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Emily Hennig

“Here, everyone from the students to the administration knows your name and what you want to accomplish.”

My story

In 2013, I found myself at a crossroads. I had been the Medicare subject matter expert for Portico Benefit Services for nearly three years, but there wasn’t much more room to grow. I knew I wanted to be in a more strategic healthcare role, and I knew a business education would help get me there faster. After networking with a diverse group of professionals, I decided that B-school was my ideal way to build a strong business foundation, build on my leadership skills, and propel my career forward in a meaningful way.

Why Carlson?

In 2013, I found myself at a crossroads. I had been the Medicare subject matter expert for Portico Benefit Services for nearly three years, but there wasn’t much more room to grow. I knew I wanted to be in a more strategic healthcare role, and I knew a business education would help get me there faster. After networking with a diverse group of professionals, I decided that B-school was my ideal way to build a strong business foundation, build on my leadership skills, and propel my career forward in a meaningful way.

A Day with Emily – Tuesday, February 9th

Lay my head down, at long last, to sleep. It’s been quite a day, but I’ve loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to get up and do it all over again tomorrow.

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Wake up and prepare for a busy day. I have no information sessions today, so I can wear my jeans.
7:30 - 7:45 a.m. Pack up and commute to campus. I live in NE Minneapolis, so it takes me less than ten minutes to get to campus by car.
8:00 - 9:40 a.m. Meet with my Consulting Enterprise team to scope out our project for the semester. I’m leading the team this semester, which is for the Carlson admissions team, and so far I’m relishing the challenge.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Call with my vendor contact from ClickBid, the online auction provider for this year’s Charity Auction.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Meeting with Tom Marchant, one of my classmates on my CCE team. He wanted my input on some of the early findings he’s made on his work stream.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Grab my lunch and meet with the Carlson 4 Community board. I am the Vice President of Logistics, and we’re scrambling to get ready for the 11th Annual Carlson MBA Charity Auction, which is now less than three weeks away. Our beneficiary this year is Can Do Canines, an organization that trains and donates service dogs for people in need.
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Grab lunch and put the finishing touches on my paper on Southwest Airlines for Pricing Strategies, which is due tonight.
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Squeeze in some time at work in the MBA office. I am a graduate assistant for the Student Affairs team, and I grab hours any chance I can get.
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Grab dinner at Afro Deli, an amazing bistro just down the road from school. The gyros there are SO good!
5:45 - 9:05 p.m. Head over to Hanson Hall for Pricing Strategies with Akshay Rao. Today, we’re discussing the pricing dilemma Southwest Airlines faced when they were a small regional airline in Texas in the early 1970s.
9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Unwind and put the finishing touches on my Managing the Strategy Process homework, which is due tomorrow night.
11:00 p.m. Lay my head down, at long last, to sleep. It’s been quite a day, but I’ve loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to get up and do it all over again tomorrow.

About Emily

Hometown
St. Paul, MN
Undergraduate Institution
St. Olaf, 2008, History
Experience
High school softball coach
Portico Benefit Services
VerticalXchange
Carlson Activities
Ambassador Fellows
Business Technology Club
MBA Women’s International (MBAWI)
Women’s Mentorship Program
Carlson 4 Community
MBA Association Leadership
Internship
Optum