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.


Season Passes Now Available

Discover new insights and connect with fellow business leaders, all season long. For a limited time, you can reserve your spot at five in-demand 1st Tuesday events, all for the price of four. Your season pass guarantees you access to the February, March, April, May, and June events.

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  • Kathleen Vohs
  • February 7

    Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O'Lakes Chair in Marketing Kathleen Vohs

    "The Costs of Decision Fatigue for Leadership, Wisdom and Control"

    Kathleen Vohs is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O'Lakes Chair in Marketing at University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Vohs has authored 200 scholarly publications and edited 9 books. She has written invited articles for Science, New York Times, and Scientific American, and was awarded Humboldt Foundation’s Anneliese Maier Prize. In 2016, Thomson Reuters name her a Highly Cited Researcher for being in the top 1% of scholars worldwide in citations.

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  • Kevin Smith
  • March 7

    Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith

    Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith has more than 30 years of institutional, artistic, and community leadership experience. He has served as president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2014. The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs and commitment to building the repertoire of the future.

    Previously, he served as president and CEO of Minnesota Opera. Under his leadership, the company expanded its season from three to five productions, doubled its attendance, grew its annual budget from $1.5 million to $9 million, and grew its assets to $28.8 million.

    Smith’s other accomplishments include the 1991 creation of the Minnesota Opera Center in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. He was instrumental in establishing the Arts Partnership. Throughout his career, Smith has been active in statewide arts advocacy, serving on the board of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and as a member of Vote Yes Minnesota. In 2012, he received the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Sally Award for Commitment, which recognizes lifetime achievement, contribution and leadership in Minnesota arts and culture.  

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  • Coyle Mark
  • 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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  • Brian Cornell
  • 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 Target.com, 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.

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  • Shelly Ibach
  • JUNE 6

    Select Comfort President and CEO Shelly Ibach

    Shelly Ibach is president and chief executive officer of Select Comfort. It offers high-quality, innovative sleep products and services. Select Comfort employs more than 3,600 people and recorded net sales of $1.21 billion last year.

    Select Comfort's proprietary SleepIQ technology monitors each individual's sleep metrics and provides a daily SleepIQ score, giving consumers the knowledge to adjust for their best sleep. With exclusive distribution at more than 500 Sleep Number stores and sleepnumber.com, the company provides consumers with an unique retail experience focused on addressing individualized sleep needs.

    Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO in 2012, Ibach was the company's chief operating officer. Before joining Select Comfort, she spent more than 20 years in leadership positions at Target and Macy's. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

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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 mvictor@umn.edu.