facing such as 50% of its engineers will retire in 5 to 10 years and 787 Dreamliner delay, Jim said that Boeing has developed more training programs to match young engineers with senior engineers before they leave.  Also, Boeing determines to select its suppliers in a more disciplined way to ensure the supply chain and production work properly. 

    Finally, I think a great leader or a company should understand their strengths and weaknesses really well if they want to rise.   From the speech done by Jim Albaugh, it seemed like Boeing has done it.  How about you? 

     By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:  


    10 things a MBA student should have

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 1/19/2011 10:28:20 AM

    Dear fellow students, do you always ask yourself how a MBA degree can help you in the long run?  In my opinion, the degree is not as important as the experiences you have within the program.  The way we process the information, the learning activities we engage in, the people and communities we connect with are the most important factors for a MBA student because they are the foundations.  In today’s competitive business environment, companies are looking for talented people with both soft and hard skills.  After talking to my current mentorCharley Jemley, SVP Finance of Starbucks International and previous mentor Jerry Huffman, Assistant Vice President for SU Human Resources, I created a list of 10 things a MBA student should have.  Of course, life is about sharing, so I would like to share it with you. 

    1. Love your job such as come to work with high enthusiasm everyday 
    2. Being proud of what you know, what you do and who you are in a humble way 
    3. Do the reading everyday such as Economist, History Channel, etc 
    4. Ability to prioritize tasks to reach goals 
    5. Lead, motivate and influence the team positively 
    6. Ask intelligent questions and provide meaningful feedback 
    7. Respect people and discuss the issues actively 
    8. Show care to employees, families and communities 
    9. Ability to manage relationships 
    10. Open your mouth, talk to different people and learn from the leaders about both good and bad mistakes they had made 

     By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:  

    Individual Info Sessions of Education Abroad Courses 2011

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 1/12/2011 10:53:11 AM

    Dear students, would you like to explore the world with your classmates and professors?  These courses will bring you lifelong experiences and different global perspectives.  Please attend the individual info sessions to learn more. 



    Cities: Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore 

    • Dates: September 3 – 17, 2011 
    • Faculty: Dr. Gail Lasprogata and Dr. Madhu Rao 
    • Cost: $3900 (includes all airfare, hotels, local transportation) 
    • Company visits: GE Healthcare; Hewitt (BPO); Hero Honda; Boeing; Accenture; Microsoft; Center for Social action (NGO) and many more 
    • University visits: Christ University (Bangalore), Xavier University (Mumbai) 

    Japan & Korea


    Cities: Seoul and Busan, Korea; Tokyo, Japan  

    • Dates: August 29 – September 12, 2011 
    • Faculty: Dr. Ben Kim and Dr. Peter Raven 
    • Cost: $4000 (includes all airfare and hotel) 
    • Company visits: Samsung, NTT, Hyndai, SK Telecom, JMR, Starbucks, Costco 
    • University visits: Sophia University, Sogang University, Donga University and more 



    Cities: Florence, Bologna, Arezzo, Sansepolcro  

    • Dates: June 13 – 27, 2011 
    • Faculty: David Carrithers and Chauncey Burke 
    • Cost: $2400 (includes all accommodations, meals, ground transportation, museum fees – airfare not included) 
    • Company Visits: Ducati, Nestle, La Marzocca, IMA (world leader in automated machinery), Aboca, Stile and other leading Italian firms 
    • University Visits: Gonzaga in Florence, University of Bologna 

    Individual Info sessions 5-6pm 

    Monday, January 24 

    Italy – Pigott 109 

    India – Pigott 416 

    Japan/Korea – Pigott 315 


    Tuesday, January 25 

    Italy - Pigott 327 

    India – Pigott 416 

    Japan/Korea – Pigott 315 


    Wednesday, January 26 

    Italy – Pigott 109 

    India - Pigott 416 

    Japan/Korea – Pigott 315 


    Thursday, January 27 

    Italy – Pigott 107 

    India – Pigott 416 

    Japan/Korea – Pigott 315 



     By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:    

    A sunny, hot and humid holiday season and the importance of raising awareness of cultural diversity for business today.

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 1/10/2011 05:39:54 PM

    By Natalia Varela Donado.  

    As the end of the Fall Quarter came, Winter break and the Holiday season started. Many of us went back to our hometowns for the first time in a while. Some locals stayed around and shared with their relatives and friends in the midst of the typical snowy weather of this time of the year.

    Some of us international students had the chance to go back to our home countries: a diverse array of places around the world that enjoy different kinds of weather, holiday celebrations, traditions, and ways to share with family and friends.

    In my hometown Barranquilla, Colombia, we enjoy a tropical weather all year long thanks to the proximity to the equator and its location in the northern coast of the country facing the Caribbean Sea. My city, Shakira’s hometown, was populated a few hundred years ago by immigrants that came from various places around the world, especially the Middle East countries. Therefore, our society is a very diverse one, a rich mix of people with widely varying heritage and backgrounds. Tradition and family are highly valued. Diversity and multiculturalism are highly valued as well. That’s why, “Barranquilleros” rejoice in being able to approach different cultures, either by traveling often outside the country or welcoming foreigners into their homes and city.


    Chiringuito Beach

    Chiringuito Beach. Barranquilla, Colombia.


    This quality of our people has proven highly beneficial for the business and economic development of our city. Going back home, only after nine months of being away, I have acknowledged how these conditions have contributed to its growth and development.

    My experience at Seattle University does not limit its enriching effects to the high academic value of the professional education I am partaking in. It goes further beyond that. Being in a different country, surrounded by such a diverse community, far away from the ways I learned and grew up with shows me that there is a different way of doing things. Regardless of the fact that as we are growing up we are taught that there are different ways, places, and different perspectives, it is never the same as we acknowledge it when we have an experience far away from home and from all things that come naturally to us.


    "El Prado" Hotel. Barranquilla, Colombia. Ranked the most beautiful one in the country.


    This is the great value of experiencing a diverse cultural environment for business. When we come across different places, people, and ways, we are able to develop a different view and therefore, imprint that unique and exceptional value to everything we do. For us, business people, that view enriches our performance; from the development of new products or services to the ability to relate to and understand different people and cultures, as important as it is in business nowadays.

    I was able to see this in my hometown as I went back. It has impacted the development of the city, from the growth of its infrastructure to the launch of businesses across town, from restaurants and bars to business consulting firms and other services.


    Nightlife. Barranquilla, Colombia.


    As Winter kicks in, a new quarter begins at Albers. High expectations to continue learning and gaining experience in this path me and my fellow business students have chosen to pursue.


    Upcoming Events at Albers in January and February ….

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 1/3/2011 02:28:02 PM

    Happy New Year, everyone.  Energy + Preparation + Enthusiasm = Success 

    It is time to plan ahead to have another successful year in 2011. 

    1: Summer Education Abroad Courses for 2011 

    Info Session: 

    Jan 11, Tuesday, 5-6p.m. in Pigott 107 

    Central Italy 2011June 13 - 27, 2011
    For more information, click here 

    Japan and Korea 2011August 27 - September 10, 2011
    For more information, click here

    India 2011September 3 - 17, 2011
    For more information, click here
    For the student blog from 2009 courses, click here

    2: Albers Workshop: Networking for IntrovertsPresented by: Helene Cho, Synergy Consulting and Training
    Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Pigott 107
    Does the thought of going to a crowded networking event leave you cold?  Attend this workshop to learn effective networking techniques and feel more confident in the networking process. Click here for more information.
    RSVP to 

    3: Albers Networking Reception for Grad StudentsTuesday, January 18, 2011, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Casey Commons
    An opportunity for Albers grad students to connect with local business executives and build their professional network
    Student RSVP:

    4: Albers Executive Speaker Series 

         Jim Albaugh
        Executive VP, The Boeing Co.
        President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
        Thursday, January 20, 2011
        Pigott Auditorium, 5 - 6 p.m. (please note time change)

    Please save the date:  

    5: Albers-sponsored basketball game, 7 p.m., Feb 5, 2011. 

    6: An Albers Executive Speaker Series event featuring Craig Jelinek, president and COO of Costco Wholesale. Monday, February 14, 2011  (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM) 

       By (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:    



    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/21/2010 11:30:17 AM

    Did you know that SU is part of the Jesuit MBA network nationwide?

    1996 a group of MBA directors and administrators from Jesuit and Jesuit-friendly universities decided to work together to promote the many benefits of Jesuit business education.  This consortium of 30 Jesuit and Jesuit-friendly schools includes some of the most revered names in business education.  The collective resources of these schools provide you with a unique competitive advantage.

    Benefits of Jesuit MBA Programs:

    • Portability of credits
    • International travel options
    • Powerful alumni connections
    • Career support
    • Curricula steeped in business ethics and social responsibility

    Last week, I interviewed Angela Bui who has found this program extremely helpful for her education here at Albers.  She was able to take advantage of this program and continue to pursuit academic excellence and develop professionalism at work.

    To learn more, please watch this quick video.

    Written by (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:   

    Special thanks to Angela Bui, Albers MBA, anticipating to graduate in June 2011.

     Jesuit MBA Network

    Ways to de-stress before finals!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/6/2010 01:37:22 PM

    As a graduate student, I think you all would agree with me that we have a lot of stress from work, family and school, especially before the finals.  Much of the stress brought on by final exam season can be avoided or lessened by fixing your schedule in a few simple ways. 

    First, we need to have a good diet.  A healthy diet such as eating more fruits, lean meat and whole grains can help you relieve stress.  If you want to do well on the final exams, maintaining a healthy body is very important. 

