speaker series

The St. Paul Academy and Summit School Alumni/ae Council created the Speaker Series in 2014 to showcase the wide-ranging achievements and expertise of SPA alumni/ae. Each Speaker Series event features a program around an individual or a panel with expertise in a particular field, and is followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Speaker Series events are lively and interactive, and provide alumni/ae, parents, and friends of SPA an opportunity to learn about a new topic, engage in interesting conversation, and connect and network with each other. All SPA alumni/ae, parents, friends and their guests are welcome to attend. The Alumni/ae Council is looking forward to producing the fourth year of the Speaker Series during the 2017-18 academic year.


Thursday, February 22, 2018
the Minneapolis Club
729 2nd Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55402
5:30 P.M. Networking
6:00 P.M. Program
Networking to follow program

The second Speaker Series event of 2017-2018 will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at The Minneapolis Club. The program will feature Don Lewis '71 as the featured speaker and Noah Rouen '93 as moderator. Read more about the featured alumni/ae below and register online today!

Don Lewis '71

Don is a co-founder and shareholder of Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis.

Business entities and government agencies have often engaged Don to lead sensitive, high profile investigations, often involving allegations of executive fraud or other misconduct. Don served as Ramsey County’s special prosecutor in the Jeronimo Yanez/Philando Castile case: investigated allegations against Minneapolis police officers regarding improper arrests and use of excessive force; served as general counsel to the independent lay task force appointed by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to review policies and protocols related to clergy sexual abuse of minors; and investigated the prior knowledge of Saint Paul park and public works officials regarding soil conditions that contributed to the deadly May 2013 landslide in Lilydale Regional Park.  Don also conducted the investigation on behalf of University of Minnesota regarding allegations of academic fraud in its men’s basketball program.

 From 2008 through 2013, Don served as dean of Hamline University School of Law. Don began his legal career as a trial lawyer with the U.S. Department Justice. 

 Don is a member of the American Employment Law Council, National Employment Law Council, American Law Institute, and a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association Foundation. He is also a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and has served on the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association.  He earned his undergraduate degree in journalism at Northwestern University and his law degree at Harvard Law School. 

MODERATOR: Noah Rouen '93

Noah Rouen '93 is the founder and president of The Rouen Group. Rouen utilizes creativity and a forward thinking approach to help achieve his clients communications needs. He brings skills in media relations, advocacy, grassroots communications and issue advertising, to build effective campaigns. Throughout his career Rouen has worked for some of the biggest names in business and politics. Political leaders and CEOs trust Rouen and his team to manage their communications and position them and their companies positively with customers, shareholders and the general public.

In 2013, Rouen was honored with the TwinWest’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been recognized by Politics in Minnesota for leading one of the top public affairs campaigns.

Noah and his wife Keri, live in Plymouth, Minnesota with their three children Connor, Preston and Gavin. Noah is an active member of the community serving on many non-profit boards Tickets for Kids Charities, The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation, The Pals Family Foundation and The Sanneh Foundation.

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