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.


Land O' Lakes President & CEO Chris Policinski 
A Discussion on Food Security

Chris Policinski is president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., the second largest cooperative in the nation which does business in the United States and more than 50 countries, and has sales of more than $14 billion.

Policinski has 34 years of experience in the food industry. He joined Land O’Lakes in 1997 and was appointed president and CEO in 2005. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, Chris held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squib, and The Pillsbury Company.

Policinski served on the board of directors of several industry associations including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He is also a trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation, member of the Carlson School of Management Board of Overseers, and a member of the boards of Xcel Energy and Hormel Foods.

Chris earned his MBA degree from New York University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.



Myles Shaver

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Professor Myles Shaver
Insights into why the Twin Cities is a Headquarters Economy

Myles Shaver is the Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles at the Carlson School. He is a leading expert in corporate headquarters strategies, international expansions, mergers and acquisitions, and investment location choice. His research on firm strategies to profitably grow is published in leading scholarly journals and he is invited to present his research at conferences and universities around the world.

Shaver has received numerous teaching awards for his classes on Corporate Strategy and Corporate Responsibility. Myles’ longstanding commitment to, and expertise in, imparting strategic management knowledge was recognized when he received the Academy of Management Business Policy and Strategy Division’s Irwin Outstanding Educator Award for Contributions to MBA and executive education. He also won the Ross of School of Business (University of Michigan) Distinguished PhD Alumni Award, and a place among Poets & Quants' “World’s 50 Best Business School Professors.”

Shaver holds a BComm degree from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in international business from the University of Michigan.


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
  • 10 seats for $288

To register your company for one or more 1st Tuesday events please email Sarah Oehler, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, at

Register for 1st Tuesday

1st Tuesday is hosted at the McNamara Alumni Center.


$32 (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