Leadership Fellows

Become a Leadership Fellow

Being a Fritzky Leadership Fellow offers a select group of second-year, full-time MBA students in the Foster School of Business with the unique opportunity to advance and refine their leadership and strategic thinking skills. Each Fellow coaches and mentors up to 3 teams of first-year MBA students in autumn and winter quarters to support their adjustment to Foster and enhance their leadership and team capabilities.

Program Features


  • participate in training focused on learning leadership development strategies, models and methods of coaching.
  • engage in a two-credit Leadership and Coaching Practicum during autumn and winter quarters that exposes them to the latest work on leadership, strategic thinking, coaching, effective communication, and team performance
  • create leadership development goals and action plans, track progress toward these goals and receive developmental feedback from others
  • receive individual coaching from a professional leadership coach
  • work closely with other fellows in a supportive network that is focused on developing their leadership

Program Benefits

  • Greater self-awareness about your leadership
  • Increased ability to effectively lead others and manage interpersonal relationships
  • Improved skills in team development, conflict resolution, coaching and group facilitation

All Fellows are paid a stipend in fall and winter quarters for participating in this developmental experience.

These stipends are funded by a permanent endowment supported by the Fritzky family.

Interested in becoming a Leadership Fellow?
Click on the headings below to find out more about the roles and responsibilities of Leadership Fellows, as well as application information.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Leadership Fellows Program provides a select number of full-time second-year MBA students with the unique opportunity to significantly advance their leadership. The primary roles of Leadership Fellows are to support the team and individual development of first year MBA students during autumn and winter quarters, and to serve as a role model for developing others for their second year cohort. Through workshops, experiential activities, coaching and mentoring activities, Leadership Fellows strengthen their own leadership skills as well as their skills in coaching, team facilitation, conflict resolution, giving feedback, and team and leadership development.

The approximate time commitment during the autumn and winter quarters is 5-7 hours per week.

Leadership Fellows are expected to:

1. Act as an ambassador of the Leadership Fellows program to the entire Foster community.

2. Serve as a Fellow once selected until after Leadership Fellows for the following year have been oriented.

3. Attend and participate in all Fellow-related events, including workshops, coaching and training sessions. These include a multi-day kick-off session and skills training during the week of September 14, 2015 (dates tentative).

Note: Prior to accepting an offer to join Leadership Fellows, one must commit to arranging summer internship, travel, and personal plans to enable participation in the activities that will take place during the week of September 14. We also highly recommend that Fellows allocate a few hours if at all possible the prior week to meet with assigned first-year teams.

4. Engage in selected activities to support the LEAD professors in maximizing the meaning of the activities for each first-year student. Support LEAD professors in delivering LEAD follow-up session in winter quarter.

5. Develop and execute a plan for personal leadership growth over the course of your time as a Fellow. This includes periodic self-evaluation of progress and getting structured feedback from others.

6. Support 2-3 first year core teams per quarter. Meet with each team at least four times per quarter during autumn and winter quarters, in addition to 1-2 feedback sessions per quarter. Build and maintain a close relationship with assigned core team members. Stay abreast of the quality and development of your assigned teams.

7. Meet with assigned team members individually at least three times per quarter. Support the leadership development of each assigned team members. Maintain an assessment of the development and engagement of each team members.

8. Attend and fully participate in all Mgmt 511 sessions during autumn and winter quarters.

9. Participate in the Leadership Fellows recruiting process for the following year and attend recruiting-related events.

Each Leadership Fellow will receive a stipend of $1500 per quarter (autumn and winter) for successfully fulfilling the Leadership Fellow responsibilities outlined in items 6 and 7 above.

Timeline and Commitments

The Leadership Fellows program begins in the spring of the first year, and continues through the spring of the second year, with the main duties taking place during autumn and winter quarters of the second year. The approximate time commitment during autumn and winter is 5-7 hours per week.

Leadership Fellows are expected to commit to the responsibilities and events listed below.

