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First Friday

This year marks the 30th year of St. Thomas alumni and friends being 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.

COVID-19 Update

In order to continue this important series but protect the health of all involved, the First Friday events in fall 2020 will be held virtually, until further notice.

All virtual events will be free to attend. Check back for updates as finalize our lineup for the 2020-21 season.


Number of years of thought-leaders speaking to the St. Thomas community

Meet Our Speakers

headshot of Neel Kashkari

October 2

Neel Kashkari, CEO and President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
See Neel's Remarks
headshot of Archie Black and Yohuru Williams

November 6

Dr. Yohuru Williams, Dean, Colleges of Arts and Sciences


Archie Black, President and CEO, SPS Commerce, Inc.

greg cunningham seated on stage and speaking at first friday

Watch From Home

Couldn't make it to the latest First Friday? Watch a recording of our most recent speaker here or all of this year's speakers on our YouTube channel.