Executive Development Program

Foster School of Business

Foster School of Business


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About the course

The Executive Development Program at UW Foster School of Business is a nine-month work-compatible certificate program designed for busy professionals who want access to advanced business knowledge without the time or financial commitment of a traditional MBA degree program.

The Executive Development Program focuses on concepts and tools that you can use to become a more strategic thinker, effective manager, and decision-maker. Our curriculum provides an integrated view of business management, from fundamental principles to entrepreneurship and innovation in today’s marketplace.



Understand transformational leadership. Develop your own leadership philosophy to inform your presence in the workplace.

Organizational and Change Management

Major topics include teamwork, perception and decision-making, motivation, strategic organizational design, corporate culture, and organizational change.

Competitive Strategy

Understand how the basic concepts of market segmentation and positioning are essential to the strategic planning process. Consider what distinguishes successful product or service launches from those that fail relative to go-to-market strategy.

Sales and Negotiation Skills

Become a more effective negotiator and improve your understanding of sales cycles through proven techniques for building and maintaining relationships, applying appropriate power and influence, structuring agreements, and developing buy-in.

Corporate Finance Concepts

Enhance your understanding of essential finance principles and practices, including company valuation and corporate investments.

Financial and Managerial Accounting

Learn to successfully interpret and utilize accounting data for planning, reporting, and daily business decisions.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Gain insight into how entrepreneurs conceive, adapt, and execute strategies to drive growth. Examine how leaders effectively use structure and processes to enhance innovation and creativity within their organizations.

Business Communication Skills

The business communication skills and strategies course is designed to equip you with fundamental tools to connect, be clear and compel any audience. It is a highly interactive and personalized course where you will receive coaching and customized tools to enable immediate behavior change.

Brand Management Strategy

Learn how to create and maintain a market-oriented organization to lessen price pressure on products and grow a stable base of loyal customers. Identify key factors in successful brands that apply to your enterprise.


In the Executive Development Program (EDP), you will experience a variety of teaching styles with opportunities for both individual and group involvement. Lectures are interactive and allow you to relate the material to your own professional experience. Case studies, role-playing, small group work and other highly participative teaching techniques encourage your active involvement:

  • Faculty members present thought-provoking lectures pertinent to your current challenges and encourage participant involvement in the evening’s discussion.
  • Case study analysis and discussion of business problems focus on application in real-world businesses.
  • Company presentations give you an opportunity to develop your communication skills while you describe your function and organization to the group. You will learn about diverse industries and business units from other experienced professionals in the class.
  • Dinner discussions on Monday class evenings allow you to share work experiences and explore the best practices in your industry with your classmates in a relaxed setting.
  • Individual study prior to class strengthens your strategic thinking skills and prepares you for the classroom discussion.
  • Residential sessions kick off and end the program with an intensive two to four day learning experience at an off-campus location within driving distance from the Seattle area. The 2020-21 residential sessions will take place at Semiahmoo Resort in the fall and Suncadia Resort in the spring. Residential sessions allow you to move beyond just networking with your classmates toward forming lasting connections.


Gregory Bigley

Education BCom UofTest (1997) PhD University of California, Irvine (1996) MBA University of California, Irvine (1991) BA University of California, Los Angeles (1984) Academic Expertise leadership organizational behavior Current Research Trust, justice, and foundations of learning and flexibi...

Emily Cox Pahnke

Education PhD Stanford University MA Stanford University MBA Brigham Young University BS Brigham Young University Academic Expertise entrepreneurship technology and innovation strategy venture capital Honors and Awards Emerging Scholar Award, Technology and Innovation Management Division...

Crystal Farh

Education PhD University of Maryland, College Park (2012) BA Harvard University (2005) Academic Expertise creativity global business leadership organizational behavior teamwork Current Research Voice and creativity Teams and leadership Cross-cultural interfaces Positions Held At the Univ...

Charles Hill

Academic Division: Math & Science Academic Degrees Certificate of Advanced Study: Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments, Harvard University MA, Boston University BA, Boston University c

Suresh Kotha

Suresh is a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington where he holds the Olesen/Battelle Endowed Excellence Chair in Entrepreneurship. He joined the Foster Business School in 1996 and teaches courses in competitve strategy and entrepren...

Issariya Sirichakwal

Education PhD University of Washington (2013) MSBA University of Washington (2012) MBA University of Washington (2007) BE Chulalongkorn University (2000) Academic Expertise manufacturing management operations management operations research Current Research Advanced Manufacturing Systems and ...

Daniel Turner

Education PhD Northwestern University (2001) MBA Washington University in St. Louis (1993) BS Saint Louis University (1991) Current Research Student evaluation of teaching effectiveness and student learning, Business school and program rankings Positions Held At the University of Washington ...

Elizabeth Umphress

Education PhD Tulane University (2003) BA University of Texas (1997) Academic Expertise ethics organizational behavior Current Research Ethical Decision Making, Organizational Justice, Diversity Issues Positions Held At the University of Washington since 2011 Associate Professor at Texas A...

Patrick Bettin

Senior Lecturer, Michael G. Foster School of Business Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology Ph.D., Organizational Psychology, University of Washington, 1983 MS, Social Psychology, University of Washington, 1983 MS, Counseling Education, Long Island University, 1978 BBA, Business Admini...

Michael Johnson

Education PhD Michigan State University (2006) BA Hope College (1985) Academic Expertise decision making emotions leadership teamwork Michael Johnson is an Associate Professor of Management at the Foster School of Business. He has been a member of the faculty since 2006 and is the recipient ...

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