New Speaker Series Joins Local Execs. and Academics

At a free speaker series at the University of St. Thomas, executives from General Mills, Target, Best Buy, and 3M will discuss where real-world practices and academic theories meet.

A new speaker series at the University of St. Thomas will have local executives and academics talking about important and emerging business issues-focusing on what are considered best practices based on real-world experiences as well as academic theories.

The four-part “Intersections” series will have an hour-long session each on November 10, February 9, March 8, and April 26. The sessions will be held at the university's Schulze Hall auditorium at 46 11th Street South in downtown Minneapolis-and will be free to the public.

At each session, a university leader will team up with an executive from General Mills, Best Buy, Target, or 3M to offer insights into the topics of marketing, ethics, organizational effectiveness, and innovation based on their firsthand experiences as well as on published research.

At the November 10 inaugural session, Christopher Puto, dean of the university's Opus College of Business, and Mark Addicks, General Mills' vice president and chief marketing officer, will discuss where practice and theory meet when it comes to marketing strategies. The session will also include a question-and-answer session and a welcome reception.

Executives who will speak at the subsequent sessions include Kathleen Edmund, chief ethics officer at Richfield-based Best Buy, Jeff Lavers, vice president of marketing, sales, and communications at 3M in Maplewood, and Dawne Carlson, director of enterprise organizational effectiveness at Minneapolis-based Target.

The University of St. Thomas is among Minnesota's top 10 colleges and universities based on enrollment, which totaled 10,389 in fall 2010.