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.