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Fireside Chat with Sheila Johnson

October 25, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

School of Music alumna, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Sheila Johnson (BME ’70) published her memoir Walk Through Fire on September 19. The College of Fine and Applied Arts invites you to join us in welcoming Ms. Johnson back to campus on October 25 for an exclusive fireside chat to discuss her book, how the university and Illinois School of Music played a role in her path to success, her philanthropic efforts, and her continued passion for music and music education. Following the discussion from 4–5pm, there will be an opportunity for you to meet the author and have your book signed by Ms. Johnson.

Walk Through Fire will be available for purchase at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center or bring your own copy for the signing. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Sheila Johnson was recognized by PARADE Magazine as the most influential woman in business and as Washington Business Journal’s 2022 CEO of the Year. As the co-founder of BET, CEO of Salamander Collection, the vice chair and partner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment that includes the Washington Wizards, Capitals, and Mystics, and an accomplished violinist, Sheila Johnson is truly an inspiration to Illini everywhere.

We hope you will join us on October 25 to welcome Ms. Johnson back to the University of Illinois campus.


October 25, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
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