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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

Joan T.A. Gabel

President Joan T.A. Gabel

President of University of Minnesota - University of Minnesota

February 4, 2020

Joan T.A. Gabel, the 17th president of the University of Minnesota, leads the University with a mission of honoring its legacy as a place of discovery and opportunity emphasizing in solutions inspired by Minnesotans that serve our state and change the world.

Gabel previous served as executive vice president and provost at the University of South Carolina, where she strengthened the scholarly enterprise and launched dynamic programs, increasing enrollment and revenue streams. She expanded the university’s global footprint, experiential learning, entrepreneurialism, service learning, and worked to support faculty. She also expanded campus diversity efforts as well as inclusive programs and forums to improve the campus climate.

This event is sold out.

Upcoming Speakers 2020

Mike Roman

Mike Roman

Chairman of the Board and CEO - 3m

March 3, 2020

Mike Roman is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of 3M. He leads over 90,000 employees, who not only solve problems, but improve lives in nearly all countries through four business groups: Safety & Industrial, Transportation & Electronics, Health Care, and Consumer. 

Under Mike's leadership, 3M has been recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the Best Employers for Innovators. 

In previous roles, Mike served as chief executive officer, and chief operating officer leading 3M’s largest business group.  

Mike holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees.

Diana L. Nelson

Diana L. Nelson

Former Board Chair - Carlson Companies

March 3, 2020

Diana L. Nelson is former Board Chair of Carlson.  She is the third person to have served in this capacity in the company’s 80‐year history.

Diana has extensive board governance and leadership experience through her work with multiple for‐profit and not‐for‐profit organizations. In addition to her role on the Carlson board, she serves on the board of governors of Carlson Holdings, Inc., and the board of directors for the Carlson Family Foundation.

Raised in Minnesota, Nelson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. In addition to her degree from Harvard, Nelson holds an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 



Teresa J. Rasmussen

President and CEO - Thrivent

April 7, 2020

Teresa (Terry) Rasmussen has overall leadership responsibility for Thrivent, guiding the organization on its mission to help members be wise with money and live generously. She is a member of the Thrivent Board of Directors and serves on the Governance and Executive committees. 

Prior to her current role, she was president of Thrivent’s fraternal business after serving 10 years as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. After passing the CPA exam, Teresa earned her Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota.

Please note: For this event only, 1st Tuesday will be held in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium. 



Chuck Kummeth

President and CEO - Bio-Techne Corp.

May 5, 2020

Charles Kummeth is President and Chief Executive Officer of Techne Corporation. In previous roles, he has served as President of Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography along with the company's Laboratory Consumables Division at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and served in various roles during his 24 year career at 3M Corporation.

Mr. Kummeth received a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. 

Remaining 1st Tuesday 2020 Lineup:

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

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: TBA


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.