Lori J. Abrams is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She is also a communication consultant and trainer for a variety of organizations and has expertise in survey design, needs analysis, and change agent skills. Abrams is a former manager at RSM McGladrey’s consulting division where she conducted HR audits and Executive Training. She earned her doctorate in Organizational Communication from the University of Minnesota with a research focus in healthcare management and her BA from the University of California.
Jim Bandrowski is a Carlson Executive Education instructor and the author of Corporate Imagination—Plus: Five Steps to Translating Innovative Strategies into Action and co-author of Discover Your Inner Strength. As a trainer and speaker, he helps management teams achieve measurable breakthroughs in strategy, operations, and quality. His clients include GE, Disney, Merck, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Kodak, Tandem Computers, TRW, Electronic Arts, Mannesmann, Chevron, Exxon, Saudi Aramco, McKesson Corporation, Safeway, Circuit City, Century 21, C. Itoh, First Nationwide Bank, Pacific Lighting, American President Lines, Moore Industries International, Verbatim, Syntex, Acuson, Consilium, Vlasic Pickles, Chateau St. Michelle, Cakebread Winery, Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealthcare, HealthNet, U.S. Navy, and the Cities of Walnut Creek and Modesto. Bandrowski has an MBA from NYU, an MS in management science/industrial engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a BE in chemical engineering from Villanova University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Ravi Bapna is the Board of Overseers Professor in the Information and Decision Sciences Department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Srini Raju Centre for Information Technology and the Networked Economy (SRITNE) at the Indian School of Business. Bapna teaches graduate students and executives how to align business and IT for competitive advantage. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Ackerman Scholar in the Operations and Information Management Department at the School of Business, University of Connecticut. Bapna completed his bachelors degree from the Manipal Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Connecticut.
Mary Benner is an Associate Professor in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Previously she was an Assistant Professor in Management at the Wharton School. She has held several management positions with Honeywell and was a consultant and manager with Data Resources, Inc. Her research, at the intersection of the fields of organization theory and strategic management, explores how firms innovate and adapt to technological change. Her research is published in leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organization Science. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and is a senior editor for Organization Science. She holds a Ph.D. in management from Columbia University, an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and a BS in economics from the University of Minnesota.
Mark E. Bergen is a Professor and the James D Watkins Chair in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He previously taught for eight years in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has won numerous awards for teaching excellence at the Carlson School, and has been recognized as an outstanding faculty member in Business Week’s ‘Guide to the Best Business Schools’ (1998, 2000). He teaches MBA and executive courses in areas such as pricing strategy, marketing strategy, marketing management and supply chain management. His research focuses on pricing and channels of distribution, where he has studied issues such as pricing as a strategic capability, price wars, price pass-through, branded variants, dual distribution, gray markets, co-op advertising, and quick response. Bergen’s research has been published in top scholarly journals. Recent articles include "How to Fight a Price War,” published in Harvard Business Review, and “Pricing as a Strategic Capability,” published in Sloan Management Review. In addition, he has extensive pricing consulting experience with companies in the medical, services, food, retail, and industrial markets. He has a BS from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota.
John Busacker is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He leads seminars in self-leadership and personal engagement at Carlson Executive Education, Duke Corporate Education, and the Wharton School. Busacker has worked internationally with leading organizations, including Medtronic, CJ Corporation of South Korea, Ameriprise Financial, Weyerhaeuser, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the Good Samaritan Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital, Calvert Investments, Unum, and The Pastoral Leadership Institute International. He is the author of two books: 8 Questions God Canâ€™t Answer and Fully Engaged: How to DO less and BE more. Busacker holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and education from Carthage College and has studied counseling psychology and financial planning at the post graduate level.
Charles Caliendo is Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota where he has received numerous awards and recognition for his teaching. Caliendo has also taught internationally in numerous Carlson School programs, including the Executive MBA program and the Undergraduate program. He has been a consultant to numerous corporations where he has presented accounting seminars to both financial and non-financial employees. He received a JD from the University of Richmond, Virginia and his Masters of Business Administrations from the University of Minnesota.
