Career Management Program

UW Bothell MBA Career Management Program: 2013-2014 Workshop Series and Coaching

The UW Bothell School of Business announces the MBA Career Management Program for the 2013-2014 academic year, designed exclusively for UW Bothell MBA students. The program this year offers two important components: a 6 session workshop series and ongoing one-on-one coaching sessions. The series will feature six classroom workshops focused on key strategic career and business management topics, and the private coaching will offer students the opportunity to schedule personalized meetings with a coach to follow up and focus on specific and individual career management questions and strategies.

Workshops will be presented and facilitated by Marcy Porus-Gottlieb and Mike Dusche, with assistance from Brooks Gekler. Marcy earned her MBA from the Haas School at UC-Berkeley and has served in marketing and operations positions in a variety of industries. From 2004-2011, Marcy coached MBA students at UW’s Foster School of Business along with running her own private coaching practice, and last year helped establish the Career Management Program at UW Bothell. Brooks earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU) and has served in senior leadership positions at General Mills. He currently serves on several advisory boards in a wide range of industries and non-profits and teaches at UW Bothell where he is an Executive-in-Residence. Mike is a Senior Sales Specialist at IBM and has wide ranging experience in marketing, sales, startups and large corporations. He also manages the Nintex Leadership Breakfast Series for the UW Bothell MBA program.

UWB Career Management Workshop Series 2013-2014

Session 1:
Exploring your Personal Brand (Marcy Porus-Gottlieb, Facilitator)
November 16, 2013 1:00-4:00 p.m.
ELC Denali - Map and Directions

This workshop will focus on the foundational building blocks critical for achieving your desired career outcome. Topics will include: defining values, skills and interests and utilizing them to create a unique brand strategy and identifying and targeting key audiences to create the groundwork for your brand communication.

Session 2:
Creating an Impactful Resume (Marcy Porus-Gottlieb, Facilitator)
December 14, 2013 1:00-4:00 p.m.
ELC Denali - Map and Directions

A strong resume remains the foundational piece of a multifaceted personal marketing strategy. Learn how to create a results-oriented, future-focused, market-driven resume whether you are moving up within your organization or changing careers entirely. Come ready to dive into the key resume components and create compelling content on your own resume!

Session 3:
Communicating as a Manager (Mike Dusche, Facilitator)
January 4, 2014 1:00-4:00 p.m.
ELC Denali - Map and Directions

This is a workshop to teach MBA candidates how to “walk-the-walk” of a middle manager. Through role playing and interactive discussion, participants will learn how to run effective meetings, choose the right medium (email, face-to-face, dinner, etc.), use conflict as a lever to success, pitch to venture capitalists, exercise public relations and speak in public.

Session 4:
“Seeking a Great Opportunity…” (Marcy Porus-Gottlieb, Facilitator)
February 8, 2014 1:30-4:30 p.m.
ELC Fuji - Map and Directions

This session will explore the ways in which to research and find new opportunities. Whether seeking a new job, a new position within a current company or trying to start or grow in an entrepreneurial venture, there are similar tactics to utilize: how to optimize your networks, maximize a job fair, find ad hoc projects within your company to create exposure and build skills and many more. We’ll spend time identifying our networks, practicing informational interviewing and preparing you to move onward and upward.

Session 5:
Keys to Effectively Managing People and Projects (Mike Dusche, Facilitator)
April 19, 2014 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
ELC Everest - Map and Directions

This is a workshop to teach MBA candidates how to “walk-the-walk” of a middle manager. Through role playing and interactive discussion, participants will learn how to negotiate compensation, find/keep/retrain talent, build a high value network, find a job, conduct an effective interview (give/receive) and motivate and measure their human capital.

Session 6:
Interviewing for Success (Marcy Porus-Gottlieb, Facilitator)
May 17, 2014 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
UW Bothell, Room UW1-030

This workshop will focus on building the skills to create prepared and confident interviewees. Learn how to craft an impactful opening statement, construct compelling answers to general and behavioral questions and crack a business case using specific case question methodology. Come prepared to practice asking and answering questions and to receive supportive, substantive feedback.

Individual Coaching Sessions - Fall, Winter and Spring 2013-2014

Students are invited to sign up for private 50-minute coaching sessions with either Marcy or Brooks which will take place on both the Bothell and Bellevue campuses. Sessions can focus on whatever career management topic students choose: interpreting CareerLeader results, exploring how to discover new options for work, creating an individualized optimal job search strategy, getting feedback on a resume or practicing interviewing. Students will be asked to submit resumes, CareerLeader results and the purpose/goal of the session to the coach at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.

CareerLeader Self-Assessment

All students will have the opportunity to take the MBA-level “CareerLeader” self-assessment test in order to explore and help determine interests, skills and optimal career and culture matches. How to interpret CareerLeader results will be explored in the first workshop session, and can also be addressed in individual coaching sessions.


All first and second year students are invited to sign up for workshops. Workshops may be signed up for either individually or as a series. It is strongly encouraged that students attend as many workshops as possible, in order to get the most out of the program. One-on-one coaching and mentoring with Marcy and Brooks will also be open to all students. Again, it is strongly encouraged that students try to attend at least one workshop before scheduling a coaching session, and students who have attended at least one workshop will be given priority scheduling for one-on-one coaching sessions with Marcy and Brooks. Please sign up for any or all workshops on Catalyst if you would like to participate; workshops will be open to the first 50 students who sign up. Details on how to sign up for coaching sessions will be provided at the first workshop on November 16, 2013 or earlier.

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