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

September 6, 2022

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. CT


Christophe Beck

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ecolab

The lessons of leading a global company in complex times


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                                                                         


Addressing the planet’s biggest challenges by protecting people and the resources vital to life

Ecolab launched nearly a century ago in downtown St. Paul with a single product and a single employee. Today, the company has grown to become the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services with $13B in sales, 47,000 associates and serving customers across 170 countries.

Join us to hear from Christophe as he shares the lessons of leading a global company in complex times and addresses the responsibility of business to create a positive impact for people and the planet.


Christophe Beck

Christophe Beck

Chairman, President, and CEO Ecolab

Christophe Beck is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services that protect people and the resources vital to life. He guides Ecolab’s 47,000 associates as they provide unique expertise and innovative solutions to help make the world cleaner, safer and healthier.
As a trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations in more than 40 industries, many of the world’s most recognizable companies rely on Ecolab to help improve their outcomes, including operational performance, product quality, customer satisfaction and bottom lines, while delivering on their ambitious sustainability commitments.
Christophe believes Ecolab is uniquely positioned to help solve society’s most pressing water and climate challenges. “Water stewardship is critical to reducing energy use and advancing net zero goals, and vital to help address our world’s environmental challenges.” In 2021 alone, Ecolab helped customers avoid 3.6 million tons of GHG emissions and preserve 215 billion gallons of water, equal to the annual drinking water needs of more than 700 million people.
Christophe was named Ecolab’s president and chief executive officer in January 2021, and chairman in May 2022. Since joining Ecolab in 2007, he has held several senior leadership roles, including president and chief operating officer; executive vice president and president, Global Industrial Group; executive vice president and president of Nalco Water, an Ecolab company; and executive vice president and president, International Regions. He also led the integration of Nalco following Ecolab’s acquisition of the company in 2011.
Christophe is recognized as a thoughtful and effective leader, and in 2006, was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for his accomplishments and commitment to shape a better world.  

2022 Speaker Series

Fall 2022 speakers line-up:

October- Michelle Miller Burns, President, and CEO, Minnesota Orchestra

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