A roundup of the people and news that made the biggest splash throughout the past year


Carlson School highlights 1

Two undergrad alumni earned coveted positions on the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, an honor that celebrates 600 young people who are changing the face of business across 20 fields. 

Asha Sharma, '11 BSB, won a spot in the marketing and advertising category for building home improvement start-up Porch from the ground up. Erik Eliason, '08 BSB, was recognized in the retail category for co-founding Storefront, a service that places pop-up shops in otherwise vacant buildings. 

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Carlson School highlights 2

After connecting through the Carlson MBA program, Tim O'Neil and Brandon Jernigan are cultivating a start-up that integrates intelligent components of military equipment to create bags and accessories. Fidelis, a Marine motto meaning "faithful," combines elements borne from tactical gear with urban aesthetics to create rugged products for customers with a love for adventure.

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Carlson School highlights 3

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that he wears a gray T-shirt every day for the same reason that President Obama limits his wardrobe to dark gray or blue suits. The fashion choices of these leaders, or rather their lack of choices, is driven by research conducted by the Carlson School of Management’s Kathleen Vohs. 

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Watch Carlson School undergraduate alum Brian Durmaskin share the story of his chance encounter with the late Bob Ruekert and how it influenced his decision to attend the Carlson School.

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Carlson School highlights 5

From a New York City internship in the fashion industry, to a high-pressure hockey game in the Olympics, students are finding amazing new ways to get professional experience beyond the confines of the Carlson School. Meet four students who are augmenting their education, outside the classroom.

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Carlson School highlights 6

As she rounded out her final semester last spring, Baza Haile-Selassie, ’15 BSB, reflected on her recent semester studying in London. She recounted lessons from internships at Target, General Electric, and General Mills. She found time to volunteer with community organizations that foster leadership in young women. And she looked forward to starting her career as a business management associate at General Mills. 

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Carlson School highlights 7

The Carlson School’s Part-Time MBA program was ranked No. 10 out of 290 schools on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of the Best Graduate Schools. The program moved up from No. 15 last year to crack the top 10.

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Carlson School highlights 8

Websites like Craigslist have exploded in popularity by creating a community where it’s easier than ever for members to meet, share information, and buy and sell goods. But the technology that facilitates these connections may be wreaking devastating, unforeseen havoc on society.

New research by Assistant Professor Jason Chan reveals that when Craigslist is introduced to a new market, HIV rates tend to increase.

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Carlson School highlights 9

On March 27, more than 300 attendees gathered at the Carlson School to share research findings, business breakthroughs, and diverse perspectives on the state of Minnesota tech, including wins, opportunities and challenges as part of the new Tech Cities conference.

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On May 8, undergrads Sam Bagley, Teja Choudhary, and Spencer Price bested students from universities around the world to win the Apex Biz-IT Global Case Challenge in Singapore. Hosted by Singapore Management University, the competition highlights the intertwined nature of business and IT.

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Carlson School highlights 11

Graduating Full-Time MBA students Tim O’Neil and Alyssa Callister were named to Poets & Quants' Best of the Class of 2015 list by demonstrating academic prowess, leadership in extracurricular activities, and personal excellence.

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On May 18, Wells Fargo & Company Chairman and CEO John Stumpf, '80 MBA, stood before hundreds of new graduates and offered his best advice for navigating the future. As the 2015 Carlson School commencement keynote speaker, he drew from a wealth of professional experience and selected a few lessons he wish he'd known as he began building his career.

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