    Second, you have spent hours on studying; your eyes and brain are so tired.  If you force yourself to continue, you are not going to increase the productivity any further.  At this moment, why don’t you take some time to relax such as watching a movie or listening to some great music that you like?  Personally, I have found a new way to relax and have fun:  ice skating.  Last Friday, I decided to try ice skating with SU Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Club) at Seattle Center.  It gave me the opportunity to have fun and network with other graduate students.  The last time I ice skated was ten years ago, so it took me half an hour to warm up.  However, I still fell down many times.  But I felt that I was much better on body weight management.  In addition, ice skating increased my self confidence because I felt I had overcome such a challenge and achieved some levels of proficiency. 

    So, fellow students, please do not wait, let us gear up and de-stress.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   


    Lunches with Leaders: a freshly baked, delicious experience on campus.

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 12/2/2010 11:09:15 AM

    By Natalia Varela Donado.

    The Leadership Development Program at Seattle University has come up with a new series event for this year: Lunches with Leaders. The periodically held meetings with leaders of our community welcome all campus students interested in sharing a free meal with them and getting first hand insights about their path to leadership. The aim of the experience is to provide us future community leaders with insights, advice, and lessons from those who have become leaders, who have lived throughout different situations and struggled to provide strong benefits that have been translated into improvements and benefits for society and their communities.

    Last month I had the opportunity to attend the first event of the Lunches with Leaders serieswith the participation of Josh Friedes, the Executive Director of the Equal Rights Washington (ERW) organization. ERW works to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Washington State residents.

    Here are some of the leadership lessons learned from Mr. Friedes’ experience:

    Education: his first steps as a leader in his community were taken back when he went to Law School at the University of Colorado.

    Heritage: given the nature of the cause he has fought for throughout time, he has had a history of struggles, setbacks and counteracts. These have not thrown back his strong will to achieve something great and make a difference. It has otherwise made him stronger and taught him lessons that have helped him come closer to where he is today.

    Activism: standing up for what you believe in means that you will get a few cons, but it pays off in the end. A leader is not one without followers. Engaging leaders have the ability to attract people and inspire them to work towards a cause.

    Communication and networking: talk and reach out. Once you do, you will find hoards of allies out there who are not only willing, but eager to help.

    Discernment and determination: a great leader must have the ability to identify the need for change and go forth with what needs to be done in order to steer all efforts back to the greater goal.

    Self-awareness: it is very important that as a leader one acknowledges and confronts one’s own biases and prejudices in life. This will not only make you a better person, but will also clear the path, and help you acquire the skills to adapt and succeed in highly changing and volatile contexts.

    Finally, a great leader must have the ability to identify and acknowledge the difference between happiness and fulfillment. Furthermore, identify what causes each one in your life and, as you do, work towards the attainment of both.

    Along with a delicious meal, these are some of the rewarding and refreshing lessons learned from this experience. Hopefully, we will have more fellow students with whom to share the upcoming ones.

    For more information about Lunches with Leaders, contact Sarah Swihart at



    Looking for opportunities to network and get more involved? Join AGSA!

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 11/2/2010 04:37:28 PM

     Empower – Involve – Engage

    Are you looking for opportunities to socialize and engage with other graduate business students? Do you want to further develop your leadership and professional networking skills? Would you like to voice your opinion regarding events and student support services while earning your graduate degree?

    If so, please join us for refreshments at one of the information and brainstorming sessions below.


    11/4/2010 Thursday (after class) 8:45 - 9:30 PM PIGT 108  

     11/9/2010 Tuesday (before class) 5:00 – 5:45 PM PIGT 416


    What AGSA Can Do for You!

    · Implement management & leadership skills learned in class.

    · Network opportunities with alumni, faculty and industry professionals.

    · Social events outside of class with fellow students and faculty.

    · Career Development/Planning – plus it looks great on a resume.

    · Jesuit Schools Networking across the country.


    For more information, please contact:

    Natalia Varela Donado


     Andy Compton


    Jennifer Walker


    MBA Program Director, Dr. Greg Magnan









    Enjoying Marketing 561: New Venture Marketing

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/25/2010 03:36:43 PM

    This quarter I registered for a marketing class called New Venture Marketing taught by Dr. Peter Raven.  Dr. Raven is director of International Business Programs at Seattle University. He has an industry background in Food Science and teaches international marketing and consulting courses. Dr. Raven was recognized with the President’s "E" Award for the Global Business EDGE program at Seattle University. 

    Like most of the upper level marketing classes, we are required to do several group projects and individual projects in MKTG 561.  During class, Peter actively incorporates marketing concepts with real business cases and his experiences.  In addition, Peter has a good sense of humor.  I think this is good for the students because they can relax and be more willing to participate in discussion.  In addition to class discussion, students need to analyze the current articles about new ventures from different sources including newspapers and business magazines.  More importantly, three of my classmates and I will develop a marketing plan for a local non-profit organization.  I think this is quite meaningful because we can apply what we learn in class and use the knowledge to help people in our community.  It is a win-win situation.

    It has been a lot of learning and fun. I highly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in knowing more about the role of marketing in entrepreneurial ventures, and the role of entrepreneurship in marketing efforts of all firms in such a rapidly changing business environment.  In fact, this class is one of the many electives that students have to choose from because it teaches you a lot of essential skills to be a successful entrepreneurial marketer.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    Looking for a place to relax, connect with people, and grab a bite before class? The McGoldrick Collegium is the place to be.

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 10/21/2010 11:02:05 AM


    By Natalia Varela Donado.

    Our University has distinguished itself for doing a great job at building community. One of its ongoing commitments with faculty, students and staff is to continuously foster the appropriate settings to facilitate that. It is seen among its numerous spaces all over campus where people can come together, to share a meal, study, of just build on relationships.

    One of its highly acclaimed programs, both internally and externally and conducted by the Direction of Transfer and Commuter Students Services, is the Collegia Program. This program, which has been continuously growing since it first began a little over 14 years ago, facilitates the lives of hundreds of students who commute to school on a daily basis. It features five different spaces assigned to students across all academic programs, in a warm home-like environment where they can relax, study, sleep, eat, or just hang out while they are not in class. These are also the places where several friends have first met and life-long relationships have been formed.

    The McGoldrick Collegium, located in the Hunthausen Building, welcomes us Graduate students. If you have not yet been there, I encourage you to visit, and become a member.It is free and you will get to enjoy the space for the entire year. So if you’re still walking around campus before classes begin, trying to find a place to get ready, relax and meet interesting people, come to the McGoldrick, a welcoming “home away from home”.

    To find out more about the McGoldrick Collegium and the Collegia Program, please visit


    SU Graduate Programs Open House is coming!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/12/2010 10:36:57 AM

    Hello, dear prospective students.  Do you want to be more competitive in the job market?  Do you want to advance your career?  If your answer is “Yes”, you should come and explore our great  Graduate Programs Open House.

    What we offer?

    • Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 P.m.
    • Inquire about flexible class schedules designed for working professionals
    • Meet with representatives from each of our 32 graduate programs and the School of Law
    • Learn about campus services for graduate students, including financial options
    • Breakout sessions
    • Take a campus tour
    • Enjoy light refreshments

    When: Monday, October 25, 2010  (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM)

    Where:Student Center (First Floor)

    RSVP: RSVP recommended (RSVP by Email)

                Phone: 206-296-2072

               The public is welcome to attend this event.

    Campus map and driving directions:

    Looking forward to seeing you!

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    2010 Albers Mentor Program: Mentors and mentees work hand in hand for success!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/12/2010 09:53:35 AM

     2010 Mentor Program Kickoff

    Classroom setting for mentor program

    It is my third time participating in the mentor program.  From the first two partnerships with my mentors, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in different industries including in wireless and truck manufacturing.  The mentors have provided me career guidance and helped me build a wider network.  I feel fortunate to work with such high-level executives of different companies in the Puget Sound.

    This year, the Paccar lobby was packed once again because we had a great turn out.  There were hundreds of people including mentors and students.   They were actively and professionally discussing economic trends and job opportunities.  I have to say that Albers Placement Center has done a great job in providing such a friendly environment to exchange ideas and experiences for the mentors and mentees.   

    The first mentor I talked to was Rob Harris who is the President of Pacific Market International.  His company designs and produces food and beverage containers for global consumers.  It is very interesting that we visited his Shanghai office few weeks ago during the China Study Tour organized by Albers Business School.  In the conversation with Rob, he shared with me about his company’s goal and business strategies.  In fact, I was very interested in learning more about his company’s business model.  These things inspired and motivated me to select him as one of my potential mentors. 

    When I got home, the first thing I did was sending him a “Thank you” email.  This is so important because it will let the mentor know how passionate we are as an MBA student when opportunities come. 

    I hope each student could find a mentor they want to learn from.  It is important to professionally follow up with the mentors to build long-term relationships because mentorship is not just a one year commitment. 

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:  

    I’m in Graduate school. Now, how do I manage to find time for everything I need to get done? Here are some tips.

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/8/2010 01:58:53 PM

    The Quarter has begun at Albers along with the Fall season in the Pacific Northwest, leaves falling, temperatures dropping and the Emerald City starts to shine with the rainy days so typical of the season.

