Derick Bowers is a social enterprise expert and senior leader at CEO (Center for Employment Opportunities), a national nonprofit dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. In his current role as Director of Crew Works, he ensures that each year, over 2000 individuals are given access to immediate transitional employment and daily pay. He believes that increasing opportunities for work is one of the most important keys to decreasing poverty and crime. Derick earned a B.A. in Communications - Radio, TV & Film from Howard University in Washington D.C., where he honed his passion for service. He is an alumnus of Coro’s Leadership New York program, and also a recent graduate of Columbia Business School’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals. Derick is also passionate about Hip-Hop, and hopes to one day find ways to bridge Hip-Hop culture and philanthropy, to create vehicles for community driven innovation. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Scherley, and his two children -- Darius and Soraya.