Updates from the MBA Director, Dr. Eugene Sivadas
Meet the Graduates Autumn 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017
MBA Alumni Profile: Anne Reedy
MBA Faculty Profile: Dr. John Inman
MBA Study Tour Rome Spring 2017
MBA Association News & Events
MBA Program EVent & Text Message Sign up
Milgard MBA Student and Alumni Updates
Hope this finds you in the best of spirits. The spring edition of the newsletter is by far my favorite one as it gives us the opportunity to celebrate our graduating group of students. You will see their profiles inside. Spring quarter also marked the successful completion of Milgard School's first ever global study tour (please see a brief writeup inside). The program will be admitting applications for Fall till July 15. We would appreciate your recommending your colleagues and friends to our program. As you may know, we have decided to deliver the program in a slightly different format (classes will meet one night a week plus two Saturdays through the quarter instead of two nights a week) from Autumn 2017. We will also use some online learning tools with this delivery. Please read on to learn more about other program events and activities such as our spring quarter executive speaker and MBA Association events. Have a wonderful summer.
These gradautes will be celebrated at the Milgard MBA hooding ceremony on Tuesday, June 13th.
Annie received her Bachelor of Science degree from UW Seattle in 1998. After graduation, Annie and her husband moved to Washington, D.C., where she began her career in medical research with the Department of Defense. Annie ultimately recognized that her on-the-job training and years of work experience were not enough for prospective employers to consider her for the more advanced leadership positions that interested her, so she decided to pursue a graduate degree.
After moving back to Washington state, Annie returned to school in 2008. Juggling a demanding work schedule as an executive at a national non-profit organization, entering a graduate program, and raising two small children would require a convenient class schedule and close proximity to work and home. Annie chose to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at the Milgard School of Business because of Milgard’s reputation for academic excellence, the program’s evening class schedule, and its convenient location in downtown Tacoma.
One of the things Annie appreciated most about the program was being part of a cohort of students who shared their educational journey. Having a small number of students in the program allowed for deeper connections between students and faculty, both inside and outside of the classroom. The program provided the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding about business concepts through applying what students learn in the classroom to real-world situations, and being part of a familiar group of students enriched the process.
Annie also enjoyed getting to know faculty at the Milgard School of Business. Faculty expect academic excellence and they are collaborative, approachable, and invested in each student’s success. The structure of the Milgard MBA reflected the commitment of faculty to students. For example, throughout the program, there were opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom through practicum experiences in which students would engage with business leaders and organizations in the community. In one practicum, Annie learned about her current employer, MultiCare Health System. As part of a course on non-profit management and board governance, Annie was assigned a mentor on the MultiCare Health System Foundation’s Board of Directors. She attended board meetings, conducted informational interviews with several board members, and with the help of her mentor, conducted an overall assessment of the Board’s governance structure. As a leader of another non-profit organization in her professional life and a MBA student, the experience provided in this course proved to be invaluable. It reinforced and expanded her non-profit leadership experience through her participation with an experienced, effective non-profit board.
Annie is currently employed as the Executive Director for the Institute of Research and Innovation at MultiCare Health System. She joined MultiCare in 2011 as the Research Manager for the newly formed Research Institute. Six years later, the Institute has grown significantly in size and scope, more than doubling the number of dedicated FTEs to research and research revenues. Her MBA has directly contributed to her success in leading the Institute through change and growth in a very competitive industry.
The courses offered by Milgard’s MBA program, including negotiations, strategy, accounting, communications, and non-profit management have provided Annie with the tools and knowledge to be an effective leader. While she misses the technology and focus of military research, she finds civilian research very rewarding. She shared, “There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a patient benefit from the medical therapies we are studying. Our research brings hope to our patients; hope for a cure and for a better quality of life.”
For students seeking to join the MBA program, Annie suggests identifying time-management strategies that allow for a work/school-life balance. She also suggests that students take advantage of networking opportunities by creating connections with the various MBA cohorts. Classmates will enhance learning and the overall experience. She stated that the relationships cross over into the world of employment long after the MBA program is over.
Dr. Inman earned his first master’s degree in Adult Education in 2003 from Oregon State University. He was not finished learning though, so he pursued his second master’s degree in Human and Organization Systems and a doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University. Inman stated, “When my major professor in Adult Education asked me why I chose Adult Education rather than a MBA, I said, because I don’t like to focus on finance and marketing, I am interested in humans.” Inman’s passion lies in learning about humans and how they learn, grow, and perform together.
