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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Spring 2024 Speakers

Laura Newinski

Laura Newinski on Tuesday, May 7th

Deputy Chair and Chief Operating Officer - KPMG LLP

As Deputy Chair and Chief Operating Officer of KPMG LLP., Laura Newinski chairs the U.S. Management Committee and is responsible for the development of the U.S. firm's strategy and the execution of its priorities. She is a member of the U.S. firm's Board of Directors and both KPMG's Global Board of Directors and Executive Committee. 


During Newinski's 35-year career, she has had extensive experience serving multinational Fortune 500 companies and leading various areas of the firm. Newinski is recognized for her insights on business strategy, operations, talent, culture and tax, as well as her unwavering commitment to quality and integrity and focus on building strong, diverse and inclusive teams. 


Newinski serves on the boards of Junior Achievement USA and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. She also is a member of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management's Board of Advisors. Laura is a frequent speaker on cultivating an inclusive culture and has championed inclusion and equity in education and healthcare  through her board and philanthropic activities. 


Newinski holds a B.B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Iowa and a M.B.T. degree from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She is a licensed CPA in Florida, New York and Minnesota and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of CPAs and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. 


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Prathibha Varkey on Tuesday, June 4th

President - Mayo Clinic Health System

As President of Mayo Clinic Health System, Dr. Prathibha Varkey leads 17,000 employees serving 16 community hospitals and 53 multi-specialty clinics across 44 communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Varkey is also a Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. 


A nationally recognized expert in Quality Improvement, Varkey is a past President of the American College of Medical Quality, has authored over 80 publications and is the editor of two books: Medical Quality Management and Mayo Clinic Board Review on Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the "Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare" for 2023. 


Varkey earned her MBBS from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India; a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health; a Masters of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago; and a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Yale New Haven Health Hospital of Saint Raphael and a preventive medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She has an honorary master of Arts degree from Yale University. 


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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

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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