Dean's Blog

March 19, 2014

I've been reflecting on a conversation I had with Marilyn Carlson Nelson at the Minnesota Cup Women's Entrepreneur Event earlier this month. Marilyn shared such wonderful insights and advice with the audience. However, one item particularly resonated with me -- while women own almost 30 percent of firms, their firms account for less than 7 percent of total employment.

February 21, 2014

Recently, The Financial Times wrote a wonderful story that chronicled John Stumpf's amazing journey from a Minnesota farm to chief executive of one of our nation's largest companies (Wells Fargo). He shared in the article how a coalescence of academic theory and day-to-day practical application that he experienced while earning his Carlson MBA at night changed his life.

October 30, 2013

Curt Carlson was a true visionary. Not only did he have the foresight to create one of the first-ever consumer loyalty programs through the Gold Bond Stamp Company, he also saw the value of investing in the intellectual capacity of the school that now bears his name.

August 30, 2013

This might be my favorite time of the year! The energy and excitement filling our buildings is truly contagious. And there's good reason to be enthused. As students, you are about to begin the next step on a journey that can take you anywhere you want.

July 15, 2013

Success in business today requires an "us" and "them" mindset, rather than the "us" versus "them" approach that defined the past. One of the ways we have fostered this mentality at the Carlson School is by insisting that all of our students have an international educational experience.

June 28, 2013

I had the wonderful opportunity to join President Kaler in China, the first stop of his international travels. We met with leaders of Hong Kong's higher ed community, discussed educational partnership opportunities, and visited with many of our Carlson School graduates.

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