The Center For Sales Innovation

The Center for Sales Innovation, established at St. Catherine University in 1998, focuses on developing successful and ethical sales leaders, and on advancing the field of sales.

The combined support of staff, faculty, and corporate and community partners ensures that the center can provide leading educational opportunities to students and sales professionals.

Sales at St. Kate's

St. Catherine is the only university in Minnesota that offers majors and minors in both Business Sales and Healthcare Sales. A career in sales can be rewarding, and opportunities for advancement are virtually unlimited. Sales professionals are instrumental in affecting the strategy of their company, and they interact with all areas of an organization, including marketing, operations, and finance.

Students and future sales leaders benefit from:

  • Small class sizes of, on average, fewer than 15 students.
  • Real-world experience through internship opportunities.
  • Experienced Sales faculty, many with years of corporate experience, who love mentoring future sales leaders.
  • National sales competitions, which hone skills, provide experience, and help catch the attention of employers.
  • Outside nationally known guest speakers who share the latest industry trends and enrich learning.

Business-to-Business Sales

Healthcare Sales

Sales Minor

Sales Certificates

Student Development

St. Kate's sales students have a wealth of opportunities to learn and prepare for successful careers—both in and out of the classroom. Here is a just a sampling of the many learning opportunities our sales students have throughout the year:


Every year, our sales students complete valuable internships at many of Minnesota's leading corporations and organizations, including 3M, Upsher-Smith, Ecolab, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and others. Many of these internships turn into full-time job opportunities; others help students land permanent positions with other leading employers.

If your sales organization is interested in working with St. Catherine University sales students, email us to discuss opportunities.

Sales Competitions

Our sales students compete on national stages with students from other universities across the country. Students prepare extensively for the real world experience of selling a product or service at a competition and the benefit of feedback from professionals who are judges.

Business Conferences and Tours

Throughout the year, our students participate in many of the leading business, medical device, healthcare and other conferences that are regularly offered in the Twin Cities.

  • Healthcare Sales majors attend the Life Science Alley Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
  • Sales and Marketing majors tour 3M's Innovation Center to learn how the company innovates new global products.

Guest Speakers

Our renowned professors use their industry contacts to regularly bring in regionally and nationally known guest speakers into our classrooms. Recent speakers have included professionals from 3M, ING, Thomson-Reuters, Upsher-Smith, Enterprise, Comcast, SuperValu, the St. Paul Saints baseball team and others.

Skills in the Classroom

Students are learning skills in their classes that have an immediate impact on their careers. Business tools that organizations use in their operations are taught in the Sales curriculum.

Student Organizations

St Kate’s is a member of Collegiate DECA, where students enhance their business acumen even more beyond the classroom with case studies, simulations and competitions.

The Katies Entrepreneur Organization (KEO) is an active student business club with a variety of excellent guest speakers and topics that enhance the experience of our students.

Sales and Social Media Labs

St. Kate's social media lab, in Mendel 110, provides students access to twenty-four Mac minis, three multi-unit collaboration stations and two Smart Boards, which are compatible with a built in PC, Mac or laptop. The lab provides multimedia software for creating and editing videos, photography, and social media production. It is also wired for surround sound and recording, providing the ability to bring in students and presenters through Skype and Oovoo as well as record classes and presentations, or create podcasts.

The recording lab, in Mendel 100, is a recording booth set up with a large flat screen display, sound bar and adjustable camera. This room can be used for practice interviews, sales competitions, or any presentation recording.

The recording lab includes access to Speakeasy—unique role play software is used to train new hires at companies like Shell, Ecolab, Thompson Reuters, and U.S. Bank of America. 

Professional Development

We offer many leading professional development, training and networking opportunities for women sales executives and emerging sales leaders. Our professional development programs are open to all women interested in continuing to enhance their sales skills and professional networks.

The Women' Sales Leaders Program 

The Women' Sales Leaders Program is designed to develop the leadership skills of emerging women sales leaders. The nine-month program provides you with opportunities to learn new business and sales skills, to expand your professional network, as well as time for personal exploration and growth.

The program is facilitated by St Kate’s adjunct professor and business leader Margaret Smith. Several companies send new participants each year since seeing the impact the program has with their women leaders.

The Sales Executive Forum 

The Sales Executive Forum is a monthly breakfast series designed by sales executives for sales executives like you. Important topics such as managing a remote work force, effective sales leadership, improving negotiation skills and innovation in the work place, are examples of the relevant issues our members learn about from expert speakers.

Our goal is to foster a community of enlightened and seasoned sales leaders who are taking their teams through sales force transformations. We seek to share best practices, exchange tools and techniques, and discuss successes and failures.

Company Partnerships

Companies are invited to join St. Catherine University and current business partners in a consortium to support the Center for Sales Innovation, based on mutually supportive goals.

Participation by key sales executives and sales development managers is critical to successful outcomes from the center. Senior sales executives provide strategic direction to the center for curriculum, research, and continuing education programs. Sales development managers work closely with center staff to ensure access to students for internships and employment.

Email for help finding an intern for your company, or to become a partner of the Center for Sales Innovation.