Jerry Caruso is the Professional Director of the Carlson Equity Funds Enterprise, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He is a long-time investment banker with mergers and acquisitions and broad capital markets expertise. Most recently, Caruso was managing director for Lazard Middle Market LLC based in Minneapolis. Previously, he served as vice president with RBC Dain Rauscher, assistant treasurer with Coopervision Inc., and corporate lending officer with JP Morgan. He holds a BA from Northwestern University, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Kevin Cashman is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He is recognized by various publications as one of the top executive coaches in the world. His clients have included General Mills, 3M, Northrop Grumman, Novartis, Medtronic and State Street Bank. Cashman is an international keynote speaker and the author of four books on leadership and career development: Leadership from the Inside Out, A New Paradigm of Leadership, Partnering: The New Face of Leadership, and Awakening the Leader Within. He has written numerous articles on leadership and career management, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Human Resource Executive, San Francisco Examiner, Fast Company, Strategy & Leadership, Oprah, CNN, and other national media.
Norman L. Chervany is the Carlson School Professor of Information & Decision Sciences at the Carlson School of Management. His teaching and research interests focus on the effects of technology on the design and performance of work and organizations, and the design and implementation of strategy, with emphasis on the role of technology in these processes. Chervany has published widely in Management Sciences, Decision Sciences, MIS Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Information and Management, and The American Statistician. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Mount Union College, and an MBA and DBA from Indiana University.
Louellen Essex is a Carlson Executive Education Fellow. Her work focuses on training and organizational development with specialization in leadership, communication, team building, and conflict resolution. She has co-authored three books on leadership and published numerous articles in professional journals, including Leader-to-Leader, Training and Development, and OD Practitioner. Essex holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Murray Frank is the Piper Jaffray Chair in Finance and Professor, Finance & Insurance at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He serves as the associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies and Finance Research Letters and as the editorial advisor of the Canadian Journal of Economics. He received the 2004 Best Paper Award at the NTU International Conference on Finance. He has been published in the Journal of Finance, Management Science, the European Economic Review, and the Journal of Financial Economics among many others. Frank received his PhD in economics from Queens University and his master's in economics from the University of Alberta.
Anindya Ghose is an Associate Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences and the Robert L. & Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. He is also the co-Director of the Center for Business Analytics and a Daniel P. Paduano Fellow of Business Ethics at NYU Stern. He has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Wharton School of Business. Ghose received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and his MS and PhD from Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.
Vladas Griskevicius is the McKnight Land-Grant Professor of Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has extensive background in psychology and is an expert in persuasion and social influence in organizations. His work has been published in top business and psychology journals, and he has been featured in the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and TIME magazine. He holds degrees in economics and psychology from the University of California and a PhD in Psychology from the Arizona State University.
Dick Hallstein is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He is also the author of Memoirs of a Recovering Autocrat and Managing Change: A Leader’s Handbook for Implementing Strategy. His unique business perspective is based on 23 years of experience in the banking and retail industries where he was a senior executive in line management, strategic planning, and human resources. His training in business, education, and organization development is reflected in an unusually broad perspective on subjects primarily associated with strategic planning, creating high performance organizations, and managing organizational change.
Robert Hansen is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Carlson School of Management. Prior to joining the Carlson School, he was a member of the marketing department at Ohio State University. His industry experience includes working for Oscar Mayer, NCR Corporation, Business Incentives, and Grant Thorton International. He has published a number of articles and research monographs on topics related to marketing research, consumer behavior, and business planning. Hansen has a BS in agricultural sciences and business, and MBA in marketing and quantitative methods and a PhD in marketing, statistics and quantitative methods from the University of Wisconsin.
Arthur V. Hill is the Associate Dean of MBA programs and the John and Nancy Lindahl Professor for Excellence in Business Education in the Supply Chain and Operations Department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He founded the Carlson Consulting Enterprise, a unique consultancy that provides high quality consulting services to clients to develop MBA leadership and analytical skills. Hill has been awarded numerous teaching awards at the Carlson School and was recognized as an outstanding instructor in several national publications including Business Week. Hill has provided operations management consulting, developed decision support software, and/or given speeches for many manufacturing, distribution, banking, service, and government organizations worldwide. He earned a BA in Mathematics from Indiana University, an MS in Industrial Administration and a PhD in Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.
