Success Stories

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Cretex Companies: A Shift to Value-Based Pricing

This company with a rich history challenged their leaders to develop new ways to approach pricing and value and lay a foundation for future success. “We knew market dynamics were changing,” says Steven Ragaller, Vice President and CFO, Cretex Companies. "There was a squeeze from multiple directions and we knew we couldn’t continue to do things the way we'd always done.”

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Optum: Speaking the Language of Data Analytics

From small businesses to Fortune 500, companies have access to more data than ever before. It's what organizations choose to learn from that data that will separate them from the competition. Optum recognized that leveraging their data against their deep knowledge of the healthcare system would help them better meet customer needs, and give them an edge against competitors. 

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Heraeus Medical Components: Blended Learning for Tomorrow’s Leaders

A 350-year history is impressive to say the least, but Heraeus is keen on looking to the future. With big goals to achieve, Heraeus’ executives knew they needed a strong leadership pipeline. To achieve this, they had to ensure that their high profile managers were equipped with both product and functional knowledge, as well as effective, broad-based leadership skills.

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Donaldson Company: Growing Leaders

How do you prepare your high-performing leaders to take on enterprise-wide responsibilities and roles with a global focus? In order to give future leaders a "global sense" of the organization, Donaldson came to Carlson Executive Education's deep bench of faculty experts to design a well-rounded course that would in turn grow well-rounded leaders, the Donaldson Global Leadership Program.

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Meda: Keeping Their Edge

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association, or Meda, is a nonprofit that provides consulting for Twin Cities businesses owned by minority entrepreneurs. Their vision is “to have thriving communities through equal economic participation. [They] provide one-on-one business consulting, access to capital, and connections to market opportunities for minority entrepreneurs in Minnesota.