A roundup of the people and news that made the biggest splash in 2016

Mastering Indispensable Skills for a Data-Driven World

Master of Science in Business Analytics grad Mia Wang

Master’s in Business Analytics grad Mia Wang, ’15 MSBA, leverages data to identify business opportunities. In her first few weeks as an analytics manager at Carmichael Lynch—an award-winning marketing and advertising agency—she saved the agency $50,000. Read more

7 Carlson School Leaders Chosen for 40 Under 40 List

40 under 40

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored seven alumni and staff with its 2016 40 under 40 list. Read more

Undergrad Student Strikes Harmony between Entrepreneurship and Opera

Undergrad School Rob Riordan

Rob Riordan seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to practice and perform opera in one of the world’s top destinations for vocal performance. He spent his summer touring Italy with La Musica Lirica and Opera Viva. Throughout the experience, he improved his Italian language skills, developed his vocal acumen, learned stage directing, and discovered what it takes to build a career in opera. Read more

Carlson MBA Student Wins McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership

Joe Braman

Joe Braman, ’16 MBA, earned the prestigious Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership this year for shaping a more welcoming community for LGBTQ students at the Carlson School.  Read more

Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas in Cuba

Carlson School students in Cuba

Prior to a historic visit by President Obama, 27 Carlson School students journeyed to Cuba to explore how entrepreneurs are overcoming immense challenges to cultivate their own businesses. Read more

Ant Financial Services President Eric Jing Makes $5 Million Gift to the Carlson School

Eric Jing and Sri

Ant Financial Services President and China Executive MBA alum Eric Jing announced a $5 million gift that will advance teaching and research, increase access to graduate programs, and establish a faculty exchange program. It marks the largest gift from China in the University of Minnesota’s history, and one of the larger gifts made to the Carlson School. Read more

4 Military Veterans Transition from Carlson MBA Program to Top Consulting Firms

Students working on computers

Thanks to the Carlson MBA Program, veterans are building the foundational knowledge they need to break into business. Increasingly, veterans-turned-MBA students are pursuing consulting to put their experience solving problems and leading teams to work. Read more

Reality TV Show Stint Empowers Exec MBA Alum to Launch his Dream Restaurant

Tomme Beevas

Tomme Beevas, '11 CEMBA, applied his Carlson MBA training to grow Pimento Jamaican Kitchen from an idea, to a thriving business. Read more

Aaron Sojourner Appointed to U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers


Carlson School of Management Assistant Professor Aaron Sojourner was appointed as a senior economist on President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). Read more

From Marketing to Healthcare: Carlson MBA Alum Aces Career Pivot

Kelly Jorgensen

The Carlson Part-Time MBA Program enabled Kelly Jorgensen to break into the healthcare industry. Today, she’s working as director of market development for Medtronic and increasing patients’ access to care in emerging markets around the world. Read more

U.S. News Rankings Recognize the Carlson School in 6 Areas

Carlson School undergraduate students and faculty member

The Carlson School Undergraduate Program tied at 15th place on U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 rankings of the Best Undergraduate Business Programs. The Carlson School also placed in the top 20 in five other areas: third in Management Information Systems, 13th in Production/Operations Management, 14th in Management, 15th in Marketing, and 19th in Supply Chain Management/Logistics. Read more

INFOGRAPHIC: 100 Percent of Business Analytics Grads Receive Offers for Employment within 90 Days of Graduation

This year, Carlson School MS in Business Analytics graduates were recruited by leading companies including Amazon, Verizon, McKinsey, and more. Read more

Student Entrepreneurs Outfit Muslim Athletes


Jamie Glover, ’17 MBA, is empowering Muslim women and girls to play sports and get active. Along with business partner Fatimah Hussein, she founded Asiya: a line of culturally appropriate active wear and sports uniforms that enable physical activity without compromising cultural and religious beliefs. Read more

HR Students Hone Crucial Expertise in Global Teaming

MA-HRIR class

This year, students in the MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (HRIR) Program got hands-on experience navigating multicultural teams as they collaborated with peers hailing from all corners of the globe: the incoming class featured students from 14 countries. Read more

Nudging Kids to Healthier Eating

Joe Redden

Associate Marketing Professor Joe Redden and a team of University researchers partnered with a local school district that had been previously unsuccessful in its attempts to increase vegetable consumption and turned a cafeteria into a laboratory. Read more

Photo Essay: Carlson MBA Touches Down in Silicon Valley

San Fransisco

Each fall, Carlson MBA students pursuing careers in technology venture west to visit leading companies, network with distinguished alumni, and explore career opportunities in San Francisco, Seattle, or both. Look back on their action-packed day exploring Facebook, Intuit, Adobe, and more. Read more

Former Football Star Tackles New Challenge

Carlson School alum Peter Westerhaus

In his sophomore year at the University, an intestinal disease forced Peter Westerhaus, ’16 BSB, to give up the sport he loved. Since then, he’s taken action: Launching and running a non-profit that develops cures for a range of debilitating conditions. Read more

Poets & Quants Ranks Carlson School's Undergraduate Program 12th Best in the Nation

In its inaugural list of the 50 best undergraduate business programs in the United States, Poets & Quants selected the Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Program for the 12th spot. In addition, the school placed fifth on a list ranking the top 10 schools for academic experience. Read more

Meet the Accountant who’s Fighting Global Hunger

Caroline Jones

Accounting student Caroline Jones, ’17 MAcc, is not passionate about budgets, P&L statements, or spreadsheets. But she is excited to come to class every day, knowing business is a force to do good. And she’s driven to leverage her skills to help people in need. Read more