Become a Leadership Fellow
The Leadership Fellows Program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business offers select second-year MBA students with the unique opportunity to advance and refine their leadership and strategic thinking skills.
Permanently endowed by the Fritzky family, the Leadership Fellows Program now has consistent funding for the long run.
Benefits of the program
- Gives training in leadership development strategies, models and methods of coaching.
- Each fellow coaches and advises one or two teams of first-year MBA students per quarter to enhance leadership and strategic thinking capabilities.
- Engages MBA students in a rigorous two-credit seminar course on leadership and coaching during autumn and winter quarters that exposes them to the latest work on leadership.
- Participation in activities such as leadership workshops.
- Fellows work closely with each other in a supportive network to enhance one another’s leadership, coaching, and strategic thinking skills.
All fellows receive a stipend in fall and winter quarters for participating in this developmental experience.
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 15th, 2014 (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 15th. 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 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 each team member individually at least two times per quarter. Support the leadership development of each individual team member. Maintain an assessment of the development and engagement of each team member.
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
- May (date TBD): Transition celebration with outgoing Leadership Fellows
- May (Friday, date TBD): Day-long 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 15 (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 15. 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 2015 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 17, 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 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
Deadline #2: Fri, Jan 31, midnight – Complete online self-assessment survey and have two references complete the same
- 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 Fellow 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 email@example.com added in your safe senders list.
- Both your self-assessment and your references’ assessments of you must be completed and submitted by midnight January 31. Completion of this survey is necessary for your application package to be considered complete.
Additional key dates
- February 6 – 10: Interview invitations sent (via email)
- February 17 – March 7: Interviews
- Mid-March: Selection of 2014-15 Leadership Fellows announced
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"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.