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 soon!  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