1. Describe your experiences with the Carlson School over the years and your thoughts on being appointed the new dean.
Aks [her husband] and I came to Carlson thinking we'd be here about three years. What we discovered was an amazing place in terms of the ideas that are being tested and stretched, the students we are training, and a vibrant community that is willing to engage with the school. The research that faculty and students here are doing in areas such as sustainability and social media is on the leading edge and I have no doubt that we will be shaping the future of business. I could not be more thrilled to be named dean of the Carlson School at this exciting time in our history.
2. What is your short-term and long-term vision for the Carlson School Undergraduate Program?
Conversations with the GOLD alumni will play a significant role in shaping my vision, our shared vision, for the Undergraduate Program. I want to hear what the Carlson School means to both our current students and our alums, and learn where they want us to go in the future.
3. What role do you see GOLD alumni playing in that vision and how can GOLD alumni continue to support the Carlson School?
Our alumni are not our past; our alumni are our future. In so many respects, the Carlson School's alumni serve as our ambassadors around the world. We need to do more and will do more to engage them and serve their needs. In turn, we will ask them to continue to give back to the school in any way they can - be it speaking in classes, mentoring students, completing ranking surveys, or through philanthropy. Working together we will further elevate the impact of a Carlson degree.
4. How can we continue to improve the Carlson School while also ensuring that Carlson maintains its competitiveness with other business school undergraduate programs?
We have a gem of a school, but we have to get the world to recognize it for what it is so that we may continue to attract the best students, faculty, and companies to campus.
e also need to provide our undergraduate students with the very best business education possible. Towards that goal, we will soon be hiring additional faculty which will allow for greater student interaction with professors and allow us to introduce more innovative courses and programs. I am particularly excited about some new courses we will soon be piloting in business ethics and corporate social responsibility as well as contemporary business issues.
5. Are there any other thoughts you would like to share with the GOLD alumni group?
Business is one of the greatest creators of economic opportunity and enables so many people to fulfill their goals in life. However, business has come under fire of late and needs to regain its position as a force for the good.
At the Carlson School, we can help make this happen. We have the opportunity to instill a service orientation in tomorrow's leaders. We can make them aware of and dedicated to principled leadership and to engaging the world in a way that is respectful of - and doesn't trample on - the needs of others. I look forward to working with our GOLD alumni to deliver and reinforce these messages as they so wonderfully embody this new spirit of business.
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Upon graduation, Jeff became a logistics management associate for General Mills at the Hannibal, Mo. manufacturing plant. He was there 18 months before returning to the Twin Cities to work at the headquarters in Golden Valley. Jeff now works as the logistics business manager in the Yoplait Yogurt division, where he works cross-functionally to support product life cycle management for Greek and New Innovations business unit. He also is involved with the General Mills University of Minnesota logistics recruiting team.
Outside of his robust career at General Mills, Jeff is completing his MBA through the University of Florida via its distance learning program, and coaches baseball and basketball. He is the proud president of the Carlson Supply Chain and Operations Alumni Group and a co-supporter with his wife to an undergraduate scholarship.
Lauren joined Accenture as a systems integration consulting analyst a month after graduating from the Carlson School. Accenture was a great fit from the beginning of her career as Lauren was able to adjust roles and projects to continue to develop her professional skills. Since beginning her career, she has had two roles at Best Buy, one working with the management team and another as a business analyst, building new IT capabilities.
As Lauren looks to her goals for the future, she hopes to complete roles at other retailing clients and eventually take a role with non-profits to work in Africa and Latin America as part of Accenture's non-profit practice: Accenture Development Program.
Tamara began her career as a strategy and operations business analyst at Deloitte Consulting. However, she eventually evolved her career to General Mills where she now works as a financial analyst. In this role, she helps manage finances for all media spending at General Mills. She also is responsible for running the P&L and account for one of General Mills' LLCs that specializes in radio advertising. Her goals for the future include working on her MBA and completing a marathon that she is currently training for.
Take a moment and volunteer your thoughts! Our new dean, Sri Zaheer, wants to hear your thoughts on what the Carlson School means to you, what you want your Carlson School relationship to look like, and what your dreams are for the future of the school. Visit the Dean's Blog to submit your thoughts.
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