    Some of us are returning students at Albers, entering our second year in the program. Others are fresh starters, beginning their first classes of the program. We are all loaded with great energy and enthusiasm for the new school year. We also have so many things in our minds and schedule, we need to sort among school, work, and of course, the demands and activities of our personal lives. This, contrary to common belief, can be very challenging. Here are a few tips I hope will be very helpful when managing a very busy schedule:

    • For full-time workers, the reasonable academic load that is recommended to take per quarter is 6 credits, which amounts to two classes.
    • If this is your first quarter at Albers, try a moderate-low academic load, just to figure out how you truly feel and are able to handle with classes, assignments, projects, exams when combined with the rest of your responsibilities and commitments. That way you will have a better idea of the amount of time you need to dedicate to each class and might be able to increase or decrease the academic load for the subsequent quarters.
    • Try to make and maintain an organized schedule of what your week looks like. Include in that schedule not only working and class hours, but also time to dedicate to your hobbies or exercising, or whatever activity you enjoy to relieve stress. Also keep in mind that each course requires an average of 4-5 hours of work in addition to class meetings.
    • Try to be realistic when making a schedule. Organize each day according to the priority assigned to the activities to be accomplished. Read more and find useful time management material on  
    • Look for help! Ask a mentor, academic advisor, or fellow student about classes, academic loads, demands, or any other doubt you may have.
    • Professors will give the class program and schedule including exams, papers, and projects dates. Try to mark them down on your schedule and plan ahead so you don’t struggle to get them all done in one week prior to the deadline. Keep in mind that most exams and final projects across courses are due towards the same dates.
    • Try to read in advance to class. It makes the learning process much more efficient and contributes to you getting the best out of it. Besides, when exams and or papers come, you will know the material already and it will be easier to study.
    • Finally, enjoy your classes, have fun with your learning process, and try to get the most out of this incredible experience!

    To read more about time management, please check the following links or

    Written by Natalia Varela Donado.


    Plan Ahead for Success

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/4/2010 01:03:31 PM

    Can you imagine that Fall Quarter has started?  Albers Business School has a busy schedule because there are some many great events coming up for the students.  Undergraduates and graduates, please make time to attend all of them because you will find them so useful for your academic study and professional career.

    1: Dodd-Frank Financial Reform - Risks and Opportunities for Legal, Financial and Business Professionals

    This is an excellent opportunity to gain insights about our current and future economic situation and financial position.  This panel of distinguished professors in law, finance and economics will discuss these opportunities and risks with an eye toward helping professionals more consistently succeed in the new institutional setting that Dodd-Frank is creating.

    Featuring Panelists:

    Dr. Bonnie Buchanan—Assistant Professor of Finance, Albers

    Dr. Dino Falaschetti—Thomas F. Gleed Endowed Chair, Albers

    Dr. Jonathan Karpoff—Professor of Finance, University of Washington

    Dr. Brian Kelly—Assistant Professor of Economics, Albers

    Russell Powell, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University

    Sponsor: Thomas F. Gleed Chair, Albers School of Business and Economics

    When: Thursday, October 07, 2010  (3 PM - 4:15 PM)

    Where: Pigott Building  (Pigott Auditorium)

    2: Albers Business Career Fair

    The annual Albers Business Career Fair is around the corner.  No matter you have a job or not, attending the fair can give you a better idea of how the job market is doing.  It is a great platform for you to sell your skills to the recruiters. The fair will include leading employers from the Greater Puget Sound business area.


    Albers Placement Center


    Wednesday, October 20, 2010  (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)


    Campion Residence Hall
    (Campion Ballroom)

    3: Albers Executive Speaker Series

    You will get a chance to meet with so many leaders domestically and internationally when you study at Albers.  I want to say the best way to improve is to learn from the leaders and understand why they fail and why they succeed.

    Upcoming Speakers

    Andrew Doman
    CEO, Russell Investments
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Tod Leiweke
    Former CEO, VSE, Seahawks, FGI, & Sounders FC
    Thursday, November 4, 2010
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Jim Albaugh
    Executive VP, The Boeing Co.
    President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Thursday, January 20, 2011
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Craig Jelinick
    President and COO, Costco Wholesale
    Monday, February 14,  2011
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    RSVP is recommended for the Business Career Fair but that the others are free and open to the public.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you!

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: 

    China Study Tour 2010 Final Update with Photos

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/27/2010 01:51:43 PM

    Coming back from China which has the largest population in the world to Seattle, a city that allows you to have a lot more personal space, I feel very relaxed and comfortable.  Travelling with two professors and 20 plus MBA students gave me a different experience.  During the trip, it is very interesting to hear all my colleagues’ thoughts about my home country, China.  China is big because it has so much land and so many people.  China is beautiful because it has so many historical and modern buildings.  China is important because it is developing so fast.  China could be seen as messy sometimes because people are fighting for opportunities.  China is polluted because 70% of the energy still comes from coal.  Traffic jams are very common, especially in Beijing and Shanghai even though they have the world-class subway systems.  The rich and the poor are very clearly classified.  Porsche, BMW, Audi, Merdedes-Benz and other well-known brands are everywhere.  Cost of living in the big cities is very high.  One night on the way to the hotel, my taxi driver told me that he would never have the money to buy a condo in the urban area because the price is sky-high.  In the night market of Beijing, employees of a food stand said, “We came to Beijing to work from western China.  We know we only make $200 per month and have only 1 day off in a year, but it is much better than in our hometown.”  That is why this study tour is so great because it shows us two sides of China, the good side and the bad side.  I guess this is the reality about China.

    Toward the end of the tour, we had an opportunity to see the World Expo in Shanghai.  Again, fighting with 200,000 people to see a famous pavilion such as China, Spain, England and Saudi Arabia was a tough job because it required a 5-hour wait in line.  Of course, this reflects the China population very well.  The day before we left, it was fortunate to meet with our governor of Washington State, Christine Gregoire.  Since WA State is the second largest export state to China, there are many opportunities for international trade such as agriculture, aviation, IT, tourism, education and wine.

    Taking this tour makes me become more self-aware.  I have developed a better mindset for my future career.  I still remembered a sentence from my grandparents. “Reading ten thousand books is not as good as travelling ten thousand miles because travelling can give you emotional experiences.  These experiences come from hearing, seeing, touching and engaging.”  

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:

    Forbidden City    

    Olympic 2008 Bird's Nest

    forbidden city

    bird nest

    Olympic 2008 Water Cube

    Terra-Cotta Worriors

    water cube

    Terra Cotta Worriors

    City Wall Bike Ride

    Expeditors Company Visit

    bike ride


    Photo with WA governor Christine Gregoire in ShangHai

    Beautiful Shanghai Pudong Skyline

     governor photo shang hai bun



    CST 2010 Update: Leaving Beijing and Heading to Xi’An to see Terra-Cotta Warriors

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/10/2010 02:01:02 AM

    Great wall   Scorpions

    From climbing the Great Wall, visiting the Forbidden City, walking by a night market which has live scorpions and discussing a case with Beijing University MBA students to taking a train to Xi’An tonight, this week seems very fast.

    Standing on top of a station on the Great Wall, I saw the history of China.  Looking at the mountains, I saw the beauty of China.  Talking to Chinese businesses, I saw the future of China.

    So far the trip has given me so much amazing experience.  I will continue to explore and hope to share with you soon.

    Written by Derek Zhao:



    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/2/2010 03:45:58 PM

    With the beginning of the new academic year 2010-2011, we begin to see new faces at Albers. One of them is Natalia Varela Donado, a Master of International Business student who has recently joined the Albers team in their commitment to providing the best educational experience for Albers graduate students from the moment they become curious about pursuing a graduate program at Seattle University until they successfully complete their studies and receive their diploma. Natalia is highly acquainted with Seattle University and its procedures and student life, as she has been working as a Graduate Assistant with the Collegia Program, another service offered to both undergraduate and graduate students at Seattle University, which facilitates the student life of transfer and commuter students.

    To find out more about this program, please visit

    Some may still wonder what the role of the Graduate Student Ambassador is at Albers, some may remember Thuy Vien or Derek Zhao as their own graduate ambassadors, the ones who were always there to answer questions, remind them of upcoming meetings and events, follow up with past activities but foremost, Albers graduate student ambassadors serve as supporters, key connectors, doubts and inquiries solvers for the school’s prospective and new students.

    Natalia is the new person appointed with this mission. She is there to answer questions, provide insights on her experience at Albers so far and help in any other way possible to enhance the experience and the process of enrolling and beginning your education at Seattle University. She can be contacted at

    Written by Natalia Varela Donado.


    How “Partnership” positively impacts community development!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/1/2010 03:11:17 PM

    On Wed Aug 11th, the SU Global Engagement Office helped host a discussion forum for the community about how partnership can make a huge impact for community development.

    At the beginning, Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Microsoft Community Affairs, pointed out economic reset put a lot of stress on systems.  For example, Microsoft is relying on partnership and uses its technology to fulfill people’s potential.  Microsoft uses partnership to widen its product lines and help train different NGOs around the world to catch up with technology.  It was interesting to hear from Steven Jordan, Executive Director, Business Civic Leadership Center.  He explained partnership in a new way that I have never heard.  He said, “Partnership has to grow within yourself, then it can grow by multiplying the number of individuals and the size of the community.  Then leaders in the community should empower young people.  All giant companies grow from strategic partnerships.” 

    In addition, Tayla Bosch, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Western Union, said, “We are big because we have reliable small partners.  We listen to what partners need and try to accommodate them to build deep and trusted relationship.  By partnering with locals, we are in a better position to compete and make more money, so we can give more funding to different organizations to do more good things.”

    As we know, global development has so benefits including promoting peace, creating more jobs which could reduce conflict, creating dependency and interdependency and building prosperity.  Community development needs everyone to get involved.  It is important to create a sustainable and inclusive R&D center.  One person or one company has very limited power, but if we start partnering, I am sure we can do more good for the community locally and globally.

    For more information, please visit Global Washington.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    China Study Tour Countdown

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 8/25/2010 03:21:49 PM

    All of my classmates and professors are getting more and more excited because we are about to get onto a plane to visit a country that has 5000-years of history.  As we know, China is a country that is changing every day.  In order to keep up with the change, we are reading books like “China Road”, “Source Code China” and many articles from Harvard Business Review.  Besides this, our professors invited knowledgeable professionals to share their experiences and perspectives about China;  such as Bill Stafford, President of the Trade Development Alliance, Joe Borich, President of the WA State China Relations Council, and Karl da Gama Campos, IB Development Manager, WA State Dept of Commerce.  I was impressed that Washington State is the No.2 in exports behind California, but we are the highest per capita.  Also, about 30% of the jobs in Washington state deal with international partners.   As China is surpassing Japan to become the second largest economy in the world, I believe that we should pay more attention to the impact of China’s growth.  After this tour, I expect to gain a deeper understanding of how China competes with the rest of the nations strategically, especially in Information Technology.  Another interesting thing is we have a gift team who handles the gifts buying.  One thing we decided to get is M&Ms with SU logo.

