Spring 2011

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The Carlson School is dedicated to creating strong, productive, and lasting relationships that contribute to an effective, dynamic global economic community. In this issue of Carlson School, our main feature sheds light on a variety of our community connections and the impact these efforts have had and will continue to have for years to come.
        Our connections to the corporate world run both wide and deep—a characteristic that enhances our curricular and extra-curricular offerings and distinguishes us from our peers. Carlson School alumni serve as senior executives for some of the largest names in the business world: Cargill, Deloitte LLP, Ecolab, General Mills, McKesson Corporation, 3M Company, Target Corporation, The Toro Company, U.S. Bancorp, The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo, to name just a few.
        With such ties to the world’s most successful companies, executives routinely serve the school and its students as mentors, classroom instructors, sponsors, and members of advisory boards for the school’s academic programs and research centers. Many companies look to the Carlson School to meet their corporate recruitment needs. Still other companies benefit through collaborations with our Enterprise programs and through faculty consulting. And more than 250 companies from around the country turn to the Carlson School’s Executive Education program each year for both customized and open enrollment non-degree professional development offerings.
        In keeping with the University of Minnesota’s mission to participate in outreach and public service, the Carlson School assumes the important responsibility to reinvest its resources in the communities in which we live and work. Key to this commitment are students, both undergraduate and graduate, who contribute their talents, expertise, and knowledge to serve the public good through service organizations such as “Net Impact” and “Students Today, Leaders Forever.”
        The work our various centers and institutes perform in the community has strengthened our level of engagement and yielded significant dividends throughout our community. In the pages to follow, you’ll learn about the Center for Integrative Leadership, a joint venture between the Carlson School and the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and its successful efforts to bring together a wide variety of audiences around the topic of antibiotics in agriculture. In addition, you’ll see how our Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship has combined efforts with Deluxe Corp. to create the “E-ternship Program,” which places undergraduate students with early-stage companies.
        Importantly, we extend our commitment to community on a worldwide scale. In this issue of the magazine, you’ll read about the Carlson School’s global relationships and their impact on our students, alumni, and business partners around the world.
        While our connections are unquestionably global, our impact on the state of Minnesota and the surrounding areas has truly been transformational. After 91 years of serving as the state’s leading business school, it is eye-opening to imagine what the state of Minnesota’s business climate would be like if the Carlson School had never existed. In the following pages, business leaders comment on the impact we’ve had and the region’s bright future we’ve helped to shape.
        The Carlson School is known for many strengths. But among the most important are the myriad and meaningful relationships we’re building in the world around us. I hope you enjoy this issue of Carlson School and, as always, I look forward to receiving your comments.
        Lastly, by now many of you are aware of my plans to assume the deanship at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, effective August 22 of this year. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have served the Carlson School and in particular, to have worked with such an amazing group of alumni. You are extremely important to what the school has become and to what the school will be. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and confident in the successes that lie ahead.

Alison Davis-Blake, Dean Investors in Leadership Distinguished Chair in Organizational Behavior

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