Students Today Leaders Forever Strive to Make a Difference
While studying in Territorial Hall eating Top Ramen and Easy Mac, four Carlson School freshmen (from left to right, Nick Lindberg, â€™07; Brian Peterson, â€™07; Tanya Schmitt, â€™09; and Irene Fernando, â€™07) discussed their hopes to create change in the world. It wasnâ€™t long after that conversation in 2003 that these young students decided to put hope into action, and Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) was officially founded.
The organization began with its inaugural Pay It Forward Tour in spring 2004, where 43 students boarded a bus to journey across the country and serve. As plans for the second tour were underway, the students decided to officially register as a non-profit and the organization has since served its mission to reveal leadership through service relationships and action. We recently talked with three of the founders about their organization.
Carlson GOLD: What were the biggest challenges you faced in the beginning and how did you overcome them?
Brian Peterson â€™07: In the early days of STLF, our biggest challenge was our youth and inexperience. In many ways though, this challenge was also our greatest strength. Our youth was accompanied by energy, optimism, and a bold vision that anything was possible. Our inexperience allowed us to be creative and think beyond traditional structures and leadership models. The result was our team-based leadership structure, unique program model, and sustainable structure that are all core components of STLF.
Carlson GOLD: How can other Carlson School alumni support your mission?
Tanya Schmitt â€™09: You can support with your time or talents by volunteering to be on a committee or our board, sharing your connections to schools or students that might be interested in supporting our efforts, or gathering friends, co-workers, etc. for us to share our organizationâ€™s mission with. You could also change the life of a student who isnâ€™t able to afford the full program price by making a donation.
The best way to learn more about what we do and how to get involved is to attend our monthly â€œUnder the Hood Happy Hour.â€ Visit www.tinyurl.com/stlfuhhh for more details.
Carlson GOLD: What is your main goal for the future of Students Today Leaders Forever?
Irene Fernando â€™07: Our main goal is to create and place young people in significant, high-responsibility leadership roles. We believe that all young people possess leadership inside them, and our aim is to provide programs that help that leadership emerge.
Businessweek Names Carlson School #1 for 2011 MBA Job Placement
The Carlson School was listed as the top business school for MBA Job Placement in 2011 according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
Also, Businessweek recently published its biennial rankings of part-time MBA and executive MBA programs. For 2011, the Carlson School's Part-Time MBA program increased its stature in the region and its Executive MBA program was raised to the first tier.
Finance Seminar Series - December 2
Visiting Professor Arthur Korteweg of Stanford University is the guest speaker at a Friday, December 2, finance seminar.
Meet Carlson MBA for Lunch - December 6
Join us for lunch and learn more about the Carlson MBA.
1st Tuesday - December 6
University President Eric Kaler is the guest speaker at the December 1st Tuesday Speaker Series.
After graduating from the Carlson School, Ally Ward joined Deloitte Consultingâ€™s Strategy and Operations practice in Minneapolis. While at Deloitte, she focused on marketing and strategy for large consumer products and retail companies. She was also one of the co-founders of Deloitteâ€™s Joint Business Planning service, offering a process by which retailers and consumer product suppliers jointly develop long-term growth plans for their partnerships.
Currently Ward is working on her MBA at Harvard with an expected graduation date of May 2013, and is supporting a business she co-founded with her aunt in May 2011, True Foods.
Kenneth Anderson, '08 BSB
Upon graduating with a degree in finance, Kenneth Anderson secured a job as an analyst in global markets at Deutsche Bank. He recently was relocated to Singapore through Deutsche Bank where he was promoted to work as an associate in Capital Markets Treasury Solutions. In this role, he helps companies find financing and capital structure solutions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and India.
In addition to his recent professional accomplishments, Anderson climbed Mount Batur and Mount Kinabalu and ran the tri-state Tough Mudder. He strives to run with the bulls in Pamplona next year, learn Bahasa, and travel around the world.
Brittany Jordan, '09 BSB
Upon completing her two-year commitment with Teach for America, Brittany Jordan recently decided to continue her role with the organization. Currently working in the Chelsea Public Schools in Boston, Massachusetts, she is pursuing a long-term career in urban education. She believes that there is a lot to learn from being an active member of an underperforming school under redesign, and felt that in continuing she could both learn from such experiences and continue to make an impact on her students and school.
During her initial two-year term with Teach for America, Jordan earned a Masterâ€™s Degree in Education from Boston University and is hoping to pursue a masterâ€™s degree related to education policy next fall.
Kevin Yu, '09 BSB
Kevin Yu graduated from the Carlson School with a degree in finance and entrepreneurial management. He was first hired as an M&A Analyst in Corporate Development for the UnitedHealth Group. However, he recently took a role with ShoreView Industries where he works as an analyst in the Private Equity Firm. In this position, he helps facilitate transactions and investments.
Student-Alumni Career Network on LinkedIn
Volunteering for the Carlson School can now be as simple as connecting through the Carlson School LinkedIn Subgroup, the Student-Alumni Career Network, to share your career experiences with current students.
By joining this Carlson School exclusive subgroup, we encourage alumni to connect with students and one another through this channel by posting employment/internship opportunities, tips on securing a job, tips on moving to new regions, questions on going back to school, questions on securing a job, etc.
Submit your request to join today by visiting linkd.in/CareerNetwork.
Minnesota Signs Trio of Local Prep Standouts
Gopher head coach Pam Borton recently announced that a trio of local prep standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play women's basketball next season at the U.
More U sports news can be found at gophersports.com.
Rarig Center to Present 2 Chekhov Plays December 1
The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program Company will present two Anton Chekhov plays - Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard on Thursday, December 1, at the Rarig Center.
More U events are found on the U's event calendar.