Partnerships with the business community are key to the ongoing success of the Carlson School, the University, and our state’s economy. That is why it was so wonderful to see our strong relationship with Land O’Lakes honored during last Saturday’s football game.
At commencement, our students process out into the world as graduates between our faculty. So it seems only fitting that we should kick off their journey with faculty processing between the students.
Last week, we introduced the faculty who will teach our Full-Time MBA Program's core classes with them running onto the TCF Bank Stadium field between their future students.
It was a warm and wonderful celebration of our core faculty, new students, second year leaders, alumni, and also our strong corporate partnership with General Mills, which sponsored the event.
Since becoming dean I've often spoken about how I believe business is and should be a force for the good. It is one of the greatest creators of economic opportunity, of development, of enabling people to fulfill their goals in life. Business is about creating the new ideas of the future. It's about enabling consumers and employees and people to both improve their own quality of life and contribute to improving the quality of life of others.
I don't think you could find to find a more a more talented and engaged advisory board anywhere. They are such a tremendous asset to me as dean and to our school.
We are in such a unique position in the Twin Cities in terms of the diversity of industry and global strength of the companies that surround us as well as those from around the world who support the Carlson School because of the critical role it plays in developing talent and creating knowledge.
I've been reflecting on a conversation I had with Marilyn Carlson Nelson at the Minnesota Cup Women's Entrepreneur Event earlier this month. Marilyn shared such wonderful insights and advice with the audience. However, one item particularly resonated with me -- while women own almost 30 percent of firms, their firms account for less than 7 percent of total employment.
According to Marilyn, to fix this, women need to start thinking big.
Recently, The Financial Times wrote a wonderful story that chronicled John Stumpf's amazing journey from a Minnesota farm to chief executive of one of our nation's largest companies (Wells Fargo). He shared in the article how a coalescence of academic theory and day-to-day practical application that he experienced while earning his Carlson MBA at night changed his life.