Alumni Community

Alumni Stats
Interaction with alumni is vital during both your academic and professional career. We will provide you with numerous opportunities to form valuable relationships with Executive MBA alumni.

In addition to the more than 1,200 alumni of the Carlson Executive MBA program, you'll become part of the Carlson School's impressive alumni network of over 50,000 members in 95+ countries.

Carlson MBA Alumni
Location Name Title Company Year Graduated
Chicago Fernando Palacios EVP & COO MillerCoors 1995
Seattle Annie Young-Schrivner EVP, President of Teavana Starbucks 2003
MN Michael Hoffman CEO & Chairman The Toro Company 2002
MN Richard Olson President & COO The Toro Company 2010
MN Jed Gorlin, MD Medical Director Memorial Blood Centers 2005
MN Trevor Bynum President, Schwan's Good Service The Schwan's Company 2003
MN Trevor Putrah President KGP Companies 2006
MN Chet Rihal, MD Chair, Cardiology Department Mayo Clinic 2000
MN Baxter Stephenson President & COO Fraser Steel 2003
MN Joe Hurd COO SixSpeed 2013
MN Rahul Koranne, MD SVP & Chief Medical Officer Minnesota Hospital Association 2008
MN Michael Duggan CEO United States Distilled Products 2004
MN Tom H. Sween President & COO E.A. Sween Company/Deli Express 2007
MN Dean Phillips Chairman Talenti Gelato 2000
SF Bay Area Jason Bates Chief Supply Chain Officer Specialized Bicycle Components 2011
Italy Victoria Spadaro-Grant Chief R&D and Quality Officer Barilla Group 2000
Chile Wendy Benson Country Manager 3M Chile 2004

Board of Advisers

We've brought together a powerful cross-section of business leaders - from large corporations, small companies, for-profit and not-for-profit, service and manufacturing, established and new - to advise us, strategize with us, and, in general, keep an eye on how we're doing.

Oh yeah...and they just happen to be alumni of this program.

Our Carlson Executive MBA Alumni Board of Advisers is working with us to enhance the quality, value and community of the Carlson Executive MBA program.

Alumni Interaction

CEMBA alumni will be present all along the way during your MBA journey. They are there to answer questions for prospective students, welcome new students at orientation, guest lecture in your classes, set up site visits on international residencies, and network at various events throughout the year.

One such event is the CEMBA Annual Winter/Spring Gala. This is a truly spectacular event just for our CEMBA alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Guest Speakers

You will have access to some of the top industry leaders as guest speakers throughout the program. Some of these leaders will join you as subject matter experts in your courses and some will come in over lunch hours to talk to the broader CEMBA group about leadership and management topics. Some of our past speakers have been:

  • Annie Young-Scrivner, President of Teavana and Executive Vice President of Starbucks Corporation (CEMBA '04 Alumna);
  • Rob Cain, PwC, Principal - IT Strategy & Enterprise Architecture Practice (CEMBA '01 Alumnus);
  • Vivian Martin, Vice President of Consumer Insights at General Mills (Carlson MBA Alumna);
  • Jim Schroer, Former CEO, Carlson Marketing.