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Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship
2021 Alumni Achievement Award
John Legend, C'99, HON'14

Join critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, founder of FREEAMERICA, and University of Pennsylvania alumnus John Legend, C'99, HON'14 for a live fireside chat with Dean Erika H. James to discuss entrepreneurship as a platform for innovation and change in our world.

Introductions by Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania, and an update on Venture Lab from Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.



March 3, 2021

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (PT) / 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
The link to view this live event will be sent the day of the event.





Registration is required in advance by by March 1.  





Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend has garnered ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and a Golden Globe, among others. He is also a coach on The Voice.

From a young age, Legend aspired to use his position in the entertainment industry as a platform for social change. In an essay competition Legend won at age 15, he wrote of his dream to become a star recording artist and to use his influence and resources to give back to his community. And that is exactly what he has done – throughout his career, Legend has committed his time, energy, and resources to social justice and equality.

For well over a decade, John Legend's philanthropy and advocacy has focused on building just, equitable, and thriving communities. In 2007, Legend started The Show Me Campaign, to give every child access to a quality education as well as address systemic issues in our criminal justice system that disproportionately impact the poor, minorities, and disadvantaged.

Legend launched LRNG Innovators in partnership with The National Writing Project and support from The MacArthur Foundation. LRNG Innovators' mission is to empower teachers to redesign learning—connecting students’ passion to purpose— helping the students of today be better prepared for the world of tomorrow. Since inception, LRNG Innovators has invested in more than 30 educator teams across the country who are building tomorrow’s education system today.

In 2014, Legend launched FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture change campaign focused on ending mass incarceration. FREEAMERICA works to amplify the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system and those working to change it in an effort to challenge stereotypes, break down barriers, and end the era of mass incarceration.

In addition to Legend’s signature initiatives, he serves on the Board of Directors of Harlem Village Academies and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and on the Advisory Board for The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Teach for All.

John graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis on African-American literature at the University of Pennsylvania.



The Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award is bestowed by Venture Lab. Venture Lab is a resource for any University of Pennsylvania student who is interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. We maximize the ability of our students and alumni to address important challenges through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.

Venture Lab: Home of #entrePENNeurs across Penn. Powered by The Wharton School.




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