Mackenzie Kesner

"Carlson has given me a one of a kind experience that has far surpassed my expectations."

My Story

I had a fast paced career in finance with a promising career trajectory, but it hit me one day that my day-to-day work was not helping me become the “happiest version” of myself.  I had a passion for creativity, strategy, and people, and knew that a career more closely related to marketing would better suit my personality and future goals.

Why Carlson?

I knew that I would thrive in a close-knit, down-to-earth atmosphere where everyone (staff and students) knew me by name.   Since the class size is small, it is very easy to not only know names, but also backgrounds of fellow students.   Building relationships with students who have diverse backgrounds from myself has had  a strong impact on my experience, and I know at another school with a larger class I perhaps may have only developed relationships with students with similar interests.  Carlson’s strong marketing discipline and Enterprise program was also a strong sell.   When visiting the school and sitting in on a class, I immediately felt that this was the right fit and where I wanted to learn and spend two important years of my life.  

Living in the Twin Cities

As my third Midwest city in a short time period (I lived in both Denver and Chicago after college), the Twin Cities is by far my favorite.  My husband and I have quickly taken advantage of Minnesota’s beautiful assets by venturing into new hobbies such as biking and cross-country skiing.  Another plus is the ease of access to everything including great shopping, sporting events, and concerts.  It is definitely cold here, but it is sometimes easy to forget during sunny yet freezing days in winter that really showcase the beauty of the area.  The key to winter is being equipped with a great jacket, boots, and accessories!

About Mackenzie

Surf City, NJ
Undergraduate Institution
Cornell University, BS-Hotel Administration, 2008
Carlson Activities
President of MBAWI (MBA Women's International)
Professional Interests
Product Management
The Pregnancy Pause
Job Title
Product Manager & Retail Enthusiast