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March 5 @ 8:00 pm
Chris Wilson in conversation with Chris Adamo
August 18 @ 4:00 pm
August 20 @ 8:00 pm
August 21 @ 8:00 pm
The inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.
Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn’t leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.
But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement–reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.
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About the Author:
CHRIS WILSON lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. Barclay works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of services. His other business ventures include the House of DaVinci, a high-end furniture restoration and design company, and Master Plan Productions, a social impact content development company.
About Chris Adamo:
At media-tech startup WhereBy.Us, the creators of local publications like Miami’s The New Tropic, Seattle’s The Evergrey, Portland’s Bridgeliner, and Orlando’s Pulptown, Chris Adamo is the Chief Business Officer focused on growing their model across the country working with brands like Lyft, the Gates Foundation, Vulcan, and the Knight Foundation to create more inclusive and connected cities. Before joining the team at WhereBy.Us, he spent 8 years at 1800 Flowers.com, expanding their corporate partnerships and digital gifting business, across 5 different roles in the organization.
On the Community side, Chris is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Miami, a non-profit fund focused on strategic investments in Miami’s social impact organizations. He lends his time as a mentor and advisor at the Watson Institute, Binghamton University, Miami Dade College, any entrepreneurs that express an interest in having a positive social impact.