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.


    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. 

    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.


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  • MARCH 7

    Marriott International, Inc. President and CEO Arne Sorenson

    Arne M. Sorenson is President and CEO of one of the largest lodging companies in the world. Marriott International Inc. owns more than 4,500 properties across 19 brands in 88 countries. In fiscal year 2015, the company reported revenues of more than $14 billion. Among other accomplishments, he co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council and chairs the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.

    Sorenson has held a number of positions at Marriott, including chief operating officer, executive vice president, chief financial officer, and president of continental European lodging. He was elected to Marriott’s Board of Directors in 2011. Before he joined Marriott, Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions litigation.

    Additionally, Sorenson serves as Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council. He also serves as Board Chair for Brand USA. He is a member of the Luther College Board of Regents and is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Brookings Institution. He is a graduate of Luther College and the University of Minnesota Law School.  


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  • APRIL 4

    University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Mark Coyle

    Mark Coyle has led athletics at the University of Minnesota since spring, 2016. He fosters leadership, integrity, and academic achievement among student athletes; and oversees the financial, business, marketing, and communications strategies for University athletics.  

    From 2001-2005, Coyle served as associate athletic director for external relations at the University of Minnesota, where he was responsible for managing the marketing and sales unit, athletic communications, the ticket office and licensing. He returns to Gopher Athletics after serving as athletics director at Syracuse University and Boise State University, and as deputy athletics director at the University of Kentucky.

    A former football student-athlete, Coyle graduated from Drake University with his bachelor’s degree in English in 1991. He earned his master's degree in teaching from Drake University in 1992 and a master's degree in sports administration from Florida State University in 1993.  


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  • MAY 2

    Target Corp. Board Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell

    Brian Cornell is board chairman and CEO of Target Corp. He is responsible for Target’s global business, including nearly 1,800 U.S. stores and, more than 341,000 team members and millions of guests. Cornell leads the retailer’s executive leadership team in accelerating Target’s performance, advancing its digital evolution, and delivering on its “Expect More. Pay Less.” promise to guests.

    Cornell joined Target in August 2014 after more than 30 years in escalating leadership positions at leading retail and global consumer product companies, including three CEO roles and more than two decades doing business in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. His past experience includes time as both a vendor partner and a competitor to Target, and he brings insights from those roles to the company today.

    Cornell has served on the board of directors for Yum! Brands since September 2015 and is a past director of Polaris Industries, Inc. He also serves on the board for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors, providing strategic guidance to the dean in advancing the school’s mission, as well as the boards of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Cornell joined the board of Catalyst in January 2016.

    Cornell earned a bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 1981 and attended Anderson School of Management.


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 Martha Victor at