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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.


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 and Networking
11:50 a.m.   Lunch
1:00 p.m.   Program concludes

Upcoming Speakers

Beth Ford

Beth Ford

President and Chief Executive Officer - Land O'Lakes

October 1, 2019

Beth Ford serves as President and CEO of Land O' Lakes Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agribusiness company that is also a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative. Beth's 33-year career spans six industries at seven companies. Since joining Land O'Lakes in 2011, she has held a variety of roles leading the farmer-to-fork business offerings. Today, she is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree in business from Columbia University Business School. She also sits on the Board of Directors for PACCCAR, Inc., and numerous other industry, non-profit and university boards.

Beth has recently been recognized by Fortune as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women, was named to Fast Company's Most Productive People and Best Leaders list, and was named one of Time magazine's "Firsts," among other honors.

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Mark Henneman

Mark Henneman

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - Mairs & Power, Inc.

November 5, 2019

Mark Henneman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mairs & Power, Inc., Minnesota's oldest investment firm under private ownership and management. The firm manages more than $9.5 billion in separately managed accounts and three mutual funds - the Mairs & Power Growth Fund, Balanced Fund, and Small Cap Fund. The cornerstone of Mairs & Power's legacy has been a proven regional strategy. For decades, the firm has focused its investments on companies with headquarters in Minnesota. Mr. Henneman is Co-manager of the Mairs & Power Growth Fund. He and Bill Frels were named the 2012 Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year - Domestic Equities.

Mr. Henneman began his investment career as an equity analyst with The St. Paul Companies. Prior to joining Mairs & Power, he was Managing Director and Process Leader of Mid- and Large-Cap Value Investments at U.S. Bancorp Asset Management.

In addition to his responsibilities at Mairs & Power, Mr. Henneman is involved in the local community. He is board member and chair of the investment committee for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. He was a board member and President of the Union Gospel Mission- Twin Cities. Mr. Henneman earned a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and received a MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Mr. Henneman is a CFA charterholder.

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Terry Rasmussen

Terry Rasmussen

President and Chief Executive Officer - Thrivent

December 3, 2019

Teresa (Terry) Rasmussen has overall leadership responsibility for Thrivent and its many businesses, guiding the organization on its mission to help members be wise with money and live generously. She is also a member of the Thrivent Board of Directors. Prior to her role as president and CEO, she was president of Thrivent's fraternal business after serving 10 years as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Before joining Thrivent in 2005, Rasmussen served in progressively responsible legal positions with American Express and Ameriprise Financial. She began her legal career in 1984 as part of the U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program, where she was a trial attorney in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Rasmussen serves on the boards of the Walker Art Center and InFaith Community Foundation. She is past chair of the American Fraternal Alliance and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. She is also past vice chair of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation of the Americas.

She received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Minnesota State University Moorhead. After passing the CPA exam, Rasmussen earned her Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota. She and her husband, Jon Trangsrud, live in Orono, Minnesota, and have two adult children.

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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.