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This highly anticipated discussion will highlight how Kevin Liles stays ahead of the curve to discover what's next in music industry, tips on how emerging artists can build their careers while keeping their artistic vision and how to steer life in the right direction despite the negativity and downfalls that one must overcome. Liles is known for contributing to the successful careers of some of music's biggest stars including Trey Songz, Young Thug, Fetty Wap, and Jay Z. From the success of 300 Entertainment to his philanthropic and entrepreneurial endeavors, Liles embodies the statement, "How you live your life often mirrors how your career will end up."
Kevin Liles has one of the most storied careers in entertainment, rising from unpaid intern in 1991 to president of Def Jam Recordings by 1998, leading the "360 degree" strategy at Warner Music Group as executive vice president and most recently serving as chief executive officer of both 300 Entertainment, a boutique independent record label, and KWL Enterprises, a strategic holding company he founded in 2010. KWL Enterprises is anchored by the brand and talent development firm KWL Management and works with entertainers, athletes and models to develop brands, forge partnerships and cultivate successful careers. Notable clients include entertainers D’Angelo, Trey Songz, Jay Sean and Elle Varner, among others. Additionally, through his newly formed sports agency, RSG, he and his partners guide the careers of a broad spectrum of elite athletes including Melvin Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Bubba Watson, Denny Hamlin and Sanya Richards Ross. Outside of talent management, in 2014, Liles partnered with his longtime mentor Lyor Cohen and friend Roger Gold to found 300 Entertainment, an entertainment-based content company backed by the likes of Google Ventures. 300's current artist roster include Fetty Wap, Migos, Highly Suspect, Conrad Sewell, Young Thug and Coheed and Cambria, among others. Liles is also the author of the best-selling self-help business book, Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success.
Beyond his work in the private sector, Liles is a committed philanthropist, community activist and advocate for youth empowerment and education. He is the founder of Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore, which empowers disadvantaged youth in his hometown, and the Make It Happen Foundation, which encourages education, entrepreneurship and empowerment for young people around the world. Most recently in 2015, he launched Minority Male Makers with Verizon to push young men in middle school towards STEM careers. Liles also serves as a board member to New Yorkers For Children, McDonough School, S.E.E.D School of Maryland and several other organizations focused on education, entrepreneurship empowerment, diversity and social justice. Actively engaged in politics, he consults with leaders from localities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, New Jersey and New York to extensive global support of President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s election and re-election efforts. For his global work on education and entrepreneurship, in 2010, he was awarded the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, the highest honor an individual can receive for contributions to Parisian culture. Most recently, he received an honorary doctorate of law from Morgan State University, his alma mater. Liles currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife Erika, and is the proud father of four children.
Kevin Coval is founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors.