Introducing: Marcus Dover, our new Diversity Initiatives Coordinator!

It’s my pleasure to introduce Marcus Dover (Class of 2016), our new Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for 2015-2016! Prior to the MBA, Marcus was in Accounting and Finance, and hopes to go into Marketing or Strategy. He’s also a huge 49ers fan and is active in the Foster Marketing Association, Diversity in Business, and many other clubs!

Marcus Dover, Class of 2016

Marcus Dover, Class of 2016

What led you to pursue an MBA?

I decided to pursue an MBA because I wanted to switch gears and do something completely different with my career. I was no longer interested in accounting, but also wasn’t quite sure what type of career I was interested in pursuing. I knew an MBA would allow me to explore new career possibilities while gaining a new skill set that would allow me to successfully make the switch.

Why did you choose Foster?

There were a number of factors in my decision, my wife and I wanted to stay on the west coast, Seattle is much more affordable than San Francisco (our previous home), Foster has a great reputation and ties to a thriving business community, and I’ve always loved the city of Seattle (not counting the Seahawks). The one thing that really sealed the deal for me was the people. The people at Foster, from the students to the administration, went out of their way to make me feel welcome during the application and decision process.  

Why did you want to get involved as an Admissions Coordinator?

I wanted to get involved because I’m interested in increasing the diversity (in all forms) of the student body at Foster and I wanted to be a part of the solution. I also wanted to help provide the same experience for prospective students that I received when I was applying to Foster. 

What has been your most valuable academic experience at Foster? 

I would have to say the Japan Study Tour has been my most valuable experience so far. It was a practical learning experience, where I was able to apply some of the case studies and principles learned in class to actual businesses on the other side of the world. My favorite company visit was the Toyota factory where we were able to see Toyota’s lean manufacturing system in action.
 Marcus in Japan!

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Foster so far?

I’ve learned how to push myself in situations where I’m not comfortable or in subject areas that have historically been weaknesses. 

Summer Plans?

I will be interning at T-Mobile as a Product Manager Intern in Digital Messaging. 

Marcus Dover, Class of 2016 If you want to learn more about Marcus or contact him, connect with him on LinkedIn or reach out via the MBA ambassador program at [email protected]. If you’re interested in finding out more about the study tour program, check out Peter Kazarian’s writeup of the Japan Study Tour here or the UW Global Business Center!