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.


    General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell

    Leveraging ‘Big’ as a Force for Good

    Ken Powell is chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills, one of the world's largest food companies.

    After joining General Mills in 1979, Powell progressed through a variety of positions and spent more than one-third of his career overseas. He helped launch Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and later returned to become its chief executive officer. In 2006, Powell was elected president and chief operating officer of General Mills with overall global operating responsibility for the company. He was elected chief executive officer of General Mills in September 2007 and chairman in May 2008.

    Powell serves on the board of directors for General Mills, Medtronic, the Consumer Goods Forum, Greater MSP, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the supervisory board of Cereal Partners Worldwide. He is a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Business Roundtable.

    Powell holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford University.

    This event is sold out.


    CHS President and CEO Carl M. Casale

    Carl Casale is president and chief executive officer of CHS; a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s largest member-owned cooperative. Prior to joining CHS in 2011, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Monsanto Company.

    Casale currently serves as director on the boards of the Ventura Foods, LLC; Ecolab Inc., National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and the Minnesota Business Partnership. 

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Oregon State University and an executive Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. The Oregon State University College of Agriculture named Casale its 2009 alumni fellow. 



    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.


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 Sarah Oehler at