Alana Buckner

“I decided to come to Carlson because it offered strong academics, project-based experience and an individualized approach .”

My story

Canadian-born, I moved to the US when I was eight and lived in Minnesota during my last two years of high school. For undergrad, I headed to Cornell in Ithaca, NY, interned with IBM, and then joined them full-time.  For 5.5 years I worked in IBM Corporate HR in five roles in four cities, ending up on assignment in Shanghai, China. During my two-year overseas adventure, I knew I was ready to take the leap and pursue my dream of social entrepreneurship.

Why Carlson?

As a career switcher, I was looking to build upon my corporate experience, develop my financial and operations skills, and connect with an entrepreneurial community. With this in mind I applied to a few different schools to find the right fit. I decided to come to Carlson because it offered strong academics, project-based experience and an individualized approach. The Enterprise programs would provide experiential learning (Ventures was my target). Also, the current students I spoke with, potential classmates at the admit weekend, and the Carlson staff left a positive impression, and I looked forward to joining the Carlson community. The additional plus is the great, scenic Twin Cities with a vibrant food scene and great place to live and stay active.

 A Day with Alana - Monday, March 23rd

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Wake up and dress casual thanks to entrepreneurial track.  Leave the house for my 20-minute drive to campus.
8:30 - 9:55 a.m. Hang out in the Master’s Lounge, print slides and maybe play some ping pong (singles is preferable…).
9:55 - 11:35 a.m. Attend my Cohort A required course Managerial Economics.
11:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Walk through the basement to the Humphrey School  - Bistro for a super foods salad.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meet with my awesome, efficient and fun core team A5 to split assignments for the week.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Catch up on email, work with the outgoing Net Impact president on budget planning and print readings.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Run around Lake Harriett and enjoy the spring weather. Training for the Twin Cities Marathon!
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. A mixture of homework, emails and dinner @ home.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Get out of the house! Kickball and drinks with friends.


About Alana

Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate Institution
Cornell University, 2008 Industrial & Labor Relations
HIRED, Twin Cities non-profit
HR Leadership Development Program
Carlson Activities
Mentorship Program
Women’s Leadership Conference
Graduate Volunteer Consultant
Global Business Student Association
Net Impact
Professional Interests
Job Title
Independent Consultant