The Carlson Consulting Enterprise is a unique management consultancy and academic program that brings the brightest student minds to bear on significant business challenges for premier companies. MBA student participants undergo an intensive, collaborative, and rewarding learning experience guided by Enterprise directors and client organizations.
The Consulting Enterprise Experience
Each MBA student consultant will join a team of 4-6 students who work together to complete three consulting projects throughout 2.5 semesters. Participants receive one-on-one coaching and mentorship from Consulting Enterprise directors; get weekly opportunities to interact with clients; and develop structured problem solving and management skills.
Develop Your Expertise
Develop your problem solving and management skills, along numerous dimensions.
Structured Problem Solving
- Define and disaggregate complex problems
- Develop effective work plans
- Identify and prioritize key issues
- Design and conduct hypothesis-driven research
- Develop high-impact storylines and slides
Consulting and General Management
- Deal effectively with ambiguity
- Create a compelling case for change
- Communicate at an Executive-level
- Manage multiple stakeholders
- Collaborate in teams
Consulting Enterprise participation is open to students enrolled in the Full-Time Carlson MBA Programs. Students’ major areas of study and professional experience vary.Interested students apply in the first semester of the MBA Program, and are assigned to one of four Carlson Enterprise Programs based on their skills and preferences, pending availability.
Each Consulting Enterprise team is coached by a director who provides supportive, practical guidance based on decades of experience in management consulting and industry roles. The directors have designed a curriculum to develop students' familiarity with and skills in structured problem solving and consulting. Directors also meet with teams weekly to provide project-specific advice and support students' professional development.
Consulting Enterprise leadership includes:
- Sarah Gisser, Managing Director
- Kate Reigel, Associate Director
- Art Hill, Academic Director
The Consulting Enterprise Advisory Board is comprised of local leaders who span a variety of industries and functions and play an integral role in students' experiences. They are dedicated to helping connect students with career resources, and provide group mentoring and project advice during semi-annual meetings.
Career Paths for MBA Consultants
Carlson Consulting Enterprise students leverage their experience to pursue careers in a wide variety of career paths including management consulting, general management and strategy, operations, corporate finance, and other roles at top companies. More than 400 Consulting Enterprise alumni are employed at more than 150 different companies across the United States and internationally.
Employers who have hired the most Consulting Enterprise students in the past five years include: