This year’s Penn Dental Medicine graduation speakers are Anthony Welters, JD, current Executive Chairman of the BlackIvy Group, LLC and Dr. Anita L. Allen, vice provost for faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony Welters, JD recognizing the growing need for improving physical and technical infrastructure to access valuable resources and the need to help establish new market opportunities outside the United States, Mr. Welters travels globally and most recently has been focusing on assessing and building business opportunities in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Welters serves as a mentor and strategic advisor to BlackIvy Group’s business leaders and team members as they launch and grow new ventures.
Mr. Welters is a member of several boards including Trustee Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of New York University School of Law, as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of New York University and a Trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center. In 2012, President Obama appointed Mr. Welters to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Welters is a founding member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. He is a recipient of a Horatio Alger Award, awarded to those who have overcome humble beginnings and adversity to achieve success and contribute to society, and he serves on the board of that charitable organization as well. Mr. Welters is also a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the country. He and his wife Beatrice were recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in recognition of their long-standing commitment to philanthropy.
Mr. Welters was born and raised in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant. He earned a BA in economics from Manhattanville College and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Dr. Anita L. Allen is vice provost for faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law in the Penn Law School and professor of philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Allen authored seven books and more than 100 academic articles. These include most recently Unpopular Privacy (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The New Ethics (Hyperion, 2004), named a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. A widely cited writer, lecturer and media commentator, she has chaired and served on dozens of boards, committees and councils, both nationally and at Penn, including President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, chaired by Penn President Amy Gutmann.
She earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in philosophy, classics and literature from New College of Florida.