Keynote Speakers

MONDAY, APRIL 29

Monday's general session will feature a keynote from Sally Jenkins, columnist and feature writer for The Washington Post.

Sally Jenkins

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Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins has been a columnist and feature writer for The Washington Post for more than twenty years. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 and in 2021 was named the winner of the Associated Press Red Smith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Journalism. She is the author of twelve books of nonfiction including The Real All Americans, the story of the Carlisle Indian School and its use of football as a form of resistance following the close of the Indian Wars. Her work for The Washington Post has included coverage of ten Olympic Games. In 2005 she was the first woman to be inducted into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1982 and resides in New York.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. 

With a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson recently made history in 2023 when he became co-owner of the National Football League’s Washington Commanders. He also co-owns MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club, and eSports franchise Team Liquid. He continues to support community initiatives and expand his influence through many of his businesses including EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company, and JLC Infrastructure, that invests in billion-dollar infrastructure improvements across the United States.       

With his unique positioning as a businessman spanning multiple industries and generations, he aims to help companies expand and foster a positive impact domestically and globally.