Inman is an experiential teacher. His courses generally include a lot of group work; his method for teaching is to set up contexts where students create a community to learn together from the materials he provides. Inman creates a relevant context for his students so they will relate the group work back to their professional lives, thereby allowing students to grow in their careers.
Inman shared that his 40 years of experience working in business allows him to thrive off feedback. He often uses his students’ real-time input to shape the classes he teaches to the learning needs and preferences of the particular class. Inman likes to point out the ways in which the content he is teaching is applicable to the real world of business, which is particularly helpful at the master’s degree level.
Dr. Inman stated that choosing a position at the University of Washington Tacoma was through networking. He had written a case study while at T-Mobile as a Leadership Development Manager about how he resolved issues between two adversarial leadership teams. Dr. Robert Marshak and Dr. Gervase Bushe, founders of Dialogic Organization Development (OD), asked if he was interested in writing an article about his experience as an OD practitioner. Inman was interested, but said that he would need help packaging the article for publication. Bushe recommended that Dr. Inman connect with Dr. Tracy Thompson, an associate professor at the Milgard School of Business, to co-author the article—the rest is history. Dr. Inman added that he has been very happy with his choice to join the school.
Inman is currently the co-principal investigator with David Hirschberg, for a non-profit business incubator, the Readiness Accelerator and Incubation Network (RAIN). Inman is the business side of the project, which involves building business processes and development; when dealing with clients, he acts as the commercialization director, while David works in research and development. Per Inman, “RAIN is a biotech medical incubator. The project is designed off-campus so that there were no intellectual property issues. It is a collaborative effort between MultiCare Research, Madigan Army Medical Center, and University of Washington Tacoma. The project is designed to help a start-up business at any stage, and to support them in moving out to scale.” Any type of start-up that deals with “humans as living systems” is ideal for the project. RAIN launched to be an economic development engine—as a catalyst of new industry in the Tacoma area, which will provide community development through job creation, new businesses, and opportunities for students.
For those looking to enter the MBA program at the Milgard School of Business, Inman recommends choosing a personal schedule for studying and being committed to it. He believes the program can be very fulfilling, but a student takes out of it what they put into it. The program helps students, from the South Sound area and beyond, prepare for new careers and develop their current careers in business.
In early May, twelve MBA students traveled to Rome, Italy to participate in Tacoma’s first study abroad course for business students. For eight days they studied Renaissance Thinking for Contemporary Leadership. Using the UW Rome Center for a home base, Rome was their classroom as they explored the Pantheon, Coliseum, Roman Forum, American Academy in Rome, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s basilica, and more. They examined their assumptions about themselves and others, leadership, and why we study the past. As one student said, “I want to study the Coliseum (and the ancient sites) so that I can figure out what my own “Coliseum” will be, that will stand the test of time.” Another student, upon discovering the Coliseum was built in only eight years, exclaimed, “How was that possible 2000 years ago?! We can’t even get I-5 repaired in that amount of time!"
June 10, 2017 4-7pm: MBAA Annual Spring Social & End of year celebration at Pacific Grill Events Center
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 MBAA leadership team:
President: John Rogers
VP of Internal Networking: Christi Powers
VP of External Networking: Joy Sage
Treasurer: Evelynn Garvida-Graves
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On Tuesday, May 16th the MBA Executive Speaker Series hosted Jim Hilger, Chief Accounting Officer, DaVita Inc. Look for emails in the fall about our Autumn quarter speaker.
The MBA program would like to acknowledge the great work of Kady Whittaker, BABA Accounting '17 for her assistance with the MBA newsletter the past two academic years. Kady balanced a full-time job at law firm with her BABA Accounting courses and assisted the MBA program by interviewing current students and alumni and writing up their profiles for the newsletter. Kady graduates this quarter with her BABA Accounting and will be back in autumn quarter for the Master's of Accounting program. Thank you, Kady!
Meridith Hatch, MBA '15 joined Sound Credit Union in April as their new Digital Marketing Product Manager.
Ryan Finley, MBA '13 will returning to the Puget Sound region this fall. "After three years in LA I'm going to be returning to the Puget Sound as part of a pretty cool project. I've been working with a company called Carbon Five, which is a consultancy that makes software products such as web and mobile applications for a variety of different kinds of companies. In September I will be part of the team opening our new office in Seattle to serve the PNW."
Josh Clearman, MBA student announces the birth of son, George on March 16th.