First 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.


Freeman H. Shen, Chairman of Volvo Car Group China and Board Member and Group Vice President, Geely Holding Group

Freeman Shen

Freeman H. Shen has served as corporate vice president at Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2009, and has been head of China operations at Volvo Car Corp. since 2011. In 2009, he led the acquisition of Volvo, a move that positioned Zhejiang Geely Holding Group as a major player in the global automotive industry. Previously, he was the senior vice president of China operations at Volvo Car UK Limited, CEO of Fiat Powertrain Technologies China, VP of Fiat Group China, and president of automotive supplier Borgwarner China.

As an active and well-known member of the industry, Shen speaks often at conferences, forums, and schools. He has received an array of global honors, including the Zhejiang Province Camellia Award for contributions to social and economic development in Ningbo, China.

Shen holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from South China University of Technology, a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.



November First Tuesday

Featuring Land O' Lakes President & CEO Chris Policinski


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 (logo)

Promotional sponsor:

Twin Cities Business (logo)

Supporting partner:

McNamara Alumni Center,
Univeristy of Minnesota (logo)