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 for attendees outside of  the Twin Cities region, 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.

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Headshot of Tod Carpenter, Chairman, President & CEO, Donaldson Company

October 3

Tod Carpenter, Chairman, President, and CEO, Donaldson Company

Tod Carpenter is Chairman, President and CEO of Donaldson Company. Since joining the company in 1996 as Director of Operations in the Gas Turbine Systems business, he has held several operations, sales and management positions in the United States and Europe, including the role of COO before being chosen President and CEO in 2015. He was appointed to the Donaldson Board of Directors in 2014 and was named Chairman of the Board three years later. 

Prior to Donaldson, Tod spent 13 years at Hughes Aircraft Company and was a consultant at York & Associates. He serves on the AMETEK Inc. Board of Directors, the Minnesota Business Partnership Board of Directors and the Board of Advisors of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He has a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing technology from Indiana State University and an MBA from Long Beach State University. Tod also completed the Minnesota Executive Program through the Carlson School of Executive Education at the University of Minnesota.

Headshot of Chris Hilger, Chairman, President and CEO, Securian Financial

November 7

Chris Hilger, Chairman, President, and CEO, Securian Financial

As Securian Financial’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, Chris oversees strategy and management of the company’s insurance, investment and retirement business lines. Chris’ collaborative leadership style and broad management experience have contributed to Securian Financial’s consistently strong financial results. Securian Financial is the ninth largest insurance company based on total life insurance business in force.

Jamie Prenkert

December 5

Jamie Prenkert, Dean, Carlson School of Management

Prenkert comes to the University of Minnesota from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he has experience in academic administrative leadership from the department to the campus level. He is currently the Charles M. Hewitt Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the Kelley School of Business, overseeing the research mission of the Kelley School and serving as the chief administrator for approximately 380 Bloomington-based faculty members in nearly 30 distinct degree programs. Prior to this appointment, he served as Associate Dean of Academics (2019–21); Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (2016–19); and Chair of the Kelley School’s Department of Business Law and Ethics (2014–16 and 2019–20).

1st Tuesday At A Glance

Hosted At

McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Virtually over Zoom 


Single Event Pricing

Individual - $25 (includes parking)
Table of Eight - $180

Season Pass Pricing

Individual - $100 ($25 discount)
Table of Eight - $750 ($150 discount)

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

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. 

President Joan T.A. Gabel speaks at 1st Tuesday.
Hany Nada speaks at 1st Tuesday.
Audience at 1st Tuesday event.
PJ Fleck speaks at 1st Tuesday.
Overhead view of table at 1st Tuesday.
President Joan T.A. Gabel speaks at 1st Tuesday.
Hany Nada speaks at 1st Tuesday.
Audience at 1st Tuesday event.
PJ Fleck speaks at 1st Tuesday.
Overhead view of table at 1st Tuesday.

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