Barbara Hoese is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. She has worked with such clients as Xerox, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Medtronic, the University of Minnesota Foundation, and the American Academy of Neurology to enhance leadership effectiveness, team synergy, and life planning. She has developed and led workshops and retreats in leadership, strategic planning and teaming, work/life balance, and interpersonal communications. In her coaching, Hoese works with executives and leaders to discover and use their best talents to find greater fulfillment and success in their work and life and to help them identify and lead from their strengths while addressing critical developmental areas. She received her coaching certification from the Coach Training Institute (CTI), and holds a master’s degree in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas where she was the recipient of the James S. Fish Scholarship for integrity in communication.
Leo Hopf is a Fellow of Carlson Executive Education. He coaches, guides, and trains clients’ personnel at all levels to improve their decision making and strategic thinking capabilities. He has worked in a variety of business sectors: medical devices, telecommunications, upstream and downstream oil & gas, pulp and paper, insurance, real estate, groceries, chemicals, mining, engineering and construction, building products, pharmaceuticals, banking, office products distribution, high-tech materials, remote sensing, travel, and healthcare. Hopf has substantial international experience and has led major consulting engagements in Indonesia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Kuwait. He is also author of Rethink, Reinvent, Reposition: 12 Strategies to Renew Your Business and Boost Your Bottom Line. Hopf earned a Masters of Business Administration degree with highest distinction from the Amos Tuck School, and has BS degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Dave Hopkins is a Carlson Executive Education instructor and the Director of the Carlson Brand Enterprise at the Carlson School of Management. Hopkins is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of experience and proven expertise in the development and application of corporate strategy, brand management, relationship & digital marketing, and operations improvement. He also has extensive experience improving organizational and operational effectiveness, and new product development and management. Possessing a broad industry background, including consumer products, retail, manufacturing, high-tech, aerospace and defense, and transportation industries, he has worked with both emerging growth companies and Fortune 500 corporations. His experience includes leadership positions in integrated marketing, strategy formulation and tactical implementation. Hopkins holds Masters degrees in strategy / industrial organization from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado.
Ron James is a Fellow of Carlson Executive Education and President & CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, a non-profit business organization that assists business leaders with creating ethical and profitable business cultures. He also teaches business ethics in the graduate programs at the Carlson School of Management and University of St. Thomas College of Business. Previously James served as President and CEO of the Human Resources Group, an international division of Ceridian Corporation and was Minnesota’s top Executive Officer for US West Communications, Inc. and Regional Vice-President for US West, which included responsibilities for Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. James currently serves as a board member of the Best Buy Corporation, the Tamarack Funds (an investment fund of RBC Dain Rauscher), Bremer Financial Corporation, The Travelers Companies Inc., and Allina Hospitals and Clinics.
Deborah John is the Curtis L. Carlson Chair and Professor of Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She is an expert in consumer behavior, specializing in children's consumer behavior and consumer brand management. Her work has been published in top marketing journals, including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Journal of Consumer Research, as well as being cited in the New York Times, Financial Times, and Business Week. She received an MBA from Kent State University and a PhD in Marketing from Northwestern University.
George John is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and the General Mills-Gerot Chair in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He also serves as the academic director of the Carlson Brand Enterprise, a consultancy that partners top MBA students with faculty on real-world brand projects. John is one of the nation’s leading experts in marketing channels, industrial marketing, and high-technology. His current research includes work on component branding, consumer guarantees, distribution channels, marketing strategy, sales force compensation plans, marketing of intellectual property, and effectiveness of marketing planning systems.
Karl Johnson leads executive development and organizational change programs for corporate and non-profit clients of Carlson Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. His current work focuses on leveraging leader and team development to accelerate strategic collaboration and organizational change. Johnson is an expert in the field of strategic change. His work has been recognized by UNICON, a consortium of over 80 business schools worldwide, as one of six case examples of the most innovative work in executive education. In 2007, Johnson's engagement with a division of the U.S. Navy was recognized as one of the top two leadership development initiatives across all Department of Defense activities, and was honored with the presentation of the Silver Award for Workforce Development by the nation's Defense Acquisition University. Johnson led custom executive development programs at the University of Notre Dame and the University of California, Berkeley. Johnson received his BA from Rice University, Houston TX, and his MBA from the University of Phoenix, San Francisco, CA.
