In 2012, Seattle’s metropolitan area had a gross domestic product of over $258 Billion, ranking its production roughly on par with the GDP of Israel, Nigeria, or the Philippines. Seattle is home to a thriving start-up scene and to leading organizations that employ MBA graduates, including Amazon, Boeing, Expedia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Nordstrom, REI, and Starbucks. In 2015, Seattle was ranked #1 by Forbes as the Best U.S. City for Jobs.

In 2017, the Practice MBA® Summer Forum will be held during July 5th – 25th at the University of Washington’s new Alder Commons and Alder Hall, part of a $160 Million campus expansion that offers students access to classrooms, an auditorium, grocery store, café, and indoor and outdoor common space within one contiguous facility.

The University of Washington itself is a 150-year old institution that ranks first among public universities in the U.S. for federal research and training grants received. It is home to the Foster School of Business and to a gorgeous campus setting that includes state-of-the-art modernist as well as collegiate gothic libraries, labs, and athletic facilities.

During the summer, while New York City is sweltering hot and San Francisco is wrapped in impenetrable fog, Seattle enjoys an average high temperature of 76 °F / 24 °C and over 15 hours of daylight per day … sunrise in Seattle on July 15th, 2017 is at 5:28 am and sunset is at 9:03 pm. Despite its reputation for rain, Seattle experiences average July rainfall of 0.9 in / 23 mm, roughly equivalent to the average rainfall during the same month in Phoenix, Arizona. It has arguably the best summertime climate of any major American city.

Students participating in the Practice MBA® Summer Forum will have an opportunity to take advantage of all that Seattle has to offer via a number of group outings and social activities, such as a reception at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) as well as an outing to a Seattle Mariners baseball game.