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Wade Davis

2019 Speaker

WADE DAVIS is a former NFL player, thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. He is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues. Beyond his work in sports, Davis currently consults for Netflix, Google, Viacom, and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. He is a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women, and a founding member of VICE’s Inclusion advisory board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan, Tina Tchen, and others. Davis has worked with Planned Parenthood, the Ms. Foundation and Huffington Post Women. In collaboration with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up Now, he develops curricula and initiatives for male leaders.  Additionally, understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Davis built a Men’s Gender Equality Development leadership program that he launched with the United Nations and other organizations in 2018. A former national surrogate for President Obama, Davis has been an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business, and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a BS in business administration. In 2014 Wade received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University.