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Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series

The Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series is funded through a generous gift from Thomas J. Volpe, Chairman Emeritus of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees and a former Senior Vice President of Financial Operations for The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
Past speakers, including Supreme Court Justice Sonja Sotomayor and Neil deGrasse Tyson, have brought firsthand knowledge and creativity on various global topics, including finance, education, culture, politics, and more to inspire the next generation of global leaders.


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Volpe Lecture Series Speakers

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2019 - Charles D. Smith Jr. - (Former NBA Player and Business Executive)
2018 - Alvin Irby, M.S., MPA - (Founder and a Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books)

2018 - Dambisa Moyo - (Why Economics Matters)

2017 - Sonia Sotomayor (U.S. Supreme Court Justice) / Vince Marmorale & Vince DeGiaimo (My Italian Secret: Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust)

2016 - Glenn Adamson (Museum of Art & Design) / Jeffery Beers (Jeffrey Beers International)

2015 - Becky Hammon (NBA San Antonio Spurs) / Steve Hindy (Brooklyn Brewery)

2014 - Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry's)

2013 - Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Cosmos, Museum of Natural History)

2012 - Frank Bruni (New York Times, Born Round)

2012 - Pete Hamill (Snow in August, A Drinking Life)

2011 - E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate)

2008-09 - Sir Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children)

2007-08 - Mariane Pearl (A Mighty Heart)

2006 - Andrea Mitchell (NBC News)

2005- Paul Rusesabagina (The Real Hero of Hotel Rawanda)

2004- Mary Robinson (Former President of Ireland)

2003- Felix Rohatyn (Former Ambassador, Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the State of New York)

2002- Lech Walesa (Former President of Poland)

2001- Oscar Arias (Former President of Costa Rica)

2000- George Mitchell (Former U.S. Senator, Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

1998- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (Historian, Pultizer Prize Winner, Former Presidental Speech Writer)

1997 - Caspar Weinberger (Former Secretary of Defense)