Carrie Koelzer: The Parent Solution
By Lynn Shelton
Enterprise Minnesota's Vice President of Marketing
(Lynn Shelton, vice president of marketing, Enterprise Minnesota)
Carrie Koelzer, a mother from Stillwater, recently called Enterprise Minnesota to request a subscription to Enterprise Minnesota® magazine for her 14-year-old son, Charlie.
Carrie’s interest in Enterprise Minnesota evolved from a project she developed as part of a home-teaching curriculum that encourages her son to read magazines about different industries—and potential career opportunities—and then summarize them in verbal presentations to the family that they call “Charlie Talks.”
Carrie and her husband, Chris, are both college-educated professionals who believe that today’s students can find abundant pathways to a meaningful career that don’t necessarily include the traditional four-year college degree route. Carrie attended Luther College in Iowa; Chris attended the Air Force Academy and then cross-commissioned into the Marine Corps. When Chris retired from the military, he launched a couple of aeronautical consulting companies as the family settled in Stillwater.
“I want my kids to practice public speaking, even if it's just in front of us. It’s a good way to organize your thoughts. So, we came up with this very basic format for reading and presenting on articles: Give us a summary of the article and tell us how it impacts the world around you. And what's your opinion on it? I think it’s important to not just read something and tell somebody what they want to hear, but share your opinion and have a dialogue about it.”
You can read more from Carrie in “Four Questions” in the current issue of Enterprise Minnesota magazine.
Carrie said Charlie was intrigued by the article we wrote about NoSweat, a Hopkins-based athletic apparel company that had its roots in a college project at Gustavus Adolphus College. “It sparked a great discussion because it showed Charlie what grit really is and the sacrifices that are required to do something you believe in,” she said. “I thought that was wonderful.”
Carrie went on to explain that she has no bias against four-year schools, but that there are great alternatives. She says she brought a lot of college debt into her marriage. “The cost of education is ridiculous,” she said. “I think it really puts a burden on young families starting out and having kids. I took jobs that I didn't necessarily care for because my bills were due. I think the adverse effects of that burdensome debt are far more reaching than we as a society have really considered. I also think it prevents and limits innovation and creativity.”
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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Every manufacturing enterprise, no matter what size, needs the right strategy to be competitive and to grow.
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