MUSE Presents Chris Wilson on “The Master Plan”
The University of Utah Alumni House
155 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake CIty, UT 84112
Contact Name: Libby Henriksen
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of its theme year on “Rebuilding,” MUSE (My “U” Signature Experience) will welcome Chris Wilson to campus on April 14, 2022. As a teenager, Wilson was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now, he is a successful entrepreneur, storyteller, artist, and social justice advocate.
Growing up in Washington, D.C., Wilson was surrounded by violence and despair. Watching his family shattered by trauma, his neighborhood beset by drugs, his friends dying one by one, he feared for his life — and took to carrying a gun. One night when he was 17, Chris was cornered by two men. He shot toward one of them, killing him. A year later, at 18, he was sentenced to life in prison, with no hope of parole.
While behind bars, Chris embarked on a remarkable journey of self-improvement. At the age of 20, he wrote a list of things he intended to accomplish or acquire; he called it his Master Plan. He revised it regularly and followed it religiously. He graduated from each vocational shop in the prison, earned his high school diploma and an Associates of Arts degree in Sociology, and taught himself to speak and write in several foreign languages. He became a mentor to other inmates and started a career center, a book club and even a business. And, in his 30s, Chris Wilson did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence. He came out, six years later, determined to teach others the selflessness, work ethic and professional skills that led to his second chance. Today, Chris is a speaker, advocate and social entrepreneur who employs citizens returning from prison — a hand up for those who, before him, were too often crushed by our unforgiving parole and release system.
Wilson will speak at the U on April 14, 2022 at 12 p.m. in the Alumni House ballroom. Admission is free, but Eventbrite registration is required.