Mary Michaels Johnston is a Carlson Executive Education instructor and has more than 20 years of experience in organizational effectiveness and development. She has worked with domestic and international organizations of various sizes from small private companies to Fortune 100 companies. Her expertise is in the areas of strategic organizational planning, leadership development, instructional design, competency profiling, assessment, and providing developmental coaching and feedback. She is a Master Associate of Lominger Limited, Inc., developers of the LEADERSHIP ARCHITECT® Suite of integrated tools designed to support leadership development. Michaels received her MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota in psychology.
Edward Joyce is a Professor of Accounting at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He and recently served as Associate Dean of MBA Programs and previously, spent five years on the faculty of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Joyce also has lectured at the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the Warsaw School of Economics. He received a BSBA from Ohio State University and an MAS and PhD in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Mark Kizilos is a Carlson Executive Education Instructor and former Assistant Dean of Executive Education for the Carlson School. He is the creator of the FrameBreaking™ Experience Model. Previously he served as Vice President of Talent Management and the Corporate University for Thomson Reuters. He has also consulted on learning and development for numerous corporations. Kizilos holds a Master's degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University, and a PhD from the University of Southern California.
Dan Kosch is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He has experience in a wide range of selling environments such as selling to senior-level management, major account sales, general territory sales, value-oriented system sales and commodity sales. Kosch received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Peter Krembs is a Carlson Executive Education Fellow. He has over 35 years providing leadership development to major U.S. and international corporations. Krembs specializes in the unique issues found in professional and expert-based cultures, including science, technology, financial services and health care. He also has extensive experience with professional service firms. Krembs is co-author of On-The-Level: Performance Communication that Works, and has written on how to set performance expectations, give and receive feedback, and facilitate discussions about learning and development on the job. His graduate work is in Industrial Psychology from the University of Minnesota and his post-graduate certification is from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Organization and Systems Development Program.
Richard Leider is a Carlson Executive Education fellow. He is considered by many to be a true master and pioneer in the field of life coaching. Ranked by Forbes as one of the "Top 5" most respected coaches, he has thirty years experience in coaching people to live and work "on purpose". He is an internationally respected speaker, life coach, and author who has written or co-written eight books including: The Inventurers, The Power of Purpose, Whistle While You Work, Claiming Your Place at the Fire, Something to Live For, and Repacking Your Bags. Leider has designed and delivered programs throughout the world for organizations such as 3M, Boeing, American Express, Pfizer, and the Mayo Clinic. A Nationally Certified Master Career Counselor, Leider also holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and was named by the Minnesota Career Development Association as one of the top 10 most influential people in the career development field.
Svjetlana Madzar is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Previous academic work experiences include an associate professor position at Gustavus Adolphus College and visiting appointments at IMD (Institute for Management Development), Lausanne, Switzerland; University of Tubingen, Germany; Instituto de Empresa Business School, Spain; HEC, School of Management, France (Paris), and two MBA schools in Delhi, India. As a management educator, Madzar has worked with a variety of multinational companies regarding the issues of managing across cultures, and managing complex groups face-to-face, virtually and globally. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business.
Brian McConnell is senior lecturer in the Supply Chain and Operations department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He brings nearly 40 years of leadership and management experience to bear on operations. Previously, he was an operational leader in the government, retail, manufacturing, and airline industries. McConnell also worked for Northwest/Delta Airlines as an internal process improvement consultant and the corporation's leader for continuous improvement. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board for the Lean Flight Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing Lean and associated continuous improvement skills in aviation-related organizations. McConnell also developed the Lean Program for Aviation Training for the International Air Transport Association and has taught Lean worldwide. He holds a BA and three master's degrees in business administration, manufacturing systems, and public administration.
Phillip Miller is a Carlson Executive Education instructor and Assistant Dean of MBA programs at the Carlson School.. Previously he led the Carlson Consulting Enterprise, an innovative MBA program delivering real world experience to students by solving “real world” problems for consulting clients. He is an experienced business leader with more than 11 years of leading internal and external consulting teams and organizations, as well as leading day-to day business operations. Miller holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, an MA from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA from Rice University.
