Global Bankers Program

Foster School of Business

Foster School of Business


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This program is designed for mid- and upper-level managers with 10-15 years of experience in the financial sector. Participants come from diverse geographies as well as diverse areas within banking and finance, from compliance and HR to lending and trade roles.

About the course

Expand Your Global Banking Networks

The financial services industry is in constant flux, requiring banking professionals to keep up with the changes. At the same time, an increasingly global economy demands a greater understanding of different markets and cultures. The Pacific Rim Bankers Program (PRBP) prepares you to manage these challenges.

This intensive two-week program helps you:

  • Enhance leadership and decision-making skills for a changing global economy
  • Develop a network of business contacts and become part of an extensive GBP alumni community worldwide.
  • Gain a new understanding of industry-changing forces such as risk, globalization and technology.
  • Improve decision-making skills with tools for assessing the competition, creating business strategies, analyzing opportunities, and responding to changing markets.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences as you learn alongside participants from the United States, Europe, Central Asia, North and South America, and Pacific Rim countries.

Armed with new skills and new contacts, some GBP graduates go on to lead some of the world’s most influential banks. Register for GBP and make sure you and your colleagues are prepared to deal with the current and future changes in the financial industry.

Content overview

Communication Styles and Impact

Gain a better understanding of your personal communication style and the styles of others. Learn to adapt your approach to maximize effective communication with your customers and stakeholders.

Negotiations Skills

Become a more effective communicator and decision-maker through techniques for building and maintaining relationships, learning to apply appropriate influence, structuring agreements, and developing buy-in.

Technology Innovation

Sessions will focus on how to be more innovative and entrepreneurial in thinking about your customers and products. Consider ways to develop new technologies and services to better meet customer needs.

International Financial Markets

This module will address key issues on international finance and provide discussion on related developments such as post-GFC regulation, the Euro zone and Brexit, or the emergence of China as a financial center.

Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

The focus of this session will be technology disruption and what it means to compete in a world where technology is fundamentally transforming many industries.

Effective Leadership

Focus on the critical leadership attributes, qualities, skills, and competencies needed to create and sustain organizational success. We will explore the dynamic leadership issues facing today’s financial institutions.

Managing Organizational Change

Gain tools for diagnosing your work unit’s current operational state, envision how to improve performance, and develop a plan to bring about the desired change.

Industry Practices, Products, and Prospects

Learn from executives in the banking and financial industry on topics such as industry ethics, deregulation, cybersecurity, and global economic change.


Michael Johnson

Education PhD Michigan State University (2006) BA Hope College (1985) Academic Expertise decision making emotions leadership teamwork Current Research Groups and Teams, Emotions and Stress, Social identities Honors and Awards Most Innovative Student Paper Award, 75th Annual Academy of Mana...

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...

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...

Jean Choy

Seasoned 25 year expert on university-based executive education, working with public and private organizations globally to help with their growth strategies by developing their leadership and management bench strengths. Her extensive understanding of different cultures and proficiency in English,...

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