Carlson School of Management

Student and Recent Alumni Profiles

Stephanie Lindberg, '11 MBA

Background
Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up in Eden Prairie and earned my bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Biomedical Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield. Upon graduation, I began my medical industry career at Beckman Coulter working as a scientist. I've been with the company for five years now, holding roles in both operations and R&D –most recently as a project administrator in the product development group.

Why Carlson?
After deciding to pursue my MBA, selecting Carlson was an easy decision. Its academic excellence, commitment to experiential learning, and vast alumni network all drew me in.

Why MBA/MILI?
Upon completing my undergraduate science degree, I was uncertain about what direction I wanted to take my career. Shortly after starting at Beckman Coulter, however, I realized how much I enjoyed working in the medical industry. Pursuing an MBA with a medical industry specialization was the most natural path forward for me, and has been an experience that has and will continue to benefit me throughout my career.

Dream job
At some point in time, I'd love to work for a medical device start-up and be a part of building a company from the ground up.

Recommendations to prospective students
Particularly for those looking to pursue an MBA part-time, I recommend making time for all of the extra-curricular opportunities Carlson has to offer. Working full-time and attending class alone is a challenge, but taking advantage of other Carlson programs has been hugely
rewarding for me. Whether through networking events, global enrichment programs, or MILI opportunities like the Medtronic Interdisciplinary Case Competition, some of my most rewarding Carlson experiences have taken place outside of the classroom.

What do you do when not in class?
When not busy with class or work, I really enjoy exploring all of the elements Minnesota has to offer. Between summer weekends at the cabin, Twins games at Target Field, theater productions at the Guthrie, and new restaurants around the cities, there is always something waiting for me when I find a free moment.

Biggest surprise about Carlson School of Management
My biggest surprise about my time at Carlson has been the number of amazing experiences I've had. When I first started my MBA, my intention was simply to finish a degree and move on with my life. I've gained so much more than that over the last three years, however, and am so grateful for the friendships I've made and the experiences I've had.

Favorite movie or book
I'm a sucker for Russian literature, and have always loved "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov (I've never recommended it to someone who didn't end up loving it, too – trust me).

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
While I may be biased by my experience in the diagnostics space, I think better diagnostics is critical to improving the practice of medicine. Between new biomarker research and the rapid growth of the molecular diagnostics area, I'm very excited to see how this field evolves over the next few years.

Favorite class
My absolute favorite Carlson class was the May Global Enrichment Program in China. Spending two weeks on a live case in Beijing with both Carlson and Chinese graduate business students was insightful, challenging, and life-changing. I've always loved to travel, but gained so much by incorporating a trip like this into my MBA curriculum. It was most certainly the highlight of my Carlson experience.

Most rewarding MILI experience
My most rewarding MILI experience was my time spent in the MILI Valuation Laboratory. While it was a demanding course that required a lot of time and effort, I gained a broader perspective of the medical industry on account of my research and developed some of my closest Carlson friendships.

Archana Balasubramanyam, '11 MBA

Background
I am originally from India but now consider myself Minnesotan as well. I grew up in Plymouth, MN and went to undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I got a BBA in finance. From there I joined GE Healthcare and worked there for 3 ½ years in their finance leadership program and as a finance analyst for their anesthesia business, before I came back to MN to pursue my MBA.

Why Carlson?
I was very excited about the MILI emphasis it offered and that was one of my top reasons for choosing the school. I also liked the diverse and hands on opportunities that were available outside of just the classroom. The enterprise learning at Carlson is also very valuable, and no matter which enterprise you choose, accelerates your learning and gives you a great advantage for your work post-MBA.

Future plans
I'm looking forward to our upcoming Global Discovery trip in January, when I'll have a chance to travel to Turkey with my classmates and experience the culture and business there. On top of that, I plan to take as many healthcare classes as I can in my last year at Carlson and when I graduate, will be seeking a role within the medical device industry in finance or marketing.