    When I asked Joe Borich to use three words to describe China, he said, “Big, important and permanent”.  We, the future business leaders, must go out of our conform zones to observe, practice and share in order to be competitive.

    Please check back soon for more updates. 

    If you want to get more information about this China Study Tour, please visit

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:      

    What is your summer goal? Mine is to master my presentation skills with MS PowerPoint 2007.

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 8/3/2010 09:22:54 AM

    It has been the trend for different professionals to use MS PowerPoint 2007 to do presentations on various projects at school and at work.  For example, all of my business professors use PowerPoint in their lectures.  In summary, PowerPoint creates interaction and engagement, ability to capitalize on modern media such as media, integration of multiple sources, cooperation and collaboration in the classroom and in the company.  A few months ago, I happened to do a presentation for a scholarship.  My challenge was to organize the useful information and use the different functions and tools of PowerPoint 2007 to present it in a meaningful way.  I did not think I performed well.  But other candidates were able to use this software to demonstrate their ideas much better and clearer.  I realized this was one of my weaknesses, so I went to the library and borrowed book called “Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 step by step”.  It was so easy to follow and learn.  After two months of studying and practicing, I feel very comfortable working with PowerPoint 2007. 

    If you have a similar weakness, I really encourage you to learn this program because it definitely gives you an edge when presenting a project.  People are looking for right content, right format and creative presentation skills.  A better presentation allows the people to understand the materials deeply so that people are more willing to buy your ideas.

    In addition, Seattle University’s IT group offers an online Portal so that SU students can access Office 2007 and other programs for free just like in the computer lab.  Students just need internet access, then visit and enter their SU user name and password, then install ActiveX Control.  It is very simple.  Students and professionals can achieve success with PowerPoint.

    In conclusion, in today’s business environment, solid presentation skills are a must.  They help you communicate with your audiences in a fun, effective and interactive setting.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:     

    Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors and World Expo, all in one place – China

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 7/9/2010 01:57:47 PM

    The departure date is right around the corner.   From September 4th to September 18th,   I am going to my home country with two professors and a group of students.  I am getting more and more excited.  I know it will be an amazing trip on the perspectives of academic learning and cultures collaborating.  As we know, today China is one of the most populous nations for doing business and living.  This tour includes two classes as followed:

    1:         ECIS594 -  Global IT Management: Focus Chinais taught by Dr. Madhu T. Rao.

    2:         MGMT594: Global Strategy: Focus China is taught by Dr. Rubina Mahsud

    Before we leave, we have some pre-departure classes so that we have a better understanding about the whole tour.  During the tour, we need to keep a log in our daily journal.  This should be the fun and meaningful part.  When we come back to the U.S, each of us needs to make a presentation and submit a paper.

    I am looking forward to meeting some big companies (like Boeing, Lenovo), government officials, local businesses and MBA peers from Chinese universities.  We will share experiences and exchange ideas in many topics including IT management, business strategy and China-US relationship.  These aspects are very important, not only to us as MBA students, but also to the two different societies. 

    I am sure that revisiting my home country will allow me see different perspectives of such a changing nation.  I am expecting to see the good sides and bad sides of globalization.  I hope to build a deep relationship with the people I will meet on the tour because it will help me a lot when I move back to China to start my career next year.  In this 21st century, going abroad is essential to succeed in the global market.  The more we see and experience, the better we are equipped to compete.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:    


    Enjoying my M.I.T (Manager In Training) with Seattle Costco Warehouse

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 7/3/2010 09:49:24 AM

    It took me a very long time to find this position, and I am enjoying every minute of it.  Why? Because it is challenging, fun and rewarding.  First of all, I have the chance to work with a high level management team to monitor the whole warehouse.  I am going to spend at least a week in each department: including Merchandising, Optical center, photo center, Marketing, Membership, Receiving, Meat, Produce, Deli, and Hardlines. The managers walked through and explained about the important concepts of retailing.  Todd Young, Seattle Costco Warehouse manager said, “Retail is detail”.  I did not understand it completely when he said it, but after two weeks of training, I fully understood it. It is about customer expectations; it is about high standards; it is about consistency; it is about who we are and how we want to become.  I had my hands on the receiving dock, stocking, and serving customers for these past two weeks.  I started work at 4 AM, which is a little early, but it is the best time for us to decorate the warehouse before our members come in.  I don’t consider myself a manager now, but I know that I have to put this mindset away because I want to interact with every single employee.  I am very glad the people I have met are very nice and helpful.  In addition, I started to learn a very important inventory system called “AS 400” used by Costco.  Having the right information in the right time makes a huge difference.  This is one of the reasons why Costco is so successful. 

    Learning is a lifelong process.  I have committed to grow my career with Costco, and in turn, hope to help Costco grow internationally after I finish my training and complete my MBA degree next March.

     Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    Congratulations to Class of 2010! Enjoy the Party and Begin the Journey.

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 6/16/2010 01:23:20 PM

    It was a beautiful afternoon of June 12, Saturday.  The Albers School of Business and Economics hosted a graduation celebration party for undergrads, grads and their family and friends.  The Paccar atrium of Pigott building was packed with hundreds of faculty, staff, students and their guests.  This year we have about 290 students graduating from Albers, representing one of the most diverse graduating classes in the Pacific Northwest.  Graduating students dressed up and showed up with emotions.  Some felt sad because they knew they would leave SU, one of the best universities, which provides a unique approach to undergraduate and graduate education that satisfies their quest for a deeper knowledge of their field with a broader sense of purpose and enrichment.  Some felt happy because they knew that they would use everything they had learned at SU to explore and develop their careers.  Each of them knows the opportunities are unlimited; the doors are open for them.  For example, an undergraduate, Suleng Sueong, completed her BA degree with triple majors (Math, Accounting & Finance), will continue her Master of Finance Engineering at Columbia University this fall.  Dennis Feng said he wanted to apply for SU’s MPAC program because he wanted to learn more to equip himself.  At the same time, many graduating students told me that they are more confident in this competitive job market.

    No matter what, Albers, SU and Alumni Relations will continue to support them and connect with them.  We do believe these new graduates will shine and be successful.


    Big Celebration for Our Graduates !!!!

    Albers Party 2010 

    Albers Party 3

    Albers Party 2010 2

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    SU's MBA Program Makes Me Become a Better Manager!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 6/8/2010 02:26:44 PM

    I am very happy to have my OPER 576 classmate, David Whitman, share his experiences in Albers MBA program.  David is a Certification Business Manager with Greenpoint Technologies which provides interior solutions for Boeing aircraft, including VIP interior completions for private individuals, corporations and heads-of-state. As a preferred OEM supplier to the Boeing Company, Greenpoint Technologies has designed and delivered specialty interior systems and modifications for nearly every Boeing commercial model.  In addition, David has two cute daughters and lives with his family in Bothell.

    “My MBA experience has been fabulous. The professors have been top rate and the small class size has been great compared to my undergraduate studies at a large local state university. The curriculum is well structured and I have focused on management classes. The MBA 510 initiation was a good start for the MBA program and I still run into many of my classmates from that quarter (although many have graduated). The community service emphasis in the curriculum has provided me a feeling of well being and pride of giving back to the community.

    The MBA program has been helpful in bringing practical and applicable ideas to my workplace. My company has plenty of senior directors and managers that have received their MBAs and discussing leadership and management ideas has been always beneficial to our growing company.

    I like the fact that one can start their MBA program any quarter. This flexibility allowed me to start my studies right away instead of, in my case, waiting another nine months to start different MBA programs that only start in fall quarter.

    As a functional manager I have used many of the leadership and management skills, readings, and case studies for managing my staff. Having the theoretical and research-based knowledge has been invaluable for me to be a better manager.

    I decided on Seattle University due to my wife’s enjoyment with her MBA program (1997 SU graduate) and because of the flexibility in the starting point any quarter. I made a wise decision and have thoroughly enjoyed my learning experience.”

    Written by David Whitman, Email:


    Feeling Good from Doing Good! OPER 576 rocks!!!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 6/3/2010 10:37:19 AM

    Remember this project?  Here’s the update!  Over the past beautiful weekend, seven classmates and I spent the two full days helping “Orion Center for YouthCare” re-organize its storage room, food shelves, and receiving area. We all rolled up the sleeves, worked very hard and enjoyed the sweat.  Sometimes we separated our tasks to fit each person’s strengths.  For example, I handled shelves building with power tools.  Other people handled sorting and labeling thousands of clothes.  But sometimes we had everybody work on the same task together such as moving all the organized bins back to the storage.  When my teammates realized I still showed up even though I was sick, they all stepped up and took over some of my duties.    This was a real team because we were helping each other.  We showed respect and consideration. 

    After we completed the project, the center staff was amazed about the new functional storage area. They said we had made their life so much easier.  They felt that we provided them a system that allowed them to get and store things effectively and efficiently for their outreach program. This is exactly the learning objectives for OPER 576 Project Management class.  I am happy I took this class because it taught me the critical successful functions of project management, but more importantly, this class provided us the opportunity to apply what we learned in class and help those organizations that serve some of the most needy in our community.  As we know, every successful project requires commitment from the project manager and each team member. The art and science in project management have to be blended well in order to move the whole project into a right direction.  In summary, this project was on budget, on time and on scope.