Spring Quarter, first year

  • April or May (date TBD): Transition celebration with outgoing Leadership Fellows
  • April or May (Friday, date TBD): Half-day leadership development workshop

Summer between first and second years

  • Ongoing contact with program
  • Week of September 8 (dates tentative): Set up one meeting with each of your assigned teams to introduce yourself
  • Week of September 14 (dates tentative): Multi-day kick-off session and skills training

Note: Prior to accepting an offer to join Leadership Fellows, it is critical that you commit to arranging your summer internship, travel, and personal plans to enable participation in the activities that will take place the week of September 14. We also highly recommend that you allocate a few hours if at all possible the prior week to meet with your assigned teams.

Autumn & Winter Quarters, second year

  • Mentoring and coaching support for assigned first-year MBA teams, including 360 feedback sessions with teams
  • Individual mentoring and coaching of students on assigned first-year teams
  • Participation in MGMT 511 - Leadership and Coaching Practicum for 2 total credits
  • Support for LEAD professors in delivery of LEAD follow-up session
  • Support for recruitment of future Leadership Fellows

Spring Quarter, second year

  • Program transition to new cohort of Leadership Fellows

Application and Selection Process

The selection process for this program involves an application package, a structured interview, and review of other indicators of your ability to serve as a Leadership Fellow. Full-time MBA Class of 2016 students in good academic standing will be considered for selection.

The application process includes TWO key deadlines. You must complete both steps for your application to be complete.

Deadline #1: Jan 20, midnight - Submit your application package
Send the following application materials to CLST@uw.edu. Make sure to include your name and UW email address on all of your materials.
1. Application Essay - Write three short essays about the following topics (250-350 words per essay).

  • Topic #1: Why would you choose to be a Leadership Fellow above any other leadership role in Foster?
  • Topic #2: How do you want to grow and develop as a leader during your time at Foster? Describe the specific aspect(s) of leadership you want to strengthen, along with what you have done so far and what you plan to do to develop in those areas. Also, how will serving as a Leadership Fellow help you achieve your goals?
  • Topic #3: What has been a valuable piece of feedback you’ve received from a teammate or other source since you’ve been at Foster that has significantly shaped your leadership development? How did you interpret it, what made it valuable, and what steps have you taken, if any, to act on it?

2. Updated resume

3. List of extracurricular activities tentatively planned for next year (e.g., MBAA or club offices, board fellowships, TA positions, etc.)

4. Information about 2 people whom you will ask to serve as references.

  • At least one reference should be a fellow member of your autumn quarter core team.
  • Your team’s assigned Leadership Fellow(s) should not be used as a reference.
  • Provide the following information about each reference: Name, relationship (e.g. former colleague, former supervisor, MBA core team member, fellow club member), and email address.

5. Name of your Leadership Fellow(s)

Deadline #2: Fri, Feb 5, midnight – Complete online self-assessment survey and have two references complete the same survey about you

  • After receiving your complete application package, CLST will send a message to your UW email address with a link to an online assessment survey. You will be asked to rate yourself on several qualities that are important to the Leadership Fellows role, such as your leadership, communication, and effectiveness as a team member.
  • Your references will receive an email with a link to the same online questionnaire/feedback form.
  • You’re encouraged to notify your two references in advance that they will receive an email from the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking inviting them to complete a survey about you.
  • To ensure that these emails get through, you and your references are encouraged to have the email ID noreply@qemailserver.com added in your safe senders list.
  • Both your self-assessment and your references’ assessments of you must be completed and submitted by midnight February 5. Completion of this survey is necessary for your application package to be considered complete.

Additional key dates

  • Week of February 9: Interview invitations sent (via email)
  • February 23 – March 6: Interviews
  • Mid-March: Selection of 2015-16 Leadership Fellows announced

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact clst@uw.edu

"Leadership Fellows has been a great opportunity for me to explore and develop my own leadership style." Matt Van Osdol (MBA 2013)
Thanks to the generosity of Ed Fritzky and his family, the Leadership Fellows program is permanently endowed. Read Ed's full bio.
Meet the 2014-2015 Fellows
Get to know this select group of second-year MBA students in charge of providing peer coaching and leadership advice to their first-year counterparts. Read their bios.​​​