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.

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Next Event

June 6, 2023


In person Event: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT



Virtual Event: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT



Lili Hall

Lili Hall

President and CEO - KNOCK, Inc.

Lili Hall is Founder, CEO and President of KNOCK, inc., a Minneapolis-based independent creative agency leading strategic brand development and design thinking on a national and international scale. She founded KNOCK in 2001 with a commitment to impeccable client service and a nimble response to new entrepreneurial opportunities. Lili’s teams design powerful experiences that matter — connecting customers to brands in all categories and disciplines. Additionally, she owns two sister companies: TREAT AND COMPANY, a strategic design studio; and NEIGHBOR, a video and animation company.

Born in Chicago to a Brazilian mother and an Irish-American father, Lili lived as a young girl in Recife, Brazil, before moving to Minneapolis to attend high school. Fluent in English and Portuguese, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and from McGill University with a Master of Management. Lili worked in sales and marketing on both corporate and agency sides before starting her own venture. Along the way, she married an Italian special education teacher and is a proud mother to two daughters. In her nearly 20 years in business, Lili has always supported Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives, investing heavily in talent, partnerships and sponsorships that support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). An entrepreneur at heart, she lives passionately for connecting people and opportunities, is mentor to countless young adults, and sits on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Global Thinkers Forum, C200, and the Walker Art Center.

Named one of EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women, and Most Admired CEO by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Lili measures success not only in the culture, growth and profitability of her company, but in the impact it makes on communities — both at home and around the world.



Upcoming Speakers


Please check back soon for our Fall 2023 season speakers announcement!


1st Tuesday At A Glance

Hosted At

McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Virtually over Zoom 


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

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.

Contact Alumni Relations