Center for Sales
Leadership + Education

Cultivating future business leaders.

Latest News

Certificates in Professional Sales

May 7, 2018

Eight (8) University of Minnesota undergraduates earned their Certificate in Professional Sales from the Center for Sales Leadership + Education (CSLE) at the University of Minnesota during the 2017-2018 academic year. Carston Erickson, Jack Zabel, Teddy Moeller, Christopher Rulau, Zach Siegle, Brandon Wilhelmey, Brooke Halvorson and Michael Frei were awarded their certificates at the CSLE Awards Breakfast on May 4, 2018.

Salesperson of the Year

May 7, 2018

Freshman Sam Linden won the Gopher Cup award for the CSLE Salesperson of the Year for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. Sam won four (4) Gopher Sales Competitions during the year. Besides the Cup & Title, Sam also was presented with a custom suit from the Tom James Company

Gophers Win Inaugural Twin Ciities Sales Team Championship

April 24, 2018

The Gopher Sales Team ended the 2017 - 2018 academic year with a season ending victory at the inaugural Twin Cities Collegiate Sales Team Championship. The Gopher Team of Jack Zabel (Senior), Brandon Wilhelmy (Senior), Nick Maney (Junior), Sam Linden (Freshman), Kyle Fox (Freshman) and Toimmy Klans (Freshman) edged out Winona State University in the Championship Finals of the three day event by a score of 164.7 to 157.

Lead the Way

Because of their vital role in business, professional sales people are among the best paid employees for a company. In fact, more people make $100k+ in sales than any other profession in the United States. These positions also lead to advancement in upper management in many Fortune 500 companies. The knowledge, expertise, and experience ub sales is essential for most CEO's to lead their corporations in today's competitive business environment. Sales training as preparation for the future is essential.

Our Mission

The Center for Sales Leadership + Education (CLSE) creates opportunities for University of Minnesota students to further their sales education, develop pracatical skills, provide applied business experience, and create sales leaders through education, partnerships, and research. In addition, CSLE advances the sales profession through academic education, valued outreach activities, and impactful research.

Our Goals


We strive to provide individuals with invaluable sales knowledge and experiences to give them a head-start in the work force.


We provide opportunities for our students to interact and develop relationships with corporate partners within the Twin Cities.


Create a certification program in Professional Sales to facilitate professional growth.


We remain open and inclusive to all University of Minnesota undergraduate students.


There is no cost to undergraduate students to be part of CSLE.


Eighty percent of CSLE activities are operated by students.

Corporate Members

Tierney, established in 1977, strives to provide our customers with the most suitable, reliable and advanced interactive solutions to inspire collaboration and improve performance. We do this by providing exceptional service and support based on trust and reliability. Our customers include Fortune 500 companies, government entities, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, ... Read full description
Achieve your goals & exceed the limits of possibility at Gartner – our exceptional training & onboarding program gives you the confidence, conviction and skills you need for the journey. Gartner is the world’s leading research & advisory company. We help business leaders across all major functions in every industry ... Read full description
Federated Insurance is a national insurance company headquartered in Owatonna, MN with 115 years of experience. If you want to do something worthwhile, a career at Federated Insurance gives you that chance. As a marketing representative, you will help develop protection programs for people & businesses. You will help develop ... Read full description
Microsoft is in the midst of exciting change. It’s a big moment in our history and we want you to be part of it. We will help you use the skills you have while helping you continue to learn and grow. We have a broad reach with opportunities in different ... Read full description
Our people are everything. For more than 30 years, Aerotek® Inc. has distinguished itself as a leader in recruiting and staffing services by having a deep understanding of the intersection of talent and business. As a strategic partner to more than 18,000 clients and 300,000 contract employees every year, Aerotek’s ... Read full description
If you are looking for a fast paced, production driven culture, Unum is the company for you. Unum is a Fortune 260 Company focusing on employee benefits in the insurance industry. With more than 10,000 employees nationwide, Unum is an industry leader and has been for over 40 years. Unum ... Read full description
When people feel better about their money, good things happen – they become more confident and feel more secure. Taking away the everyday financial stress that most people experience (1 out of every 3, in fact), helps them breathe easier, sleep better, and feel happier. That's why Northwestern Mutual exists. ... Read full description
The MIIAB represents 6,500 insurance professionals and 725 insurance agencies in the State of Minnesota. In addition, MIIAB partners with sixty five (65) insurance companies, wholesalers & other vendors who work in the insurance industry. MIIAB promotes the common business interests of independent agents within the industry, before government and ... Read full description
Taylor is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Our family of 80 subsidiaries provide a diverse set of customer communication products, services and technologies. For more than 40 years, Taylor has been a premier provider of powerful and innovative products, services and expertise — this ... Read full description
Tom James is the world’s largest manufacturer and retailer of custom clothing, & the engine behind some of the world’s most established tailored clothing brands. We are in the people business. Our products are clothing & related apparel. Our profession is direct sales. Our mission is to provide opportunity for ... Read full description
C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 provider of transportation services & 3 rd party logistics. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, with more than 280 offices & over 11,500 employees in North America, Europe, Asia & South America. Combine our century of industry experience & our global reach ... Read full description
Arrow Electronics is an American Fortune 500 company headquartered in Centennial, Colorado. Arrow's work goes into everything from cars to coffee makers. At Arrow, we help innovators to innovate. We work with some of the biggest players in the industry - all the ones you have heard of and many ... Read full description
Cintas leads the industry in supplying corporate identity uniform programs, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. We operate more than 400 facilities in North America—including six manufacturing plants and eight distribution centers. What ... Read full description
Are you a current student or recent graduate? We have a variety of roles ranging from internships and cooperative educational programs to rotational opportunities that make Comcast NBCUniversal the perfect place to start your career journey. At Comcast, you’ll work alongside best-in- class innovators in a fast-paced and rewarding environment ... Read full description
Founded in 1997, United Rentals has become the world’s largest equipment rental provider, with an integrated network of 1,100+ rental locations in North America and 11 in Europe, and $14.18 billion OEC of rental fleet including 3,800 classes of equipment. United Rentals is here to help provide customers with the ... Read full description
At Brooksource, our business is people. Relationships are at the center of what we do. A successful partnership is only as strong as the relationship built. We're your trusted partner for IT hiring, recruiting and staffing and consulting needs. Whether it's project based or a managed service contract, contract-to-hire, or ... Read full description
At Signature Consultants, it’s not just about the bottom line; it’s about the people. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: to provide clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. For the eighth consecutive year, Signature was voted as one of the ... Read full description
Our sales team is where ideas are turned into impact. Here, forward-thinking minds push the limits of our industry to help fuel company success through networking, planning and development. You’ll build customer relationships through strategic conversations and empower business growth. At TEKsystems, you’ll get more than just a job. You’ll ... Read full description

Become a Partner

Our corporate partners are the lifeblood of CSLE. CSLE would not exist without their generous support. The inherent value for our partners is the access to qualified students early on in their university experience through CSLE, providing an advanced opportunity to identify and recruit those students that best fit their company's requirement and culture.

Other benefits include: Opportunities to build your brand around campus; reduce recruiting, training, and turnover costs; access networking opportunities with students; and finally, make a positive difference in the lives of the next generation of sales professionals who may one day make significant contributions to your company.

For information on partnerships, contact CSLE Executive Director, Todd Williams, at