Virtual Gathering Speakers

MBA Class Reunion



Virtual Gathering Speakers

MBA Alumni Town Hall

Sri Zaheer

Sri Zaheer

Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Carlson School of Management 

Srilata (Sri) Zaheer became the 12th dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota on March 8, 2012.

During her tenure as dean of the Carlson School, Sri has increased the business community’s engagement with the school, resulting in a myriad of new experiential learning opportunities for students, and has overseen the introduction of several new programs including new master’s programs in Business Analytics, Finance, and Supply Chain Management.

Sri serves on the boards of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where she is currently serving as chair.


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Phil Miller

Assistant Dean
MBA & MS Programs
Carlson School of Management 


Phil is a business executive and educator with experience in management consulting, general management and non-profit leadership. 

Before becoming Assistant Dean for the MBA and MS Programs, he ran the Consulting Enterprise at the Carlson School of Management, leading MBA students in general management business consulting projects while teaching additional Carlson School classes at the executive, MBA and undergraduate level in management and critical thinking. 

He has a passion for improving business situations through application of proven problem solving techniques and individual performance through education and hands on coaching and mentoring. 



Structural Inequality & The Lasting Contributions of CSOM Alumnus Dr. Marcus Alexis

Dr. Samuel L. Myers Jr.

Dr. Samuel L. Myers Jr.

Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice Director - Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Samuel L. Myers Jr. is a national authority on the methodology of conducting disparity studies. He specializes in the impacts of social policies on the poor. Myers is a pioneer in the use of applied econometric techniques to:

  • Examine racial disparities in crime
  • Detect illegal discrimination in credit markets
  • Assess the impacts of welfare on family stability
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of government transfers in reducing poverty
  • Determine the impacts of food pricing on low-income communities
  • Detect disparities and discrimination in government contracting

Myers has consulted with the National Employment Policy Commission; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Civil Rights Commission; U.S. General Accounting Office; and U.S. Congressional Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime; and served as a senior staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission.  

COVID Conversation


Pinar Karaca Mandic, PhD

C. Arthur Williams Jr. Professor of Healthcare Risk Management
Academic Director of Medical Industry Leadership Institute
Carlson School of Management


Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic teaches healthcare marketplace and healthcare finance. She is the Academic Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) in the Department of Finance. 

Her research focuses on health insurance benefit design, healthcare regulations, insurance markets, pharmaceutical use, and medical technology diffusion. 

Prior to joining the Carlson School faculty, Karaca-Mandic was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California at Berkeley, and BA in economics and mathematics, and a concentration in public policy from Swarthmore College.



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Eva Enns, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Division of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health


Eva Enns develops mathematical models of the spread of infectious diseases that help evaluate strategies aimed at mitigating disease impact through prevention and/or treatment. Her aim is to inform better infectious disease prevention, management, and control policies as well as to develop new methodologies or tools to better address issues surrounding infectious disease outbreaks.

She was a part of a multidisciplinary team of five faculty members and three students, with expertise in epidemiology, modeling, computer science, and biology that developed the Minnesota COVID-19 model.





The Future of Healthcare:

What will it look like? Who will lead?

Dino Bilankov

Dino Bilankov

Senior Director of Corporate Strategy & Business Development


Dino is a leader at the largest managed health care company in the world, serving ~50 million people across four lines of business. Prior to his time at UnitedHealthcare, Dino worked on Wall Street, first as an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets, and then as a private equity investment professional at Diamond Castle Holdings. Dino holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School (with focus on health care and entrepreneurship), and a dual degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management (BSB in Finance) and College of Liberal Arts (BA in Communications).










Victor M. Montori

Victor M. Montori, MD

Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic

An endocrinologist and health services researcher, Dr. Montori is the author of more than 600 peer-reviewed publications and is among the top 1% of researchers with most cited papers in clinical medicine and in social science worldwide in the last decade. He is a recognized expert in evidence-based medicine and shared decision making, and developer of the concept of minimally disruptive medicine. He works in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic's KER Unit, to advance person-centered care for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. He is the author of the book Why We Revolt – a Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care.










Pam Stegora Axberg

Pam Stegora Axberg

Interim CEO
Union Gospel Mission

Pam has more than three decades of service and operations experience across multiple complex, regulated service industries.  As a high-energy change leader, she has transformed service and clinical operations and implemented innovative technology platforms improving the customer experience and healthcare outcomes.  Using collaboration to negotiate partnership agreements, she expanded Strategic Partnerships and Joint Ventures. Her advisory roles include the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS). 

She also spent twenty years as a senior executive in telecommunications.  Pam received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from St. Catherine University, her MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School, and was a Humphrey Institute Public Policy Fellow.