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, with a virtual participation option starting in the Fall 2021 season, 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


Virtually over Zoom 


Individual - $35
Table (Eight tickets) - $280

Virtual participation is free 


11:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

11:50 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Virtual Program begins

1:00 p.m.   Program concludes

June 7, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

Marcia Page

Founder & Co-Chair, Varde Partners and Founder & CEO, MPowered Capital

In-Person Registration        Virtual Registration

All participants must register in advance.


At McNamara Alumni Center                                    Virtual Event

                                   11:30 a.m. Networking and Registration                 12:00 p.m. CT Virtual Program begins                     

12:00 p.m. Program begins                                                                         



Marcia Page

Founder & Co-Chair, Varde Partners and Founder & CEO, MPowered Capital

Marcia founded MPowered Capital and serves as CEO. She believes the time is now to commit resources to women and other underrepresented investing talent in a more structured and disciplined way.
Marcia is one of a handful of women founders of a global alternative investment firm (Värde Partners) with a successful 28-year track record and a history of investing in market dislocation.
As Co-Founder of Värde Partners, Marcia oversaw the $14 billion global alternative investment firm’s growth ranging from raising and investing capital in dislocated opportunities, identifying talent and building investment teams across geographies, and portfolio company board representation. She served as Värde’s Co-CEO and Co-CIO until 2016 and currently serves as the firm’s Co-Executive Chair.
Prior to founding Värde, Marcia served as Vice President of EBF & Associates, an alternative investment firm where she managed Merced Partners, an investment partnership. Prior to EBF & Associates, she traded distressed and high-yield bonds and managed fixed-income portfolios at Cargill.
Marcia graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota with a B.A. in Economics, and received an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Marcia is active on external investment committees, evaluating investment talent and asset allocations, including serving as Chair of the Investment Committee of Gustavus Adolphus College. She is on the Board of Overseers of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and is a member of The Committee of 200.


2022 Speaker Series

Fall 2022 speakers line-up coming soon!

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

Eight reserved seats for your attendees 

For questions about 1st Tuesday events, please contact Amy Dostal Dauer at or (612)-626-9510. 

Contact Alumni Relations