John Molloy is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has worked in a variety of roles ranging from federal examiner, internal auditor to strategic planner and analyst. His corporate experience, working in accounting and finance, has been primarily in the telecom and financial services industries. Molloy has BBA and MS in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
John F. Monoky is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He has served on the faculty of executive development programs at the University of Michigan, Syracuse University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of South Carolina, Queen’s University, and the University of Toledo. His teaching interests focus on business-to-business marketing, sales management, and territory management. Monoky's “street smart” approach allows immediate application of the techniques he teaches. He has written two best selling books on sales management, Be Your Own Sales Manager and The Sales Manager’s Idea-A-Day Guide, and has been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Sales and Marketing Management, Modern Distribution Management, Industrial Distribution, and in the proceedings of professional associations. Monoky holds a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BBA from the University of Toledo.
Wayne Mueller is a marketing instructor and Director of the Institute for Research in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management. He is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with over 30 years of experience working with IBM, a marketing instructor with Carlson School of Management, and the director for the Institute for Research in Marketing. While with IBM he led a 30-plus person Target account sales team, and handled Wall Street accounts in IBM's financial services industry. In addition, he worked as IBM's U.S. Business Development Executive on marketing and segmentation strategy for both the retail and financial services industries. Mueller attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program and he is nearing completion of his PhD in Executive Marketing Education at the University of Minnesota.
Georg Muller is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He has worked on pricing and strategy engagements in the healthcare, banking, telecom, consumer packaged goods, and industrial supplier categories. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University where he won awards for his courses on marketing strategy. He has also lectured at the University of Chicago. His articles on pricing and strategy have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Operations Research and Journal of Managerial and Decision Economics; he has also published in the areas of inventory and healthcare management. In addition, Muller served as Vice President of an innovative healthcare company where he was involved with new product design and managed the company’s pricing strategy. He has an MBA and PhD in Marketing and Statistics from the University of Chicago.
Christopher J. Nachtsheim is the Frank A. Donaldson Chair of Operations Management and Chair of the Supply Chain and Operations Department in the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Previously he served as staff member in the statistics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and as a senior statistician at General Mills. Nachtsheim was inducted as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in August, 2011. He received his PhD in Operations Research from the University of Minnesota.
Om Narasimhan is an Associate Professor in the Marketing Department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and the Board of Overseers Professor of Marketing. He focuses his research on innovation, pricing strategy, and channels of distribution. He was recently named an MSI Young Scholar, a distinction awarded once every two years to scholars most likely to be potential leaders of the next generation of marketing academics. He has been awarded both the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award and a McKnight award for his article “A Structural Model of Informative, Transformative and Persuasive Effects of Advertising." Narasimhan's work has been published in top marketing publications including Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, and Strategic Marketing Journal. He earned his PhD in Marketing from the University of Southern California.
Richard Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. At the Carlson School he has taught numerous MBA and undergraduate courses and has been named an outstanding MBA faculty member in the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. Previously he worked in various finance positions in private industry, most recently as senior vice president of ReliaStar (now ING) Investment Research Inc. He received his BSBA and MBA from the Carlson School.
Toby Nord is the professional director of Carlson Ventures Enterprise, a unique year-long program for full time MBA students designed to teach entrepreneurial skill through experiential learning. He is also an adjunct MBA faculty member teaching Corporate Venturing and New Product Design and Business Development. Prior to his work with the Carlson School, Nord worked with various local companies including Best Buy, where he worked in strategic marketing, business development, strategy, and innovation. Some of this work is highlighted in the Harvard Business Case Best Buy: An Innovator's Journey. Nord also consults with local companies and focuses on growth, innovation, business creativity and strategy. He received his MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Joe Nunes is an Associate Professor of Marketing at USC's Marshall School of Business and is an expert on loyalty programs, status and luxury goods, pricing, and consumer and managerial decision-making. He has published numerous papers in top marketing journals including the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Science, the Journal of Marketing, and Harvard Business Review. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and Marketing Science. Nunes has consulted for a variety of companies including Southwest Airlines, Kampgrounds of America, Nestlè, and Abbott Laboratories. He holds a PhD and an MBA form the University of Chicago and a BS from Northwestern University.
Peter M. Ramstad is a Carlson Executive Education instructor and vice president with The Toro Company. At Toro, he is responsible for business and strategic development activities, and the Center for Advanced Turf Technology (CATT). Prior to joining Toro, he was Executive Vice President with Personnel Decisions International. Ramstad has undergraduate degrees in math and accounting and significant graduate studies in economics, mathematics, and accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and a member of the AICPA.
