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.

MARCH 1, 2016 

Phil Soran

Vidku Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Phil Soran

Phil Soran is a serial technology entrepreneur who founded three companies that have generated thousands of jobs. Most recently, he and his two partners launched Vidku: a sharing app start-up based on technology concepts developed at the University of Minnesota. 

In 2002, Soran founded Compellent Technologies in his basement, and cultivated it into one of the fastest growing storage companies in the world. Dell acquired Compellent for $960 Million in February of 2011. Previously, he served as chief executive officer and president of XIOtech Corp, a network storage vendor that he co-founded in the same basement in 1995. Seagate purchased XIOtech for $360M.

The Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal recently selected Soran as their inaugural Lifetime Achievement inductee to the Titans of Technology Hall of Fame. He was also recognized as the 2008 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and 2007 El Dorado Ventures Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Since retirement, Phil has focused much of his time on philanthropic efforts such as education. He is a Trustee on the University of Minnesota Foundation. He holds a BA from the University of Northern Colorado. 


APRIL 5, 2016

Mosaic Senior Advisor, Retired President and CEO Jim Prokopanko 

Mosaic Jim Prokopanko

James “Jim” Prokopanko served as president and CEO of The Mosaic Company for eight years before retiring on August 4, 2015. He remains connected to the firm as senior adviser through January, 2016.

The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Under Prokopanko’s leadership, the organization addressed critical global food security challenges by optimizing the world’s food supply chain.

A 35-year veteran of the agriculture industry, Prokopanko was previously corporate vice president of Cargill, Inc., where he led retail agriculture businesses in North America, Brazil, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

He serves on the Board of Directors for Mosaic, Vulcan Materials Company, and Xcel Energy. Prokopanko is a member of the Minnesota Public Radio Board of Trustees and a director on the Board of Overseers at the Carlson School of Management. He holds bachelor of science and commerce degrees from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.


MAY 3, 2016

Cargill Chairman and CEO David W. MacLennan 

Cargill Chairman and CEO David MacLennan

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David W. MacLennan joined Cargill in 1991, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008. He previously served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Cargill. MacLennan held management positions within the financial, risk management, energy, and animal protein platforms.

Prior to joining Cargill, he worked in the futures and securities trading sector in Chicago and for U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis.

MacLennan serves on the boards of the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Greater Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. He has served on several corporate and non-profit boards that expand access to education for  under-privileged youth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.


JUNE 7, 2016

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

CH Robinson CEO John Wiehoff

John Wiehoff has been CEO of C.H. Robinson since 2002 and became chairman of the board in 2007. He oversees C.H. Robinson’s global operations: a network of more than 280 offices and 13,000 employees in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

During his time as CEO, Wiehoff directed the largest expansion in company history, nearly doubling the number of C.H. Robinson offices worldwide. Under his leadership, the company completed 19 acquisitions, and opened its first offices in Asia; tripling its employee, customer, and carrier base. Previously, he served as vice president and chief financial officer, treasurer, and corporate controller.

Wiehoff sits on the boards of directors of Polaris Industries Inc., and Donaldson Company, Inc. He holds a BS degree from St. John’s University.


DECEMBER 6, 2016

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 Maggie Flaten, Events Manager for Institutional Advancement, at mflaten@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

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Mary Brainerd
President & CEO
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Ken Bouyer
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Dimitrios Smyrnios
Schwan Food Company
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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
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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
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Jim Owens
President & CEO
H.B. Fuller
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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
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Srini Seshardi
Smiths Medical
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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
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Sri Zaheer
Carlson School of Management
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