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.


  • Deb Taylor
  • April 3, 2018

    Deb Taylor
    Taylor Corporation

    Deb Taylor heads one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S., one that has evolved from a small printing company to a family of successful communications, marketing, and interactive solutions providers. Under her leadership, the organization has made its largest acquisitions in its history, doubling in size. Since becoming CEO in 2015, she has also spearheaded a refreshed brand strategy, expanded technology offerings, and deepened Taylor’s presence in the marketplace. Leveraging the diverse capabilities of its more than 80 companies across the globe, Taylor serves nearly 60 percent of the Fortune 500 companies and thousands of small to mid-size companies worldwide. Taylor joined the company’s leadership team in 2011. She began her business career at Liberty Mutual.

  • President Eric Kaler
  • May 1, 2018

    Eric Kaler
    University of Minnesota

    Eric Kaler took office as the University’s 16th president in 2011. Since then, he has focused on core priorities: academic excellence, access for qualified students, stewardship of tuition and public dollars, diversity and a welcoming and respectful campus climate, a world-class research enterprise that aligns with the needs of the state of Minnesota and its industries, and a deep commitment to public engagement and outreach, locally and globally. In 2014 and 2015, he led a strategic planning process with the Twin Cities campus that called for a rejection of complacency, a deep culture change, and curriculum and research approaches to the state’s, nation’s, and world’s “grand challenges.” That plan is now being implemented. Kaler, who received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University in 1982, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. He is also chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors.

  • MayKao Hang
  • June 5, 2018

    MayKao Hang
    President and CEO
    Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

    MayKao Hang leads a century-old nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives in St. Paul and beyond through direct services, research, and community-building. Hang, who took charge of the foundation in 2010, has extensive experience in the public and nonprofit sectors serving low income and disadvantaged populations. She previously worked as director of adult services with Ramsey County Human Services and as resident services director with the St. Paul Public Housing Agency. She is committed to courageous action to promote and create an equitable society where everyone can prosper. Hang is also a trustee with the St. Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations, National Advisory Board chair for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program, a board member of the Minnesota Historical Society, and a founding member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders in Minnesota.

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