Dream job
My dream job would be a finance or marketing role in a medical device company, with a solid career path, ability to influence operational decisions, opportunity to travel from time to time, and real involvement with the products so I can continue my education in healthcare.

Recommendations to prospective students
Get involved!! What makes the MBA truly worthwhile are the activities that come along with the classroom and the network you develop through them. If you're interested in the medical industry, I highly recommend the MILI student association.

What do you do when not in class
I love to travel, so much so that going a year without an international trip feels strange to me. I love to play tennis, but I have yet to see a live professional tennis tournament. I also volunteer at the hospital on the weekends.

Favorite book
Dune, by Frank Herbert.

Role model
My aunt has been a shining example for me in my life. She started her career as a pediatrician but over time showed great interest in learning more about the business world. So much so that after she retired from the medical world, she went back to school to pursue her MBA! She's shown me the value of hard work and continuous learning and, on top of that, is a great cook, wonderful host, and a good friend.

Favorite class
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Managers. It's basically an anatomy class where we discuss the different body systems through a business opportunity perspective. It was so different than any of my other classes at Carlson, and was a great combination of healthcare and business.

Most rewarding MILI experience
The Medtronic Healthcare Case Competition last March. It was a ton of fun and very interesting to work on an interdisciplinary team. It's one of the few instances when I've had the opportunity to work with students from the other schools at the U of M, and it was great to hear their perspectives on a business case.

Adrian Cook, '11 MBA

Background
I grew up in St. Paul and attended UW-Madison for undergrad. After college I worked in consulting in Chicago for a couple of years before moving back to Minnesota. After two years in sales force strategy at UnitedHealth Group I decided I was ready for a career change.

Why Carlson?
The connections that the Carlson School maintains with world class companies is incredible. Particularly within the healthcare sector, Carlson really sets itself apart from other schools with the proximity and access it provides to great companies.

Why MBA/MILI?
Although I majored in marketing in undergrad, I took a different direction after college knowing that my career would ultimately be marketing-related. The MBA is an excellent opportunity to change career paths and accelerate your career in the marketing field. On top of that, the MILI specialization is a great way to differentiate yourself and demonstrate expertise and commitment to healthcare.

Future plans
I'd like to stay in Minnesota in a marketing, strategy, or business development role.

Dream job
Still deciding, although one day I could see myself as a small business owner.

Recommendations to prospective students
Keep an open mind when considering your career path. Even if you think you know exactly what you want your career to be, b-school has a way of opening new opportunities. No one is going to hold you to what you wrote about in your admissions essays. If something sounds interesting, go learn more about it. You will have ample opportunity to discover what's out there but get started early because the first year goes by quickly.

Most interesting thing you've learned this year
Networking is the most important activity you will undertake at school, and the opportunities to do so are constant. Skip the homework assignment and go meet people!

Biggest surprise about Carlson School of Management
There are pros and cons to Carlson being a smaller school. One of the biggest pros is that every student has the ability to take a leadership role and make an impact on the program.

Favorite movie or book
The Big Lebowski. The Dude abides.

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
Incentives for people to stay well. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Favorite class
Professor Zaheer's strategy course in the core was exceptional. I also really enjoyed Professor Leroy's Organizational Behavior class.

Most rewarding MILI experience
Participating in the Medtronic Interdisciplinary Healthcare Case Competition. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in healthcare.

Andrea Seven, '10 MBA

Background
I am originally from Circle Pines, Minnesota—a hidden gem of a North suburb. I attended New York University and the University of Minnesota as an undergrad where I received a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Global Politics. Upon graduation, I worked in the Publishing and Professional Services industries for a variety of organizations including Milkweed Editions, the Minnesota Women’s Press, and Thomson Reuters\West in a hybrid of roles including operations, project management and new product development. I spent my MBA summer internship as an Education Pioneers Fellow with the Chicago Public Schools Office of School Turnaround; I worked with CPS leaders and school staff to productize universal school processes.

