A conversation with the Evening MBAA President
The MBA Association (MBAA) of the University of Washington provides a platform for students to cultivate skills beyond academics, encompassing networking, social activities, leadership development, and community service projects. The Evening (EVE) MBAA is dedicated to fostering these opportunities for growth and engagement for the Evening MBA students, and the student leaders are at the core of creating these opportunities. In this interview, the current Evening MBA president Linh Truong shares her thoughts on leading the EVE MBAA.
- Tell us a bit about yourself. What did you do prior to joining the Foster Evening MBA program and what do you do outside of the MBA?
My name is Linh Truong, EVE MBA 2024. I got my BA in Public Health from UW, and most recently I was a financial analyst for UW Medicine (Triple (?) Dawg, let’s go!). I’m a seasonal person in terms of hobbies. In the summer, I hang out with friends, swim, and golf. In the winter, I like to read, play the piano, and ski. And year-round, I like to travel, try new restaurants, and work out.
- What unique role does the MBAA play in promoting students’ goals at Foster? Or what unique value does it provide?
The Happy Hour organized by the MBAA, held every Wednesday at 9:30pm after class, has served as a valuable networking platform for MBA students. This event has not only allowed me to forge meaningful connections but has also resulted in the formation of several strong friendships. Through these connections, we have been able to support each other by providing letters of recommendation and sharing information about job opportunities within our respective companies.
- How has MBAA influenced the continued evolution of the Foster MBA program?
During my tenure, our primary focus revolved around EVE Student Representation, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, as well as community engagement. The MBAA’s objectives and activities are dynamic, adapting to the changing priorities and interests of the MBA student body on a yearly basis.
- Why do students join MBAA clubs?
The MBAA clubs are undoubtedly one of the most valuable aspects of the MBAA. Whether students seek fellow students who share their professional development interests or simply desire a community to socialize with, the MBAA clubs cater to a wide range of preferences.
- Why should incoming MBA students join MBAA leadership positions?
Participating in this experience not only offers a valuable learning opportunity but also provides an excellent avenue for giving back to the community. Engaging in such activities is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways for young professionals like me to cultivate and enhance leadership capabilities.