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Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Born: c. 1939

Gender: Female
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CEO of Carlson Companies, 1998-2008

Estimated net worth of Carlson and family, $1.2B (Forbes, 2003).

Father: Curtis Carlson (company founder, b. 1914, d. 1999)
Mother: Arleen Martin Carlson (company co-founder, b. 1912, d. 2005)
Sister: Barbara Carlson Gage
Husband: Glen Nelson (physician, m. 1961, four children)
Son: Curtis
Daughter: Diana
Daughter: Juliet (d. auto accident)
Daughter: Wendy

    High School: Edina High School, Edina, MN
    University: BA International Economics, Smith College
    University: Institute Des Hautes Etudes Economiques Politiques, Geneva

    Carlson Companies CEO (1998-2008)
    Carlson Companies President and COO
    Carlson Companies Senior VP
    Member of the Board of Carlson Companies (as Chairman, 1998-)
    Member of the Board of Exxon Mobil (1991-2012)
    Member of the Board of First Bank System (1978-97)
    Member of the Board of Qwest (2000-02)
    Member of the Board of US West (1975-2000)
    American Hotel & Lodging Association
    Bill Bradley for President
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy Board of Directors
    Elizabeth Dole Committee
    Elizabeth Dole for President
    Foreign Policy Association Board of Directors
    Freedom First PAC
    Friends for Harry Reid
    George W. Bush for President
    John McCain 2008
    Kennedy Center Board of Directors
    Mayo Foundation Board of Directors
    McCain-Palin Compliance Fund
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    National Women's Business Council Chair, 2002-05
    Pete Coors for Senate
    Travel Industry Association of America Chair (past)
    United Way President, United Way of Minneapolis (past)
    United Way National Board of Directors
    Volunteer PAC
    World Economic Forum (1997-)
    World Travel and Tourism Council
    French Legion of Honor
    Swedish Ancestry Paternal

Author of books:
How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership (2008, with Deborah Cundy)


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