Past Speakers

Kevin Newbury a theatre, opera and film director based in New York City. Kevin’s work focuses on issues of community, empathy and social justice, with a particular focus on our shared LGBTQAI+ history and education. After extensive research into The Lavender Scare and this neglected period in American history, he developed a new opera, FELLOW TRAVELERS based on that learning and around Thomas Mallon’s book of the same name.

2020 – 2021 Scholarship Presentation

Video of Kevin Newbury’s presentation and 2020-2021 Scholarship Presentation via YouTube (Coming Soon)

Reverend James A. Conrad, Jr. – Pastor of Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, tells the story of his congregation’s acceptance of a same sex couple and the church’s expulsion from the Southern Baptist Convention. (June)

Video of Reverend Conrad’s presentation via YouTube

Peter Montgomery – People for the American Way (May)

Chris Godfrey – former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner (April)

Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Campbell – hosts podcasts Graying Rainbows (Coming Out Later in Life) and Brain Science.  (March)

Video of Dr. Campbell’s presentation via YouTube

Brian Bond – Executive Director, PFLAG, (February)

Eric Marcus – Making Gay History author and podcaster,  (January)


Romen Borsellino – writer, executive producer, and the Co-creator of Freeform’s Kal Penn Approves This Message (December)

Jane Clementi – co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, (November)

Hon. Rob Sand – State of Iowa Auditor (October)

Ambassador Luis C. deBaca (Retired) – former head of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons during the Obama Administration (September)

Tim Thompson – ManKind Project GTBQ Gateway New Warrior Training Adventures, (August)

Dr. Ryan Wise – Dean of Education, Drake University (June)

Hon. Mark W. Bennett – Ret U.S. District Judge and Director, Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation, Drake University Law School (May)

Ted Corrigan – CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Waterworks – Operation During Global Pandemic (April)

Troy Price – Former Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party (March)

Courtney Rayes – Executive Director, One Iowa, (February)

Senator Claire Celsi – State of Iowa Legislator (January)

Click here for the audio of some of the past speakers prior to 2020

Speaker Recommendations:  If you have a recommendation for a speaker for a future First Friday Breakfast Club meeting please email to [email protected], providing information about the potential speaker, and contact information for them.  Your contact information would be appreciated as well. 

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