Basketball Great Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Golden State Warriors’ Rick Welts in Conversation at University of San Francisco

“This conversation will be one of a kind — it will be great…to hear Magic and Rick’s perspective on the intersection of business and sports,” said Jeff Silk, co-founder of the USF Silk Speaker Series.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises and National Basketball Association legend, will speak with Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors, at the University of San Francisco on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. in the War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center.

Johnson, a three-time NBA Most Valuable Player, will address USF’s community of students, faculty and guests about the business behind basketball and how athletics helped him cultivate a “winning spirit” beyond the court. Welts, a 40-year veteran of the NBA and leading voice in the league, will moderate the discussion.

The conversation is part of the 2017-18 USF Silk Speaker Series, which brings international thought leaders in business, finance and global issues to USF’s campus.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this amazing Lakers/Warriors duo — Magic and Rick — at USF,” said Jeff Silk, a USF alumnus who co-founded the series with his wife, Naomi. “This conversation will be one of a kind — and it will be great for students and alumni to hear Magic and Rick’s perspective on the intersection of business and sports.”

As chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE) and chairman and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, Johnson has focused his post-athletic career on serving ethnically diverse, historically disadvantaged communities. With estimated assets of $1 billion, MJE invests in products and services that aim to increase the social and economic strength of urban neighborhoods. In…

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