Meet Minnesota Carlson’s MBA Class of 2018


Katherine E. Robertson

Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Married (also Carlson ‘18), Army Veteran, and Mother to three boys (2yo, 5 month twins!)

Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska

Fun Fact About Yourself: I’ve spent most of my adult life living overseas while in the military and have actually lived in Germany longer than I have lived in any one place in the US.

Undergraduate School and Major: United States Military Academy, Environmental Science

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Logistics Officer, US Army

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I coordinated the travel of the Commanding General of US Army Europe and his personal staff through four countries via Stryker, Helicopter, and Plane during Operation Dragoon Ride, the largest road march the US Army has conducted in Europe since World War II.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? Contact the school’s admissions staff as early as possible! The Carlson Admissions staff has been extremely helpful with everything from GMAT prep recommendations, and admissions interview prep to working around my schedule. Study for the GMAT early, take practice tests, and work on your weak areas.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? The fantastic Veterans Program at the Carlson and the value they place on Veterans leadership and experience. My husband is a native Minnesotan. He loved growing up here and wants the same for our family. Earning my MBA at the Carlson will give me the knowledge I need to translate my military experience into a great career in the Twin Cities.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I would love for the opportunity to work in supply chain operations with a national or global company within the Twin Cities where I can combine my military experience and the knowledge I gain at Carlson.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? That I am someone they would gladly pick for their team, every time. Being able to accomplish goals quickly and effectively as a team, whether you are leader or not, is a valuable skill that is hard to teach.


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