Sport, New Masculinity, Activism

Wade A. Davis

Ex NFL Sportsman, Educator, Consultant and Speaker

Former NFL player Wade Davis is a writer, public speaker, educator and consultant on Gender, Race, and Orientation Equality. He played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, and 2 teams in the NFL Europe league before turning his focus to leading men to action on Gender Equality through activism across a range of platforms.  

As Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination, sexism, and homophobia in sports, Davis has partnered on education with the NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, WWE, and the Canadian Olympic Committee. Beyond the sports world, he is currently Senior Diversity and Inclusion consultant at YSC, a global think tank and leadership-consulting firm working with F500 corporations to co-create transformative solutions linking diversity and inclusion goals to people and commercial strategies. Clients include Fox, Pepsi Co, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and schools like Stanford University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University.

He has held Adjunct Professor roles at both the NYU School of Professional Studies (Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business) and the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. 

He is a frequent guest on every major TV station and his essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Advocate, Huffington Post, the New York Times, Ebony, the Guardian, and the White House Blog.  Davis has also succeeded as an actor and television consultant on shows like American Crime, with Oscar-winner John Ridley and delivered his first TEDx talk on The Mask of Masculinity in Florida in 2016.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, he graduated from Weber State University, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and in 2014 received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.

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