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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.


August 4, 2020

Virtual 1st Tuesday event 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Featuring: Craig Samitt from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

While we can not gather for a traditional 1st Tuesday lunch in August, we will be hosting a complimentary virtual 1st Tuesday event.


Registration coming soon!


Please note, you must register in advance to receive your complimentary log-in information.

Craig Samitt

Craig Samitt

President and CEO - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

As president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota,
Dr. Craig E. Samitt oversees the state’s first and largest health plan.


An internal medicine physician by training, Dr. Samitt has worked across multiple health care
sectors. His senior leadership experience includes serving as executive vice president at Anthem,
Inc.; partner and global provider practice leader at Oliver Wyman; president and CEO of
HealthCare Partners; and president and CEO of Dean Health System Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin.


Dr. Samitt holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, a medical degree from Columbia
University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He completed a residency in
internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is a fellow of the American
College of Physicians.

Remaining 1st Tuesday 2020 Lineup:

Registration coming soon!

September 2020: Chris Koch, President and CEO, Carlisle Companies

October 2020: Jude Bricker, President and CEO, Sun Country

November 2020: Andy Cecere, Chairman, President and CEO, US Bank

December 2020: Craig Dahl, President and CEO, TCF Financial Corp.



Hosted At:

McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455


$35 (includes lunch and program)
$15 for U of M students
$40 at the door (if space allows)


11:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:50 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.   Program concludes

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 contact Jennifer Callahan at callahaj@umn.edu or 612-626-7442.


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