Why Carlson?
I chose Carlson because quite simply—it is the best program within a great city. Carlson offered me the opportunity to build quantitative skills and gain hands on experiential learning by working with real life clients on real time problems. Minneapolis/St. Paul offers both an amazing quality of life and top notch employers.

Why MBA/MILI?
I knew that I was ready for Business School when I began working on large scale, high impact projects at work. Although I felt comfortable as a content expert at my company, I had begun developing a list of skills that were necessary for me to make more significant contributions; the list pointed me directly to an MBA.

MILI stood out immediately. I am interested in essential service industry models—like healthcare delivery and education—and the direct impact they have upon the quality of life for consumers. MILI allows me to gain a foundation within the healthcare industry through coursework, industry leading guest speakers and networking.

Future plans
I plan to spend my final semester of Business School at the Stockholm School of Economics. Beyond that, I’m seeking an opportunity to flex my project management muscles, learn a new industry, grow professionally and make an impact.

Recommendations to prospective students
Read the Wall Street Journal, take Steve Parente’s Health Care Marketplace and, if you’ll be a full-time student, the Carlson Consulting Enterprise.

Most interesting thing you’ve learned this year
Accounting and Finance. They’re big buckets, but as a liberal arts undergrad with no prior experience with either, they’ve been the more interesting and useful things I have learned this year.

What do you do when not in class
Travel. Pretend to be a foodie. Spend time with my amazingly supportive husband, Scott, and two dogs at our home in NE Mpls.

Greatest accomplishment so far
The successful operations integration of an acquisition at Thomson Reuters\West.

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
Comparative effectiveness research and the reinvention of equitable reimbursement.

Who has influenced you the most – role model?
My professional role model is my former director at my former employer. Her ability to break down an issue to its most basic elements is awe-inspiring.

Most rewarding MILI experience
Far and away, I am most proud of MILIsa and our team’s successful launch of the first annual Medtronic Interdisciplinary Healthcare Case Competition in April 2009.

Robert Ed, '10 MBA

Background
I’m from Alexandria, MN and went to undergrad at St. Cloud State University and have lived in Uptown for the last four years. A whole lot of Minnesota.

Why Carlson?
Once again, the whole Minnesota background makes me want to stay. I have a great deal of friends and family here, so staying is easy. Also, it's the best business school in the state, if you're into that sort of thing.

Why MBA/MILI?
Marketing has always been interesting to me. As you learn about business, it's more and more apparent that to work with the best marketers and companies, an MBA is really valuable in citing experience and the table stakes necessary to compete. The value of MILI became obvious as I came into school; I met with Dr. Parente and we spoke about the area and industry. If you want to work in the health care field in any capacity as a business person, it's a no brainer.

Future plans
I have aspirations to commandeer a permanent residence and employment.

Dream job
There are a lot of things I'd really love to do, writing for instance. Dream job today would be to a marketing position where I can get down the knowledge curve in the medical device industry and really add value. Dream job in the future? Time will tell.

Recommendations to prospective students
Don't stretch yourself to thin. It's easy to do.

Most interesting thing you’ve learned this year
Hmuan Birnas hvae an ucnacy alibtiy to udnrestnad jmubled wrdos as lnog as the fsrit and lsat ltetres are crorcet! Naet huh?

What do you do when not in class?
Bike and run around the lakes, grill, and hang out with friends as much as possible.

Greatest accomplishment so far?
For me there isn't one thing that sticks out so much as the holistic experience of slowly achieving a series of objectives over the long term. I'm very proud of where I'm from and the hard work that went into being here.

Biggest surprise about Carlson
The sheer amount of talent and backgrounds. Business backgrounds aren't the status quo, which caught me a bit off guard.

