1st Tuesday

The Carlson School of Management's 1st Tuesday Speaker Series began in 1992 to provide an opportunity for alumni and friends of the Carlson School to continue their management education. The 1st Tuesday Speaker Series features top executives addressing hot topics in business and leadership.

Held on the first Tuesday of every month at the McNamara Alumni Center, the program attracts alumni and business leaders from throughout the corporate community, and has become an attractive spot for professionals in the metropolitan area to network.


Minneapolis Institute of Arts Director and President Kaywin Feldman 
A Museum for the Next Century

Kaywin Feldman

Kaywin Feldman has been the director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) since 2008. She oversees the museum’s staff of 250, its fine-art collection of some 87,000 objects, its 473,000-square-foot facility, and an annual operating budget of $30 million. During her tenure, the MIA has strengthened its national presence with ambitious special exhibitions, embarked on innovative curatorial projects, and strengthened its collection through strategic acquisitions and gifts.

From 1991 through 1993, Feldman pursued research for her PhD thesis, supported by a fellowship from the Ministry of the Flemish Community. In her early career, she served as director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee. She also received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in 2008.

Kaywin holds an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, an MA from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London, and a BA (summa cum laude) in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. She serves as board chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).

As the Minneapolis Institute of Arts celebrates its first one hundred years of public service in 2015, Feldman and her team will pause and consider the next one hundred years. In her presentation, she will share which audience trends they're focusing on, how new technology will impact the museum, how changes in the art market might affect the museum's future collection, and more.



Best Buy President and CEO Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly
Best Buy President and CEO Hubert Joly has a strong reputation as a turnaround and transformation expert, having begun his corporate career leading the struggling French division of Electronic Data Systems. In his three years with EDS, the company reversed its revenue slide and significantly increased profit margin.

Prior to joining Best Buy, Joly was CEO of Carlson where he led a renaissance across all its businesses, including its restaurant and hotel divisions. Before becoming CEO, he led a subsidiary unit, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, growing its sales from $8 to $25 billion in four years. Earlier in his career, he helped lead the restructuring and growth of Vivendi Universal's video game business, followed by the restructuring of the company itself. 

Joly serves on the boards of Ralph Lauren Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the Minnesota Business Partnership. 



Porch COO Asha Sharma

Asha Sharma Chief Operating Officer Asha Sharma, ’11, BSB, is responsible for achieving the company’s mission by building a truly great company that employees and customers love. Her day-to-day responsibilities include crafting strategy and delighting customers, overseeing financial operations, and leading business services including sales, operations, support, analytics, growth, central marketing, and brand communications.

As one of Porch’s earliest employees, Sharma helped build the company from the ground up: she developed revenue streams, shaped the brand, improved the product, and acquired new talent. Additionally, she was instrumental in executing Porch’s national online, in-store, and financing partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Prior to joining Porch, Sharma worked at Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting, Cargill and SC Johnson & Son. She started her career by founding two companies, one of which was recognized by the President of the United States in 2012. Earlier this year, Sharma was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the marketing and advertising category. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.



The Schwan Food Company CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios 

Dimitrio Smyrnios

Dimitrios P. Smyrnios was named CEO of the Schwan Food Company in 2013,
and has drawn on his extensive experience in the food business to lead the organization. 

Smyrnios began his career with the Frito Lay division of PepsiCo, where he spent eight years in sales and marketing. In 1993, he joined Nestle Waters North America in southern California and took on roles of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure. He eventually was named executive vice president and general manager of the Nestle Waters Home & Office Division and the Retail Division. He also served as president of Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream Division.

Smyrnios holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Wyoming.



EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting Ken Bouyer

Ken Bouyer
As director of inclusiveness recruiting, Ken Bouyer is responsible for developing and implementing the global EY organization’s recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms in the Americas. Diversity at EY is defined broadly and includes gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, generational differences, and more. Fostering an inclusive work culture where all individuals are valued for their differences and can achieve their full potential is a global priority and a business imperative for EY.

In addition to his duties at EY, Bouyer is chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, he is a board member and the chair of the Audit Committee for the American Accounting Association. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting organization.

Bouyer is a recipient of the FSA's "Practitioner Service Award" for his distinguished service to the profession of accounting and accounting education. He is also a recipient of NABA’s Presidential Award for his extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in the accounting profession and his commitment to and support of NABA.

Bouyer holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and AICPA member. 


1st Tuesday Corporate Tables

We value the partnerships with companies in the Twin Cities-area and want to continue to bring the business community together on a monthly basis. To continue our partnership with the business community, we invite you to purchase corporate tables for upcoming 1st Tuesday events!

Benefits of a 1st Tuesday Corporate Table:

  • Priority seating upfront
  • Recognition of your company's table
  • Ten seats for the price of nine ($315)

To register your company for one or more 1st Tuesday events please email Maggie Flaten, Events & Communications Manager, Alumni Relations, at

Register for 1st Tuesday

1st Tuesday is hosted at the McNamara Alumni Center.


$35 (includes lunch and program)


11:30 a.m.   Registration and Networking
11:50 a.m.   Lunch
1:00 p.m.   Program concludes


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1st Tuesday is presented by:

Wells Fargo

Promotional sponsor:

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