Danielle Schmitz

"I love that I have a close-knit community of peers that I can rely on and learn from."

Your Story

My experience working in staffing was fast-paced, constantly changing, and challenging, to say the least! I loved the variety of my job, but yearned for more opportunities to direct and steer the business that I was a part of. I realized that business school was a natural next step in order to get the tactical skills I needed, and the chance to advance into a role that was more strategic.

Why Carlson?

From the start of my journey, I knew that Carlson offered everything that I was looking for. The proximity to a dense population of Fortune 500 companies, combined with the opportunity to work on real, complex business problems through the Enterprise program meant that I truly had a chance to accelerate my learning and business skills! The quality that I underestimated was how impactful a small community would be on this experience. I love that I have a close-knit community of peers that I can rely on and learn from. This is what makes Carlson a real gem among top business schools.

Team Collaboration as a Carlson MBA Student

Carlson provides no shortage of chances to work on a team. Along with my core team, I've had the chance to compete on two different case competition teams, multiple club teams, as well as my Enterprise team. It's a great opportunity to work with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Alongside the leadership program, the constant teamwork provided me when a chance to be honest and truly understand my own strengths, weaknesses, and work style. Carlson creates a very authentic culture where feedback is encouraged and development opportunities abound. It is parallel to a laboratory, in that I've been given the chance to test out new ways to handle work situations.

About Danielle

Appleton, WI
Undergraduate Institution
Winona State University
Combination of sales, HR, and operations management.
Carlson Activities
Carlson Consulting Club Board Member, MBA Women's Initiative Board Member, Graduate Volunteer Consultants - Lead Consultant, and Graduate Assistant for Student Affairs
Corporate Development Summer Associate at Liberty Mutual
Professional Interests
U.S. Bank
Job Title
Assistant Vice President, Business Transformation