Favorite book
Thoreau’s Walden

Greatest Need in Medical Industry
Better data management on both provider and supplier sides. I think increasing expectations of data management would offer increased efficacy, cost reductions and even improved availability of health care.

Who has influenced you the most as a role model?
My father is the hardest working man I've ever met and my grandfather was one of the most caring people on the planet. I attempt to emulate both of them. Citing forefathers is trite, but honest.

Favorite class
Finance. It was a love hate relationship as I’m not viscerally inclined to the practice, but Jim Gahlon was my best teacher and I learned more there than anywhere else, by a country mile.

Most rewarding MILI experience
The Medtronic Case Competition last year was amazing! Working with Stephan Dunning (who deserves kudos as an amazing MILISA president), the rest of the board (who worked their tails off) and Medtronic employees (exuding utmost professionalism and class) was without a doubt my favorite aspect of the program. I'm really looking forward to helping provide that experience again for the incoming students.

Anil Asrani, '09 MBA

Background
I was born in Bangalore, India but was raised primarily in the States in Blacksburg, VA. I attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. From there I worked in a Cell Biology lab at the University of Virginia (UVA) studying extra-cellular membrane proteins with Dr. Gordon Laurie, then worked in a Perceptual/Cognitive Psychology lab at UVA studying Virtual Reality under Dr. Dennis Proffitt. Having been exposed to the sciences and Virginia for a while I thought I'd try out the arts and Minnesota by pursuing Film Production and Sound Arts at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (one of the few places you can actually make 16mm films in the Twin Cities) with Bruce Mamer, and made a few mildly successful short films. After being a poor 'artist', I decided to work for Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant during the tech crash of 2001 and fallout of trust in Merrill's analysts-needless to say, not a great time to be in this field. After that experience, I returned to molecular biology research at the University of Minnesota, studying HIV for the Departments of Medicine and Diagnostic and Biological Sciences and have been doing that since July of 2001. I've published a few papers and I also started my own business in real estate in 2001 as well. I've been doing HIV research and managing my properties for the past 7+ years. Apparently, I wasn't busy enough, so I started pursuing my MBA in Fall of 2006, with emphases in Marketing and Finance with a Medical Industry Specialization (MILI).

Why Carlson?
Working for the University of Minnesota, all of my tuition at Carlson is paid for, so I can go through the program at whatever pace I want to. That¹s really hard to turn down. Also, Carlson has an excellent reputation and is the only internationally accredited program in town. Additionally, with the Medical Industry Specialization, I'm able to learns the tenets of business school while learning about the Medical Industry and the relevant stakeholders that exist within it. The personal network and connections that exist within Carlson, both in terms of the caliber of the students and faculty, as well as within the deep resources of the GBCC are unmatched.

Why MBA/MILI?
This answer will tie in with my future plans and dream job: I want to capitalize on my passion for science and business, and with the Medical Device nexus that exists here in Minnesota the MBA/MILI is hands down the best opportunity that I can pursue. With our existing ties to our Industry Council and the passion that Steve Parente brings to MILI, I can only imagine what the future of this degree will bring. It's really assuring to know that large corporations recognize the value that this specialization affords. So far, I've participated in the Healthcare Marketplace class and the Medical Technology Evaluation class and had a great experience learning from our corporate sponsors: Medtronic, United Health and the Mayo Clinic about what goes into a well-thought-out evaluation.

Future plans
I will be graduating in the Spring of 2009. At that point I would like to pursue opportunities in business development in medical device firms. Having almost 10 years of combined research experience, I look forward to managing the research and development process. Currently, I'm taking the New Product Design and Business Development class (ENTR 6041-6042), which is a year long class where you actually get to create a new product for a participating corporate sponsor. All I can legally say about this project at this time is that I'm working on the Medtronic team, which comprises MBAs, mechanical and biomedical engineers. We will work to create prototypes that will hopefully become a next-generation product for a particular market segment. It's everything I could hope to do in a new job. The real future dream, of course, is to create a medical device business around a new product(s) and potentially sell it, learning everything there is to know about that whole experience.

