Moderator Andrew Krueger with panelists Debra Glassman, Thomas Gilbert, Ed Rice and Chris Mefford at last spring's State of the Economy Forum.

Distancing, Together

The many ways that Foster alumni have stayed engaged and connected despite the pandemic

“Social distancing” has become, perhaps, the defining phrase of 2020. But it is physical distancing that’s required to slow the spread of coronavirus. We still crave socialization.

Foster School alumni have stayed connected, safely, during the pandemic in unprecedented ways. A series of online offerings kicked off in April, including:

Lunch & Learn” webinars have deployed Foster experts to rock your LinkedIn profile, develop leadership during volatile times, find comfort in mindfulness meditation and gratitude, and even prepare for a potential hospital stay.

The annual State of the Economy Forum went online—twice—allowing more than 1,000 alumni to hear Foster panelists Debra Glassman, Ed Rice, Thomas Gilbert and Chris Mefford (MBA 2002) forecast the pandemic’s long-term effects on the economy.

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The Summer of Fun series offered the diversions of virtual trivia nights, Daiquiri Day, a cooking class and a humorous performance by the UW’s “Stand-up Economist,” Yoram Bauman.

The annual “Run Foster Run” 5K fun run, hosted virtually this year in partnership with Foster’s MBA Challenge for Charity, drew more than 300 participants in 17 US states and five countries.

And Foster’s online Alumni Book Club continued over summer with a discussion of How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.

Check out upcoming alumni events, revisit archived webinars or join the book club at:

Ed Kromer Managing Editor Foster School

Ed Kromer is the managing editor of Foster Business magazine. Over the past two decades, he has served as the school’s senior storyteller, writing about a wide array people, programs, insights and innovations that power the Foster School community.