Join PVUMC Career Connecting for its second speaker event for young professionals at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Room H1.


Marilyn Carlson Nelson, one of the world’s most respected corporate leaders, explains why how we lead matters — now more than ever before.


To register for this PVUMC Career Connecting “Lessons in Leadership” program, “Called to Lead,” visit our Eventbrite page. The direct link is:


Free, certified onsite childcare is available during the event with a 48-hour reservation. To reserve a spot for your child(ren), please call the church at 602-840-8360, ext 134 at least 48 hours before the event. If you need to cancel childcare, even at the last minute, please call the number again.

Dinner Available

A Dinner Buffet is available from 5:30- 6 pm in the Fellowship Center. The meal is catered by Helpings Cafe, Market and Catering at UMOM. Suggested donations are: $7.50 for adults and $3 for children. There is a ticket option on our Eventbrite site to RSVP for dinner and the program. Just bring your donation the night of the event.


Marilyn Carlson Nelson is chairman and former CEO of Carlson, one of the largest privately held travel and hospitality companies in the world which includes such brands as Radisson Blu and Radisson Hotels, Country Inns & Suites, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants. Under Ms. Nelson’s leadership, often referred to as the firm’s “Golden Decade,” systemwide sales nearly doubled to $40 billion and the corporate culture was transformed into a true meritocracy where today 49% of upper management positions are held by women.


She has been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine has regularly selected her as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” In 2007, Ethisphere Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.”


As a global business leader, human rights activist, wife, mother and grandmother, Ms. Nelson speaks on the topic of leadership from the board table to the kitchen table. She is the author of How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership, an inspiring collection of wisdom about how to build a meaningful legacy one day at a time.


She is an outspoken advocate in the fight against human trafficking. Under her leadership, Carlson was the first major North American travel company to take a stand against the sexual exploitation of children in the tourism industry. Ms. Nelson also instructs MBA students in corporate responsibility at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


Ms. Nelson co-chaired the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2004 and has held a number of other high-level positions at the WEF and other industry councils. She has received prestigious awards from the governments of France, Sweden, Finland and Norway. She serves on the boards of the UN Global Compact, Mayo Clinic, The Committee Encouraging Philanthropy and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Ms. Nelson also served as chair of the National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan advisory council to the President and Congress on women’s entrepreneurship (2002/2005) and chaired the U.S. Travel and Tourism Board (2008-2010).


Chairman & former CEO, Carlson
Author, How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership


One of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes magazine
One of America’s Best Leaders, U.S. News & World Report
One of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, Ethisphere Magazine
Business Leader Award, United Nations & End Human Trafficking Now!

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Co-chair, World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland (2004)
Member of the WEF’s International Business Council
Co-founder and advisory board member, Women Leaders Program, WEF


Mayo Clinic (retired member)
UN Global Compact
ExxonMobil Corporation (former member)
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Harvard Women Leaders Board
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
The Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Chair by presidential appointment, National Women’s Business Council, advising the U.S. President and Congress (2002-2005)
Millennium Chair, Travel Industry Association of America
Chair, U. S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (2008-2010)
Former Member, World Travel and Tourism Council and the Business Roundtable
Graduated with honors from Smith College with a degree in International Economics and a minor in Theater. She attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the Institute Des Hautes Etudes Economiques Politiques in Geneva, Switzerland, where she studied political science and international economics.


Inductee, French Légion d’Honneur, established by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize exemplary leadership and service to humanity
Royal Order of the North Star, First Class, from the King of Sweden
Order of the White Rose, Officer First Class, from the President of Finland
Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit

World Economic Forum & Other Appointments

Marilyn Carlson Nelson is on the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and in 2004 co-chaired the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She also serves on the steering committee of the Aviation, Travel & Tourism Governors of the World Economic Forum, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and is co-founder and advisory board member of the WEF’s Women Leaders Program.

Public Service

Marilyn has always been devoted to community programs and has served as President of the United Way of Minneapolis, Board Member of United Way of America, Chair of New Sweden ’88, and leader of the Governor’s Task Force to bring the 1992 Super Bowl to Minnesota. Supporting the family’s strong Swedish heritage, Marilyn chaired the nine-month long “Scandinavia Today” celebration in the U.S.

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