Featuring keynote speakers on industry topics

Hosted by the Dunwoody Alumni Association Board

Dunwoody College of Technology
MacMillan Center
818 Dunwoody Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55403

This event is complimentary and includes a hot breakfast buffet.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. First Thursday in September, October, March, and April

Hear from top industry leaders, and network with other industry professionals at Dunwoody’s LEAD Speaker Series. The LEAD events held throughout the academic year feature key executives in the business community presenting on a range of industry topics. We invite all alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students of Dunwoody College of Technology as well as the Twin Cities community.

Each series features a 30 minute keynote speech by a leader in the business community, followed by a 10 – 15 minute Q&A session.

The LEAD Speaker Series provides attendees current insights, changes and future development of the industry world.


Rescheduled for October 2024: Suresh Krishna, CEO, Northern Tool + Equipment

Photo of Suresh KrishnaSuresh Krishna joined Northern Tool + Equipment as CEO in April 2020 after five years as a member of the Advisory Board. He brings entrepreneurial leadership and innovation skills to help propel the next phase of growth for Northern. Since taking over as CEO, Krishna has led the organization to revenue growth of 40%, serving a record number of customers, and generated record EBITDA in a short two-year period. Krishna’s approach to business is forward looking, results oriented and decisive, with an emphasis on speed in execution to maximize Northern’s relevance to customers.

Prior to joining Northern, Krishna held senior leadership roles at leading global companies including Polaris, United Technologies, Diageo, and Sleep Number. He has vast experience in driving innovation, implementing digital transformation, building flexible supply chains, and leading mergers and acquisitions. Krishna’s broad and strategic mindset and ability to drive transformative change position him to help Northern achieve its potential.

Suresh holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. Krishna is a regular speaker at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership and Wall Street Journal CEO Council.