Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism and homophobia. Wade creates league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leads inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and builds and launches national engagement initiatives.
Beyond his work in sports, Wade currently consults for Netflix, Google, Viacom and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Wade in an inclusive leadership coach, where he challenges senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs of and develop their entire employee population. Wade 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.
Women and a founding member of VICE’s Inclusion Advisory board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan, Tina Tchen and others. Wade’s work around gender equality includes partnering with Planned Parenthood, the Ms. Foundation and Huffington Post Women, separately, launching initiatives and PSA’s to define, establish and achieve the political, social and economic equality for women and men. In collaboration with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up Now, Wade develops curricula and initiatives for male leaders. Additionally, understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Wade 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, Wade 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. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally. Wade Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2014 Wade received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.