Alumni Happenings - Fall 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

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Chicago Alumni Social main room

Chicago Alumni Social

Our Chicago area alumni met again this summer for the Chicago Alumni Social, hosted by Beth and John Hartmann, ’84 BSB and ’87 JD. The group of alumni and current students gathered to welcome incoming freshmen from the Chicago area to the Carlson School’s class of 2022.





Group of alumni at New York Alumni Social

New York Alumni Social

Carlson School alumni, current students, and friends in the New York City area gathered at the historic Lotos Club in May to reconnect with the Carlson School community. The event was hosted by Robert J. Kueppers, ’76 BSB, and featured Professor Vlad Griskevicius, the Carlson Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Marketing, who spoke on “The Power of Social Influence.”




group of alumni at Dallas-Fort Worth Alumni Social

Dallas-Fort Worth Alumni Social

At Home Group, Inc. CFO Judd Nystrom, ’96 BSB, graciously hosted the first-ever Carlson School Alumni Social in Dallas. Alumni from the area gathered at Mesero to reconnect with the Carlson School community and hear remarks from Dean Sri Zaheer.





group of alumni at Dc Alumni Social

DC Alumni Social

Alumni in Washington, D.C. gathered this past March at the National Press Club for our annual D.C. Alumni Social. They enjoyed an evening of socializing and networking with the Carlson School community and heard remarks from Assistant Dean of MBA and MS Programs Phil Miller, ’97 MBA.





Group of three at Investors Circle Reception

Investors Circle Reception

The annual Investors Circle Reception was held at Orchestra Hall on May 4. Investors Circle members gathered to celebrate their support for the Carlson School. Guests heard school updates and inspiring testimonials from featured speakers Dean Sri Zaheer; Wendy Nelson; and Ashley Ver Burg Soukup, ’18 MBA, before attending the Minnesota Orchestra’s performance of American Voices: Copland, Bernstein, and Barber.




Real Estate Networking Social Main Room

Real Estate Networking Social

On June 19, the Carlson School, in partnership with Alumni Board President Brian Milovich, ’00 BSB, and Board of Overseers member Bill Walter, ’72 MBA, hosted the first Real Estate Networking Social. This event brought together the talents of alumni from across the industry and provided an opportunity for attendees to share their personal journeys and experiences as a Twin Cities real estate professional.




Thriving as a Professional of Color in the Twin Cities Presenters

Thriving as a Professional of Color in the Twin Cities

This year, the Carlson School hosted a new event in partnership with MOSAIC, an MBA student organization aimed at advancing the presence and awareness of diverse professionals in the business community. The event, Thriving as a Professional of Color in the Twin Cities, featured a panel of alumni, including Jeninne McGee, ’90 MBA; Nii Quaye, ’92 MBA; and Joffrey Wilson, ’99 BSB, who each spoke about their experience being a person of color in the professional world.





Seattle Alumni Social attendees mingling

Seattle Alumni Social

Alumni in Seattle gathered at the beginning of August to hear remarks from Dean Sri Zaheer at the treasured MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry). Guests mingled while celebrating summer in the city with unbeatable views of Lake Union.





UnitedHealth Group Chapter Meeting

UnitedHealth Group Chapter

On May 15, alumna and executive coach Roshini Rajkumar, ’97 JD, spoke to members of the U of M and Carlson alumni network at UnitedHealth Group/Optum on tips from her book Communicate That! Your Toolbox for Powerful Presence.





Carlson Women Connect attendees mingling

Carlson Women Connect

On June 20, fellow women in the Carlson School community celebrated the fourth year of Carlson Women Connect at the Minneapolis Event Centers. Over 60 alumna kicked off the first day of summer while growing their networks and conversing around meaningful discussion topics.





Dean Sri Zaheer at 3M Chapter meeting

3M Chapter

On May 9, the 3M Corporate Chapter kicked off its second-annual Carlson School Day at a 3M faculty symposium. This half-day event included presentations from renowned Carlson faculty and leaders. 3M employees and alumni were able to take part in discussions on analytics, innovation, and decision making, and learn about what exciting new initiatives are ahead for the Carlson School.




Rand Park at Best Buy Chapter Meeting

Best Buy Chapter

Carlson School Senior Lecturer Rand Park presented “Doing Good and Doing Well: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility” to the U of M Alumni Network at Best Buy on May 4.





Fall 2018 alumni magazine cover

This article appeared in the Fall 2018 alumni magazine

Collaboration is key to success in nearly any setting. In this issue, we explore partnerships the Carlson School has forged with other colleges and programs that make the University of Minnesota stronger.

Fall 2018 table of contents