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.



  • MayKao Hang
  • June 5, 2018

    Dr. MayKao Hang
    President and CEO
    Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

    Dr. 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.

    Registration is now closed. Walk-up registration will be available, cash or check only.



  • Shelly Ibach
  • August 7, 2018

    Shelly Ibach
    President and CEO
    Sleep Number

    Shelly Ibach leads Sleep Number Corporation, an innovative company that delivers quality sleep through adjustable comfort and biometric sleep technology. Since rising to CEO in 2012, Ibach has strived to position Sleep Number at the intersection of sleep, health, and technology trends. The company employs more than 4,000 people and recorded net sales of $1.3 billion in 2016.

    After joining the company in April 2007, Ibach served across a wide breadth of executive leadership roles in consumer strategy, sales, marketing, and product development, including as the company’s chief operating officer in 2011. Prior to Sleep Number, she spent more than 20 years in leadership positions at Target and Macy’s. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


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