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     Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    Favorite MBA Moments

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 6/2/2010 04:10:22 PM


    On this, the last day of my MBA career, I’ve indulged in a moment of reminiscence about my time at the Albers School of Business, and I came up with my list of “Favorite MBA Moments”:

    • MBA 510: The whole class…well, except for maybe the half hour I spent stuck in a foot of mud in the pouring rain during our outdoor-themed service project, attacking some blackberry bushes with a pick ax.
    • BLAW 575 (Business Law: New Ventures) I have never learned as much relevant and useful information in one quarter as I did in this class. The best part was the executive panel the professor assembled of the area’s leading entrepreneurs; for over an hour, we had access to successful entrepreneurs with decades of experience and we were able to question them about their start-up strategies. Several of my classmates have already begun to put the knowledge they’ve gained from this class into starting their own companies.
    • Mentor meetings: at one meeting, a team member was describing his business plan competition entry, and my mentor was able to transform its direction and scope by three or four well-chosen questions. I tried to absorb as much as I could from the exchange: it was an unexpected learning opportunity about thinking at the executive level.
    • Seattle University has robust relationships with the area’s business leaders, and this is evident by the quality of speakers that present at the Albers Executive Speakers Series. My favorite topic this year was presented by the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “The Business of Doing Good”.
    • Planning for our MBA 516 (Management of People) seminar for Dr. Marrone's class. The planning was as much fun as the event itself! Thanks, MBA 516 team!


    Executive Speakers Series: Jeff Raikes, CEO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 5/25/2010 03:31:15 PM

    Last night, Jeff Raikes of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spoke to an overflow crowd at the Albers School of Business. He was invited to be the last of this year’s speakers at the Executive Speakers Series. His talk, entitled “The Business of Doing Good” drew upon his decades-long leadership experiences at Microsoft, his current role as CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and as an owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. He spoke about the role of philanthropy and its relationship to business and government and the lessons he learned in business that applies to philanthropy. Jeff Raikes gave three short case studies of excellence in leadership; the lessons he learned from each leader were:

    • Jon Shirley, former Microsoft President: Know when to step in, “roll up your sleeves” and make things happen. This is not micro-managing, this is about the criticalness of timing and knowing when to exert your influence.
    • Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder: Learn from your mistakes. If you’re succeeding 100% of the time, you’re not taking enough risks. Mistakes will be made if you’re trying something new for the first time. The real question is: are you learning from your mistakes?
    • Lou Pinella, former manager of the Seattle Mariners: You have to be able to work well with people (both the team and the front office), learn how to help people perform at their best, be accountable and keep others accountable and be aware of your role as a spokesperson for the team.

    When asked by a student in the audience about what advice he would give our generation of business leaders, he replied: “Follow your passion.”

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at

    Congratulations to the first Red Winged winner!

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 5/18/2010 02:44:28 PM

    Congratulations to the first Red Winged Leadership Award winner, Rahwa Habte! The award was organized by students in the Graduate Leadership Formation Certificate program at Seattle University to "honor leaders committed to embracing the unique intersection where leadership, business acumen, and social impact overlap."  


    Rahwa Habte is co-owner of the Hidmo Eritrean Cuisine restaurant in the Central District. According to the Red Winged Leadership Award website, "Rahwa’s mission for the restaurant is not only to foster community, but also to increase the visibility and availability of art, music, media culture and cuisine in the Central District through socially responsible actions. Rahwa loves her neighborhood and is passionate about addressing different social issues affecting it, creating pride, cultivating a safe space and open dialogue for all, and fostering local creativity and talent."

    How do you balance full-time work with graduate school?

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 5/17/2010 03:18:58 PM

     I interviewed some classmates who work full-time and take 1-2 classes each quarter about how they balance work, graduate school and “the rest of life”. Their advice follows:

    • Be willing to ask for help. The two areas are with scheduling family responsibilities and schoolwork. Make use of professor’s office hours; it may save time and energy spent in frustration trying to lessen the gap in knowledge that can be easily accomplished with a few minutes with a professor.
    • Go for a walk to clear your head. Take time for hobbies and eat well. These are easily overlooked, but they are important!
    • In picking classes, get recommendations from classmates about the teaching styles of different professors.
    • Plan to spend 3-4 focused hours per week outside of class for each class.
    • To ease communication for group assignments, designate a communication leader whose role is to make sure the group’s project advances on schedule and who can coordinate communications within the team.
    • Consider going one of the two-week international study tours: it's a great way to see the world and learn about international business


    Time Management

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 5/5/2010 04:37:45 PM

    Like most graduate students, my To Do list gets out of control quite frequently. Recently, I ran across a time management technique to help prioritize items on the To Do list that was presented by the authors of First Things First (Simon & Schuster) that I found quite helpful. The authors advised that you draw a 2x2 table and place items on your To Do list into one of the four squares. They suggested that you begin by tackling those items that are in the square marked Important/Urgent, followed by Important/Not Urgent before turning to “not important” items. 


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    Posted by Thuy Vien on 5/3/2010 03:59:29 PM

    There are a lot of great opportunities to connect with the Albers School of Business this month! Below are a few of the upcoming events students and the general public are invited to attend.

    No RSVP is necessary for the Albers Executive Speakers Series. To find out more about the Business Plan Competition final, click here. To RSVP to this event, please email Kim Eshelman. To RSVP to the Red Winged Leadership Award, click here.

    May 10, Monday       

     Albers Executive Speakers Series presents

    Robert Cremin, Chairman of Esterline Technologies

    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 to 6:30pm

    May 12, Wednesday         

     Business Plan Competition Final

    Campion Ballroom, Noon to 6pm
    May 13, Thursday              Red Winged Leadership Award Pigott Auditorium, 6:00 to 8:00pm




    SU Career Services Helps Students with Job Hunting

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/29/2010 09:38:03 AM

    How to find a job/internship in a tough economy?

    The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 80% of all jobs are filled through personal contacts. Attending Career Expo helps you build those contacts by meeting employers and agency representatives while you learn more about your career options. On 4/20/2010, SU Career Services Center hosted its annual Career Expo.  Over 20 employers from Puget Sound and some government agencies came to school and talked to current students and alumni about the current job market and their companies.  A couple of my classmates and I were there to make personal contact with employers.

    I had the opportunity to talk with the representatives from Paccar and Expeditors.  The good news was both of them said that the job market would be getting better by the end of this year.  I think this is very encouraging. For example, Mellisa said Expeditors had 10 summer intern openings and half of them were already filled.  She also mentioned that in Expeditors, an internship can lead to a full time position upon graduation if the interns are fully committed to their work.

    In summary, events such as the Career Expo give you unparalleled opportunities to talk to representatives from organizations across a wide range of sectors in one day.  With the graduation approaching, we will see more new graduates looking for jobs.  In my opinion, the person who goes to different career fairs and networks consistently will be the first one who gets a job.

     Career Expo

    Writen by Derek Zhao,

    Don't forget...we are collecting donations on the first floor of Pigott today through Thursday from 5-6 p.m.

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/21/2010 11:05:07 AM

    Let us make a difference by donating office supplies to local small businesses to fight with this tough economy.


    MBA service week 2010

    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH! for Jesuit MBA Service Week 2010

    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH(Community Alliance for Self-Help)

    Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH) provides the business training, supportive community and capital to help enterprising individuals with limited financial resources gain self-sufficiency through small business ownership.

    Week-long donation drive April 19-22 in Pigott!

     All donations big and small will help entrepreneurs succeed.  We're looking for:

    - Office Supplies (paper, pens, staplers, whiteboards, paperclips, tape, etc)

    - Organization tools (file folders/bins, planners, etc)

    - Software (Microsoft Office, Customer Management System Software, Quickbooks, etc)

    - New/Used Laptops

    - New/Used Printers

    - Flash Drives/Thumb Drives/ USB 10 Key Numeric Keypad for PCUSB flash drives

    We are happy to provide an in-kind donation receipt for tax purposes.

    Monetary donations in the form of cash or check made payable to Washington CASH will also be accepted at the donation table in Pigott.  Online donations can be submitted here.  Receipts will be provided by Washington CASH for tax purposes.

    Seattle University MBA students are joining other Business schools in a nation-wide service effort to give back to their communities. 

    Please bring your donations to the tables in the Paccar Atrium, first floor, of Pigott between 5 and 6 p.m. during the week of April 19-22!

    Thanks very much for your support.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:  


    Learning Project Management thru a service-learning Project in OPER 576

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/15/2010 11:31:06 AM

    I think all of us will have to handle projects soon or later in our lifetime.  One of the reasons I like to take this class is that we need to work with local non-profit agencies near campus on light reconstruction/“make-over” projects to learn project management.  This gives us hands on experience.  It is definitely a win-win situation.  We will be mastering skills such as problem definition, project scoping, client relations, time estimation, budgeting, scheduling, supply management, project team management, resource allocation, time/cost tradeoffs, risk assessment, task coordination, team-building, negotiation, progress monitoring, and post-project assessment.  This time we are working with YouthCare’s Orion Center.

    YouthCare’s Orion Center: Is a multi-service facility open to youth ages 13-22. It offers a safe, open place where youth can access a multitude of services from meals to case management. The Orion Center’s services include the Drop-in Center with showers, lockers, laundry and meals; Case Management; HIV Case Management; Street Outreach; the Orion Interagency School; the Working Zone pre-employment training program.

    PROJECT: This center’ storage loft currently contains extra clothing, hygiene supplies, non-perishable food items, computer equipment, and maintenance supplies. Due to the wide variety and significant quantity of items, the approximately 10’x 25’ space (which is also infringed by air-ducts and pipes) is currently an over-crowded mess. The existing shelving is not adequate to store its ‘inventory’ and, as a result, boxes of coats and random clothing have piled up in the already narrow walkway, leading to an obstacle course and a treasure hunt whenever items must be retrieved. Our goal is to create a safer and more usable receiving and storing location.

