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.

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For a limited time, you can reserve your spot to see five in-demand speakers, all for the price of four. ​

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  • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck
  • AUGUST 1

    University of Minnesota Football Coach P.J. Fleck

    P.J. Fleck enters his first season as the University of Minnesota’s football coach this fall. At 36, he is considered one of the youngest and brightest coaching minds in college football after taking a previously dormant Western Michigan program to unprecedented heights.

    Before being named the 30th head football coach in U of M history in January, Fleck engineered a staggering four-year turnaround at Western Michigan. The Broncos went 1-11 in his first year in 2013; last season, they went 13-1, winning the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title and earning a berth in the Cotton Bowl. Fleck was named MAC Coach of the Year for the second time, FBS Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association, and was a finalist for two national coach of the year awards.

    Off the field, Western Michigan had a program-record seven student-athletes named to the 2016 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete team.

    Fleck’s coaching career includes stints with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rutgers, Northern Illinois, and Ohio State. He played receiver at Northern Illinois, where he was a first-team All-MAC selection and finished in the top five in school history in career receptions and receiving yards. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2004 before playing in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons.

    Please note, we are no longer selling tables for this event, only individual tickets.

    This event is sold out. There will NOT be walk-up registration available.

  • Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President and CEO Neel Kashkari

    Neel Kashkari has served as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since Jan. 1, 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Ninth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington, D.C. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all operations of the bank.

    Kashkari has held several senior positions in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including overseeing the Troubled Assets Relief Program during the financial crisis as assistant secretary of the Treasury. He received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the department’s highest honor for distinguished service.

    Kashkari began his career as an aerospace engineer at TRW in Redondo Beach, California, where he developed technology for NASA space science missions. Following graduate school, he joined Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, where he helped technology companies raise capital and pursue strategic transactions. He has also worked for Pacific Investment Management Company.

    Kashkari holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Hany Nada

    GGV Capital Co-founder and Venture Partner Hany Nada

    Hany Nada is co-founder of GGV Capital and has worked as a long-term partner with more than 150 entrepreneurs to build companies that can succeed in today’s global marketplace.

    Nada made his first investment in China in 2001 and has led the firm’s successful investments in Heptagon, Tudou, athenahealth, Endeca, Glu Mobile, Kintana, Turbine, and Xfire. As a venture partner, he serves on the boards of Draft Kings, PlayHaven, Glu Mobile, and Wild Tangent, and as a board observer for SoundCloud and Houzz, investments he led.

    Nada spent the first 10 years of his career on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst at Piper Jaffray, focusing on internet software and infrastructure. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in political science.

  • Hertz Global Holdings Inc. CEO Kathryn V. Marinello

    Hertz Global Holdings Inc. CEO Kathryn V. Marinello

    Kathryn V. Marinello is chief executive officer of Hertz Global Holdings Inc. and a member of the company’s board of directors.

    Before taking over at Hertz in January 2017, Marinello had served as a senior advisor of Ares Management LLC since 2014. Previously, she was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Stream Global Services Inc. from 2010 to 2014.

    Her background includes experience in banking, business service, and technology, including stints as chairman and chief executive officer of Ceridian Corporation and a wide variety of senior roles in 10 years at General Electric leading global, multibillion dollar financial and services businesses. She has also served in senior leadership positions at U.S. Bank, Chemical Bank, Citibank, and Barclays.

    Marinello has been a member of the board of directors of AB Volvo since 2014. She previously served as a director of General Motors, Nielsen Holdings PLC, and RealPage Inc. She is also a member of the Carlson School Board of Overseers.

  • Shelly Ibach

    Select Comfort President and CEO Shelly Ibach

    Shelly Ibach is president and chief executive officer of Select Comfort. It offers high-quality, innovative sleep products and services. Select Comfort employs more than 3,600 people and recorded net sales of $1.21 billion last year.

    Select Comfort's proprietary SleepIQ technology monitors each individual's sleep metrics and provides a daily SleepIQ score, giving consumers the knowledge to adjust for their best sleep. With exclusive distribution at more than 500 Sleep Number stores and, the company provides consumers with an unique retail experience focused on addressing individualized sleep needs.

    Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO in 2012, Ibach was the company's chief operating officer. Before joining Select Comfort, she spent more than 20 years in leadership positions at Target and Macy's. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

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 Martha Victor at