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Keynote Address by Chris Wilson

Friday, May 14, 2021 from 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

The stunning Friday keynote features Chris Wilson, author of The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose.  Sentenced in his teens to life in prison without parole, Chris turned his life around and is now a free man – a social entrepreneur, artist, social justice advocate, and author.

Remarkably, Mr. Wilson will be introduced by Hon. Cathy H. Serrette, the Maryland Circuit Court Judge whose decision to reduce his sentence provided for his release.


Born and raised in Washington D.C, Chris grew up under extremely difficult circumstances. Poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence was the everyday norm in his community. At the age of 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to natural life in prison. It was during times of isolation that he decided to not only to turn his life around, but to make a difference in the lives of people who currently live in poverty-stricken communities similar to his childhood surroundings. “Many years ago,  I committed my life to self-improvement and helping others. I sat in a dark cell and wrote up what I now call my Master Plan. A plan to build a business empire and help others.”


The panel session on Juvenile Lifers in Maryland will also feature Chris Wilson as a panelist.