Ed Wisdom, III is a motivational speaker, mentor, and the founder of The Edward H. Wisdom Jr. Foundation (The Wisdom Foundation). The Wisdom Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization that was established in 2011 in honor of his father who was murdered by an “at-risk” teen in an attempted robbery. Ed has powered himself to the forefront with his initiatives on growth and empowerment in areas of manhood, fatherhood, youth, parenting, family and community. These initiatives include efforts in spiritual, philosophical, psychological, emotional, social, and financial development.
Ed is a member of the executive leadership team with Vanderbilt University’s Information Technology department and Director of VUIT Development and Operations (VUIT DevOps). Ed is also the co-founder of WIZDOM I/O, an information technology services provider with a primary focus on cloud computing, a company he started with his son, Erik Wisdom.
Ed has served as keynote speaker for Black History Month at Austin Peay State University in 2014. Ed was the first African American keynote speaker at the governor’s 11th annual Tennessee Season To Remember in 2013 to honor and remember victims of homicide. Ed was also a guest speaker at the Citywide Trayvon Martin Walk on Capitol Hill and keynote speaker for the Just Men TV “Manifest Your Identity Conference” in 2014. He has also a volunteered at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, and more.
Ed has delivered his message all over the city, at prisons, juvenile detention centers, churches, schools, universities, throughout the media, and more. He explains how “iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” to articulate to men that we have a responsibility in helping other individuals grow. Ed also conveys the idea that “a good man leaves behind a [legacy] for his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22) promoting the leadership of men in powering families with gifts passed from generation to generation.
Ed followed his father’s footsteps in information technology as Ed Jr. was the Director of Management Information Systems at TSU for nearly 40 years. Ed is a graduate of Tennessee State University (TSU), where he also earned his Master degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Information Systems.
His son Erik has followed these same footsteps earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Information Systems at Tennessee State University and Master of Business Administration in Business Information Systems at DeVry University, thus fulfilling the legacy good men leave behind “for their children’s children.”
Ed III was the creator of The Gentleman’s Agreement: The Rebirth of the Black Man, held at Vanderbilt University, a discussion on Growth and Empowerment; The Rebirth Vol. II Brainwashed with author and advertising genius Tom Burrell held at Tennessee State University; Life, Love, Legacy and Leadership; The Go Further, Go Farther, Go FATHER Fatherhood Initiative at Fisk University, and much more.
Ed is married to Tracey Madison Wisdom, a long-time member of Jackson Street Church of Christ. Ed and Tracey collectively have four children, Erik, Brittany, Devan, and Julian. Ed is still very active in the case involving the tragic murder of his father that occurred on October 28, 2011 and has been very vocal in the media, with law enforcement, politician, community organizations, and more. His efforts has assisted law enforcement in gaining evidence and key witnesses. He is a proven leader in the community.