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David Otero

"Carlson's Enterprise program not only affords students the opportunity to apply academic frameworks towards real business problems, but gives students a chance to make meaningful connections with business leaders."

Your Story

After graduating from Harvard, I moved to New York to work in the legal department for Gay Men’s Health Crisis—a non-profit serving people living with HIV and AIDS. While the work was inspiring, the thought of being a lawyer…not so much. I pivoted to marketing, and over the years carved out a career in the digital agency world. After a decade of Big Apple-living, I decided I needed a change. I move to the Twin Cities and, to my surprise, found an incredible range of professional opportunities with dozens of Fortune 500 companies. This prompted me to take the next step in my career and get my MBA.

Why Carlson?

As a career accelerator, I was seeking foundational academic experiences to compliment my years of practical work experience. Through conversations (and eventually through my personal experience), I realized the enduring value Carlson’s Enterprise program would provide. It not only affords students the opportunity to apply academic frameworks towards real business problems, but gives students a chance to make meaningful connections with business leaders. In short, the program is not purely an academic exercise, but provides palpable experiences that I could not simply get anywhere else. Given the strength of its program, and the impressive reach of its academic, professional, and student communities, I knew Carlson would give me what I needed to get where I wanted to go.

A Day in the Life of a Carlson MBA Student

7am - 8am Breakfast bar, coffee, give my dog & partner a peck on the cheek, and head out the door to catch my bus from Uptown. Arrive to the East Bank in about 15 minutes.
8am - 10am Weightlifting class at the Rec Center! Get through my plan, and I'm feeling a bit inspired, so I tack on a cardio workout.
10am - 12pm Lightrail to the West Bank; arrive at Carlson in 5 minutes. Head to the MBA quiet study room: catch up on emails, reading, and tackle some work.
12pm - 1pm Mosaic club meeting over lunch. Debrief on logistics for events being planned for months ahead.
1pm - 2pm Meet with Brand Management team to discuss our Barbie survey results -- yes, the doll! Identify key insights for our presentation.
2pm - 3:30pm Print out slides for class. Catch up with some stats-savvy classmates to see how they tackled a tricky problem. End up talking about Game of Thrones.
3:45 - 5:30pm Market Research class: how cluster analyses can help with market sizing. Super helpful for my Brand Enterprise project.
5:30pm - 8pm Quiet work time: update status for tomorrow morning's weekly client call on our Brands Enterprise project, catch up on some reading, research medical patents for MILI Valuation Lab, send updates to project team.
8pm - 11pm Family time: put the laptop & phone away! Head home to have dinner with my partner and my dog. Netflix & chill…

About David

Hometown
Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate Institution
Harvard University, B.A. English
Experience
> Digital Marketer - Three Deep Marketing, 360i > Fashion Planner - Ralph Lauren > Ad Sales & Marketing - Conde Nast Publishing
Carlson Activities
> Compass - Co-president > Mosaic - President & founder
Internship
Integrated Marketing Development - 3M