Recommendations to prospective students
Get in, get serious and get going. Seriously, this is a rare opportunity to meet a ton of really motivated and interesting people, whether they are your classmates, your professors or the GBCC staff. Every single person within Carlson wants you to be all that you can be. Don't complain if something isn't the way you want it to be. Work to change it by getting involved in extracurricular clubs/activities, etc. If you're a part-time student like myself, I recommend getting active in the Leadership Advisory Board, the MILI Student Association and Ventures Plus. With those three groups, you'll be all set to be a leader/entrepreneur in the medical industry. If you're background is non-traditional, as mine was, and you're nervous you won't be prepared for this, read about my biggest surprise at Carlson.

What do you do when not in class?
I spend time with my beautiful wife and my friends, improve my properties, and attempt to run a 5k faster and faster. I also really enjoy being creative but haven’t had as much time for that as I hope to in the future.

Greatest accomplishment so far
Working with the Leadership Advisory Board, the GBCC, and the Dean to increase the accessibility of all the career resources here at Carlson to the Part-Time MBA students. Essentially, we worked to get Academic Advisors/Career Coaches hired and expand the hours of the GBCC so PT students can take advantage of the great resources within.

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
Cohesion and collaboration. So many great people and organizations are all trying separately to change the face of health-care to make it more accessible, more personalized, etc. but as we continue to value what pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and insurance providers, etc. can do individually, we need to see past this into how they could be even better if they were more integrative. It will certainly be interesting to see how healthcare changes with the upcoming change in the administration, as Obama and McCain certainly have very different views on what it should look like. The question of what the greatest short-term need is in the medical industry may ultimately depend on who is in the White House.

Most rewarding MILI experience
Working with the great group of people in the MILI Student Association to get students aware of and involved in MILI by marketing ourselves to our fellow students and staff. This year (08-09) we had a kick-off town-hall style meeting with renowned medical device entrepreneur Michael Berman. It was really astonishing to see Carlson students, engineering graduate students, Healthcare MBA professors from St. Thomas, etc. all in one room, asking Mike about his variety of experiences and expertise in this field for 2+ hours straight! I certainly hope to be able to contribute to the effort of providing more of these kinds of events, as people really seem to be
passionate about this here at Carlson.

Biggest surprise about Carlson
That, coming in as a science nerd, I wasn't completely overwhelmed learning completely new fields of study. I hope that, if anyone is reading this, they take this away: if you can learn about engineering concepts or molecular biology, then you have the capacity to learn the material being taught at Carlson. You may have to work harder than some people who have been exposed to these ideas in their undergraduate but you can do it. There are numerous resources and generous people who will help you become the success you want
to be. Dream big and work hard!

Matt Tarjick, '09 MBA

Background
I am originally from Hoosick Falls, NY (a small town in upstate New York). I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where I majored in economics and minored in systems engineering. Upon graduation in 1999, I was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. I spent four years in the 82ndAirborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a medical platoon leader and another 3 years as a company commander for two other healthcare organizations. In total, I’ve served for nearly nine years and am currently a Captain in the Medical Service Corps. My decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and three Army Achievement Medals. Additionally, I have earned the Combat Medical, Expert Field Medical, Senior Parachutist (Jumpmaster), German Parachutist, Air Assault, and Army Recruiter Badges.

Why Carlson?
I decided to attend the Carlson School of Management because it was ranked nationally in the top 25 and because it was a public university with an excellent mix of classroom and experiential learning opportunities.

Why MBA/MILI?
I was intrigued by the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) because it afforded an opportunity to network with other full and part-time students, alumni, and faculty interested in the medical industry and also with industry experts in the Twin Cities.

Future plans
Upon graduation, I will return to the Army Medical Department as a Health Services Comptroller. I’ll be assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the Nation's Capital.

