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First Friday in November

Join us in November as we continue the 30th season of the First Friday Speaker Series!

We're proud to host Archie Black, who has been the president and CEO of SPS Commerce Inc. since 2001. Black will join Dr. Yohuru Williams, Founding Director, Racial Justice Initiative, for an engaging conversation on racial equity and the Racial Justice Initiative at St. Thomas.

Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
Time: Noon-1 p.m. CST
Online: Zoom Webinar - Free

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Archie Black

Archie Black has served as president and CEO of SPS Commerce Inc. since 2001. SPS Commerce is a Minneapolis-headquartered corporation that provides cloud-based supply chain management software and is Minnesota’s largest publicly traded technology company. In 2014 SPS Commerce ranked among the top 10 fastest-growing companies in the state. SPS Commerce also has U.S. offices in New Jersey and international locations in Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Toronto and Kiev.

Before joining SPS in 1998 as its senior vice president and CFO, Black was senior vice president and CFO at Minneapolis-based Investment Advisors Inc. where he directed its Minneapolis and London organizations. He also spent three years at Price Waterhouse.

A Marquette University alumnus, Black earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He has received numerous professional accolades:

  • Most Admired CEOs in 2016 (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
  • 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Upper Midwest (EY, the global organization of the Ernst & Young,)
  • 2014 “Titans of Technology” (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

In the community, he serves on the boards of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School and the Minnesota Business Partnership. Black and his wife, Jane McDonald Black, live in Golden Valley and have four sons.

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Dr. Yohuru Williams

Dr. Yohuru Williams is Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St.  Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1998.

Dr. Williams is the author, editor, and coeditor of eight books including Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006), Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (Routledge, 2015), Teaching U.S. beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008) and The Black Panthers: Portraits of an Unfinished Revolution (Nation Books, 2016).

Dr. Williams has appeared on a variety of local and national radio and television programs and was featured in the Ken Burns PBS Documentary Jackie Robinson, the Stanley Nelson PBS Documentary: The Black Panthers, and the History Channel docuseries “The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen.”

Dr. Williams's scholarly articles have appeared in the American Bar Association’s Insights on Law and Society, The Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, Pennsylvania History, Delaware History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and the Black History Bulletin.