Lt. Governor Meets with Foster School of Business, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Leadership

The Lt. Governor met with leadership within the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship to discuss ways of connecting students’ entrepreneurial energy with public sector issues.

The University of Washington’s Foster School of Business is one of the top-ranking business schools in the United States, serving over 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students. Within the Foster School, the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship provides curriculum centered around private and non-profit entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on social impact. Recently, the Buerk Center has organized a series of competitions that challenge students to present the innovative solutions to environmental and health issues, in addition to startup and general business plan competitions.

“Students don’t want to be a cog in a corporate wheel – they want to make a difference” outgoing director of the Buerk Center, Connie Burassa-Shaw, said on student social-mindedness, “They want to do something they believe in.”

The Lt. Governor suggested strategies for marshaling students’ social consciousness directly toward government policy, given the tendency of business students to connect public policy with non-profit and private sector work, rather than government initiatives. It would be ideal, the Lt. Governor said, to connect students’ innovative entrepreneurial ideals to inform public policy, and to use an interdisciplinary approach to large social issues.