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.

1st Tuesday Fall Season Pass

Join us for another excellent 1st Tuesday speaker series this fall!  We have a number of tremendous business leaders lined up, including Sleep Number President and CEO, Shelly Ibach, Best Buy Chairman and CEO, Hubert Joly, and more speakers to be announced. For a limited time, you can reserve your spot to see five in-demand speakers, all for the price of four. 

Purchase Fall Season Pass


  • Myles Shaver
  • September 4, 2018

    Myles Shaver
    Professor, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
    Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles
    Carlson School of Management
    University of Minnesota

    Myles Shaver is a professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, where he holds the Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles.

    Shaver’s research interests focus on corporate strategy choices and their impact on performance. In particular, his research centers on the management and economics of international expansion as well as corporate expansion through diversification and mergers and acquisitions. His upcoming book, Headquarters Economy: Managers, Mobility, and Migration, dives into how metropolitan areas with a high concentration of corporate headquarters, such as the Twin Cities, attract and retain talent.

    Shaver is recipient of the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award—the most prestigious international teaching award in Strategic Management and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Distinguished PhD Alumni Award. A recent study identified him as one of the most prolific management scholars in the world and Poets and Quants profiles Shaver in their compilation of the “World’s 50 Best Business School Professors.”


  • Hubert Joly
  • November 6, 2018

    Hubert Joly
    Chairman and CEO
    Best Buy

    Hubert Joly is chairman and CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., a leading provider of consumer technology products and services with approximately 125,000 employees in North America and approximately $40 billion in annual revenue. Joly joined Best Buy in 2012 and led the company through its Renew Blue transformation, a customer-focused strategy centering on cost reduction, investing in the online shopping experience, and reinvigorating the customer experience in the stores.

    Prior to joining Best Buy, Joly was CEO of Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company. Before that, he led Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Vivendi Universal Games, and Electronic Data Systems’ business in France.

    He serves on the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Minnesota Orchestra. In August 2017, Joly was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction.

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