Sara Moret earned a spot among Poets & Quants' Best & Brightest MBAs in the Class of 2016. The 100 honorees were chosen from a pool of student nominees representing 62 leading full-time MBA programs worldwide. The winners exemplify the best of their programs: they demonstrate academic prowess, leadership in extracurricular activities, and personal excellence.
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Moret, ’16 MBA, earned a BA in economics from the University of Minnesota and began her career at financial services start-up Brightpeak Financial. She first envisioned herself as a consultant when she served as a client for the Carlson Consulting Enterprise—a one-of-a-kind program in which Carlson MBA students assess, break down, and solve real business challenges for premiere client organizations.
“I experienced the value of the Enterprise projects from the client perspective. I got to see my future self sitting across the table grappling with these hard issues, and I was so impressed,” she says.
In the months that followed, Moret began to plot the next step in her trajectory.
“I really stated focusing on what I was passionate about, what things kept me working until six o' clock at night without realizing the day had gone by,” she says. “It became obvious that strategic problem solving really excited me.”
Moret soon made the leap from client to MBA student. She embraced opportunities to lead projects in the Consulting Enterprise, served as president of the Carlson Consulting Club, and helped her peers break into consulting.
"Sara supported students in the Carlson Part-Time MBA, Full-Time MBA, undergraduate, and Executive MBA programs with their consulting career searches," says Director of Student Affairs Patrick McCarthy. "Over the last year alone, Sara has met with approximately 75 students to support them in this all-important aspect of the program—the career search."
Thanks to the skills and knowledge she cultivated through the Carlson MBA Program, Moret earned a coveted internship at Bain & Co. Given her performance that summer, Bain & Co. offered Moret a full-time position with the firm, where she will begin working this year.
“I got the job that I came on campus for, and there’s not a moment that goes by that I’m not incredibly grateful for that,” she says.
This is the second year Carlson MBA students have received this honor. In 2015, Tim O’Neil, '15 MBA; and Alyssa Callister, '15 MBA; were named to Poets & Quants' list.