Chris Wade is an educator and champion of diversity, equity + inclusion. His passion is improving the lives of young people of color by providing the information and opportunities to help them take greater strides. Prior to focusing on youth empowerment, Chris was an entertainment & marketing executive for 15+ years. He graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and started his career managing music artists and producers. As the dynamics of the music industry changed, Chris transitioned to the marketing space where he worked for several agencies specializing in artist + brand partnerships, branded music experiences and strategy + insights.Chris is currently the Director of Creator Force, a non-profit initiative focused on diversifying the creative industries. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he teaches music business, professional development and leads the institute’s diversity feeder program for high school students, Future Music Moguls. Chris holds a Masters of Global Entertainment & Music Business from Berklee College of Music's international campus in Valencia, Spain. In his personal time, Chris enjoys being with his 3-year old daughter, Dilynn, listening to music and mentoring young creatives.