Sarah Gisser is a seasoned business strategist and leader with over 15 years’ experience, focused primarily in the consumer products and retail industries. Her expertise includes development and execution of business unit and enterprise-level growth strategies, structured problem solving, as well as quantitative and qualitative research design.
Sarah is the Professional Director of the Carlson Consulting Enterprise at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. In her role as Director, she is responsible for recruiting students, teaching classes on consulting and skills and problem-solving approaches, coaching teams and developing client relationships.
Prior to leading the Consulting Enterprise in 2012, Sarah worked in Guest Insights at Target Corporation where she led a team to develop strategies for the Merchandising and Marketing Organization. Sarah’s team designed and conducted extensive consumer research and worked with cross-functional teams to develop and implement strategies that drove double-digit top-line growth in mature categories and significantly elevated consumer perception of the brand.
Prior to joining Target, Sarah served as an Associate Director for the Carlson Consulting Enterprise and the Carlson Brand Enterprise at the Carlson School of Management, providing guidance and direction to student teams on problem-solving, research design, communications and client interaction.
Before her roles at Carlson, Sarah was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in the Minneapolis and Chicago offices, addressing a broad range of strategic and operational issues for her clients. Sarah began her career in brand management at The Procter & Gamble Company, working on household brands such as Crest and Scope.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Miami University and a Masters in Business Administration from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.