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The Augeo Luminaries Speaker Series showcases prominent global leaders at the forefront of disruptive innovation in a broad range of industry, nonprofit and public sector fields. Distinguished authors, executives, entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers share their experiences from leading disruptive change – and their lessons for creatively driving innovation in any organization. Jointly developed by Augeo and the Carlson School, these events are designed to inspire and engage insightful debate among students, faculty and alumni of the University of Minnesota

Tom Friedman

- Presented by Augeo & The Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship

How I see the future, around the world, across America and down Main Street

Minnesota native Tom Friedman has chronicled many disruptive forces during his 40 years as a journalist; from economic globalization to climate change, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom recently sat down with his life-long friend Ken Greer, Augeo CMO, to explore some of these big issues he's covered over four decades of reporting and column writing. Learn from his insights on disruptive thinking, radical entrepreneurship and the innovation surge taking place in local communities everywhere. See the future through the unique lens of Tom Friedman – around the globe, across America, and down main street.

Tom Friedman - Luminaries Speaker Series

Luminaries - Antonio Gracias


Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Valor Equity Partners, Antonio Gracias, discusses “Disruptive Innovation – What It Takes to Transform Global Industries" at the inaugural Luminaries Speaker Series.

Luminaries - Hany Nada


Co-founder of GGV Capital, Hany Nada, talking about serendipity, being curious and connecting the dots at the Luminaries Speaker Series.