Inspiring leadership and integrity among the finance leaders of tomorrow


The Symposium aims to host nearly 300 undergraduate students, faculty, and professionals in 2017.

Students are from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management or University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business. Students should be motivated and prepared for an opportunity to connect with successful professionals in a unique setting. 

Panelists are chosen for their experience, success, character, and helpfulness to finance students. Panelists participate in a discussion on stage prior to dinner and then join students at their tables for the meal. 

2017 Panelists

Mr. Andrew Duff, Chairman and CEO, Piper Jaffray

Ms. Cathy Smith, CFO, Target

Mr. Andrew Cecere, President and COO, US Bancorp

Professionals and faculty with extensive experience and knowledge, as well as a willingness to share advice and create a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.



The 2017 Symposium will be held on the evening of Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

The evening's schedule will be updated as the date nears, but a tentative timeline is below:

  • 5:00-5:45pm Check-in and casual networking time

  • 5:45-6:00pm Opening Remarks

  • 6:00-7:00pm Panel Discussion

  • 7:00-8:00pm Plated Dinner and Table Conversations

  • 8:00pm Closing Remarks


The symposium is hosted in alternating fashion by Carlson and Opus. In 2017, the symposium will be held at the University of St. Thomas, School of Law atrium, 1000 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Sponsors & Partners

Thanks to our sponsors. With their support, the Scholars of Finance are able to shape the next generation of finance leaders.