Spring 2017

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New York

Save the date for the 12th-annual Summer Social at the New York Central Park Boathouse on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

San Francisco

More than 100 Carlson School alumni and MBA students celebrated at the fourth-annual San Francisco Fall Social in October. Dean Sri Zaheer joined alumni, current students, and friends of the Carlson School for a fun social evening in the bay area.


On December 13, Seattle alumni joined current Carlson School MBA students for an evening of socializing and networking at the Seattle Winter Social. The event was held during the MBA Trek to Seattle where students visited companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Starbucks.

Best Buy

In December, the Best Buy corporate club hosted Professor Susanne Jones who spoke on “Workplace Communication: Interpersonal Dynamics, Improving Teamwork, and Settling Disputes.” The corporate club also had a follow-up session with Kirk Froggatt from the University of Technology Institute, who presented on “Emotional Intelligence” in February.

General Mills

On October 19, General Mills hosted a “Border Battle” event for University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin alumni. To celebrate football and tailgate season, the event featured lawn games, trivia, and raffle prizes. Lisa Lewis, president of UMAA, spoke, along with Scott Swayne, director of U.S. Recruiting at General Mills, and alumna Stephanie Tomczyk, ’13 BSB.


Medtronic recently held a successful U of M/Medtronic Connection kickoff event. Last fall, the group hosted a happy hour and a session featuring Carlson School Professor and James D. Watkins Chair in Marketing Mark Bergen. Senior Lecturer Svjetlana Madzar also spoke to the group on February 22. Currently, the group is planning onsite Part-Time and Executive MBA recruiting events with the Carlson School. It has been an exciting year; the group has enjoyed a steady growth in club participation and aims to broaden engagement between Medtronic, the Carlson School, and the broader U of M network in the future.


On February 16, Target’s University of Minnesota Alumni Network and CLA Career Services partnered to host the annual CLA/Target Resume Event on campus. Volunteers met one-on-one with students to review their resumes and give them tips for improvement.


Over the past few months, the UnitedHealth Group Alumni Club has hosted a variety of events for alumni and has seen tremendous growth. It had a successful turnout for the annual Summer Happy Hour at Jake’s City Grille. It had its highest-attended event ever, featuring guest speaker Senior Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures John Cosgriff. He presented on “Courage to Grow: Strategy and Innovation at UnitedHealth Group.” The group also hosted an alumni favorite, a networking breakfast with Goldy Gopher! The club looks forward to many successful events in the upcoming months, including continuing a new series of networking lunches with board members. The group has stayed true to its mission of bringing people together who share a common background to network and foster relationships within UnitedHealth Group.

U.S. Bank

The U.S. Bank University of Minnesota Corporate Club kicked off 2017 with a lunch and learn event featuring Lindsay Whalen, former Gophers women’s basketball player and current guard for the Minnesota Lynx. U.S. Bank is planning several more events throughout the year to form a strong and active alumni network with the University.

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