Dream job
My dream job is to lead Soldiers and to continue serving the country for at least 12 more years until retirement from active federal service.

Recommendations to prospective students
Take the courses that you are interested in and not the ones that you think you need for a particular job. Similarly, work where you will be happiest and the most passionate. Money is nice, but it is not everything; you should love what you do.

What do you do when not in class?
When not in class, I spend the majority of his time with my wife and two children (Ashley 5 and Justin 18 mo.).

Greatest accomplishment so far
Being a father; I get to be a coach, mentor, friend, and role-model to each of them for life.

Biggest surprise about the Carlson School
All of the classes that I am most interested in are only offered at night (ENTR, MILI, OPS) or were cancelled (Advanced Managerial Accounting).

Favorite Book
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
1) Universal healthcare coverage and 2) more affordable medicine. It is extremely disappointing that we are the richest country in the world, yet so many Americans go without health insurance. Almost as disappointing, we pay such a high premium for our healthcare, yet 15 or so countries have better healthcare systems or higher quality healthcare.

Who has influenced you the most - role model?
The American Soldier; whether it is the General who has led in every situation for 30+ years or the eighteen year old private who is on point for the country in Iraq or Afghanistan, I am motivated by serving with the them. Their professionalism and perseverance keep me motivated.

Favorite Carlson School experience
Without question, it is the Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE); Favorite MILI class - The Healthcare Marketplace (excellent overview of the entire system).

Most rewarding MILI experience
Leaving a legacy by helping to develop the MILI Student Association; becoming one of the first, and only, student organizations that focuses on both full and part-time MBA students.

Rachel Brucker, '09 MBA/JD

Background
From Wisconsin, but have gone to U of M for undergrad, law school and MBA.

Why Carlson?
After a year of law school, realized that I really wanted to get an MBA as well (had been toying with the idea for years), so I applied to Carlson School of Management and got in as a joint degree student.

Why MBA/MILI?
I like the intersection of law and business, and one of the most interesting intersections of these two fields occurs in the healthcare industry. I felt that a MILI specialization would be an interesting and valuable way to complete my education in business and law.

Future plans
Hope to start a career in the healthcare industry, a job doing strategic business development.

Dream job
Starting my own business.

Recommendations to prospective students
Wherever you go, make sure you get involved in the student groups and organizations, and take advantage of the many services that your school offers to you.

Most interesting thing you've learned this year
Some concepts from brand management class were really interesting, maybe because to me they seemed counter intuitive (like a slight dissonance between a new brand extension and the old brand is often more damaging to the brand than a strong dissonance).

What do you do when not in class?
I love to paint and cook and I often spend time with friends from the MBA program or the law school.

Greatest accomplishment so far
I've graduated early from college (double majored and finished in 3 yrs), law school (finished in 2.5 years) and am on track to finish the MBA program in 1.5 years.

Juli Tidwell, '09 MBA

Background
I am a former Air Force brat who eventually settled down in Litchfield, MN. I attended the University of Minnesota as an undergrad where I received a dual BA in Theatre Arts and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture with emphases on costuming and screenwriting. Following graduation, I began working at the U of M in the Research Subjects' Protection Program, where I developed a fascination with regulatory affairs and quality assurance. After working for several years as a Research Administrator and Quality Assurance Coordinator, I accepted the position of Regulatory Specialist within the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the U, where I currently work.

Why Carlson?
I chose Carlson because I was blown away with the vast number of opportunities it offered its students, both in- and out-side the classroom. I knew that a Carlson MBA could significantly increase my value to any organization and provide me with the tools I needed to compete in a fast-paced, global healthcare market.

Why MBA/MILI?
I was immediately excited when I discovered the MILI emphasis, as it addressed everything I was interested in: cutting edge medical advancements, healthcare regulations and policy, and strategic management of resources. The coursework of the MBA program, combined with the MILI courses, offered me a solid understanding the business aspects of the healthcare industry, as well as how I could leverage my own experience in regulatory to become a leader in this exciting field.

