Marilyn Carlson Nelson is the former Chairman and CEO of Carlson, which includes such brands as Radisson Blu and Radisson Hotels, Country Inns and Suites, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Forbes named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and U.S. News and World Report called her one of “America’s Best Leaders.”
Marilyn served as co-chair of the World Economic Forum, chair of the National Women’s Business Council, and chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. She also serves on the boards of the UN Global Compact, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and is past chair of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees.
Marilyn teaches corporate responsibility to MBA students at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and is the author of the bestselling book How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership