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

October 4, 2022

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. CT


Michelle Miller Burns

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Orchestra


In-Person Registration       Virtual Registration          

All participants must register in advance.


At McNamara Alumni Center

11:30 a.m. Networking and Registration

                                              12:00 p.m. Program begins                                                                         



Michelle Miller Burns

Michelle Miller Burns

President, and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra

Michelle Miller Burns joined the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra as President and CEO in September 2018. Under her leadership, the Orchestra launched a multi-year revenue  growth plan to increase both contributed and earned revenue for the organization; unveiled a new  leadership model for its long-running summer festival; and pivoted quickly in the pandemic to  launch This Is Minnesota Orchestra, a multi-channel series bringing the Orchestra to audiences  on TV, digital livestream and radio across Minnesota—and around the world. 

Prior to her Minnesota post, Burns most recently held multiple positions during her tenure with  the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, including Interim President and CEO; Executive Vice President  for Institutional Advancement and Chief Operating Officer; and Vice President of Development.  Under her leadership, the Dallas Symphony ratified a new three-year contract with its musicians,  achieved its contributed revenue goal of $24 million, and completed its 2016-17 season with a  balanced budget.  

Burns began her orchestral career in the administration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  where she held a number of positions over 15 years, including Director of Planned Giving. In  2006 she was named Vice President for Development at the Newberry Library, an independent  research library for the humanities in Chicago, where she spearheaded a turnaround of the  Library’s fundraising program, including leading a $25 million campaign. 

Born in Iowa, Michelle Miller Burns began violin lessons at age four, later performing as a  member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. She earned a B.M. in Arts Administration  from Northwestern University, where she studied violin performance with two members of the  Chicago Symphony, and subsequently completed the Chicago Management Institute program at  the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as a Management Fellowship with  the League of American Orchestras. 

Burns serves on the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Advisory Board and The  Solti Foundation U.S. Board. She is a past president of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving  and the Junior League of Chicago. In 2021 she was named to the “Minnesota 500,” a list of the  most powerful business leaders in Minnesota created by Greenspring Media. 



2022 Speaker Series

Fall 2022 speakers line-up:

November- James White, Anti-Racist Leadership author, former CEO of Jamba Juice, now chair of Honest Co.

December- Sri Zaheer, Dean of the Carlson School of Management

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