Future plans
I plan to spend my last semester at Carlson filling up my toolbox in order to prepare me for entry into the great, wide, world of "Industry." I will be seeking opportunities to continue utilizing my expertise, as well as incorporate my new found skills in project management, financial analysis, and corporate social responsibility to make an impact in the world of research and healthcare.

Recommendations to prospective students
Read, read, and read! Anything and everything related to current events should be on your radar. Opportunities are everywhere you look, you just have to know how to spot them, and knowing what's going on in the world is the best place to start. I highly recommend the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the BBC. Also, Steve Parente's Health Care Marketplace and Evaluation Lab are a must if you have any interest in the medical industry. These courses were invaluable.

Most interesting thing you've learned this year
Negotiations. I never realized how incredibly important negotiating skills are, particularly within the medical industry, until I took Lori Abram's Negotiations course. We negotiate everyday, yet so many people are surprisingly bad at it. We have all seen the results of poor negotiations, especially when it is played out in national media, as well as great negotiations. Understanding how to be a great negotiator can make all the difference between great success and failure, and in the healthcare industry the latter can have disastrous consequences.

What do you do when not in class?
That's a tough one, since I am never not in class. I kid. I spend as much time as I can rock climbing and going on adventures like scuba diving and white water rafting, as well as practicing vo lam kung fu and kickboxing. I read constantly and have an unhealthy addiction to murder mysteries and zombie movies.

Greatest accomplishment so far
Attending a live open-heart surgery and not passing out.

What do you see as the greatest need in medical industry?
Simplicity and transparency. Also, successful collaboration between industry and academia in research, particularly on the global scale, and the development or revision of current healthcare industry policies.

Who has influenced you the most as a role model?
My professional role model is my former director at the Research Subjects' Protection Program. Her knowledge of the regulatory industry and her ability to remain calm during any storm and still find time to mentor and develop her employees was incredible.

Most rewarding MILI experience
It's a tie between the first annual Medtronic Interdisciplinary Healthcare Case Competition in April 2009 and completing my first round of evaluations in the Medical Industry Enterprise course (now called the Valuation Laboratory).

Crystal Hughes, '08 MBA

Background
Former small business owner from Central MN.

Why Carlson?
The school has a great reputation and I wanted to stay in MN for my education.

Why MBA/MILI?
MBA was a natural choice for me because I've grown up in a business setting. MILI is appealing to me because ultimately I'd like to work in the medical device industry.

Future plans
Moving to NYC and working in marketing for a consumer finance corporation.

Dream job
Still deciding.

Recommendations to prospective students
MILI was a very beneficial experience for me because it gave me a lot of exposure to the industry and I met and worked with fantastic people.

Most interesting thing you have learned this year
In the words of Thomas Edison, it's still 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. And your team is only as strong as the weakest link.

What do you do when not in class
Study, study, and sometimes sleep.

Greatest accomplishment so far
Working in NPDBD and gain buy in from the CEO on our project.

Biggest surprise about Carlson
The students are great and the professors are incredibly knowledgeable and accessible.

Favorite movie
Little Miss Sunshine (New); The Usual Suspects (Old).

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
Affordable Healthcare (Is this wishful thinking?)

Who has influenced you the most as a role model?
My mother has been the greatest influence on who I am today and who I want to be tomorrow. She's the person I respect the most and desire to be the most like.

Jeremy Jenkins, '08 MBA

Background
Idaho Falls, ID and an undergrad degree in statistics from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

Why Carlson?
Because of the MILI Program and the Carlson Consulting Enterprise.

Future plans
I have accepted a position at the Mayo Clinic's administrative Training Program, based in Jacksonville, FL.

Dream job
CEO of a mid to large sized hospital in the Denver area.

