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

Upcoming Speakers 2020


The April and May 1st Tuesday events have been canceled. The speakers will be rescheduled for a later date.


Teresa J. Rasmussen

President and CEO - Thrivent

April 7, 2020

This event has been canceled and the speaker will be rescheduled. 


Teresa (Terry) Rasmussen is president and CEO of Thrivent, a diversified financial services organization that helps people achieve financial clarity, enabling lives of meaning and gratitude. She is a member of Thrivent’s Board of Directors and serves on its Governance and Executive committees.

Terry leads the organization at a time of significant change in the financial services industry.  Under Terry’s leadership, Thrivent is transforming into a more customer-centric organization equipped to meet the needs of current and future generations.

Before her current role, Terry was president of Thrivent’s core life, health and annuities business after serving 10 years as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Terry is a member of the American Council of Life Insurers Board of Directors and serves on its Steering Committee on Consumer Issues. She is also on the board of the Walker Art Center.

She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Minnesota State University at Moorhead. After passing the CPA exam, Terry earned her juris doctor degree from the University of North Dakota.

A Fortune 500 organization, Thrivent had $152 billion in assets under management and advisement as of Dec. 31, 2019. Thrivent was recently named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute for the ninth year in a row.



Chuck Kummeth

President and CEO - Bio-Techne Corp.

May 5, 2020

This event has been canceled and the speaker will be rescheduled. 

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: Jim Owens, President and CEO, H.B. Fuller 





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.