An article last February highlights what I view to be one of the most valuable initiatives Carlson can provide to it's MBA students, encouraging veterans to enter the MBA program.
Although I've never experienced it, I've heard first-hand stories and can only imagine how dramatically an individual's life changes after serving as a veteran. While there are certainly negative changes that can occur, one change I often notice is the development of arguably the most important skill in business, leadership.
As a veteran, making decisive decisions often becomes second nature and in a midwestern culture notorious for it's passive-aggressive approach, this behavior often attracts followers.
I personally try to exemplify this leadership and decisive decision making characteristic because of the value I--and now Carlson--see in leadership qualities and can only hope I am lucky enough to have a class with one of these individuals to learn as much as humanly possible from them.
Keep up the great work Carlson!