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.


OkCupid Co-Founder and President Christian Rudder
The Data of Human Interaction: What It Looks Like and What You Can Do With ItChristian Rudder

Christian Rudder is the co-founder and president of OkCupid, one of the largest dating sites in the world. He leads operations of the company, while also heading a small data-mining team that scours the digital universe for meaningful trends on OkCupid, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and more. Rudder first begansharing his research on OKCupid’s blog, OKTrends, which was not only read by millions of people, but also changed the way companies approach data as a media relations strategy. His research and findings have been featured repeatedly in The New York Times, Harper’s, and The Atlantic.

Rudder holds a BA in mathematics from Harvard University. He began his career as the creative director for SparkNotes, a sort of 21st century Cliff’s Notes for the Internet, which was sold to Barnes & Noble in 2001. In his hugely anticipated new book, Dataclysm, he uses data derived from online channels to study human behavior. 



Jostens President and CEO Chuck Mooty 
Recreating Relevancy to Grow a Declining BusinessChuck Mooty

Charles “Chuck” Mooty is responsible for providing strategic leadership to establish Jostens’ long-range goals, plans, and policies.

Mooty began his career in the finance and treasury departments at SuperValu. Subsequently, for more than 21 years, he served in a variety of leadership roles at International Dairy Queen including chairman, CEO, and president. He has also served as chairman and CEO of the Faribault Woolen Mill Company and chairman and interim CEO for Fairview Health Services.

Mooty has more than 30 years of business and civic leadership experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Mooty serves on the Board of Directors for Jostens, Visant Corporation, Fairview Health Services, and the Faribault Woolen Mill Company.  



Allina Health President and CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler 
Leadership: What’s Love Got to Do With It

Dr. Penny Wheeler

Dr. Penny Wheeler is president and chief clinical officer (CCO) of Allina Health, one of the nation’s leading health systems, made up of 12 hospitals, 90 clinics, more than 24,000 employees, and several related health care service companies including home health, hospice, transportation, medical equipment, and retail pharmacy.

She leads the organization's quality and value agenda through alignment of clinical and operational leadership to optimally benefit those served by Allina Health. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler has treated patients at Women's Health Consultants in Minneapolis. Previously, she was president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's medical staff, chair of the Allina Quality Committee, and served on the Allina Board of Directors before assuming her role as chief clinical officer in 2007.

Dr. Wheeler holds a BA and an MD from the University of Minnesota. She serves on the board of Minnesota Community Measurement, a regional health quality collaborative, and on the national board of VHA, an organization dedicated to providing expert support to not-for-profit health care organizations. She was also named the Minnesota Health Care Executive of the year in 2012.



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 presententaion, 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 a 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. 


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

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