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Business Leadership Club

The BLC is an extensive learning community that spans BC business students, recent alum in four-year colleges, and alum in major enterprises. Its mission is to enhance the curriculum of our business programs, foster engagement and collaboration between students, and support student success in academia and life.

The BLC grew out of the highly successful Connect to the Future Conference in 2004, an event driven by the Business Transfer Program and served by business student ambassadors. BLC events draw from 800 to 2500 students annually. Join the BLC facebook site to find out about events.

Alumni Celebration 2012

Annual Alumni Celebration 2012 attended by 300 people.

Fall KickoffFall Kickoff 2011-12
We had over 150 to the fall kickoff where students built the seven wonders of the world with marshmallows and toothpicks. It’s these kinds of events that get them engaged with their peers and, from the reflections they wrote, do great critical analysis of how to get diverse teams to achieve goals.

Latino PanelAlumni Latino Panel
The Latino alumni panel drew an overflow crowd of 80 students. Alumni Jose Vasquez, Yaneth Gonzales and Frank Fagaoga inspired with their stories of being overwhelmed and then coming back to be successful.. All three talked about straddling cultures, recognizing their roots, and finding success. We are proud of how the BLC officers collaborated with El Centro to host the event.


Quarter End Destress Quarter-end De-stress Potluck
The fall quarter end De-stress Potluck in conjunction with the Fashion Club drew 150 students with fabulous food and lots of fun games. It was another example of the collaboration that happens between clubs to encourage interaction of all students. The highlight of the potluck was a game to identify the native dress of various countries.

WSA SessionWSA Writing Workshops
The Business Leadership Club runs a prep course for the UW writing assessment (WSA) which accounts for one third of the admission requirements for all UW business schools. The writing prep course has succeeded in increasing writing scores by 1 full point (out of 6) for some of our students which makes them very competitive in a highly selective process. The BLC holds sessions in fall and winter quarters in preparation for winter and fall admission. Over 250 students attended the sessions.

Boeing RecruitersBoeing Recruiters
Over 80 students turned out for Dave Cottrill and Adam Sallean, Boeing recruiters. They gave GREAT advice on how to get a job at Boeing, including how to format resumes (Boeing rejects 1.5 million resumes a year for very simple reasons), how to interview at Boeing (do you know what a behavioral interview is? or STAR?) and how to get your foot in the door (network, Linkedin). The hiring practices at Boeing have changed drastically and it was very informative to hear what works and what doesn’t work. Boeing hires 600 interns in the Puget Sound area every year. The students who attended this session know how to get a head start on that hiring process!!

Tutoring LabAccounting, Economics, Statistics and Law Study Center
The BESC in C207K continues to be a vital center for business and economics students drawing over 100 students per week and providing great experience to the tutors who go onto graduate school. Students have said that having the study center has made a huge difference in their success in class and already are clamoring for more space and more tutors. The study center is right next to faculty offices so tutors and students can consult with faculty quickly and easily.

Dress for SuccessDress for Success
Dress for Success
Mallory Lindberg (Nordstrom), Emily Bomar (Campus Point) and Kathi Mael (Verizon) did a great presentation on dressing for success to over 50 students. Our officers and members looked so cool dressed for success. Thanks to Professor Tam Limpaphayom for arranging this great joint effort with EWU.

Wall StWall Street 2
Over 60 students attended the Wall Street 2 movie viewing along with pizza lunch. The BLC wants to offer a range of events so that all students can find something to be involved in.



Accounting Job Shadow
About 25 students attended the accounting job shadow at Clark Nuber. The job shadow is a great way for our students to find out what careers in accounting can be. Students met alumni George Lampy, a first-year associate who found out about Clark Nuber when he participated in the job shadow while at Bellevue College!



ALPFA Collaboration
One of the major goals of the Business Transfer Program is to increase the success rate of underserved students. The BLC forged a relationship with the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. BLC and LACC members attended the ALPFA gala and got to spend time with the keynote speaker James S. Turley, the Chairman and CEO of Ernst and Young, who runs a firm of 141,000 people in140 countries and advises President Obama. He took time to talk our students and answer their questions. It was awesome that BC students got to interact with him personally.


Alumni Celebration 2011

Annual Alumni Celebration May 2011 draws over 200 people.

Jim Donald

Winter Quarter KickoffWinter Quarter Kickoff

The 2010-11 academic year kick-off featured Jim Donald, CEO Haggen Foods and former CEO Starbucks. The event drew over 200 students and was streamed to EWU’s Cheney campus. Jim Donald was selected one of the best CEOs in the world and we were happy that he continues to support our students by coming to speak whenever we ask.

The final count had about 100 students (standing room only) at our Winter Quarter Kickoff with UW Foster advisor, Michael Richter. The BLC does much to support our students in their application to the UW business schools. We have the largest number of transfers at both UW Foster and UWB (over 120 combined admissions last year!). A key factor is the writing assessment workshops led by Linda Leeds. We are the only community college that offers training for this requirement which counts for one third admission criteria.