Recommendations to prospective students
Participate in as much as you can while still staying balanced – a few musts are an enterprise, a global enrichment, and MILISA.

What do you do when not in class
Spend time with my family. We love the outdoors and baseball.

Favorite movie or book
Book: Complications by Atul Gawande.
Movie: Sneakers.

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
Increase access, decrease cost, improve quality.

Who has influenced you the most as a role model?
My father—his dedication to his family, his work life balance, his passion for healthcare.

Favorite class
Negotiation Strategies with Pri Shah.

Joshua Simer, '08 MBA

Background
I was born in Minnesota and grew up in Wayzata. I went out east to Harvard to pursue my undergraduate degree in Computer, Electrical, and Systems Engineering. I then served seven years in the Army as an Infantry officer, including three years overseas in Kuwait and Korea. In 2004, I returned home and started the full-time MBA program at Carlson. In 2005, I was mobilized and deployed to Iraq for two years, and returned to finish the FTMBA in 2007–2008.

Why Carlson?

  1. The "just right" size. The program is small enough to foster good interaction among students and faculty. However, you have the assets of an enormous university available to you as well.
  2. The opportunity to participate in the New Product Design and Business Development program. No other school had a program like this to bring different disciplines together to solve real-world problems.
  3. The reputation, particularly locally. The Carlson School may be underrated nationally, but locally, people know that it is a world-class school and its graduates are top-notch.
  4. I perceived that the Carlson School would be more supportive than most if I were mobilized to active duty while in the program - and this proved to be very accurate. I am very grateful to Steph Nichols and the MBA office staff for their assistance before, during, and after my 2-year deployment to Iraq.

Why MBA/MILI?
I decided to pursue an MBA because it seemed a logical step in my personal and career development. I had extensive leadership experience from the Army, and felt that an MBA would best position me to continue building on that in the civilian world. I was interested in the medical industry because of its strong history in Minnesota and because I felt it was an industry in which the outcomes really mattered. When I started at Carlson, there was no MILI program and I tried to design my own specialization to prepare for a career in the medical industry. When I returned from Iraq, the MILI was up and running, so I immediately got involved.

Dream job
My dream job in the immediate future is a product manager and/or product development team leader in the medical industry. I think those positions would best make use of my skill at understanding and integrating different functional areas, as well as my leadership ability. In the longer term, I see myself in a position to mentor and develop other product managers and product development team leaders.

What do you do when not in class?
I am the S-3 (Operations Officer) for 1st Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment in the Minnesota National Guard, responsible for current operations, planning, and training management for 1100 soldiers. I also enjoy watching my 2-year old daughter explore the world, and I am a die-hard NASCAR fan (go Jr)!

Greatest accomplishment so far
Organizing all the techniques and procedures our soldiers developed while in Iraq into training package that other units preparing for deployment could use.

Favorite movie or book
Favorite movies: Glory, When Trumpets Fade, No Country for Old Men, The Green Mile, The Best Years of Our Lives.
Favorite Books: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Atlas Shrugged, Maus.

What do you see as greatest need in medical industry?
Finding ways to better align incentives with desired outcomes for all parties involved.

Favorite class

New Product Design and Business Development. It is the best opportunity that exists for MBA students to develop and exercise leadership, and to interact across functional (and institutional) boundaries on a project. I regret that I am graduating before the MILI enterprise class gets started, because that looks like it will also be an excellent opportunity for leadership and cross-functional interaction. I think taking that together with NPDBD would be an excellent combination.

Most rewarding MILI experience
It's a tie between two events:

  1. My team's final presentation in the New Product Design and Business Development course, in which our sponsoring company adopted our recommendations and determined they would go forward with our design. We had extensively applied the concepts I learned in MILI classes to our design and business plan.
  2. Applying some of the concepts I had learned in MILI courses to my final paper in Physiology 5510 (Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy), evaluating the cost-effectiveness of screening for risk factors of sudden cardiac death in children and adolescents.

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