• Interaction with alumni is vital during both your academic and professional career. You will have numerous opportunities to form valuable relationships with Executive MBA alumni both inside and out sideof the classroom.

    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 more than 53,000 members in 95 countries.

  • Alumni Stats

Carlson MBA Alumni
Location Name Title Company Year Graduated
Chicago Fernando Palacios EVP & Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer MillerCoors 1995
New York Annie Young-Schrivner CEO Godiva 2003
MN Michael Hoffman Chairman of the Board The Toro Company 2002
MN Richard Olson CEO The Toro Company 2010
MN Jed Gorlin, MD Medical Director Memorial Blood Centers 2005
MN Trevor Bynum President, Schwan's Food 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 Compani/Deli Express 2007
MN Thomas (Baxter) Stephenson President Fraser Steel 2003
SF Bay Area Jason Bates Chief Supply Chain Officer Specialized Bicycle Components 2011
Italy Victoria Spadaro-Grant CTO Barilla Group 2000
Chile Wendy Benson Country Manager 3M Chile 2004
Switzerland Bethany Quam Sr. VP & President of Europe/Australasia Region General Mills 2001

Board of Advisers

The Carlson Executive MBA Board of Advisers is a powerful cross-section of business leaders whose members span large corporations, small companies, for-profit and not-for-profit, service and manufacturing, established and new organizations. The Board advises and strategizes with the Carlson School to ensure that your academic experience provides the best possible preparation to advance your career. Board members are all alumni of Executive MBA Program who want to see you and the program succeed.

The Board of Advisers works with the program staff to enhance the quality, value and community of the Carlson Executive MBA program.

Alumni Interaction

Alumni will be present throughout your MBA journey. They answer questions from prospective students, welcome new students at orientation, guest lecture in your classes, set up site visits on international residencies, and attend various events throughout the year.

Guest Speakers

You will hear from 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 visit during lunch hours to talk to your class about leadership and management topics.

Past speakers include:

  • Annie Young-Scrivner, ’04 CEMBA: President of Teavana and Executive Vice President, Starbucks
  • Rob Cain, ’01 CEMBA: Principal - IT Strategy & Enterprise Architecture Practice, PwC
  • Dr. Penny Wheeler: CEO, Allina Health
  • Vivian Martin: Vice President of Consumer Insights, General Mills
  • Jim Schroer: Former CEO, Carlson Marketing
  • Mark Stoering, '93 CEMBA:  President of Xcel Energy - WI & MI


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