Kellogg | Mr. Chief Product Officer
GMAT 740, GPA 77.53% (First Class with Distinction, Dean's List Candidate)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Needy Spartan
GMAT 740, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Ms. Low GPA, Big Ambitions
GRE 2.64, GPA 2.64
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Focus
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Aspiring Consultant
GMAT 690, GPA 3.68
NYU Stern | Ms. Art World
GRE 322, GPA 3.3
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Stanford GSB | Mr. Big Tech Engineer
GRE 332, GPA 3.95
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Bird Watcher
GRE 333, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. Relationship Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Kellogg | Mr. Marketing Maven
GRE 325, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Vroom Vroom
GMAT 760, GPA 2.88
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Health Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4

Meet Minnesota Carlson’s MBA Class Of 2019

Tiana Birawer 

Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Describe yourself in 15 words or less:  A problem-solving, enthusiastic, motivational leader who takes the time to understand those around her. 

Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida

Fun Fact About Yourself: I moved to Minneapolis after college on an adventurous whim.   

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Florida/Journalism major with a minor in Business Administration

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Ryan Companies US – Regional Marketing Manager

RSP Architects – Marketing Manager

Collaborative Design Group – Marketing Coordinator

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In 2016, I was president of the Twin Cities chapter of Society of Marketing Professional Services, a professional association for marketers. I was awarded the national organization’s President of the Year award based on my excellence in leading the 150-member group locally. Being chosen from among 60 of my peers nationwide was a tremendous honor, and an affirmation that leadership and management is where I excel.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? My biggest advice is to do all that you can to make yourself the best candidate you can be. I knew I wanted to attend business school back in 2011, but I was presented with career and civic opportunities that were too good to pass up. However, because of these experiences, I know I was a better applicant, and will be able to offer more to my classmates. Most schools look at the whole person (GMAT scores, essays and recommendations), so take the time to find out who you are and what you uniquely have to offer the community before you apply.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? As someone who is a career-switcher, I was looking for a school that offered me the opportunity to explore different facets of business, leadership and management. Carlson was able to offer me this through their large alumni network, multiple experiential learning opportunities, and engagement in clubs and organizations.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school?  In a year, I want to be able to look back and see the positive growth I’ve made to becoming a better business leader. I want to be able to point to the classmates and professors that helped guide me along this path. And I want to be able to recount the fun, adventures and new experiences that I experienced throughout the year.