UWB China VentureUWB China Venture

Alumni Celebration

Many UWB faculty and BC-UW alumni came to celebrate the historic signing ceremony between UWB and BC on Jan 19 to jointly recruit Chinese students. BC is the only community college with such an agreement. We were thrilled to hear Chancellor Kenyon Chan acknowledge BC as one of the best community colleges in the country. Margaret Lu (former Shanghai and Seattle partner for Davis Wright Tremaine) made a moving speech about the importance of BC in her career.

Our signature Alumni Celebration on May 11 was the biggest ever with more than 30 alumni back to share their wisdom with over 150 BC students. We are always thrilled to hear the stories of our students who have gone on to great success at their four-year institutions and in their careers.

Charity Walk

Multicultural Consulting

BLC officers coordinated an inter-club charity fund raiser which brought in $1000 for the Student Emergency Fund and Friends of Youth.  BLC members worked hard to solicit over $400 in raffle prizes that went out to lucky ticket holders.

Since 2003, the multicultural consulting course has worked with over 40 minority- and women-owned businesses and nonprofits to provide consulting services valued at over $500,000. Thanks to the students and the Rotary mentors who worked long and hard to advance economic development in our state. The book written for the course by Leslie Lum, Thad Spratlen and Michael Verchot will be published by UW Press and has been adopted by UW Foster and Professor Jerome Williams of Rutgers University.

UW Foster Visit

Study Center C207

BC business students were invited by the UW Foster accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi to attend a panel discussion and have dinner at the new Paccar Hall. Approximately 50 students also participated in an accounting job shadow at Bellevue accounting firm Clark Nuber. Career exploration events such as these provide students with a preview of life at UW and in industry.

The Business, Economics, Accounting, Statistics and Law study center went into full swing this year and serves over 100 students with over 50 hours of coverage per week by peer tutors. The study center has been key to the success of our students and we thank everyone who supported our requests for funding to keep it alive.


The annual alumni celebration (May 12, 2010) draws close to 150 people.


Three alumni (all 30 and under) talk about what it is like to be a CEO.
Tully's executives give advice on how to get a job when there are 700 applicants.




2008/9 Events


Students, friends, alum and faculty of the Business Transfer Program

at the annual Alum Celebration May 20, 2009

In academic year 2008-9, the BLC held 10 events, brought 15 business professionals (including former Starbucks CEO, Jim Donald), and 40 alum on our campus reaching over 1000 students. We ran three writing assessment prep sessions with Robin Jeffers to increase the admissions to the UW business schools. Career exploration was not the only mission of the club. The BLC-initiated Walk and Roll for Hope and Change raised over $3300 for the student safety fund and Hopelink.

Business Transfer instructors Rich Bratz, Leslie Lum and tutor Phil Lauria were part of the first contingent of over 25 to our sister college, the Shanghai Business School, in August and September 2008. The ongoing exchange will continue with students and faculty from SBS planning to visit BC in the 2009-10 academic year.

The academic year started with a blast as alum came back to talk to students about how to get internships. Over 70 students and alum networked on how to get the best internships.

Hiring managers from Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Microsoft and Cap Gemini give fabulous tips on how to get a good job in a tough market. Over 140 students attended the two sessions.

BC alum from Boeing, KPMG, Alaska Air, NGenera, Prometheus Energy and the Foster School give great ideas about how to network and evaluate job offers. It is incredible to see how polished and professional they have become as they become hiring managers for their companies.

BLC officer Michelle Liu arranged three Writing Assessment training sessions for about 75 students applying to the UW business schools. Robin Jeffers conducted the sessions which gave feedback on how to improve writing scores. The WSA accounts for 35% of the admission criteria to UW business schools.

Professor Stella Williams from Nigeria talks to 90 students about a global initiative linking China, Africa and the US to create a curriculum using the Stockholm Environment Institute's ecological footprint. Professor Williams has already recruited three African universities to be part of the initiative along with the Shanghai Business School.

Jim Donald, former CEO of Starbucks, tells students his "Lessons from Retail" to an overflow crowd of 140 students. Jim was amazed at the high calibre of the students here at BC.

Michael Brown and JD Smith (business law faculty) talk to 100 students about civil rights and the law during Identities Week.

Kate Constanza of MulvannyG2 spoke about green markets on Earthweek. Over 120 students listened to how industry will change as we become more green.

Close to 200 people bought tickets and over 30 people volunteered to help with the massive effort it took to mount the first Walk and Roll for change and hope. Angie Dodge and Sam Pierce were pivotal to the success of this great event.

Margie Biliske, former accounting instructor, arranged for students and faculty to visit the Microsoft office and house of the future. It was a thrilling journey into the possibilities that new innovations will bring.

The Washington Society of CPAs arranges for 32 students to do an accounting job shadow at local CPA firms. This year faculty Francisco Ebreo took the students to Clark Nuber to get first-hand experience on what it is like to be an accountant.



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Please contact Faculty Advisor Leslie Lum - for more information.