    I am so happy that all our team members are so excited about this project and trying to make it happen.  At this early stage, we developed break down structures and high level of action plans.  A complete reflection will be posted at the end of the quarter.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   


    Business Plan Competition Tradeshow

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 4/13/2010 02:58:29 PM

    This afternoon, I had the opportunity to attend the Business Plan Competition Tradeshow. Graduate and undergraduate teams participating in this year’s business plan competition were on hand to walk attendees through their start-up ideas and to practice their business pitch. It was an excellent opportunity to observe first-hand how to effectively pitch a business plan and to identify which techniques were successful in maintaining my interest and which methods of delivery were too complex to follow. Students who are interested in honing their communication skills would benefit highly from participating in the Business Plan Competition. It forces you to think about and put into practice how to effectively capture someone’s attention, particularly in an environment saturated with competitors. Another benefit of participation is that it provides entrepreneurs with an opportunity to network with other business professionals and potential investors who can provide not only guidance and mentorship, but may also be a source of much-needed start-up funding.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at



    Posted by Thuy Vien on 4/6/2010 03:58:01 PM

    The small class size at Seattle University gives students the opportunity to get to know the outstanding faculty in the Albers School of Business. This dynamic interaction has encouraged fruitful collaborations in wide-ranging academic research topics from Business Ethics to Team Building to Corporate Finance. As a graduate student, the ability to work alongside a faculty member to dig deeper into a business topic of interest is highly rewarding, both personally and professionally. It allows us to see how the theories we are learning in the classroom have evolved and are evolving as new knowledge is incorporated into business practice, and to contribute towards this body of knowledge. Students interested in pursuing research as part of their MBA experience should speak with the faculty member they are interested in working with and inquire about the opportunities available for independent research credit. In addition to independent research projects, internships are an excellent way to build business experience and make contacts. More information about these topics can be found here.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at


    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH! for Jesuit MBA Service Week 2010

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/6/2010 01:22:18 PM

    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH(Community Alliance for Self-Help)

    Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH) provides the business training, supportive community and capital to help enterprising individuals with limited financial resources gain self-sufficiency through small business ownership.

    Week-long donation drive April 19-22 in Pigott!

     All donations big and small will help entrepreneurs succeed.  We're looking for:

    - Office Supplies (paper, pens, staplers, whiteboards, paperclips, tape, etc)

    - Organization tools (file folders/bins, planners, etc)

    - Software (Microsoft Office, Customer Management System Software, Quickbooks, etc)

    - New/Used Laptops

    - New/Used Printers

    - Flash Drives/Thumb Drives/ USB 10 Key Numeric Keypad for PCUSB flash drives

    We are happy to provide an in-kind donation receipt for tax purposes.

    Monetary donations in the form of cash or check made payable to Washington CASH will also be accepted at the donation table in Pigott.  Online donations can be submitted here.  Receipts will be provided by Washington CASH for tax purposes.

    Seattle University MBA students are joining other Business schools in a nation-wide service effort to give back to their communities. 

    Please bring your donations to the tables in the Paccar Atrium, first floor, of Pigott between 5 and 6 p.m. during the week of April 19-22!

    Thanks very much for your support.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    Reflection from Taking MBA 516 Management of People

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/1/2010 11:26:11 AM

    A lot of people say that the most challenging task is to manage people.  People are constantly changing.  After taking MBA 516 with Dr. Jennifer Marrone, I disagree with the statement above because people could be manageable if you use the right tools.  Think of doing a team project with three other students who have different cultures and backgrounds, we spent a lot of time at the beginning to form a solid common goal.  Just like the professor said, a good beginning leads to a good ending.  Also, I have learned that expectation is a powerful tool to make the team succeed.  Because I had expectation on my teammates, plus I was doing my job right and on time, they felt more responsible in completing their own tasks.  Another thing I learned was our team embraced and capitalized on everyone’s strengths.  We allowed a different person to take leadership roles through the quarter and it worked very effectively.  For example, I was in charge of research; Teammate A was in charge of communication; Teammate B was in charge of PowerPoint presentation.

    At the end of the quarter, we had a productive progress and relationship on this team project.  I have understood that a good manager (leader) must have an ongoing conversation about rewards, performance and expectation in an environment where people are encouraged to recognize their peers, both on and outside your team.  Leaders need to offer specific and meaningful recognition by telling employees exactly why you value their behavior or contribution. I am sure these valuable management tools will stick with me for a long time.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:  

    New GMAT MATH Class

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 3/30/2010 01:47:27 PM

    Seattle University has recently announced a new GMAT Quantitative review class starting April 16th. The class is intended for applicants who would like to focus on improving their quantitative skills and increasing their confidence in the math part of the GMAT exam. The class meets in Seattle on April 16th, 17th, 30th and May 1st on Fridays from 5:30-9:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm. More information about the GMAT Quantitative review class and a link to register for the class can be found here.

    • 15 hours of classroom time with a business school instructor
    • Devoted to the quantitative section of the test
    • Includes the Official Guide for GMAT® Quantitative Review
    • Proven strategies for approaching Data-Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions
    • Convenient hours and location at both our Seattle and Bellevue campuses

    Class Fee: $400.00

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at

    Wet Your Feet and Feel the Water

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/30/2010 11:46:14 AM

    The title says it all in a nutshell about the multiple consulting courses offered by the school - New Venture Consulting, International Business Consulting,  Business Sustainability Consulting and Community Development & Entrepreneurship Clinic I & II. These courses are fantastic opportunities that allow students to apply their academic knowledge in solving a real world business issue/issues and to come up with the best strategic, practical and implementable solution.

    I took International Business Consulting course in Fall 09 with professor Tom Kelley. The consulting firm for my project was a local biotech company that wanted to increase their marketshare by gaining an indepth understanding of their customers. We reached out to 8000+ worldwide potential and current customers representing 15+ countries. Feedback response rate was ~ 2.5%, higher than the industry average of ~1%. We ended up giving four strategic recommendations to the company, all of them being considered towards their business development planning. While working on such projects there is no limitation on the amount of effort; You can expand as much as you want and in any direction. The goal is to crack client's business problem.

    So how does consulting help ?

    It is a great way for anyone wanting to learn more about a new industry or a different business domain. If you are thinking of a career change this course can help you give a feel about your target career (given the project is related to your target industry). Or you can just take this course to sharpen your business skills.

    This course covers full nine yards of consulting engagement process. You will learn to probe business problem, identify top/relevant pain points that the company is facing, think about possible and sometimes innovative solutions, perform research, learn about formal presentation techniques, write a structured project report and conclude all efforts by giving a 45 minute presentation to the executive team. Additionally, you will be working in a small team of 2~3 people. It is a great way to put your MBA 510 skills at play (and get the job done despite personality issues).

    Every quarter, the projects are as diverse as one can think of - from using speed boat racing opportunity to further business opportunties in Abu Dhabhi to helping Costco demystify their warehouse floor space and link it with sales. Albers offers different kinds of consulting courses that focus on different kinds of businesses, so there is quite a variety of consulting engagements to choose from.

    I highly recommend this course in enhancing your graduate program experience at Albers. Like professor Kelley says 'It's a hard grind going through the consulting engagement, but at the end you feel immensely satisfied'. 

    Written by Mehul Mediwala. Mehul can be reached at


    The Graduate Programs Open House, Tuesday April 6, 4:30-6:30pm

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/10/2010 01:12:17 PM

    If you’re considering a graduate program at Seattle University, please join us for: 

    The Graduate Programs Open House

    Tuesday, April 6


    Campion Ballroom

    Pigott  Laura


    At the Grad Programs Open House, you will have the opportunity to speak with graduate advisors, current graduate students, faculty, and alumni about the MBA, MPAC, MIB and MSF programs. We encourage current graduate students to invite their friends who are considering the Albers School of Business to attend this event.  To RSVP to this event, please visit us at:

    A campus map, directions, and parking information can be found on our website at:  Free parking will be available in the garage located at 11th and E. Cherry.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at



    Words of advice for starting your graduate studies at the Albers School of Business

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 3/9/2010 02:13:42 PM

    Nearing the last quarter of my MBA, I have been thinking about the things I wish I had known at the start of this journey.

    First, having lived and gone to school on the Seattle side of Lake Washington, I was afraid to venture over to the Bellevue campus until two quarters ago for fear of the traffic and parking. For those of you with the same reservations, I would recommend that you check out the Bellevue campus. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I didn’t encounter the traffic I feared and the parking was plentiful. 

    Second, I wish I had known was how easy it was to access business journal articles by searching the library databases. If you do a regular keyword search from the library’s website, you may only get access to abstracts. To get a PDF or HTML of the whole article, it may be necessary to go through the Business Source Complete database located on the library’s website.  This extra step has saved me much time and frustration.

    Third, I wish I had known how easy it is to use the statistical modeling software we have access to through the computers at the Albers School. Taking thirty minutes to learn the basics on a Monte Carlo simulation program will make your papers and presentations really stand out.

    Fourth, I wish I had known how quickly the MBA program goes by! My advice to incoming students is to take advantage of the opportunities to network with your classmates and if you have time, try an internship in your area of interest. I did two internships this past year, and learned valuable lessons from both of them. It allowed me the freedom to explore potential careers and it was a great opportunity to network with those already in the field. Good luck in your graduate endeavors!

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at



    SU Strengthens its Commitment to Help Youth Succeed in the Community

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/4/2010 03:51:59 PM

    After attending the SU Youth Initiative Forum this afternoon, I have realized deeply that there are a huge number of youth in our community who are waiting for support, especially those coming from low-income families.  We have the responsibility to inspire the youth to growth in a safe and positive learning environment by encouraging them and supporting them with our experiences and resources.  It is very important to help them accomplish their dreams, increase their confidence, and make them aware of the steps they need to take in order to overcome the challenges.  It is very true that many youth face major academic challenges, barriers to graduating from high school, and lack of access to higher education.

