There are a variety of ways in which Carlson School alumni and friends play a direct role in molding tomorrow’s business leaders through volunteerism. This National Volunteer Month, the Carlson School is shining a spotlight on some of our most dedicated volunteers and showcasing the good they do for the programs and students they assist.

 

Scott Mays, ‘11 MBA, Alumni Board Member since 2014

1.      How did you start getting involved with the Carlson School volunteer program?

It was the perfect storm of deep appreciation of the Carlson School, finishing up a previous volunteer responsibility, and, most importantly, being asked by a fellow alum to get more involved by serving on the Carlson School Alumni Board.  That action of tapping another alumnus/alumna is such a critical step in activating our interest and continued investment in the Carlson School.

2.       What has been your most rewarding experience to date?

When I joined the Alumni Board I was made aware of Corporate Chapters and surprised to learn that UnitedHealth Group (UnitedHealthcare and Optum) did not have a corporate chapter.  Four years and over 400 members later, serving as co-founder along with Zach McGillis and building the UnitedHealth Group Alumni Corporate Chapter has been a truly rewarding experience in strengthening the connection between alumni and the Carlson School.

3.        How does the board you serve on contribute to the success of the Carlson School?

I currently have the honor to serve as the Chapter and Networks Committee Chair of the Carlson School Alumni Board.  Our committee is working to strengthen our regionally based alumni networks and help launch new corporate chapters. Key to that is the identification and recruitment of key volunteer leaders who are dedicated to furthering the mission of the Carlson School.  If you or someone you know is interested, reach out to me or the Alumni Relations team. Come get involved and activate your Carlson network!

4.       Why do you feel it’s important to give your time to the Carlson School and its students?

I had a truly transformative experience through the Carlson Executive MBA (CEMBA) program.  What I learned from my cohort and professors enabled me to successfully navigate a career pivot from non-profit arts to for-profit healthcare.  What better way to ensure the investment in my degree continually pays dividends than to strengthen the Carlson School and its reputation.

 

Eric White, ‘13 BSB, GOLD Board Member since 2014

1.    How does the GOLD board contribute to the success of the Carlson School?

The GOLD board provides guidance to the school on issues impacting the alumni community, and connects alumni with current students.  When students and alumni share a closer bond, the whole community becomes stronger.

2.    Why do you feel it’s important to give your time to the Carlson School and its students?

In one way, I’m paying it back since the alumni community gave a lot to me when I was a student.  In another way, I’m investing in students who are the future of our school, our communities, and our world.


Michelle Champlin Bergner, ‘94 MBA, Alumni Board Member since 2016

1.      How did you get involved with the Carlson School alumni board?

Initially, the Carlson School reached out to me and asked me to be a part of a focus group to learn more about the ways the school could partner with and help alumni at the different stages of their careers. I enjoyed reconnecting and working with the school so much that I wanted to become more involved on an ongoing basis. Serving on the Alumni Board was an ideal opportunity because it has given me the chance to interact with many different groups across the school - students, faculty and staff as well as other alumni who weren’t previously in my network.

2.       What has been your most rewarding experience to date?

It is a rewarding experience just knowing that my volunteer work is valued and appreciated by the school, and that the things I do make a difference in our school community.

3.        How does the alumni board contribute to the success of the Carlson School?

The Alumni Board represents the entire Carlson School alumni community and each board member brings a unique business perspective, as well as a wealth of valuable experience and ideas to the conversation. Together, we work to help ensure that as alumni, we have the opportunity to engage with the Carlson School in ways that are important and meaningful to us. A strong, connected and supportive alumni community is essential for the ongoing success of the school and its students.

4.       Why do you feel it’s important to give your time to the Carlson School and its students?

I consider the Carlson School to be a life long partner in my career journey. The school guided and encouraged me when I was a student, and continues to support me as I expand my business network and my career. I want to give back by helping our school and our community in a meaningful way.

 

Interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the Carlson School? Find out the various ways in which you can get involved. 

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