Warren and Colette Boeker have lived and worked in New York, London and Sydney. They moved to Bainbridge Island, WA in 1999 where they are raising three daughters.
Warren is a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. He works with organizations on strategy formulation and execution at a corporate and business level, focusing on the innovation process, creativity and idea generation, and developing products into profitable businesses. He received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley.
Colette brings both academic and real world experience to Social Venture Partners.
Colette completed her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University in Adult Learning and Leadership. Her research interests include talent management, learning and coaching in the workplace, organizational change efforts, resilience and mentoring.
Colette has over eighteen years in the area of succession planning, coaching, and building organizational management capability. She has worked for companies such as Federated Department Stores and as a Vice President at Citigroup where she served at senior levels focusing on strategic human resources planning and led pan-European global talent programs. She has also worked at Starbucks as a consultant in organization design and strategy implementation for their global business. Colette has lived and worked in New York, London and Sydney.
Colette has also served as a part-time faculty member at Seattle University the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. She has developed coaching models and served on panels as a consultant advisor at Foster School of Business and the UW School of Law.
Currently, Colette is Director of the Mentor Program at the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and works with companies globally to connect them with MBA leadership talent. She is also a member of the UW Resiliency Lab, a cross-campus collaboration intended to build resilience in the UW community and has presented workshops on building resiliency in the job search in global programs. Colette also serves on the Husky Leadership Initiative to build leadership behaviors campus-wide.
Colette continues to work with non-profit organizations in building organizational capacity as a partner with Social Venture Partners. She connects MBA talent to SVP through a re-launch of the Service Corp Consulting program. The program enables MBAs to build consulting skills by working with nonprofits (including SVP partners) and external consulting firms.
When not working, Warren and Colette volunteer their time to education programs that develop fun and engaging experiential learning opportunities, particularly in science and math. They are also serial travelers and extremely curious about most everything.