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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.

February 2, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Joe Nayquonabe

CEO, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs, Executive Committee Member
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures


Joe Nayquonabe

Joe Nayquonabe


Joseph Nayquonabe, Jr. has spent his career reimagining and reinventing how American Indian tribal economies grow and prosper. He serves as the chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. He is responsible for analyzing new business opportunities and overseeing the Band’s existing businesses.

March 2, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Corie Barry

Best Buy Co. Inc.

Corie Barry

Corie Barry


Corie Barry is CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 125,000 employees in North America and nearly $44 billion in annual revenue. She also serves on the company’s board of directors.

Prior to becoming CEO in June 2019, Corie served in several other executive positions, playing a critical role in developing and executing the company’s Building the New Blue growth strategy and related transformation. Most recently, she was the company’s chief financial and strategic transformation officer, overseeing strategic transformation and growth, digital and technology, global finance, investor relations, enterprise risk and compliance, integration management, and Best Buy Health.

Corie joined Best Buy in 1999 and has held a variety of financial and operational roles across the organization, both in the field and at the corporate office. She became CFO in 2016 and, prior to that, served as chief strategic growth officer. She has also served as senior vice president of domestic finance and interim president of Best Buy’s services organization.

Before joining Best Buy, Corie started her career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche.

A Minnesota native, Corie holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management from the College of St. Benedict, where she now serves on the board of trustees. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for Domino’s Pizza.

2021 Speakers

                                                                February 2021, Joe Nayquonabe - CEO, Mille Lacs Ventures

                                                                March 2021, Corie Barry - CEO, Best Buy

                                                                April 2021, Michael Osterholm - Epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, U of M

                                                                May 2021, Hubert Joly - Former CEO Best Buy

                                                                June 2021Terry Rasmussen - President and CEO, Thrivent

                                                                July 2021, No 1st Tuesday this month

                                                                August 2021, TBD

                                                                September 2021Lindsay Whalen - Head Coach, University of Minnesota Women's Basketball

                                                                October 2021Jay Debertin - President and CEO, CHS

                                                                November 2021, TBD

                                                                December 2021, TBD





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

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.


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