Fostering Global Leaders

Hovind Global Leaders Program kicks off with 14 exceptional students

A freeze on international travel couldn’t stop the Foster School’s Global Business Center from launching the Hovind Global Leaders Program in fall of 2020.

The year-long program, created by a gift from David (BA 1964) and Shelley Hovind, will increase access to global opportunities and provide a unique leadership development experience for exceptional undergrads.

A weekly seminar led by Christina Fong, Foster’s new associate dean of inclusion and diversity, anchors the program. Each student is paired with a mentor. And, until international travel is possible, participants will engage in a virtual global learning experience.

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The inaugural Hovind Global Leaders are a cohort representing diverse backgrounds, identities and perspectives. They are united in their tenacity, resilience, growth mindset, boundless potential—and their shared resolve to become effective global business leaders dedicated to equity and social justice.

“Beyond the different elements of the program, it’s the discussions and learning that happens within the cohort that will be so rich and help us really engage with the issues and challenges of our time,” says program manager Roya Zahed. “Being in the inaugural cohort means the students will impact the evolution of the program and play a strong continued role as alumni. And, charged with demonstrating leadership locally, their impact will reach the greater Foster and Seattle community.”

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.