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.

Fall Season Passes Now Available

Now through July 25, you can reserve your spot to see five in-demand speakers all for the price of four. Your season pass includes the speakers shown below for August-December 1st Tuesday events. Purchase your pass here.


University of St. Thomas President Julie H. Sullivan, PhD
Higher Education and the Industries of the Future

Dr. Julie H. Sullivan became the 15th president — and first layperson and woman to serve as president — of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2013. Previously, Dr. Sullivan served as executive vice president and provost at University of San Diego and as professor and administrator at the University of California-San Diego and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). 

Dr. Sullivan is an innovative academic leader with a purpose. She is a champion for social innovation, a leader in the Ashoka Changemaker movement, and known for her commitments to globalization and intercultural understanding.

Dr. Sullivan shares her expertise with public and private companies, as well as non-profit organizations. She is a board member of SI Group Inc., SI Group – India, Loyola University Chicago, and Greater Twin Cities United Way. She also is a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership, National Association of Corporate Directors, and Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.

A native of Florida, Sullivan holds three degrees from the University of Florida, including a PhD in Business.



General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
Leveraging ‘Big’ as a Force for Good

Ken Powell is chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills, one of the world's largest food companies.

After joining General Mills in 1979, Powell progressed through a variety of positions and spent more than one-third of his career overseas. He helped launch Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and later returned to become its chief executive officer. In 2006, Powell was elected president and chief operating officer of General Mills with overall global operating responsibility for the company. He was elected chief executive officer of General Mills in September 2007 and chairman in May 2008.

Powell serves on the board of directors for General Mills, Medtronic, the Consumer Goods Forum, Greater MSP, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the supervisory board of Cereal Partners Worldwide. He is a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Business Roundtable.

Powell holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford University.



CHS President and CEO Carl M. Casale 

CHS President and CEO Carl Casale

Carl Casale is president and chief executive officer of CHS; a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s largest member-owned cooperative. Prior to joining CHS in 2011, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Monsanto Company.

Casale currently serves as director on the boards of the Ventura Foods, LLC; Ecolab Inc., National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and the Minnesota Business Partnership. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Oregon State University and an executive Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. The Oregon State University College of Agriculture named Casale its 2009 alumni fellow. 



Proto Labs President and CEO Victoria M. Holt

Victoria Holt has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Proto Labs, a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short run production. Prior to assuming these roles in 2014, Holt served as President and CEO of Spartech Corporation.

Holt has more than 34 years of experience in manufacturing companies in various roles. She started her career as a sales representative with Monsanto Company in New York. She worked for 23 years in numerous positions, culminating as Vice President Acrilan and its spinoff company, Solutia. She joined PPG in 2003, where she served as Senior Vice President, Glass and Fiber Glass from 2005 until 2010.

Holt is a member of the board of directors of Waste Management, Inc. She holds a chemistry degree from Duke University and an MBA from Pace University.



Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota CEO Robert I. Bonar Jr. 

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota CEO Robert Bonar

Bob Bonar, Jr. Dr. H.A., was appointed to chief executive officer of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in 2014. He guides the organization’s long-term business strategy and builds on the strengths of its people, assets, and infrastructure.  Children's is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the country, and serves children throughout the upper Midwest.

Throughout his career, Bonar has held numerous executive roles in the health care industry. He served as CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family and CEO of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Previously, he held senior leadership roles at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter’s Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma.

Bonar earned his doctorate in health administration and policy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He holds master’s degrees from West Virginia University, the University of Oklahoma, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University.


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 near the front of the room 
  • Recognition of your company's table
  • Ten seats for the price of nine ($315)

For questions about 1st Tuesday events, please email Sarah Oehler at soehler@umn.edu.

1st Tuesday

1st Tuesday is hosted at the McNamara Alumni Center.


$35 (includes lunch and program)
$15 for U of M students


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

Parking & Directions


1st Tuesday is presented by:

Wells Fargo

Promotional sponsor:

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Supporting partner:

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Recent Speakers

John P. Wiehoff
Chairman and CEO
C.H. Robinson Worldwide
June 2016

David W. MacLennan
Chairman and CEO
May 2016

Jim Prokopanko
Senior Advisor, Retired President and CEO
The Mosaic Company
April 2016

Phil Soran
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
March 2016

Ben Fowke
Chairman, President, and CEO
Xcel Energy
February 2016

Pam Edstrom
Agency Partner, Co-Founder
Waggener-Edstrom Communications
December 2015

Mary Brainerd
President & CEO
Health Partners
November 2015

Ken Bouyer
America's Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting
Ernst & Young
October 2015

Dimitrios Smyrnios
Schwan Food Company
September 2015

Asha Sharma
August 2015

Hubert Joly
Best Buy
June 2015

Kaywin Feldman
Director & President
Minneapolis Institute of Art
May 2015

Dr. Penny Wheeler
Allina Health
April 2015

Chuck Mooty
March 2015

Christian Rudder
Co-Founder, President
February 2015

Myles Shaver
Carlson School of Management
December 2014

Chris Policinski
President & CEO
Land O'Lakes
November 2014

Sherry Zhang
October 2014

Jim Owens
President & CEO
H.B. Fuller
September 2014

David Murphy
Red Wing Shoe Company
August 2014

Sally Smith
President & CEO
Buffalo Wild Wings
June 2014

Craft Beer Panel
May 2014

Ken Powell
General Mills
April 2014

Inge Thulin
CEO & President
3M Company
March 2014

Ravi Bapna
Academic Director
February 2014

Srini Seshardi
Smiths Medical
December 2013

John Totushek
US Navy Memorial Foundation
November 2013

Richard Pitino
Head Coach, Men's Basketball
University of Minnesota
October 2013

Scott Wine
CEO and Chairman
Polaris Industries
September 2013

Julie Gilbert Newrai
August 2013

Jennifer Ford-Reedy
Bush Foundation
June 2013

Indra Nooyi
Chairman & CEO
May 2013

Sara Mathews
Chairman & CEO
Dun & Bradstreet
April 2013

Governor Mark Dayton
State of Minnesota
March 2013

Sri Zaheer
Carlson School of Management
February 2013