Chris Edwards

Changing your gender from female to male takes balls. And if you’re going to do it in front of 500 co-workers at one of the top ad agencies in the country, you’d better have a pretty big set!

Award-winning advertising creative director, Chris Edwards knows this first hand. He began his career in 1993 as a copywriter at Arnold Worldwide, a high-profile ad agency in Boston. There he used the principles of branding and marketing, along with his ever-present sense of humor, to orchestrate what was quite possibly the most widely accepted and embraced gender transition of its kind––at a time when the word “transgender” didn’t exist.

He wrote all about it in his heartfelt and hilarious memoir, BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some (October 4, 2016, Greenleaf Book Group). Since then he’s become a sought-after speaker, engaging audiences with his conversational humorous style while inspiring them with his courageous story and compelling message that we all have the power to control how others define us. Attendees walk away with a unique perspective on what it’s like to be transgender and insight on how to be better allies.

Chris is able to adapt his presentation content to various audiences and enjoys facilitating lively and provocative Q&As. He has keynoted at conferences and spoken at many ad agencies, corporations and schools including: Apple, Google, Deutsch, J. Walter Thompson, Pfizer, Vertex, GetWellNetwork, The Ad Club Women’s Leadership Forum, The 3% Conference, Harvard and Harvard Medical School.