Michelle is the associate dean and acting dean of St. Kate's School of Business. In this role, she guides all undergraduate and graduate programs within the school, providing strategic leadership over this portfolio of programs to ensure academic excellence, market relevance, and an innovative mindset to guide our sustained success and growth.
As a leader within the School of Business and the University, Michelle is instrumental in guiding strategy creation and execution, marketing, corporate relations, and new program development for the school, Graduate College, and University. As a faculty member, she teaches Marketing Management, the Integrated Case Experience, and the Strategic Capstone within the MBA and MS in Management programs.
Before joining St. Catherine University, Michelle was the director of the Graduate Business Career Center with the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and served in a variety of career development roles with the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to beginning her academic career, she spent several years in marketing, consulting, and recruiting positions. She was a vice president for brand management executive recruiting at the O’Connell Group executive search, a management consultant with Ernst & Young (EY), and held sales and marketing positions with General Mills and Nestlé Purina.
Michelle has a PhD in organizational leadership, policy, and development at the University of Minnesota, an MBA in marketing from Washington University, and a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Her ongoing research focuses on the experience and outcomes of MBA graduates across the globe, with a particular focus on career success and satisfaction by gender. Michelle is passionate about educating future business leaders, and is committed to using her research to resolve issues and gaps in the workplace and highlight the life-changing outcomes of an MBA.
Throughout her career, Michelle has been a leader within many professional organizations. She has served on the board of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance, the Forté Foundation, and Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communications. She is an active member of the National Association of Women MBAs, Women’s Health TRUST, National Speakers Association, and the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association. Michelle is vice president of the Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion PTO and a member of the Minneapolis Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, where she has served as philanthropy chair and membership chair.
PhD, Higher Education
University of Minnesota, 2016
Master of Business Administration, Marketing
Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1997
Bachelor of Journalism, Advertising
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Cum Laude, 1992
Men, Women, and the MBA: A Quantitative Examination of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Career Outcomes Achieved by MBA Graduates
APDC Grant: Global MBA Course Development (2015).
MBA Director and Associate Professor, St. Catherine University, 2014–Present
Director - Graduate Business Career Center, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, 2009–2014
Career Services - Advisor and Employer Relations, Washington University, Olin Business School, 2003–2009
Vice President, The O'Connell Group, Inc., 2003–2004
Senior Consultant/Manager, Ernst & Young/CapGemini Ernst & Young, 1997–2003
Customer Development Group Intern, Ralston Purina (now Nestle Purina), 1995–1997
Sales Representative, General Mills, 1992–1995
Setting the Stage for Success: Inspiration for the Year Ahead, St. Catherine University Opening Convocation, 2015
Career Management for Marketers and Communicators, MWMC and the University of Minnesota Communicators’ Forum, 2015
So You’re Considering Graduate School, MWMC, 2015
Setting the State for Success: Leveraging Your Strengths to Be Your Best Self, Pi Beta Phi Convention, 2013
Building an Effective Employer Brand, MBA CSEA, 2013
Challenges in Career Services – Directors’ Pre-Session, MBA CSEA, 2013
Building Your Personal Brand, Minnesota Business Partnership, 2013
Managing Career Transitions, Women’s Leadership Conference, 2012–2013
Personal Branding and Online Presence, Law Foundations - University of Minnesota, 2013
MBA Employment Standards, National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2012
Brand Yourself, University of Minnesota Communicators Forum Annual Conference, 2012
So You Want to Be a Consultant: Five Things Every Consulting Candidate Should Know, MBA CSEA, 2012
The Business of Your Career: A Career Guide for Graduate Students, comprehensive career guide for Carlson School of Management graduate business students, 2011
From Expectations to Success: Delivering World-Class Career Services to Part-Time MBAs, Professional MBA Conference, 2011
Collaborating with Admissions and Alumni Relations to Maximize Business Development, MBA CSEA 2011
The Marketing Plan: A Tailored Approach to Brand Building on Campus, MBA CSEA and Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA), 2011
Getting Started in Your Career: The Secrets of Successful Networking, Forte Career Lab, 2011
The Brand Challenge: Effectively Marketing Career Services to Your Target Customers, MBA CSEA, 2006
Serving the Inexperienced MBA, MBA CSEA, 2006