Entrepreneur, Advocate & Mentor
Growing up in Washington, DC, Chris 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. Read More >
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. Read More >
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. This is the inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant story of a man who use used hard work and a master plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance. Read Less ^
At the age of 17, Chris Wilson found himself serving a life sentence for murder. He had no education, no direction and no hope. In this inspiring and uplifting keynote, Chris shares how he discovered a love for reading while behind bars, and how it eventually led him to earn his high school diploma, a college degree, learn multiple languages and create a purposeful life outside prison walls.