The University of St. Thomas


For more than 25 years, St. Thomas alumni and friends have been drawn to the First Friday Speaker Series luncheons to network and hear first-hand from the community’s most interesting “thought leaders.”  Their often candid and always relevant messages offer a unique perspective on the common good, and divulge what’s next for Minnesota and beyond.

Thank you for a great 2016-17 season!  The 2017-18 speaker schedule will be announced later this spring.  Mark your calendar now, and plan to join us in the fall for the kick off of another great season!

All guests 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 available through September 1, 2016.  Please contact Alumni Relations with any questions. 

Events begin with registration and networking at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and will be wrapped up by 1:10 p.m.

Corporate sponsorships also are available. View the details, and contact Alumni Relations for details.  We are grateful for 2016-17 sponsor, Minnesota Bank & Trust.



The 2016-2017 season brought a wide range of industry leaders to campus:

Nov. 4 - Andy Cecere, President and COO of US Bank
Topic: The Role of Technology and Innovation in Financial Services - Video of event now available.
Dec. 2* - Alumni Christmas Luncheon, featuring Richard Leider, CEO of Inventure
Topic: The Power of Purpose - Video of event now available
*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.
Feb. 3 - Dave MacLennan, CEO of Cargill
Topic: Food and the Future of Agriculture - Video of event now available
April 7 - Tony Fisher, Retail and Healthcare Executive
Topic: Leadership Lessons from the Cube to the Boardroom - Video of event now available