The University of St. Thomas

All are welcome at one or more of the 2016-2017 First Friday Speaker Series luncheons. We are proud to welcome a wide range of industry leaders to campus for the 26th season!

New this year! 
The First Friday Speaker Series will be held on campus in the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center. The full season’s speakers are listed below.

Effective immediately, the First Friday bus from the Minneapolis campus to the St. Paul campus has been canceled. Employees attending the luncheon should take the University of St. Thomas shuttle or use the free parking available in the Anderson Parking Facility

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Corporate sponsorships are available at various levels. View the details online and contact Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Jessica Etten at (651) 962-6955 or if you are interested or have additional questions. We are grateful to this year's sponsor, Minnesota Bank and Trust.


Register today! 
There are more options this year for purchasing tickets. All guests will enjoy a seated lunch and complimentary parking in the Anderson Parking Facility on campus:

  • Individual tickets – $30
  • Table host – table of eight for any month, $210 (savings of $30!)
  • Season host – table of eight for the entire season, $960 (savings of $240!) This option was only available through September 1, 2016.  Please contact Jessica Etten with any questions. 
Full season's speakers
Oct. 7 - Gov. Arne Carlson and KSTP-TV's Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser
Topic: The Presidential Election
SOLD OUT.  Please email to be put on a waiting list.

Nov. 4 - Andy Cecere, President of US Bank
Topic: The Role of Technology and Innovation in Financial Services
Registration is closed. 

Dec. 2* - Alumni Christmas Luncheon, featuring Richard Leider, CEO of Inventure
Topic: The Power of Purpose
Registration is closed.

Feb. 3 - Dave MacLennan, CEO of Cargill
Topic: Food and the Future of Agriculture
Registration is closed.

March 3 - Maureen Bausch, Super Bowl CEO
Topic: Super Bowl LII
Registration is closed - sold out. 

April 7 - Tony Fisher, Retail and Healthcare Executive
Topic: Leadership Lessons from the Cube to the Boardroom
Registration is closed.

*The Alumni Christmas Luncheon is not part of the First Friday table packages. It will continue to be held at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront hotel, and registration will be available later this fall.

Contact Information
Primary Contact

St. Thomas Alumni Relations


University of St. Thomas
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall
Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105