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In a not-to-be-missed keynote presentation, learn how author Chris Edward’s journey to redefine himself has inspired a call for more supportive health care environments.
by Sarah Moore, GetWellNetwork
April 22, 2018
Chris Edwards may be transgender, but he’s never let that define him. He’s a successful advertising creative director, a son, a brother, an uncle, a former rugby player, a people-person who makes friends easily and a type A-plus perfectionist.
He’s also an author and a patient whose personal story of transition will give you an inside look at the transgender health care experience.
Gimme that fiiiiish
Chris was the first to use YouTube content in a 2007 TV spot featuring two guys (one of whom now stars in the hit HBO series Silicon Valley) rapping about McNuggets and is responsible for the earworm: “Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish, gimme that fiiiiish.”
He’s also proud to have been part of the creative team that started the anti-Big Tobacco movement: Truth. The effort helped reduce teen smoking rates from 23 percent to 6 percent and was recently ranked one of the top 15 ad campaigns of the 21st century.
Four years in the making
It took Chris four years from start-to-finish to write and publish his memoir, BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some. He came up with the title and designed the cover with his former boss at Arnold Worldwide, a high profile ad agency in Boston. His first draft was a whopping 117 pages longer than the published version!
While writing and promoting the book, Chris penned op-ed pieces and personal essays for print and online publications like O Magazine, Vice.com, Bustle, Refinery29 and The Huffington Post.
He’s also written a pilot for BALLS: The TV Series (fingers crossed!) and continues to freelance as a copywriter / creative director.
He doesn’t have a wicked Boston accent
Chris lives and works in Boston, but swears he does not have the accent everyone assumes people from Boston have.
He’s a big fan of yacht rock, his nieces and nephews, supermarket birthday cakes, The NYT Sunday crossword and the FX series, The Americans.
He’s been told his celebrity doppelgängers are Aziz Ansari and Steve Carell.
Learn more about Chris Edwards.
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