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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.


June 2, 2020

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

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




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

Jim Owens

Jim Owens

President and CEO - H.B. Fuller Company

Jim Owens was named president and CEO of H.B. Fuller Company in November 2010, where he is leading the company’s transformation and profitable growth in its targeted markets. He joined H.B. Fuller on Sept. 2, 2008, as senior vice president of the Americas region, directing all aspects of the company’s operations in its largest region.

Prior to H.B. Fuller, Owens spent 22 years with National Adhesives, a division of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries Limited), in a variety of management positions. These included corporate vice president and general manager of the North American adhesives business; division vice president and general manager, Europe; business director for the pressure sensitive and laminating adhesives business unit; marketing manager; and technical services manager. He also ran the North America adhesives business for Henkel after its acquisition of National Adhesives.

Owens is a board member of Donaldson Company, Inc., and serves on the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business Board of Overseers and its Executive Education Advisory Board. A former board member of the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), the industry’s premier trade association, Owens served from 2008 until 2010 as ASC chairman and from 2006 until 2008 as treasurer.

Owens holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a master’s in business administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Janice, have four children.


Remaining 1st Tuesday 2020 Lineup:

August 2020: Craig Samitt, MD, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

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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