Joseph Redden is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Previously he taught for the Wharton School, and held positions with business consulting firms. Redden is currently focused on researching how to prevent satiation and how to help people recover from satiation with repeated experiences. His original work in this area won the American Marketing Association’s 2007 John A. Howard Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2008 Robert Ferber Award based on a publication in the February 2008 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Redden received his PhD in Marketing from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania; MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; and undergraduate degrees from the University of Kentucky.
Harvey A. Robbins is a Carlson Executive Education Fellow. He is a practicing business psychologist with broad experience in the areas of team development, change management, collaboration, organization and leadership effectiveness, and interpersonal influence. Robbins has provided services to numerous international corporations and federal and state agencies and regularly presents at national/international conferences. He is author/co-author of seven books on the subject of leadership effectiveness and team development. Robbins received his doctorate in clinical/educational psychology from Texas A&M.
Priti Pradhan Shah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Work and Organizations at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She developed her expertise in negotiations at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, which is known for its specialized negotiation expertise. She also teaches Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change, Leadership, and Groups. In addition to the Carlson School, she has taught at MIT and Yale. Shah has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of Rochester. She holds a Masters and PhD in Organizational Behavior from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Myles Shaver is Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and the Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Management and International Business at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Shaver's research interests revolve around corporate strategy choices and their impact on performance. He has been published in numerous academic publications and is on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Organization, and the Journal of International Business Education. He holds a PhD in international business from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.
William L. Sippel is a Carlson Executive Education instructor and a partner in the Minneapolis office of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP. He practices primarily in the areas of antitrust and domestic and international distribution, including litigation and counseling. He is a former Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust in the U.S. Department of Justice during the Carter and Reagan administrations. He is the former Chair of the Antitrust Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and also a former Chair of the MSBA International Business Law Section. He has served as an adjunct professor of antitrust law at William Mitchell College of Law. He has been recognized as a "Leading Attorney in Minnesota" based on surveys of his peers. He frequently lectures at law and business schools. Sippel graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974.
Steve Spruth is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Previously he was Vice President, Development, at United Health Group. Spruth's academic interests center on entrepreneurship, innovation, globalization, sustainable business, and social entrepreneurship. He has taught in Brazil, China, Spain, and Venezuela and currently brings University of Minnesota undergraduates to China each May to study entrepreneurship and to Brazil each January to study sustainability. He received a Masters Degree from the Yale School of Management, Yale University, and a BA from Brown University.
Peter Stark is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He trains worldwide on cross-cultural change, transformational leadership, organizational effectiveness, strategy, and systems thinking. He teaches strategy and global business in Augsburg College’s MBA program, and has been a visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota, Helsinki School of Economics, and the Berlin Institute of Management. His background includes more than 20 years of senior executive experience in the global transportation industry. Stark has lived and worked in countries on five continents, is functionally fluent in Mandarin and Swedish, and socially conversant in Japanese and Spanish. He holds a PhD in Organization Change and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Lindsay Strand is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. She provides clients nationwide with the ability to obtain fair and favorable news coverage and helps to arm spokespeople and business leaders with the proper skills to be effective communicators.
Strand draws upon her extensive experience as an award-winning television journalist at network affiliates in Illinois and Minnesota, as well as her background in public affairs as a staff member for a United States Senator in Washington, D.C. She has helped develop and implement media policies for national retailers, as well as strategic counsel and preparation for corporations for annual meetings, crisis situations and mergers and acquisitions. Strand managed media relations efforts for the Minnesota Super Bowl Task Force for Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, provided press advance for the 1990 Minnesota visit of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and has provided press assistance to the White House. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois.
Eric Svaan is a Lecturer of Operations and Management Sciences with the Michigan Business School. Previously he was with the School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University. Svaan's teaching and research interests are cell manufacturing; management of quality and quality learning; manufacturing technology management; service operations quality; manufacturing cost analysis; and environmental management for manufacturing enterprises. Svaan received his MS from Carnegie Mellon University; an MBA, Information Systems/Operations Management from Indiana University; and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Amy Tolbert is a Carlson Executive Education Fellow. She develops multicultural organizations and individuals through cutting-edge topics, such as multicultural and diversity initiatives, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams. Tolbert has authored a book, Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your Head Out of the Sand, a timely answer to the renewed urgency for actionable diversity information. She has also co-authored and presented the “Discovering Diversity Profile,” a popular self-assessment tool. Tolbert earned her PhD in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota.
