The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington
Maverick Speakers Series - Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.

Basketball legend and business icon

32 Ways To Be a Champion in Business - SOLD OUT

February 11, 2010 · 6:00 pm · Texas Hall


Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. is universally known for his 13 year career in the NBA and is now the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises. MJE provides products and services that particularly focus on ethnically diverse urban communities. Its portfolio includes Urban Coffee Opportunities, the only joint venture partner of Starbucks; Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, which is the country’s largest private real estate fund, focused on the revitalization of underserved communities; a number of restaurants, sport centers, and movie theatres. In addition, Johnson has awarded more than $1.1 million to community-based organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention, established four HIV/AIDS clinics, and has co-created the award-winning “I Stand With Magic” campaign to end HIV/AIDS in the black community. Additionally, the Johnson has supported more than 800 minority high school students with college scholarships, opened community centers located in underserved communities across the nation, and provides a range of community-based initiatives including holiday toy drives and job fairs.

His basketball honors include: five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, three league MVP awards, 12 NBA All-Star games, a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Mr. Johnson is currently Vice President and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.