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Charlie Massopust

"The community at Carlson assured me that their priority was to help me realize my full potential, not to judge my current improvement opportunities."

Your Story

Before enrolling at Carlson, I was fortunate enough to spend 7 years with two Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities. I received best-in-class training and development, along with impactful responsibilities and experiences. I also witnessed five major reorganization events with those companies in my seven years with them. While I was not personally affected in all of them, I saw the impact they had on my coworkers and their families. These events helped me realize the immense responsibility of business leaders, and how difficult it is to sustain competitive advantage and growth in this current business environment. I knew that I needed to bolster my skills in order to be a better steward of the responsibility entrusted to me as I progress through my professional goals.

Why Carlson?

I spent a lot of time visiting and evaluating many Full-Time MBA Programs across the country, and was fortunate enough to have a choice between some very strong programs. Ultimately what set Carlson apart was the supportive and constructive environment. There were times when visiting other programs that I felt I was being evaluated under a microscope, which felt counterproductive. I was investing in a Full-Time MBA Program because I had accepted that I had real growth and development to accomplish to be a better business leader. The community at Carlson assured me that their priority was to help me realize my full potential, not to judge my current improvement opportunities. I knew that was the environment that I would be most successful. That way I could be fully transparent with my current state, call out my goals, and direct all my energy towards getting to work and accomplishing them.

A Day in the Life of a Carlson MBA Student

6:30 - 7:15 AM Wake Up and sneak in a quick jog over the Stone-Arch Bridge and through the North Loop.
7:15 - 8:00 AM Get ready for the day and ride the Light Rail to campus
8:00 - 9:35 AM First class of the day.  Ventures Enterprise lecture on communicating recommendations
9:35 - 10:30 AM Jump back on the Light Rail to downtown.  Heading down by Loring Park for a meeting.  Stop off at Dunn Brothers on the Park for a cup of Coffee and a chance to catch up on a few emails.
10:30 - 11:30 AM Meet with a Start-Up at their office in Loring Park.  Research for Ventures Enterprise Project and an awesome peek into the life of a few rising tech entrepreneurs.
11:30 - 12:30 PM Back on campus for the Carlson 4 Community Kickoff. Cookies and coffee outside the Master's Lounge to introduce YouthCare, the beneficiary for the 2017 C4C Charity Auction.
12:30 - 1:30 PM Sneak over to The Hard Times Café with a couple of buddies to get lunch and recharge.
1:45 - 3:25 PM Corporate Financial Decisions Lecture.  We're introduced to Call Options and Put Options.
3:45 - 5:25 PM Start-Up Class.  It's final presentation day.  I present the pitch for my business to the class.
5:30 - 6:00 PM Jump on the Light Rail and head home for the day
6:00 - 7:00 PM Just a little bit of homework.  Read a case for later in the week, quick review for upcoming Ethical Environment of Business final, and a few emails.
7:00 PM + Shut my computer.  That's enough for today.  Time to cook dinner with Katie and enjoy a beautiful spring night outside…

About Charlie

Hometown
Edina, MN
Undergraduate Institution
University of Iowa
Experience
General Mills Inc., SUPERVALU Inc.
Carlson Activities
MBA Association VP of Community, Carlson 4 Community Board Member, Ventures+ Club President, Gopher Angels Student Intern
Internship
Starting a Business