Roger B. Upson is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. He has provided services in strategic planning, financial management, and quality improvement to healthcare, financial, manufacturing, and academic organizations worldwide. Previously he was senior executive of an integrated delivery system, a hospital and physician clinic organization, a PPO, an HMO management company, and a multi-specialty physician group practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upson holds PhD and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan, and a BSc from the London School of Economics.
Paul Vaaler is an Associate Professor of International Business in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He teaches, researches, and has consulted with businesses and governmental agencies in the US and abroad on issues related to international business and strategic management. Vaaler has written or co-written several books including Creative Destruction and Financial Innovation and The Welfare of Nations. He sits on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, International Journal of Strategic Change Management, and the Journal of International Business Studies. He holds a BA from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, an MA from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, a JD from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota.
Kathleen Vohs is Land O'Lakes Professor for Excellence in Marketing, at Carlson School of Management. She has an extensive background in psychology, and applies her understanding of psychological science to business issues in order to advance new areas of marketing research. Vohs has authored more than 70 scholarly publications and served as the editor of three books, and she has written extensively on self-regulation, intrapersonal and interpersonal processes, the objective consequences of self-esteem, and consequences of self-control failure on impulsive behavior. Vohs received a BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus in 1996, a PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2000, and was a research fellow (funded by NIMH) at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Utah from 2000 to 2003.
Joseph Volker is a Carlson Executive Education instructor and psychologist. He has worked in a wide variety of organizational settings including the healthcare industry, manufacturing, energy, financial institutions, education, biotechnology, agribusiness, government, and non-profit organizations. Previously Volker served as an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Dakota (UND) and director of the MA program in counseling. Volker received his BA in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology.
Heather Wray-Isquierdo is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. As an experienced facilitator and coach, she has worked with a wide range of industries including Fortune 100 and 500 companies and non profit organizations. Wray-Isquierdo focuses on delivering courageous feedback to leaders and helping them focus on the development priorities to build their leadership capacity and impact business results. She holds an MA Psychology from Naropa University, CO, and a BS from California Polytechnic State University.
Connie Wanberg is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair in the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is on the editorial review boards of Personnel Psychology and the Journal of Applied Psychology and Human Performance. She teaches courses in staffing, training, employee development, and leadership and has also taught in several of Carlson's international programs, including China, France, Spain, and Australia. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Iowa State University.
Aks Zaheer is the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management, and Director of the Strategic Management Research Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has extensive industry experience including three years with Colgate-Palmolive in India, and five years in the consumer products industry in Nigeria. He has advised numerous prominent corporations, such as The St. Paul Companies, Schwan’s, Guidant Corporation, and Pillsbury on strategic planning and strategic assessments. Zaheer has received many teaching awards including the Curtis Cup, MBA Teacher of the Year, and a commendation for teaching excellence in Business Week's Guide to the 50 Top Business Schools. He received his PhD from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mary Zellmer-Bruhn is Associate Professor in the Department of Work and Organizations at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing, a master’s degree in management, and a PhD in organizational behavior, all from the University of Wisconsin. She joined the Carlson School of Management in 1999. Zellmer-Bruhn teaches courses at the Carlson School on the management of teams, organizational behavior, and organizational change. She has received the Carlson School's Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Honor's Faculty teaching awards. Zellmer-Bruhn's research interests include teamwork, the formation and effectiveness of entrepreneurial teams, knowledge management and team routines, and cross-cultural teamwork, as well as temporal issues in teams and organizations. Among the honors and awards she has received are a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study entrepreneurial teams, and her dissertation was a finalist for the INFORMS dissertation proposal competition. Her research is published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Group and Organization Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Management International Review, Journal of Managerial Issues, and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. She serves on the editorial board of Organization Science.
Beth Zemsky is a Carlson Executive Education instructor. She provides multicultural organizational development to non-profit, educational, and business organizations. She specializes in providing organization development and change management services to social justice organizations to help them build their organizations in such a way as to develop a broader movement for social change. Most recently, Zemsky was the coordinator of leadership and organizational effectiveness at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in adult and community education from Cornell University and masters degrees in counseling psychology and social work from Washington University, Saint Louis. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, a certified diversity trainer, and she has specialized training in coaching, facilitation, community organizing and work place mediation.
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