    Having the professors, undergraduates and graduates in the forum was very helpful because they came up with so many great ideas, such as organizing college visits, setting up mentor programs, inviting community leaders to do workshops, and creating summer jobs and volunteer opportunities, etc.  It includes field trips to SU so the youth can experience college life.  Moreover, we talked about how to make more meaningful and interactive after school programs for the youth.  The most important thing for SU Youth Initiative is the University will offer support throughout the many phases of a child’s life, both in and out of school, pre-K through high school and beyond.

    A great program can fail if we don’t have good people involved.  In order to put words into action, SU Youth Initiative is looking for Albers Graduate students to help organize different events.

    For more information, please visit

    Please remember, Youth are our future.  Together, we can build a better community.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:  


    Posted by Thuy Vien on 3/1/2010 03:20:18 PM

    For graduate students seeking scholarships, I highly recommend checking out I registered on this site last week and found it was very user-friendly. After filling out a simple questionnaire about my educational background and interests, it highlighted some scholarships I may qualify for, based on my answers to the questionnaire. I haven’t received any unwanted emails from this site, and it has proven informative in providing me with details about the opportunities, such as what the deadlines were and allowing online access to the application forms, along with a link to print out a PDF of the forms for those who prefer to mail in their applications.

    A word of caution: There are two websites that may be confused with (without the “the” in the beginning) and Ensure that you are at theWASHBOARD.orgto avoid any confusion.


    Another good website for scholarship opportunities can be found at

    This site, run by the Albers School of Business and Economics, is a great resource with local and national scholarships, along with links to information about federal student loans and fellowship opportunities.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at


    Albers Executive Speaker Deanna Oppenheimer Shares Insights of Banking Industry

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 2/24/2010 03:22:42 PM

    SU Executive Speaker Event and Student Ambassador Meeting next Thur. March 4

    Topic: "Retail Banking: The Way Forward."

    The Albers School at Seattle University invites you to attend the Albers Executive Speaker Series withDeanna Oppenheimernext Thursday, March 4th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  This event willbe held in theAuditorium on the first floor of the Pigott Building (Building 38 on the map).  The Executive Speaker Series is an opportunity for students to learn from executives around the Puget Sound region. The business leaders are invited to speak on a topic of their choice and then respond to questions. The Albers Executive Speaker Series is free and open to the public. 

    Prospective students who may have questions about the Albers School of Business are encouraged to meet with a Graduate Student Ambassador in Pigott 416 from 5:00 to 5:30pm. They are available to answer questions you may have about graduate student life and the application process. Please RSVP to this event at

    Driving directions and a campus map can be found on our website at:  


     Please join Joseph Phillips, Dean,

    Albers School of Business and Economics

    for an Executive Speaker Series Event featuring


    Deanna Oppenheimer

    CEO UK Retail Bank, Vice-Chair Global Retail Bank



    Thursday, March 4, 2010 

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    in Pigott Auditorium

    Deanna Oppenheimer 



    SU Business Plan Competition Develops Great Entrepreneurs!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 2/24/2010 01:01:01 PM

    Can you believe it? Seattle University is celebrating its 12th annual Business Plan Competition which is designed to help students and alumni in launching new business ventures and prepare students for opportunities in entrepreneurship in their future careers.  The SU Business Plan Competition is committed to provide participating students with an integrative and exceptional learning experience.

    I had an opportunity to interview Emily Marshall, who was the final winner of SU Business Plan Competition last year.  She told me that participating and winning the business plan competition was absolutely the highlight of her SU MBA experience. 

    Below is the reflection of Emily Marshall on the SU Business Plan Competition.

    “Since I found out about it, I’ve been interested in participating in the Seattle University Business Plan Competition.  I heard it was a great opportunity to really learn how to start my own business because of all the support provided by the SU Entrepreneurship Center.   Honestly I didn’t think I was going to compete last year because I didn’t have a “brilliant idea” for a new business.  However I told the head of the Entrepreneurship Center Steve Brilling that I was interested in competing and he hooked me up with SU alum Josh Marti and his company Point Inside. 

    I learned so much!!!  I learned how to write a business plan, how to hone the company message, how to explain a complicated technology using simple language, how to create financials, how to do a business valuation, how startup funding works (with Angels and Venture Capitalists), what investors are looking for and how to do an investor pitch. 

    Participating and winning the business plan competition was absolutely the highlight of my SU MBA experience.  I got to put into practice everything I’ve learned and learn by doing.  We were given expert mentors, were coached by real investors and presented our pitch to dozens of local investors.  Following the competition our company raised over a half million dollars (even in this economy!!) and I know that the Business Plan Competition helped give us the confidence, the contacts and the right pitch.  I also got a job out of the deal!  Today I am the Technical Business Development Manager for PointInside.”

    Don’t hide your great ideas and talents.  Instead, you should use it and develop it by joining the SU Business Plan Competition. 

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: 

    Ideas from Emily Marshall, SU MBA 2010, Final Winner of SU Business Plan Competition 2009


    SU Helps Students Get Into Careers Thru Networking Workshops and Internship Fair

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 2/4/2010 03:19:35 PM

    There are always some good times and bad times. Obviously, we are now in the bad times due to the economic crisis.  A lot of research firms expected that the U.S. job market will not recover until early 2011. 

    However, SU Albers career placement center hosted a networking workshop and networking reception for graduate students which provided them with an opportunity to connect with local business executives in the Puget Sound area and to build their professional network.  This is very important for students because more and more companies consider that softer skills (inter-personal, participation, negotiation, listening, communication, etc) play a heavier role in career development as opposed to just technical skills.  Going to the networking workshop and spending time to talk to the recruiters shows your passion and commitment in a great way.  For example, I had a chance to talk to an Expeditors recruiter and found out if I started as an internship; I could be transferred to their China office possibly.   More importantly, the recruiter passed my resume directly to the hiring manager.

    On Feb. 4th, Seattle University Career Services, in partnership with the Albers Placement Center and the College of Arts & Sciences, hosted the annual Internship Fair. The goal of this fair is to connect students with high quality internship programs providing opportunities for internships in the coming winter and spring quarter or over the summer.  In such a tough job market, doing an internship is a best way to be hired.  For instance, Amazon recruiter Josh said, “most of their MBA interns got hired and stayed with the company after they completed the summer internship.”  No wonder the internship fair was packed full of students.  29 companies, including, T-Mobile, State Farm, Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines, Expeditors International, and City of Seattle were represented.

    In my opinion, graduate students must be able to stretch their comfort zone and to actively seek different learning opportunities to develop their career paths.  Networking and internships could be a good start.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:


    I LOVE STUDY TOURs.........The world is bigger than you imagined.

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 1/27/2010 04:34:08 PM

    As an immigrant from China, I am so happy to have the opportunity to live and study in the U.S because I have gained and learned so much.  I feel more self-aware and socially-aware.  But for a lot of American students, I encourage you to take advantage of the study tour programs because it gives you a life learning and fulfilling experience.  For example, it helps you create global awareness; it helps you promote international security; it helps you enhance academic learning; it helps you develop leadership skills; it helps you advance your career; it helps you experience personal growth; and it helps you learn another language and culture. 

    Lincoln Commission (2005) says, “For their own future and that of the nation, it is essential that college graduates today become globally competent.” The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad writes that study abroad or study tour is a key element in students’ education for careers and citizenship in a globalizing world. It provides unique opportunities for students to learn about and appreciate cultures and perspectives different from their own, to confront and explore their own assumptions, to achieve greater proficiency in another language and to overcome with the challenge of living in an unfamiliar context.” 

    Seattle University has been actively promoting the study tour and study abroad programs to all students. Reading thousands of books is not as good as going on a trip. Daft, Douglass H., Chairman and CEO of the Coca Cola Company says, "For almost three decades of my career at The Coca-Cola Company, I lived and worked in Asia. From Singapore to Tokyo to Beijing, I learned about different local cultures by living and working in those cultures. It gave me a profound respect for how people are different, and also for how we are the same.”

    Want to hear multiple perspectives from other people who enrolled in the Study Abroad or Study Tour program, please click this link.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:



    Posted by Thuy Vien on 1/19/2010 02:41:11 PM

    As a MBA student, I spend a lot of time on campus, studying. Recently, I rediscovered a great alternative to the Pigott graduate student lounge: the McGoldrick Collegium. There are areas to relax and catch up with friends, a moderate-sized kitchen and fridge, complete with the most important of appliances for grad students: a coffee maker, and computers with printers. The best part is that these conveniences come packaged in a warm, inviting space that makes you want to linger long after you’ve finished your class readings. I would highly encourage those students who spend a lot of time studying on campus to check out the McGoldrick Collegium! The McGoldrick Collegium offers free enrollment and is open to graduate students from any department. It is located on the first floor of Hunthausen, the building across the lawn from Pigott.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at


    Helpful and Experienced Albers Faculty

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 1/13/2010 03:16:35 PM

    Oneof the most important elements that made me choose Seattle University Albers Business School was the quality and helpfulness of its faculty.  Not only do they have the essential skills and deep knowledge in the fields, but also they are always willing to help any students succeed in such a tough job market.  For example, I took Marketing 350 that was taught by Jay Lambe in my undergraduate program.  He brought extensive real-world work experience and developed my marketing skills to a higher lever.  He understood each student’s strengths and weaknesses. He did a good job in clarifying and explaining the concepts on some challenging topics as well as building a comfortable learning environment for his students.  I became an active participant after taking his class.  Moreover, he was always available to answer questions.  You can imagine that if a professor has passion to teach, he would like to stay with his students as much as possible.  Jay spent an immeasurable amount of personal time with the students to ensure they were fully prepared for the presentations.  I often saw him on the weekend at school when I studied here.  This is not all.  Two years after taking his class, one afternoon I was walking in the hallway of Albers and ran into Jay.  We both greeted, and then he asked me if I had a job because he wanted to introduce me to a growing marketing firm.  I was totally shocked because I only mentioned to him once that I was interested in marketing.  Jay just remembered it and tried his best to look for a good career fit for his student.  I highly recommend any course that is taught by Jay.

