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Work experience

May 2011Aug 2011

Business Management Associate Intern

General Mills
  • Created a background product/sales information deck and client presentation on LARABAR and gluten-free potential markets for field sales team
  • Improved sales team internal website by reorganizing and updating content in preparation for software upgrade
  • Collaborated with Omega and Foodservice division to upgrade the Convenience team's customer volume reporting 
  • Presented project summaries and findings to senior leadership and division directors 
May 2010Aug 2010

Marketing & Public Relations Intern

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
  • Developed written communication skills by composing press releases for events and announcements regarding the zoo and conservatory
  • Worked with local media including Fox 9, Kare 11, and Channel 5 on news stories and coverage of zoo and conservatory
  • Planned and coordinated the Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, an annual event with over 5,000 attendees
  • Managed all social media relations, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr
May 2010Aug 2010

Television Promotion Talent & Writer

Channel 18
  • Honed speaking skills through performance in 6 television promotions for Como Park Zoo & Conservatory produced by and aired on Channel 18, now available on YouTube
  • Scripted 3 television promotions
Mar 2009Aug 2009

Marketing & Communications Intern

Fieldstone Alliance
  • Enhanced leadership and teamwork skills while leading a team of five employees on a 14 week project to upgrade the Membership Program
  • Improved skills in strategic thinking and problem solving while completing an analysis of the program and designing a plan for improvement
  • Gained experience in marketing research and communication when talking with existing members about experience with program
May 2009Aug 2009

Sales Associate

Sonnie's of Rosedale
  • Utilized interpersonal skills and oral communication by interacting with customers to provide an enjoyable shopping experience
  • Honed ability to multi-task when working with multiple customers simultaneously
  • Observed retail management, buying, store design, and marketing decisions

Recovery Team Member

Macy's Rosedale
  • Developed skills in customer service and organization while working with customers and store appearance

Carlson School Video Profiles

Style & Strength Assessments


Aug 2008May 2012


University of Minnesota- Carlson School of Management

Study Abroad: May 2011, Milan & Florence, Italy 

Activities & Societies:

  • University Honors Student Association, President
  • Carlson School Student Ambassador
  • Undergraduate Advisory Board 
  • Undergraduate Program Office Student Blogger
  • Campus Band Member 
  • University Honors Mentor Program 
  • Carlson Mentorship Program
  • Welcome Week Leader


“Kathleen is among the most energetic and motivated interns I've ever worked with. As manager of the publishing group at Fieldstone Alliance, I had the privilege of observing her tackle a difficult marketing challenge which included research, workflow analysis and program design. I was impressed with the pace and thoroughness of her response to the challenge. She grasped complicated issues quickly, professionally assumed responsibility for the work, and remained ahead of all requirements from start to finish. In every way Kathleen exceeded our expectations. Having observed her incredible management potential, I have no reservation recommending Kathleen to any organization.”

-Tim Brostrom, Director of Product Innovation, Fieldstone Alliance

“Kathleen interned with our nonprofit during the summer of 2009. Her task was to research and develop a program to engage 30+ U.S. nonprofit associations as distributors of our publications. Kathleen did an amazing job. First, she called a sampling of associations to gather background information such as what they looked for in a distributor arrangement. She then researched similar programs and analyzed the materials and web pages we had for distributors. Based on this information, she put together one of the most thorough plans I've seen. She included background information, a statement of issues, recommendations, and a work plan. I'm not exaggerating, Kathleen was outstanding. She's personable, diligent, and and motivated.”

-Becky Andrews, Marketing Manager, Fieldstone Alliance

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Carlson School Student Ambassador

Served as Carlson School Student Ambassador from September 2008 - May 2012

  • Co-lead weekly information sessions for prospective students 
  • Represented student body at Carlson sponsorship events attended by local business leaders, Board of Regents, patrons and benefactors, and Carlson School leadership 
  • Performed in three videos for the Carlson Undergraduate Program website
  • Wrote monthly student blog entries for Carlson Undergraduate Program website
  • Appeared in recruitment and promotional materials

Honors & Awards

Class Speaker, University of Minnesota, 2008

Selected as class speaker to represent and introduce the University of Minnesota Class of 2012 to University of Minnesota President Bruininks at New Student Convocation during Welcome Week. Introduced the class to the President in front of 6,000 University students, staff, and faculty. mp3 audio available at

University Honors Program, University of Minnesota, 2008-2012

Admitted to the University Honors Program as an incoming freshman.

3M Alumni, Minnesota Gold, and Rantala Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2008-2012

Received three four-year merit scholarships to the University of Minnesota.

Secretary of State, Minnesota Girl's State, 2007

Elected to and held office of Secretary of State at the 2007 Minnesota Girl's State session.


As a Senior Business Analyst in OptumInsight's Leadership Acceleration Program, I am developing a strong skill set in business analytics, project management, and healthcare consulting. I currently work as a Project Management Consultant with Optum's Growth Operations/New Business Services segment. I am passionate about finding customized, creative, and efficient solutions that help the healthcare system work better for everyone.

In addition to experience in healthcare consulting, I have 4+ years of marketing experience with Fortune 500, non-profit/government, and start-up companies. My strengths include marketing communication, strategy development and implementation, social media, public and media relations, and print and live broadcast media. I enjoy helping brands find their identity and connect with consumers. I am particularly interested in brand equity, brand loyalty, and consumer behavior (I completed an Honors thesis on managing brand alliances with celebrity endorsers as part of my undergraduate Honors degree).

My interests outside of work include golf, reading, fitness, and Gopher athletics. I enjoy staying active with Carlson's young alumni network (GOLD) and am an active volunteer and Advocate with the American Cancer Society and the ACS Cancer Action Network. I look forward to connecting with you and learning about your personal brand.