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.


HealthPartners President and CEO Mary K. Brainerd
Straight talk: What’s to come, what’s needed in health care

Mary Brainerd

Mary Brainerd is president and chief executive officer for Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit healthcare organization in the nation. Under her leadership and direction, HealthPartners has experienced record growth and is often recognized as a national leader in the healthcare industry.

In her role, Brainerd leads more than 22,500 employees in the HealthPartners integrated system, which includes a care delivery system with more than 1,700 physicians, seven hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 22 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a large dental practice, 1.5 million members in top-rated medical and dental health plans, and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.

Brainerd has been with HealthPartners since 1992. Since that time, the organization has received numerous accolades for outstanding patient care, health plan service and its charitable community work. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota. 



WE Communications Agency Partner and Co-Founder Pam Edstrom

Pam Edstrom

Pam Edstrom is agency partner and co-founder of one of the largest independent strategic communications agencies in the world. In her role at WE Communications, she oversees the Insights and Analytics team and leads the evolution of WE Infinity—a proprietary data mining platform that helps clients evaluate the impact of their communications campaigns. Edstrom brings her technology and PR expertise to advise clients such as Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), MasterCard, Dell, Boeing, Intimate Brands (IBI), and Microsoft.

Edstrom's ingenuity and future-focused vision have garnered numerous industry accolades. In 2008, she was named Woman Executive of the Year by the Portland Business Journal, and she has also been recognized as one of PRWeek’s 50 Most Powerful Women in PR and one of its 100 Most Influential PR People of the 20th Century.

She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, and a master's degree from Portland State University. Edstrom serves on the board of directors of the LAGRANT Foundation, a non-profit that provides scholarships, mentorships, professional development and support for ethnic minorities pursuing advertising, marketing and public relations careers.


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 up front
  • 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 mflaten@umn.edu.

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

Parking & Directions


1st Tuesday is presented by:

Wells Fargo

Promotional sponsor:

Twin Cities Business logo

Supporting partner:

McNamara Alumni Center logo