    If you want to read more about Professor Jay Lambe’s bio, please click here.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:

    Albers Executive Speakers Series

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 1/12/2010 02:31:27 PM

     I am excited to meet with prospective graduate students tomorrow before the Albers Executive Speakers talk and to attend the event with them. Twice a quarter, the Albers School brings in executives from around the Puget Sound to share their perspective about being business leaders in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a great opportunity to investigate how the theories we learn in the classroom get applied in real businesses and to gain insight into how to manage the larger issues that executives encounter. The Albers Executive Speakers series is open to the public and I encourage prospective and admitted students to take advantage of this opportunity!

     Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at


    My favorite MBA class!

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 12/16/2009 04:23:12 PM

     One of the most informative, interesting and relevant classes I have taken in the MBA program is BLAW 575. It is designed for entrepreneurs but I found that the knowledge I gained from the class is useful for all business people, especially those seeking executive or managerial roles. The topics we covered included the legal responsibilities of executives and key employees in starting a new company and recruiting employees, structuring ownership agreements and dividing ownership claims, issuing stocks, how to save money using tax planning, forming and working with a Board of Directors, how to raise money through family and friends, angel investors and venture capital, human resources and employment law, managing legal issues in mergers & acquisitions and how to protect your company’s intellectual property. I found that this class was a good combination of the global perspective that executives need, along with enough details to ensure proper legal management of a company. I enjoyed analyzing and discussing the various cases involved with each topic and the panel of entrepreneurial experts that joined our class for one session to share their experiences in forming companies. This class has given me a solid foundation in business law. For those considering it as an elective, I would highly recommend this class!

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at


    Tips for Surviving Finals Week

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/11/2009 02:28:17 PM

    How time flies!  This is finals week.  When I walked to the library, the computer lab and even Pigott lobby, I felt the intense atmosphere about final exams.  For me, it was not an easy Quarter because I worked two part-time jobs, took care of a newborn son and took two MBA classes at the same time. I am happy that I finished my finals on the 9th of December, so I would like to share some tips that I used to deal with the finals. 

    1: Get enough sleep.

    You will do better if you are rested.  Cramming often leads to a superficial and confused knowledge of the material you studied.

    2:Resist the urge to party before finals.

    This is the holiday season.  You might be invited to different parties.  Why don’t you use this free time to get started on your class materials?  The earlier you start studying, the better results you will have.  The final is a big part of your final grade (usually 30% or more), in which case it is more likely to make a significant difference in your final average. REMEMBER: if you party, you will need to recover!

    3: Manage your time with a system like time log.

    I found out it is very effective to make a time table before finals.  This includes study time (big chunk), sleeping (another big chunk), exercise time, and some small breaks.  You will study more effectively if you spread things out and take breaks.

    4:Stay focused.

    You cannot change the grades of the assignments that you have done, so the best strategy is to stay focused by reviewing the class materials and studying with good group members.  You will learn more and be better prepared if you find someone who is also committed to studying.

    5: When the exam is over, let it go, have some fun.

    You should forget about the exam when it is over.  Life needs to move on, so why not enjoy a break and prepare for a new quarter?

    Written by Derek Zhao,



    Posted by Thuy Vien on 12/7/2009 03:21:46 PM


    One of the things I have appreciated about the Albers School of Business is the easy access to resources I have to accomplish my tasks.  For new students and admitted students, I would highly recommend checking out the databases and articles at the Interim Library, such as Harvard Business Review, LexisNexis, Value Line and Morningstar. They provide rapid access to information you will need in researching industries. I have found them indispensible in preparing market research studies for my Marketing, Finance and Business Law classes. Best of all, this access is FREE!

    To gain access, simply begin your search at the Interim Library’s webpage, type in the resource you are interested in and log in using your student ID and password.

    Another convenience I have frequently taken advantage of is the online access we have to computer programs at the Albers School through Virtual Desktop. By logging in at this website, we can access all the computer programs the Albers School from our homes, rather than having to come onto campus. Virtual Desktop has allowed me to use a Monte Carlo simulation program while working from home, a feature I have found invaluable for getting through my finance class.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at




    Amazing MBA 510 retreat builds future team leaders

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/4/2009 12:38:33 PM

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    Can you imagine standing on a ladder that was shaking and 50 feet off the ground on a rainy cloudy day?  I remember that my heartbeat increased dramatically and I could not breathe.  Two of my teammates and I supported each other by pushing, pulling, and cheering.  I heard nothing except very loud voices from the classmates on the ground such as “You can do it, you can do it”, “We are here for you”, “Almost there, and you got it”, etc.   Each activity was designed to be completed by all team members.  We played rode jumping, cable walking, flat wall climbing, blindfolded walking, ladder climbing and many other challenging games.  I was amazed to see how each individual came up to help the whole team to finish each task even though some of them had back pain, twisted ankle and fear of heights.  I never realized how important an effective team was until this retreat.  From the retreat, I confirmed again that people are different.  We have different strengths and weaknesses.  In order to complete a task successfully, we ought to help each other and trust each other.  For example, I realized the necessity of teamwork while I was climbing the 13 foot flat wall with no safety gear except my teammates who were pushing and holding me on the bottom and some pulling me from the top.  If you ask me what three things I had taken away from this retreat, I would say “trusting your teammates”, “listening to others” and “willingness to help others at any time”.  Moreover, my classmates and I became very good friends.  We enjoy going out together because our relationships are much deeper.  I am sure that this intense 3-day retreat will stick in my mind and influence me positively for a very long period of time.  Finally, I wanted to say that “MBA 510 Tuesday Session” rocks!

    What is MBA 510?

    MBA 510 focuses on self-assessment, tools for developing leadership skills, and concepts of, and practice in group dynamics. A retreat component and service project emphasize individual growth and team building. It is completed in the first or second quarter of the student's program.

    Written by Derek Zhao,



    Aiming to develop Win-Win between Mentor (Jerry Huffman) & Mentee (myself)

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 11/25/2009 01:49:01 PM


    It was a rainy morning and I was rushing to meet my mentor Jerry Huffman (Assistant Vice President for Human Resources at SU).  I stepped into his office and looked at the clock.  I was 5 minutes late.  This was not a good impression if I were there for a job interview.  A smile from Jerry calmed me down.  Once we introduced ourselves, we talked about how to make this partnership meaningful. Coordinated by the Albers Placement Center, the Albers Mentor Program is highly acclaimed by the business community and our students. This program is in its 20th year.  It is a unique opportunity for graduate-level and senior undergraduate students to work with upper level executives from leading Puget Sound businesses. Of course, I wanted to learn every single detail from Jerry who had been with one of three largest trucking companies (Paccar) for 25 years.  His success and experience inspire me to become a leader someday.

    In summary, he mentioned to me the importance of having resilience, flexibility, commitment and willingness to learn and be challenged.  In addition, I was told that students must stay focused on their tasks from school, work or home.  Moreover, Jerry emphasized that we should work with great and smart people if possible because they are the ones who can teach you along the way.  But before someone teaches you, you ought to do your job right and try to improve yourself continuously.  Jerry even advised me how to maintain a healthy personal relationship as a couple which was totally beyond of my expectations.  I believe Jerry and I will become very good friends.

     Written by Derek Zhao,


    MBA or MSF?

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 11/23/2009 04:33:39 PM

     As a graduate student ambassador at the Albers School, prospective students often ask me why I chose to pursue the MBA degree rather than a MSF, given my interest in finance. For me, this decision was based on the flexibility of a MBA degree. Entering graduate school with a background in biomedical research, I envisioned pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry as a Commercialization Officer or Marketing Director upon graduation. However, after completing the core classes in marketing and finance, I realized that my true interests and skills were in finance. At this point, I considered changing my degree to the MSF because I wanted to have the strong background in finance that it would allow me to obtain. In addition, the advanced courses in finance held my interest more strongly than the core classes I still had left to finish for the MBA degree. In making my decision, I considered the direction I wanted to head with my career and the benefits of focusing exclusively on finance. I determined that although I would be able to take more classes of interest with a MSF, it would most likely be more important for me to be well-rounded in my business knowledge. Therefore, I decided to continue in the MBA program. Encountering prospective students who are wrestling with the same decision, my advice to them is to consider their career objectives and the types of problems they enjoy solving. My advanced finance classes are courses I look forward to because the subject matter highly interests me; however, I have gained a great appreciation for the breadth of knowledge that the MBA program has enabled me to obtain.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at:



    Albers pushes me to go above and beyond and opens the doors for success.

    Posted by Laura Hauck-Vixie on 11/18/2009 04:08:18 PM

    After two campus tours and a class sit-in, I decided to choose Albers School of Business and Economics because it has a collaborative culture, commitment to education, and supported peer and alumni connections.  Fortunately, I received my bachelors degree here in International Business and Information System.  During the years of undergraduate, I experienced how Albers helped its students develop their potential and achieve their goals.  The professors and staff team up and assist the students using their maximum efforts.   In my senior year, I advantage of the mentor program because it allowed me to connect and learn from an experienced executive of a large company.  Without question, I once again joined the mentor program for my MBA.  I encourage all prospective graduate students to consider Albers as their destination for higher education.  In here, you are not alone.  Albers has the greatest people, programs and connections you need so that you will become the leaders of the future.

    Written by Derek Zhao,