The University of St. Thomas



“I always attend First Friday…it’s a great networking event” - Bryan Ethridge


The First Friday Speaker Series brings together hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff members, and friends for thoughtful presentations by community members of interest from the Twin Cities area. Each luncheon begins at noon and is followed by a presentation, along with questions and answers.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $25. To register, click on the links located on the right-hand column of this page. No tickets will be sent and no refunds will be made. Seating is open, so please allow enough time if you are meeting someone at the luncheon.

Did you know you can be a volunteer Table Captain?
Did you know that you do not need to pay for an entire table to be a First Friday table captain? To volunteer as a table captain, simply tell potential guests to register online at alumni.stthomas.edu/events and mention (in the notes section) that they are sitting at your table. First Friday is a great opportunity for you and your guests to hear an engaging speaker, enjoy a first-class lunch, relax and reconnect with fellow alumni, friends and family members, and network with 300 fellow Tommies. Click here to request more information.

2014-2015 Schedule

In 2014-2015 the First Friday Speaker Series entered its 24th year of providing quality talks by members of our community. The following is a listing of speakers.


Friday, February 06, 2015

February First Friday
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This month's speaker is Amy Machacek ’91 Owner, HeartWork Studio, Northfield; Author, The Back and Forth Journal. Amy has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She came to yoga through the fitness and wellness field finding that adding yoga to her life decreased her injuries, built her strength and calmed her down. Registration is required.


Friday, March 06, 2015

March 2015 First Friday
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This month's speaker is Phil Esten ’95. Phil is the Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer for Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University. He came to Penn State from the University of California-Berkeley where is was deputy director of athletics for external relations and chief development officer. Registration is required.